Committees

Make a difference in the medical profession.

About CPSA committees

At CPSA, we are guided and advised by committees made up of physicians, healthcare partners and Albertans. Participating in these committees is an excellent way to positively impact health care in Alberta, while also gaining valuable skills in governance and leadership. Learn about our committees and explore current opportunities below.

Current committee members

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Interested in joining a CPSA committee?

CPSA committees

Competence

Makes recommendations to Council on continuing competence requirements and provides for the review, investigation and assessment of the competence of physicians. Review the committee’s terms of reference to find out more.

Current members:

Complaint Review Committees (CRC) & Hearing Tribunals

A CRC reviews dismissed complaints at the request of complainants, while a Hearing Tribunal considers evidence and arguments against physicians in adjudicating charges of unprofessional conduct.

Current members:

Infection Prevention & Control (IPAC) Advisory Committee

CPSA works with a multi-disciplinary team of provincial infection prevention and control (IPAC) experts and practising physicians to develop our IPAC and medical device reprocessing (MDR) standards. They direct and advise the program on preventing the transmission of infectious disease in medical clinics and ensure consistency with the expectations of the Provincial Medical Officer of Health.

IPAC advisory committee members:

  • Dr. Kathryn Koliaska, Community Medicine (Co-Chair)
  • Dr. Oscar Larios, Internal Medicine, Infectious Disease and Medical Microbiology (Co-Chair)
  • Ms. Bernice Heinrichs, RN and IPAC professional
  • Dr. Cathy Horsman, Family Medicine
  • Dr. Stephanie Smith, Infectious Diseases
  • Dr. Jeffrey Way, General Surgery

Current Members:

Summative Assessment Advisory Committee

The Summative Assessment Advisory Committee reviews all physician summative assessment documentation and prepares recommendations to the Assistant Registrar, Registration, regarding each physician’s application for registration on the General Register.

Current members:

Accreditation committees

All CPSA accreditation programs are guided by committees of field experts. Committees help us review our standards and make final accreditation decisions for facilities based on assessor reports.

You can find information about all accreditation committees below. This includes Committee SharePoint sites, meeting dates and more.

Advisory Committee on Laboratory Medicine

The Advisory Committee on Laboratory Medicine (ACLM) oversees CPSA’s lab accreditation program. Our 9 voting members—field experts like lab physicians and technologists—help us develop and maintain standards for lab practice. Interested in the fine-print? Check out our ACLM Terms of Reference.

This committee also advises CPSA’s MFAC on decisions about lab services. Upcoming meeting dates, Committee SharePoint sites and a member directory can be found below.

Upcoming Meeting Dates:

  • Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2024
  • Wednesday, Sep. 25, 2024

Relevant SharePoint Sites:

Committee Member Directory:

  • Dr. G. Horne (Committee Chair, Red Deer)
  • Ms. Joanne Vaillant (Edmonton)
  • Dr. Anna Füzéry (Edmonton)
  • Dr. D. Gregson (Calgary)
  • Dr. R. Lai (Edmonton)
  • Dr. G. Clarke (Edmonton)
  • Dr. E. Mahe (Calgary)
  • Dr. Mathew Estey (Edmonton)
  • Dr. Peter Kannu (Edmonton)
  • Dr. Andrew Schell (Calgary)

Advisory Committee on Diagnostic Imaging

The Advisory Committee on Diagnostic Imaging (ACDI) oversees CPSA’s diagnostic imaging accreditation program. The 10 voting members—field experts including radiologists and cardiologists—help us develop and maintain standards for diagnostic imaging facilities. Interested in the fine print? Check out our ACDI Terms of Reference.

The committee also advises MFAC on decisions about DI services. Upcoming meeting dates, Committee SharePoint sites and a member directory can be found below.

