Canadian Federation of
Medical Students

CFMS Board

  • President
  • Henry Annan
  • Dalhousie University
  • Henry is responsible for the general supervision and direction of the business of the CFMS. Overall goal-setting and vision fall under the President’s responsibilities. Henry also serves as the spokesperson for the organization to the public, the media, the government, and national medical organizations.
  • [email protected]
  • Past-President
  • Dr. Franco Rizzuti
  • University of Calgary
  • Franco advises the President and the Executive Group in addition to serving as Chief Returning Officer and Parliamentarian.
  • [email protected]
  • Vice-President Communications
  • Christina Schweitzer
  • University of Calgary
  • Christina guides the internal and external communication of the CFMS. She is responsible for maintaining regular contact with individual representatives and medical society presidents, welcoming and orienting new representatives, and communication with external organizations when this responsibility falls outside of the duties of the President.
  • [email protected]
  • Vice-President Education
  • Kaylynn Purdy
  • Northern Ontario School of Medicine
  • Kaylynn is responsible for directing the representation, analysis and policy of the CFMS on educational issues. She represents the Federation at such forums where concerns of a primarily educational nature are discussed. Kaylynn also undertakes initiatives to enhance the educational experience of members of the Federation.
  • [email protected]
  • Vice-President Finance
  • Lauren Griggs
  • University of Calgary
  • Lauren guides the overall fiscal management of the CFMS, and acts as the Chief Financial Officer. She is responsible for managing the CFMS bank accounts, investments, expenses, revenue, and payroll. She is also actively involved in broadening the financial resource base of the CFMS by seeking alternative sources of revenue through grants, advertising, donations and sponsorship.
  • [email protected]
  • Vice-President Government Affairs
  • Yipeng Ge
  • University of Ottawa
  • Yipeng addresses the organization's commitment to representation through political advocacy initiatives at a local and national level. He serves as the chair of the Government Affairs & Advocacy Committee (GAAC), organizes the CFMS Federal Lobby Day, coordinates position papers, and represents the CFMS on all issues of a political nature.
  • [email protected]
  • Vice-President Student Affairs & Executive Vice-President
  • Stephanie Smith
  • University of Calgary
  • Stephanie is responsible for overseeing the CFMS Student Wellness portfolio, the CFMS Leadership Awards and for coordinating the CFMS member benefits and services. This position requires collaboration with the National Wellness Officer, Wellness Representatives, and various external partners to promote wellness and resilience. She advocates for and supports members through the development of resources, including the launch of the Longitudinal Wellness Strategy and the STRIVE Resiliency course to promote wellness of medical students across the country.
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  • Vice-President Global Health
  • Christopher Briggs
  • University of Manitoba
  • Chris is responsible for coordinating the CFMS Global Health Program. He forms and maintains dynamic partnerships with Canadian and international organizations, to support the interests of medical students studying in Canada with respect to global health, international development, and public health.
  • [email protected]
  • Regional Representatives

    Regional Representatives are fully functioning and voting members of the Executive and have the specialized role of ensuring that the Executive is kept abreast of up-to-the-moment developments at all of the member schools. Regional representatives serve as liaisons between the Executive and the medical society representatives and presidents. They work closely with all VPs under the direction of the President to ensure communication between the Executive and medical societies. They are also expected to take on national projects and responsibilities on behalf of the Executive.
  • Western Regional Representative
  • Odell Tan
  • University of Saskatchewan
  • [email protected]
  • Western Regional Representative
  • Victor Do
  • University of Alberta
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  • Ontario Regional Representative
  • Maylynn Ding
  • McMaster University
  • [email protected]
  • Ontario Regional Representative
  • Cory Lefebvre
  • University of Western Ontario
  • [email protected]
  • Quebec Regional Representative
  • Sarah Zahabi
  • McGill University
  • [email protected]
  • Atlantic Regional Representative
  • Victoria Januszkiewicz
  • Memorial University of Newfoundland
  • [email protected]
  • National Officers

    CFMS

  • Health Policy
  • Shanza Hashmi
  • University of Ottawa
  • [email protected]
  • Blood
  • Salima Abdulla
  • University of British Columbia
  • [email protected]
  • Information Technology (Sr)
  • Pavel Yarmak
  • University of Manitoba
  • [email protected]
  • Information Technology (Jr)
  • Adel Arezki
  • McGill University
  • [email protected]
  • Wellness
  • Emily McPhail
  • University of Calgary
  • [email protected]
  • Alumni
  • Dr. Jesse Kancir
  • University of British Columbia
  • [email protected]
  • Global Health

  • Partnerships (NOP)
  • Michelle Quaye
  • University of Western Ontario
  • [email protected]
  • Exchanges (NOE)
  • Montana Johnston
  • University of Manitoba
  • Hillary Pearson
  • University of British Columbia
  • [email protected]
  • Global Health Education (NOGHE)
  • Ruth Habte
  • University of Manitoba
  • [email protected]
  • Reproductive and Sexual Health (NORSH)
  • Benjamin Cassidy
  • Northern Ontario School of Medicine
  • [email protected]
  • Human Rights and Peace (NORP)
  • Asha Behdinan
  • University of Toronto
  • [email protected]
  • Indigenous Health (NOIH)
  • Willow Thickson
  • University of British Columbia
  • [email protected]