Happy Holidays!


Happy Holidays from the Canadian Medical Foundation!

Happy Holidays

Please note, our office will be closed for the holidays beginning on the evening of December 24, 2015. We will reopen the morning of January 4, 2016.

Black Friday, Cyber Monday and introducing: Giving Tuesday


For many years, people have had Black Friday circled on their calendars as a day where they can spend some of their hard earned dollars on specials and bargains that, on any other day of the year, would be next to impossible to find. Then, later on, following the trend of special days designed to encourage spending and consumerism, Cyber Monday was introduced for online shoppers seeking the hottest deals the World Wide Web has to offer.  This trend has continued to grow and evolve, but now in a slightly different way.

Giving Tuesday is a new Canadian movement which aims to create a push for people to show their support to the charitable causes and groups they care about the most.  This doesn’t necessarily mean showing support with a cash donation.  Things like volunteerism, donation of food items, in-kind donations, or even just promoting a charitable cause though your social media accounts, are all part of what Giving Tuesday endeavours to promote.  Think about it this way; if the economy gets two days where everyone focuses on shopping, certainly, we as Canadians can designate one day per year that focuses on community-building and charitable efforts also.

This year, Giving Tuesday falls on December 1st.  Please consider joining this new movement by making the Canadian Medical Foundation one of your charities of choice this year! 

If enough people spread the word about this effort, December 1st will hopefully be a date people circle in their calendars also.   If we can get everyone as excited about Giving Tuesday as we can about Black Friday and Cyber Monday, it would translate into many merrier Christmases for individuals in each and every community.  While treating yourself to a new TV certainly feels good, that feeling pales in comparison to that very special feeling of knowing you have helped make a difference in someone’s life.

For more information, please visit the giving Tuesday website, and this December 1st, join the movement!

Thank you for your ongoing support of the Canadian Medical Foundation.

November Beneficiaries of Canadian Medical Foundation Donor Advised Funds


CMF Donor Advised Fund Program GuideThis month our donors used their personal Canadian Medical Foundation (CMF) Donor Advised Funds (DAFs) to provide support to the following organizations:

  • Canadian Women’s Foundation
  • Juvenile Diabetes Research Council of Canada
  • Good Shepherd Refuge Social Ministries
  • Augustine Seminary of Toronto
  • The Church of St. Edward the Confessor
  • The Saskatoon Society for the Protection of Animals
  • The Shepherd’s Trust
  • The Society of Saint Vincent de Paul

The CMF DAF program enables donors to create long-term charitable gifting plans in order to realize their charitable goals and further their philanthropic priorities. These long-term plans provide donors with the opportunity to make a meaningful gift now, but also enable donors with the ability to continue to give regularly to their desired charities well into the future, resulting in a greater philanthropic impact.

DAFs provide donors with the freedom to fund the charities most important to them with privacy and without administrative burden and high costs. The CMF manages annual disbursements from DAFs to the charities of choice, as well as all other administration required, freeing donors of any clerical hassles. Donors receive a tax receipt for their initial gift, advisories when their disbursements are made, and thank you letters from the recipients, if desired.

CMF can help physicians give wisely—in a manner that maximizes the benefits to them and their chosen charities and/or beneficiaries. As well, because CMF Donor Advised Funds are invested with MD Private Investment Counsel (MD PIC), making charitable contributions through the CMF DAF Program will help keep the funds in the CMA family.

For more information about the CMF’s Donor Advised Fund Program, please review our DAF Program Guide or contact CMF at info@cmf.ca or 613.520.7681 ext. 1.

P1 Awards – Physicians Putting Patients First


P1 Awards

The recent launch of our inaugural P1 Awards program has generated almost 40 nominations from Island patients in the early days of the nomination period.  Now it is time for our membership to step up to the plate and recognize peer excellence in medical care.

The Medical Society of PEI is pleased to partner with the Canadian Medical Foundation in this awards program and celebrate “Physicians Putting Patients First.”

The P1 Awards program is largely in response to members’ request that we do a better job of telling the public about Island doctors and their contributions to PEI.

Peer recognition is an important aspect of the awards program. More than anyone, you are aware of the many sacrifices and contributions made by Island physicians to the benefit of their patients, hospitals, communities and the Island health care system.

Two awards are based on peer nomination:  the President’s Leadership Award and the Community Service Award.  We encourage you to celebrate each other and your profession as a whole. Tell us about colleagues who inspire, encourage, advise or mentor you – the ones whose approach to medical care are exemplary.  Help us shine a light on members of our medical community.

For more details on the P1 Awards program, criteria and nomination requirements, visit our website at http://mspei.org/p1 .  The deadline for submissions is midnight on Monday, November 16, 2015.

The awards will be presented at a cocktail reception on Thursday, November 26, 2015 at the Delta Prince Edward.  Join us to celebrate excellence and get the holiday season off to a great start.

Announcing the P1 Awards – recognizing Physicians Putting Patients First!


P1 Awards

The Medical Society of Prince Edward Island and the Canadian Medical Foundation are pleased to announce the launch of an exciting new awards program to honour Island doctors who consistently deliver outstanding patient care.