Upcoming Meeting Dates:

  • Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2024 (hybrid meeting)
  • Tuesday, Sep. 17, 2024 (in-person meeting)

Relevant SharePoint Sites:

Committee Member Directory:

  • Dr. Greg Schnell, Cardiology (Calgary)
  • Dr. Kelvin Lee, Diagnostic Radiology (Edmonton)
  • Dr. Hamid Banijamali, Cardiology (Calgary)
  • Dr. Ruban Gnanakumar, Nuclear Medicine/Diagnostic Radiology (Calgary)
  • Dr. James Daniels, Diagnostic Radiology (Medicine Hat)
  • Dr. Robert Ashforth, Diagnostic Radiology (Edmonton)
  • Dr. Sayra Khandekar, Cardiology (Edmonton) CHAIR
  • Dr. Casey Young, Diagnostic Radiology (Lloydminster)
  • Dr. Vic Venu, Diagnostic Radiology (Red Deer)
  • Dr. Sarah Koles, Diagnostic Radiology (Calgary)
  • Dr. Amar Suchak, Nuclear Medicine/Diagnostic Radiology (Calgary)
  • Dr. Anukul Panu, Diagnostic Radiology (Edmonton)
  • Dr. Chrisselle Ahpin, Nuclear Medicine/Diagnostic Radiology (Calgary)

Advisory Committee on Non-Hospital Surgical Facilities

The Advisory Committee on Non-Hospital Surgical Facilities (ACNHSF) oversees CPSA’s NHSF accreditation program. The 10 voting members—field experts including anesthesiologists, plastic surgeons, ophthalmologists, dermatologists, gynecologists, registered nurses and oral surgeons—help us develop and maintain standards for Alberta’s NHSFs. Interested in the fine print? Check out our ACNHSF Terms of Reference.

The committee also advises MFAC on decisions about NHSF services. Upcoming meeting dates, Committee SharePoint sites and a member directory can be found below.

Upcoming Meeting Dates:

  • Friday, February 9, 2024
  • Friday, August 16, 2024 (ADHOC)
  • Friday, September 20, 2024

Committee SharePoint Sites:

Committee Member Directory:

  • Dr. Chris Rudnisky (Chair)
  • Dr. Sarah Halleran
  • Dr. Mark Haugrud
  • Mr. Mark Scott
  • Dr. Les Scheelar
  • Dr. Mariusz Sapijaszko
  • Dr. Sabrina Sandhu
  • Ms. Alison Shaw
  • Dr. Lee Darichuk
  • Dr. Sean Gregg

Advisory Committee on Neurodiagnostics

The Advisory Committee on Neurodiagnostics (ACN) oversees CPSA’s neurodiagnostic accreditation program. The 7 voting members—neurologist field experts—help us develop and maintain standards for Alberta’s neurodiagnostic facilities. Interested in the fine print? Check out our ACN Terms of Reference.

The committee also advises MFAC on decisions about neurodiagnostic services. Upcoming meeting dates, Committee SharePoint sites and a member directory can be found below.

Committee SharePoint Sites:

Committee Member Directory:

  • Dr. Gary Klein (Chair)
  • Dr. Nizam Ahmed
  • Dr. Neelan Pillay

Advisory Committee on Sleep Medicine Diagnostics

The Advisory Committee on Sleep Medicine Diagnostics oversees CPSA’s sleep medicine accreditation program. The 11 voting members are sleep experts with training in respirology, pediatric respirology, psychiatry, respiratory therapy, and more. They help us develop and maintain standards for Alberta’s sleep medicine facilities. Interested in the fine print? Check out the committee Terms of Reference.

The committee also advises MFAC on decisions about sleep medicine diagnostic services. Upcoming meeting dates, Committee SharePoint sites and a member directory can be found below.

Upcoming Meeting Dates:

  • Feb. 15, 2024
  • Aug. 22, 2024 (Ad Hoc)
  • Sept. 68,2024

Committee SharePoint Sites:

Committee Member Directory:

  • Dr. Atul Khullar
  • Mr. Bryan Buell
  • Dr. Charles Samuels
  • Dr. Ivonne Hernandez
  • Dr. Irvin Mayers
  • Dr. Patrick Hanly
  • Mr. Rod Rousseau
  • Dr. Shouresh Charkhandeh
  • Dr. Willis Tsai (Chair)

Advisory Committee on Pulmonary Function Diagnostics (PFD)

The Advisory Committee on Pulmonary Function Diagnostics (ACPFD) oversees CPSA’s PFD accreditation program. The 9 voting members—respirologists, pediatric respirologists, physiologists and respiratory therapists—help us develop and maintain standards for Alberta’s PFD facilities. Interested in the fine print? Check out the ACPFD Terms of Reference.

