Canadian Anesthesiologists' Society

CMA Update – May 2017

The Update is a snapshot of information from the CMA: Here is the news you need about CMA products, services and events that can affect your association and our collective members.

1. Opioid crisis: The CMA’s submission to the Senate Standing Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs
The CMA submitted its brief on April 6 for the study of Bill C-37, which would amend the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act and similar Acts in an effort to counter the current opioid crisis. In its brief, the CMA is supportive of Bill C-37 amendments that would make it easier for communities to apply for safe consumption sites. Click here to read the full brief.

2. The CMA’s response to Bills C-45 & C-46: Protecting health of Canadians must be job one for federal marijuana legislation
On April 13 the federal government tabled Bills C-45 and C-46, which will legalize recreational marijuana and strictly regulate its use. As the bills are currently written, the legal age for consuming marijuana in Canada will be 18, in contrast to the CMA’s recommended age of 21. In its response to the announcement of the bills, the CMA reiterated its longstanding concerns about the health risks associated with consuming marijuana, which it originally presented to the Task Force on Marijuana Legalization and Regulation in a submission last August. The submission highlighted the particular risk to children and youth given their brains are undergoing rapid, extensive development.

3. CMA launches cross-country discussions to build a strong future for medical culture and professionalism
The CMA is launching a country-wide series of discussions, online and face-to-face, to modernize and strengthen medicine’s values and commitments to reflect the contemporary expectations and professional responsibilities of the profession. The CMA is inviting physician members to weigh in on key topics through the CMA Community (login required).

Key themes being discussed:
  • Our culture and community as a profession
  • Our development and support as physicians
  • Care delivery and the patient experience
  • Leveraging our voice and influence
  • Generational change and diversity within our profession

4. Parliamentary reception honouring the CMA’s 150th anniversary
On the evening of April 11, Speaker of the Senate George Furey hosted the CMA along with the presidents and CEOs of the PTMAs to celebrate the CMA’s 150thanniversary.  The reception was a great success; many notable Parliamentarians were in attendance, including the Minister of Health, Dr. Jane Philpott, and Dr. Carolyn Bennett, the Minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs. Geoff Regan, Speaker of the House of Commons, the deputy speaker Bruce Stanton, numerous Senators and health committee members also attended. CMA and PTMA representatives networked with the Parliamentarians and the CMA was recognized for its long, important history and its contributions to the delivery of health care services in Canada.  

5. Announcing the CMA Foundation
The CMA, in partnership with its subsidiaries, MD Financial Management and Joule™, is pleased to announce the launch of the CMA Foundation, a new private foundation which will provide impactful charitable giving through grants to registered Canadian charities that further excellence in health care.

For more information on the CMA Foundation, visit:

For any additional questions, please contact Alison Forestell ( directly.

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6. Joule soars to new heights with a record number of Joule Innovation grant applications
Joule is pleased to announce that after our Joule Innovation grant program closed on May 1, we received 256 applications (a 100% increase over the number of 2016 applications).  Applicants will be notified in mid-May if they are selected to proceed to the final stage of the application process, which includes the completion of a written application. From the 25 written applications, the Joule Innovation Council will select five game-changing doctors to receiving grants. We continue to be impressed by the dedication Canadian physicians have toward driving change in healthcare and we look forward to meeting the recipients and hearing their stories.

7. Congratulations to this year’s recipients of the Canadian Certified Physician Executive (CCPE) designation!
On behalf of Joule and the Canadian Society of Physician Leaders (CSPL), congratulations to these 10 physicians who have earned the Canadian Certified Physician Executive (CCPE) credential in 2017 for their outstanding commitment to physician leadership.

Do you know a physician in a leadership role who might fit the criteria? We encourage you to let your members and physician leaders know about the two certification routes available so they can be recognized by Joule, CSPL and their colleagues across the country.

8. Leverage your strengths as a leader and communicate effectively with your peers
Your members can get the support they need in the leadership roles they are in with Physician Leadership Institute (PLI) courses. They can register now for Leadership begins with self-awareness to leverage leadership strengths and manage limitations or for Effective Communications which will focus on the factors that influence communication and how to apply communication strategies in a variety of contexts.

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