Canadian Federation of
Medical Students

Our Team

National Officer of Political Advocacy


  • Jessica Froehlich
  • University of Saskatchewan
  • [email protected]
  • The primary role of the National Officer of Political Action (NOPA) is to lead the CFMS Day of Action, where medical students from across Canada come together to advocate for federal changes to national issues concerning health equity and justice. Responsibilities include leading the Topic Selection Committee to identify relevant issues and select a topic for the year, leading the Research Committee in literature reviews and community consultations to shape the advocacy around the CFMS Day of Action, meeting with parliamentarians to discuss the issues identified, as well as working with the Director of Government Affairs to engage the larger student body in this advocacy work and complete follow-up after meetings with government officials.
  • National Officer of Health Policy


  • Takhliq Amir
  • McMaster University
  • [email protected]
  • The National Officer of Health Policy leads the Committee on Health Policy and takes lead on the process for submitting, revising, and approving CFMS position papers and policy documents. They are a valuable part of the Government Affairs Portfolio and assists in helping track and implement recommendations provided within our approved guiding documents. Other responsibilities include updating the position paper and advocacy trackers to make this information available and accessible to the CFMS general membership.
  • Communications Coordinator

  • Kaiwen Xia (Western University) ([email protected])
  • Government Affairs and Advocacy Committee (GAAC) Roundtable

  • Chairs:
  • Sehjal Bhargava, Director of Government Affairs ([email protected])
  • Kathleen MacMillan, Government Affairs Dyad ([email protected])
  • Roundtable Members:
  • University of British Columbia:
  • GAAC Sr: Jason Speidel ([email protected])
  • GAAC Jr: Annie Foreman-Mackey ([email protected])
  • University of Alberta:
  • GAAC Sr: Tariq Vera ([email protected])
  • GAAC Jr: Sumeet Dhanoa ([email protected])
  • University of Calgary:
  • GAAC Sr: Amelia Srajer ([email protected])
  • GAAC Jr: Pauwlina Cyca ([email protected])
  • University of Saskatchewan:
  • GAAC Sr: Annie Dinh ([email protected])
  • GAAC Jr: Ava Bayat ([email protected])
  • University of Manitoba:
  • GAAC Sr: Michael Paille ([email protected])
  • GAAC Jr: Zenia Michno ([email protected])
  • Northern Ontario School of Medicine:
  • GAAC Sr: Justina Marianayagam ([email protected])
  • GAAC Jr: Scott Zablotny ([email protected])
  • Western University:
  • GAAC Sr: Montana Hackett ([email protected])
  • GAAC Jr: Ayushi Bhatt ([email protected])
  • McMaster University:
  • GAAC Sr: Mary Boulos ([email protected])
  • GAAC Jr: Connie Li ([email protected])
  • University of Toronto:
  • GAAC Sr: Justin Shapiro ([email protected])
  • GAAC Jr: Aaditeya Jhaveri ([email protected])
  • Queen’s University:
  • GAAC Sr: Ali Ross ([email protected])
  • GAAC Jr: Mia Wu ([email protected])
  • University of Ottawa:
  • GAAC Sr: Ibrahim Mohammad ([email protected])
  • GAAC Jr: Tara Gholamian ([email protected])
  • McGill University:
  • GAAC Sr: Liam Cooper-Brown ([email protected])
  • GAAC Jr: Karim Atassi ([email protected])
  • Sherbrooke University:
  • GAAC Sr: Jessica Vandenborre ([email protected])
  • GAAC Jr: Mariska Silas ([email protected])
  • Dalhousie University - Halifax:
  • GAAC Sr: Sidra Sarfaraz ([email protected])
  • GAAC Jr: Andrew Trasolini ([email protected])
  • Dalhousie University - Saint John:
  • GAAC Sr:
  • GAAC Jr: Sam Palmer ([email protected])
  • Memorial University of Newfoundland:
  • GAAC Sr: Liz Rowe ([email protected])
  • GAAC Jr: Simal Qureshi ([email protected])
  • Rapid Response Task Force

  • Lead: Brintha Sivajohan (Western University) ([email protected])
  • Lead: Sureka Pavalagantharajah (McMaster University) ([email protected])
  • Task Force Members:
  • Sabreena Moosa (McMaster University)
  • Anne Xuan-Lan Nguyen (McGill University)
  • Andrew Jeong (Western University)
  • Ivneet Garcha (Queen’s University)
  • Donovan Makus (University of Ottawa)
  • Kevin Ma (University of Alberta)
  • Anika Spasov (University of Ottawa)
  • Julia Chai (University of Calgary)
  • Alex Lee (University of Ottawa)
  • Health and Human Resources Task Force

  • Co-Chair: Michael Balas (University of Toronto) ([email protected])
  • Co-Chair: Dax Bourcier (Sherbrooke University) ([email protected])
  • Task Force Members:
  • Haydn Molcak (University of British Columbia)
  • Gopika Punchhi (Western University)
  • Monisha Basu (University of Toronto)
  • Aman Sayal (University of Toronto)
  • Siddiq Moolla (University of Toronto)
  • Brandon Collins (Memorial University)
  • Stuti Tanya (Memorial University)
  • CFMS National Day of Action Topic Selection Committee

  • Chair: Jessica Froehlich (University of Saskatchewan, National Officer of Political Advocacy) ([email protected])
  • Committee Members:
  • Emily Wiesenthal (University of British Columbia)
  • Annie Walters-Shumka (University of British Columbia)
  • Nitish Dhingra (University of Toronto)
  • Feodor Poukhovski-Sheremetyev (University of Ottawa)
  • Jordan Williams-Yuen (University of British Columbia)
  • CFMS National Day of Action Research Committee

  • Chair: Jessica Froehlich (University of Saskatchewan, National Officer of Political Advocacy) ([email protected])
  • Committee Members:
  • Jamila Skinner (Western University)
  • Gali Katznelson (Western University)
  • Sabreena Moosa (McMaster University)
  • Sophie LeBlanc (McGill University)
  • Karim Atassi (McGill University)
  • Montana Hackett (Western University)
  • Gunisha Kalra (Queen’s University)
  • Amna Majeed (University of Toronto)
  • Saman Fouladirad (University of British Columbia)
  • Committee on Health Policy (COHP)

  • Chair: Takhliq Amir (McMaster University, National Officer of Health Policy) ([email protected])
  • Committee Members:
  • Kelly Wei (University of British Columbia)
  • Kate Uhlman (McMaster University)
  • Andrew Jeong (Western University)
  • Daisy Deng (Western University)
  • Grace Lin (Queen's University)
  • Ivneet Garcha (Queen's University)
  • David-Dan Nguyen (McGill University)
  • Bita Azad (Queen’s University)
  • Max Jiang (McMaster University)
  • Robert Dydynsky (McMaster University)
  • Nawazish Naqvi (University of Toronto)
  • Emre Islam (University of Saskatchewan)
  • Saman Fouladirad (University of British Columbia)
  • Jeeventh Kaur (University of Toronto)