The committee also advises MFAC on decisions about PFD services. Upcoming meeting dates, Committee SharePoint sites and a member directory can be found below.

Upcoming Meeting Dates:

  • Feb. 1, 2024
  • Aug 26, 2024 (Ad Hoc)
  • Sep. 26, 2024

Committee SharePoint Sites:

Committee Member Directory:

  • ​​Dr. Benjamin Chiam
  • Dr. Christopher Ewing
  • Dr. Kumar Ramlall
  • Mr. Gerald Spence
  • Dr. Michael Stickland
  • Dr. Dan Stollery (Chair)
  • Dr. Eric Wong
  • Dr. Mark Montgomery

Medical Facility Accreditation Committee

The Medical Facility Accreditation Committee (MFAC) is a standing CPSA Council committee. Under the Health Professions Act, this 9-member committee oversees the work of the other advisory committees and advises Council on policy. MFAC’s lens of Albertan accountability helps us keep our standards consistent. Interested in the fine-print? Check out our MFAC Terms of Reference.

Upcoming meeting dates, Committee SharePoint sites and a member directory can be found below.

Upcoming Meeting Dates:

  • February 21, 2024
  • August 28, 2024 (Ad-hoc)
  • October 2, 2024

Relevant SharePoint Sites:

Committee Member Directory:

  • Dr. N. Wahab, Cardiology (Chair)
  • Dr. P. Miles, General Surgery
  • Dr. B. Ramsey, Anesthesiologist
  • Dr. J.S. Shantz, Orthopedic Surgery
  • Dr. N. Wahab, Cardiology
  • Dr. D. Cave, Anesthesiology
  • Dr. M. Bacchus, Internal Medicine

Council committees

Council has several committees for serving Council members and others to take part in.

Anti-Racism Anti-Discrimination Action Advisory Committee

The Anti-Racism Anti-Discrimination Action Advisory Committee (ARADAAC) will provide advice to CPSA Council and Registrar on priority areas where CPSA has the greatest authority to action and influence change to disrupt racism and discrimination within CPSA as an organization and within regulated member practice. Review the ARADAAC terms of reference to find out more.

Current members: Access the Council SharePoint site to see your committee information (login required).

 

Building Fund Initiatives Working Group

Following Council’s approval of allocating $5 million from the Building Fund Reserve to the CPSA Healthier Albertan Grant, the Building Fund Initiatives Working Group (Working Group) has been tasked with reviewing applications against approved decision criteria, monitoring the effectiveness and efficiency of the CPSA Heathier Albertan Grant process and providing regular updates to Council.

Working Group membership composition is intended to reflect diverse experiences and backgrounds from across the province, including but not limited to:

  • Experience in medicine and/or a social science or health-related field
  • Granting experience
  • Indigenous representation
  • Geographic representation (urban or rural)
  • Involvement with community organizations
  • CPSA Council representation
  • Underserved community and/or groups representation (e.g.: racialized groups)

The Working Group is an ad hoc committee of Council for a period and frequency to be determined by Council until the funding for the CPSA Healthier Albertan Grant has been distributed. Read the Building Fund Initiatives Working Group’s terms of reference to find out more.

Council Executive

Sets the agenda for Council meetings, meets regularly with CPSA’s Registrar (conducting a formal job performance appraisal at the end of the year and attends to other matters requiring attention between Council meetings. Review the Executive Committee’s terms of reference to find out more.

2024 CPSA Council Executive

Council Chair –Jaelene Mannerfeldt
Council Vice-Chair–
Patrick Etokudo
Member-at-Large –
Daisy Fung

Current members: Access the Council SharePoint site to see your committee information (login required).

Finance & Audit

Deals with finance issues related to financial governance of CPSA, such as the annual budget, investment portfolio and pension statements. Review the committee’s terms of reference to find out more.

Current members: Access the Finance & Audit Committee SharePoint site (login required).

