CAEP is proud of the work our committees have accomplished throughout our 40 years. Many initiatives have started out as ideas at a committee meeting. We would like to thank all our members who volunteer their time to improve patient care by participating on a committee.

Standing Committees

Practice Committees


  • To deal with all items of the Bylaws or such related subjects as they may deem advisable or as may be referred to them.
James Stempien MD CCFP(EM)
Saskatoon, SK

CJEM Liaison


  • A representative body to discuss philosophical differences and/or to adjudicate any differences of opinion between CAEP and CJEM.
  • A forum for sharing and learning about CJEM and CAEP priorities, perspectives, and potential conflicts arising from these priorities and perspectives.
  • To jointly identify challenges and solutions related to the Canadian Journal of Emergency Medicine (CJEM).
  • To allow editorial independence for CJEM as per WAME, while ensuring a collaborative process for all business-related issues
  • To establish and maintain a reporting process on operational issues for CJEM to CAEP
  • To establish and maintain a mechanism for discussing and handling any and all conflicts of interest (COI) that may arise related to the EIC of CJEM.
  • To jointly address business/operational differences between the EIC and the Executive Director or the CAEP Board with respect to new proposals from CJEM.
  • Review other issues that may arise in the above discussions.

Ottawa, ON

Alecs Chochinov MD FRCPC
CAEP President
Ottawa, ON

Committee on Finance and Audit


  • Review the results and recommendations of the external audit and confirm the qualifications and independence of the external auditor;
  • Review annual audited financial statements and other financial information presented to the Board and/or membership;
  • Advise the Board as to whether annual audited financial statements are presented fairly and in accordance with Canadian generally accepted accounting principles;
  • Present to the Board of Directors, the audited financial statements for the previous fiscal year and recommend the annual appointment or reappointment of the auditors;
  • Develop and recommend appropriate policies to ensure sound financial and investment policies and practices and recommend revisions as required to assist the Board of Directors in fulfilling its fiduciary duties.
  • Review quarterly financial statements and provide advice to the Board and/or management on financial performance or related matters;
  • Review and assess financial governance, treasury and investment performance in alignment with established CAEP policies;
  • Review the policies governing internal financial controls and processes established by management;
  • Report quarterly to the Board on compliance with established financial policies and identify key financial performance highlights and issues to be considered and/or addressed by the Board;
  • Monitor the Association’s compliance with legal and regulatory financial governance requirements that may have a material impact on the financial statements; and
  • Take direction from and report to the Board with respect to additional duties that the Board may ask the Committee to perform from time to time.
Jill McEwen MD FRCPC
Vancouver BC

Conference (#CAEP20)


Conference Chair
Guy Hebert
Scientific Chairs
Paul Pageau
Stella Yiu

Continuing Professional Development


  • To ensure the expectations of the Board of Directors are met for the CME/CPD program.
  • Review and make recommendations to the Board regarding appropriate educational decisions as they.
    relate to the CME/CPD program.
  • Implement CME/CPD recommendations approved by the Board.
  • Conduct all needs assessments for CME/CPD events.
  • Prepare new Roadshows and other CME/CPD proposals
  • Identify speakers.
  • Ensure that CAEP CME/CPD programs are cost efficient and at a minimum, meeting the contribution goals to the Board.
Sean Moore MD FRCPC
Kewatin, ON

Future of Emergency Medicine


  • To work in an advisory capacity to the CAEP board to prioritize and action the CWG-EM recommendations and recommend to the CAEP Board a strategy that includes medium and long term FEMC planning.
  • To work in a leadership and advocacy capacity to action the strategy, priorities and plan of the FEMC as directed by the CAEP board.
  • To help CAEP continue to maintain a leadership role in facilitating communication and collaboration between the Colleges, their EM-relevant committees and the post-grad deans.
  • To be an advocate and leader in EM training and HHR needs and work with the Colleges on Collaboration, communication and accountability
Doug Sinclair MD CCFP(EM) FRCPC
Toronto, ON



  • Ensure membership initiatives reflect the mission and vision of the organization.
  • Develop specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and timely (SMART) goals for the purpose of member recruitment and retention.
  • Advice on marketing strategies for the purposes of recruitment of new members, retaining current members, and re-engaging lapsed members.
  • Advise on potential member benefits that add value to a member and their practice
Benjamin Fuller MD CCFP(EM)
Bowmanville, ON



  • Identify candidates for election to the Board of Directors and for election to the position of President-Elect and approach those candidates with respect to running.
  • Identify candidates for any other elected positions that may arise in relation to other Association activities, committees, documents or functions.
  • Prepare a slate of nominees for circulation to the Members along with a call for nominations.
  • Oversee the collection of the nominations and the ballots.
  • Prepare a full and final slate of nominees, if necessary, and circulate to the Members.
  • Self assess, on an annual basis, the Committee’s effectiveness.
Paul Pageau MD CCFP(EM)
Ottawa, ON

