In 1977 at the Annual Meeting of the Association of Canadian Medical Colleges, the student delegates, each representing a Canadian Medical School, recognized the need for the formation of a national organization of medical schools. The Canadian Federation of Medical Student Societies was thus established.
At the Federation's 1979 Annual General Meeting held in Ottawa, the basis for a Constitution for the organization was formulated. A motion was also passed to change the name of the organization to The Canadian Federation of Medical Students/La Fédération des étudiants et des étudiantes en Médecine du Canada. This resulted in the organization being more representative of and better able to serve Canadian medical students.
Over the decades the membership of the CFMS has grown to over 8000 and its organizational capacity has grown as well. In 2016 the CFMS welcomed its newest institutional member, la Centre de Formation Médicale du Nouveau-Brunswick, increasing its member schools to 15. The CFMS is taking on increasingly ambitious projects and is proud to have established representative positions with the national medical organizations. In the past few years, the CFMS has also exploded into the mainstream media with a growing web, print, radio and television presence. Through leadership, professionalism and consistency the CFMS has increased its standing and has become a sought-after voice in medical education and policy development.
The Following is a growing list of the Past Presidents of the Canadian Federation of Medical Students. Through this section we acknowledge the tremendous commitment in time and energy that they offered to the organization.
Presidents Between the Years of 1970-1980
Year Name Location 1977-1978 Leo Plouffe Montréal, QC 1978-1979 Leo Plouffe Montréal, QC 1979-1980 Robert Conn Vancouver, BC
Presidents Between the Years of 1980-1990
Year Name Location 1980-1981 Michael Strong Kingston, ON 1981-1982 Frank Kriger Winnipeg, MB 1982-1983 Henry Solow Hamilton, ON 1983-1984 Marc-André Bergeron Calgary, AB 1984-1985 Steve Wheeler Vancouver, BC 1985-1986 Jean Perron Québec City, QC 1986-1987 Frank Bugeja Edmonton, AB 1987-1988 Michael MacDonald Kingston, ON 1988-1989 Brad Dibble London, ON 1989-1990 Anil (Monty) Kapoor Halifax, NS
Presidents Between the Years of 1990-2000
Year Name Location 1990-1991 Jeffery Kronson Winnipeg, MB 1991-1992 Simon Kirby St. John's, NF 1992-1993 Natasha Leighl Toronto, ON 1993-1994 Steven Brown Hamilton, ON 1994-1995 David Keegan St. John's, NF 1995-1996 Nick Withers St. John's, NF 1996-1997 Kevin Busche London, ON 1997-1998 Joshua Tepper Hamilton, ON 1998-1999 Marc Zerey Montréal, QC 1999-2000 Tara Mastracci Hamilton, ON
Presidents Between the Years of 2000-2010
Year Name Location 2000-2001 Jason Kur Edmonton, AB 2001-2002 Matthew Erskine Montréal, QC 2002-2003 Danielle Martin London, ON 2003-2004 Sayeh Minosepher Ottawa, ON 2004-2005 Ashley Waddington Hamilton, ON 2005-2006 Andre Bernard Halifax, NS 2006-2007 Philip Brost Saskatoon, SK 2007-2008 Shaheed Merani Edmonton, AB 2008-2009 Jonathan DellaVedova Sudbury, ON 2009-2010 Tyler Johnston Hamilton, ON
Presidents Between the Years of 2010-2020
Year Name Location 2010-2011 Matthew Sheppard St. John's, NF 2011-2012 Noura Hassan Montréal, QC 2012-2013 Robin Clouston St. John's, NF 2013-2014 Jesse Kancir Toronto, ON 2014-2015 Bryce Durafourt Montréal, QC 2015-2016 Anthea Lafreniere Ottawa, ON 2016-2017 Franco Rizzuti Calgary, AB 2017-2018 Henry Annan Halifax, NS 2018-2019 Stephanie Smith Calgary, AB 2019-2020 Victor Do Edmonton, AB