Governance

Ensures compliance with applicable regulations and practices, plans and promotes learning opportunities for Council members to enhance effectiveness, and is responsible for developing recommendations for appointments to Committees. Read the Governance Committee’s terms of reference to find out more.

Current members: Access the Council SharePoint site to see your committee information (login required).

Indigenous Advisory Circle

As Alberta’s medical regulator, we play an important role in reconciliation, which includes responding to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada: Calls to Action, particularly those actions that relate to health.

The Indigenous Advisory Circle, established by CPSA Council in December 2021, focuses on listening to and learning from those with lived Indigenous experiences across Alberta. Through collaboration and creating a safe space to share these experiences and ideas, the Circle helps CPSA reflect on our own processes and identify how we can better support Indigenous patients and better guide the physicians who care for them. Read the Circle terms of reference to find out more.

 

Current members: Access the Council SharePoint site to see your committee information (login required).

Non-committee work

A number of CPSA’s programs enlist the support of assessors, reviewers and subject matter experts to assist in their day-to-day responsibilities.

Current opportunities

Interested in getting more involved with CPSA? We invite you to explore current opportunities to join one of our committees.

Advisory Committee on IPAC: physician with expertise in cosmetic and esthetic medicine

About you

Are you a physician with a clinical focus on esthetics, cosmetic dermatology and cosmetic medicine? If so, consider an active role in profession-led governance by joining CPSA’s Infection Prevention & Control (IPAC) Advisory Committee.

About the opportunity

We are seeking the expertise of a physician with industry and practical expertise in cosmetic and esthetic medicine to provide their unique insights and to complement the current composition of the IPAC Advisory Committee. Preference will be given to physicians who oversee a clinic, or clinics, where common esthetic invasive procedures, such as cosmetic injections, are undertaken.

The IPAC Advisory Committee is a standing subcommittee of the Competence Committee. Its purposes are to:

  • ensure uniform implementation of accepted standards for the prevention of transmission of infectious disease in physician offices and clinics, and
  • promote IPAC best practices, including medical device reprocessing, through education of the profession.

The IPAC Advisory Committee provides technical expertise and advice to guide the IPAC program. In this role, you would be contributing to the strategic direction of the program, advising on the adoption of IPAC requirements, guidance, and program positions, and helping ensure standards of practice are implemented effectively. Advisory Committee members understand the importance of self‐regulation and recognize program activities help ensure Albertans receive safe medical care.

Expected time commitment

Meetings are held 4 times a year (twice virtually and twice in person).  Additional meetings may be called as required.

Honorarium and expenses

Paid at CPSA rates.

Questions?

Contact our IPAC team.

Ready to apply?

Submit your application below.

Advisory Committee on Pulmonary Function Diagnostics: respirologist

About you

Are you a respirologist? Are you interested in medical facility accreditation?

If so, consider an active role in profession-led governance by joining CPSA’s Advisory Committee on Pulmonary Function Diagnostics.

The Advisory Committee on Pulmonary Function Laboratories oversees CPSA’s accreditation program for pulmonary function laboratories for private facilities as defined in CPSA bylaws and for public facilities through contract with Alberta Health Services. The committee promotes high standards of medical practice in diagnostic facilities by monitoring facility compliance with evidence-based standards.

CPSA Accreditation Advisory Committees report to and provide direction to the Medical Facility Accreditation Committee, which is accountable to CPSA Council.

Qualifications

  • Experienced respirologist with expertise in pulmonary function testing, including cardiopulmonary exercise testing (CPET);
  • Preferably based South or Calgary Zones; and
  • In good standing with CPSA.

Expected time commitment

Meetings are held five times a year and at the request of the Chair.  Additional meetings may be called as required.

Honorarium and expenses

Paid at CPSA rates.

Ready to apply?

Submit your application below.

Complaint Review Committee (CRC) and Hearing Tribunals

Do you have experience in dispute resolution?

We are currently seeking physicians for our Complaint Review Committee (CRC) and Hearing Tribunals.