The P1 Awards – Physicians Putting Patients First – recognize the significant contributions physicians make to Island life, extending well beyond the office, clinic or hospital – and celebrates their excellence in health care.

Three awards will be presented in this inaugural year of the program: P1 Patients’ Choice Award, President’s Leadership Award and Community Service Award. The public is invited to submit nominations for the Patients’ Choice Award while the latter two invite peer nominations.

Awards will be presented at a ceremony on Thursday, November 26, 2015. 

Details on the P1 Awards program, including criteria and nomination requirements can be found on the Medical Society’s website at http://mspei.org/p1. Don’t delay! Nomination deadline is midnight on Monday, November 16, 2015.

Conference focuses on helping MDs deal with multiple roles


Using the lessons learned from performing as an Olympic athlete to help physicians maintain their health was the focus of the opening keynote address at the 4th Canadian Conference on Physician Health held in Winnipeg.

More than 160 delegates attended the two day meeting hosted by Doctors Manitoba, the Canadian Medical Association (CMA), and the Canadian Medical Foundation (CMF).

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Welcome new Canadian Medical Foundation Board of Trustees


Please join us in welcoming our newly elected Canadian Medical Foundation (CMF) Board Trustees:

  • Ms. Michelle Chui – A fourth year medical student at the University of British Columbia
  • Mr. Mike Gassewitz – Executive Vice President, Member Solutions for MD Financial Management
  • Brigadier-General Hugh Colin MacKay – Surgeon General, Commander Canadian Forces Health Services Group and the Head of the Royal Canadian Medical Service
  • Dr. Anna Reid – An emergency department physician and CMA Past-President
  • Dr. Chris Simpson – CMA Past-President and cardiologist at Kingston General Hospital

These new Trustees were elected to the CMF Board at the CMF Members’ Annual General meeting, held on August 22, 2015 in Halifax, Nova Scotia. They bring a wide range of unique skills as well as diverse demographical and geographical representation to the CMF Board.

Biographies of all CMF Trustees can be viewed on our website.

Nominations for new CMF Trustees will be accepted for consideration next spring. Please join our mailing list to be notified when nominations open.

Presenting the 2015 Sapphire Awards Recipients


CMF Sapphire AwardsSA 2015The Canadian Medical Foundation (CMF) was pleased to hold our second annual Sapphire Awards on August 22 in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

The CMF Sapphire Awards recognize and celebrate individuals and organizations who have excelled in health care philanthropy in recent years. Awards are given in the areas of individual philanthropy, volunteerism and health care philanthropy by an organization.

The Canadian Medical Foundation 2015 Sapphire Award Winners are:

For Outstanding Achievement in Health Care Philanthropy by an Individual,
Dr. Victor Kurdyak

Dr. Kurdyak is one of the Canadian Medical Foundation’s longest existing donors. Over the course of many years, he has generously gifted a significant amount directly to the CMF’s charitable programs and also through his donor advised funds (DAFs).

Dr. Kurdyak has three DAFs with the CMF, in honour of his late wife Dr. Ruth Kurdyak. Through these DAFs Dr. Kurdyak provides much-need funding for medical outreach in less privileged countries, as well as, to Canadian universities.

For Outstanding Achievement in Health Care Philanthropy through Volunteerism, Dr. Baldev Krishan Mohindra

 Dr. Mohindra has spent 25 years volunteering with the Physicians’ Services Incorporated Foundation and was an executive for Peterborough County Medical Society for most of his 40+ year career. Even into his retirement Dr. Mohindra continues to be passionate about medicine, building his community and support for philanthropic causes.

For Outstanding Achievement in Health Care Philanthropy by an Organization,
University of Ottawa, Faculty of Medicine

In 2014, the University of Ottawa, Faculty of Medicine established the Canadian Medical Foundation Chair of Physician Health and Well-Being in partnership with the CMF.  This Chair will actively conduct research, develop curriculum and enhance resources in the field of physician health and well-being. This position is a global first that will benefit all of Canada’s physicians and in turn, the health care system, by identifying challenges to physician health and pursuing practical solutions.

CMF congratulates all Sapphire Award winners! Nominations for the 2016 Sapphire Awards will open in the spring and will be announced on our website and on our monthly electronic news bulletin. To receive notification when nominations open, please sign-up here.

2015 Canadian Conference on Physician Health – Registration Now Open


The Canadian Physician Health Institute – a national program created in collaboration with the Canadian Medical Association and the Canadian Medical Foundation – and partners Doctors Manitoba and the Doctors Manitoba Health & Wellness Committee are proud to present the 2015 Canadian Conference on Physician Health.

The 2015 Canadian Conference on Physician Health will be held on October 16 & 17, 2015 at the Delta Winnipeg Hotel in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Pre-conference activities will take place on October 15.

Join colleagues from across the country to share knowledge, insights and experience and explore this year’s theme Great expectations: Navigating the competing identities of the modern physician.

Registration for this conference is now open and may be completed here!

For additional information about this conference, please visit the conference webpage or contact physicianhealthconference@cma.ca or 1-800-663-7336 extension 2296.

The Canadian Medical Foundation is pleased to sponsor this conference. We look forward to seeing you there!

Canadian Conference on Physician Health