A CRC reviews dismissed complaints at the request of complainants, while a Hearing Tribunal considers evidence and arguments in adjudicating a charge of unprofessional conduct against a physician. Both CRCs and Hearing Tribunals are made up of physician and public members.

We promise an interesting, challenging, and very satisfying experience.

CRC and Hearing Tribunal positions are open to physicians of all specialties who are in good standing with CPSA. Experience serving on tribunals or committees, in formal administrative positions, or assessing medical students, residents, or physicians for readiness to enter practice are valuable assets.

Expected time commitment is one day for a CRC meeting, one-to-two days for a Hearing Tribunal, plus up to 15 hours depending on the complexity of a case. The Chair of the CRC or Hearing Tribunal is also responsible for preparing decision documents with the assistance of legal counsel. Decision writing training will be provided as this position requires members to synthesize large amounts of information and write decisions.

Honorarium and expenses are paid at CPSA rates, and training is provided.

Please note that physicians wishing to be nominated to this committee must have been in full-time independent practice for at least five years.

For more information or to apply, contact Hearings.Director@cpsa.ab.ca.

Indigenous Advisory Circle

CPSA is seeking Indigenous individuals, physicians and physician assistants to serve on the Indigenous Advisory Circle (the Circle).

The Circle is an advisory committee, guiding CPSA in areas where we can enhance the healthcare experiences Indigenous people have with physicians and physician assistants.

About you

Are you:

  • an Indigenous individual or member of a First Nation, Métis or Inuit community who is interested in sharing your perspectives on Indigenous health and physician/physician assistant care?
  • passionate about improving the experience Indigenous patients have in the health system, specifically with physicians and physician assistants?
  • an Indigenous or non-Indigenous physician or physician assistant who provides care to Indigenous patients and communities in Alberta?

If so, consider applying to join the Circle to take an active role in guiding medical regulation.

About the opportunity

CPSA’s mandate is to protect the public through the regulation physicians and physician assistants in Alberta. As a member of the Circle, you would provide your perspectives/insights and advice to guide CPSA as we work towards safer healthcare experiences Indigenous people have with our regulated members.

We are seeking First Nations, Métis or Inuit individuals to join the Circle, including:

  • individuals who live in urban or rural communities, on and off reserve, and on and off settlement within Alberta
  • individuals with experience in health-related fields

We are also seeking Indigenous and non-Indigenous physician and physician assistant members of the Circle with experience providing care to Indigenous patients and communities.

Expected time commitment

Meetings are 2-3 hours in length and held 4 times a year (virtually).  Additional meetings, including those held in person, may be called as required.

Honorarium and expenses

Honoraria is provided and expenses covered in accordance with CPSA policy.

 Questions?

Contact us at info@cpsa.ab.ca.

Ready to apply?

Submit your application below.

Medical Facility Accreditation Committee (MFAC): physician members

Are you a physician with an interest in medical facility accreditation and a specialty in one or more of the following:

  • Family/rural medicine
  • Emergency
  • Internal medicine
  • Psychiatry

If so, consider an active role in profession-led governance by joining CPSA’s Medical Facility Accreditation Committee (MFAC).

Under the Health Professions Act (HPA), MFAC members are appointed to advise on accreditation standards for diagnostic and treatment facilities:

    • Diagnostic imaging
    • Medical laboratories
    • Pulmonary function testing
    • Neurophysiologic testing
    • Non-hospital surgical facilities
    • Sleep medicine diagnostics
    • Cardiac stress testing
    • Hyperbaric oxygen facilities
    • Psychedelic assisted psychotherapy

Committee members work together to establish and administer reviews and assessments of such facilities, to confirm they are operating in accordance with CPSA’s standards.

Qualifications:

  • In good standing with CPSA.

Expected time commitment:

The MFAC meets two to three times a year. All meetings are virtual. In addition to attending meetings, when preparing advice for Council, committee members are expected to review reports, scientific literature, standards in other jurisdictions and recommendations from consultants and other CPSA committees.

Honorarium and expenses

Paid at CPSA rates.

More information:

For more information or to apply, contact the Accreditation Program Coordinator, at 780-969-5008 or accreditation@cpsa.ab.ca.

Ready to apply?

Submit your application here!

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