Public Affairs


  • To ensure CAEPs voice is heard on key issues affecting emergency medicine.
  • To represent CAEP when interviewed by members of the media
  • To represent CAEP when meeting with key individuals in government and other industries.
  • Act as media spokesman for CAEP in key areas of expertise or direct media to a CAEP member who holds expertise in the desired subject matter.
  • Initiate and respond to opportunities for collaboration with external bodies engaged in public interest activities.
  • Propose position statements which have the potential to strengthen the Association’s public interest role or profile.
  • Meet quarterly and provide reports to the Board of Directors.
Atul Kapur MD CCFP(EM)
Ottawa, ON
Alan Drummond MD CCFP(EM)
Perth, ON



  • Promote high-quality research that improves patient care across Canada.
  • Promote the training, development, and support of qualified EM researchers.
  • Enhance collaboration amongst Canadian centres to conduct impactful EM research.
  • Increase participation in CJEM activities at Canadian medical schools and teaching hospitals.
  • Strive to ensure all the best Canadian EM research is presented at the annual CAEP Scientific Conference.
  • Evaluate research submissions via a peer-review method for the purpose of identifying high-quality presentations for CAEP’s Annual Conference.
  • Evaluate research grant proposals via a peer-review method for the purpose of supporting high-quality projects funded by the EM Advancement Fund.
  • Review and approve research surveys from CAEP members to be distributed to the consenting CAEP members.
  • Review research protocols to provide letters of endorsement.
Andrew McRae MD PHd FRCPC
Calgary, AB



  • To ensure that clinical practice guidelines, consensus documents, and position and policy statements have been developed, validated, and maintained according to the organisation’s policies.
  • The Standards committee is committed to adherence to internationally accepted frameworks for developing such knowledge products. In
    the absence of such frameworks, the Standards committee will develop such frameworks for the organisation through consensus processes.
  • To ensure that the proposed practice standards are flexible enough to allow them to be applied in various emergency settings that considers geographical, political, and cultural differences across the country.
  • To identify the needs and the problems in the provision of emergency health care and recommend areas for the development of guidelines, standards, policies and position statements.
  • To assist in the development of appropriate responses to inquiries of the association, where CAEP should have a formal opinion or position.
  • To review guidelines and consensus statements at various times in their development to ensure they are scientifically sound and reasonably flexible for practical implementation in all emergency settings.
  • To develop policy and position statements on an ad-hoc basis as requested by the executive from inquiries to the association.
  • To develop a process for the review of CAEP clinical practice guidelines, and consensus documents that utilises the “CMAJ Guidelines for Guidelines” as a means of evaluating the level of evidence in these documents.
  • To develop a process for creating and reviewing CAEP clinical practice guidelines using internationally accepted guideline frameworks.
Suneel Upadhye MD FRCPC
Burlington, ON



The Emergency Medicine Wellness Committee strives to advocate and promote personal and professional wellbeing of
Emergency Medicine across Canada. Click here to visit the Wellness page.


Rod Lim MD
London, ON



  • This committee will provide advocacy, support, mentorship and networking opportunities to LGBTQ+ individuals and allies in emergency medicine with the goal of promoting visibility and inclusion, and advancing knowledge and understanding around LGBTQ+ issues in emergency medicine.
  •  To empower LGBTQ+ physicians and learners in emergency medicine through representation,  mentorship,  education and advocacy.
Nadia Primiani MD CCFP(EM)



  • Provide support and analysis to the board and CAEP members regarding ethical and professional issues
  • Produce ethics-focused presentations and publications
Merril Pauls MD CCFP(EM)



Eric Grafstein MD FRCPC
Vancouver, BC

Critical Care (C4)


  • To provide a forum for sharing challenges, ideas and solutions for critical care issues as they pertain to emergency department physicians
  • To encourage an interest in critical care medicine and issues.
Julian Owen MD FRCPC
Grimsby, ON



  • To represent, maintain and develop the Canadian Triage and Acuity Scale (CTAS)


Katherine Smith MD FRCPC
Edmonton, AB

Margaret Dymond RN



  • To define standards of care for Emergency Preparedness.
  • To provide resources to achieve and surpass the standard of care.
  • To promote research in Emergency Preparedness and Disaster Medicine.
  • To promote and facilitate emergency preparedness planning between agencies and avoid planning “silos.”
Daniel Kollek MD CCFP(EM)
Dundas, ON

Emergency Ultrasound Committee


  • To promote all aspects of emergency point-of-care ultrasound (PoCUS) in Canada: training, competency and research.
Paul Olszynski MD CCFP(EM)
Saskatoon, SK



  • Develop a section to enable members to share and disseminate
    information on EMS and related topics.
  • Identify opportunities to improve the delivery of medically directed EMS
    systems in Canada.
  • Provide EMS expertise to the CAEP Executive.
  • Serve as a resource to CAEP members and medical directors of EMS
  • Pursue and encourage research opportunities in EMS.
Alix Carter MD FRCPC
St. Margaret’s Bay, NS

Geriatric Emergency Medicine


  • To provide a forum for Canadian emergency medicine clinicians, researchers, educators and administrators committeed to optimizing the care of older people in EDs; and to define and promote standard of excellence in their care.
Don Melady MD CCFP(EM)
Toronto, ON

Global Emergency Medicine


  • To provide a networking forum for CAEP members interested in pursuing their interests
    in IEM.
  • To advocate to the CAEP membership the importance of CAEP’s involvement in IEM.
  • To collaborate with other emergency medicine organizations, including the International Federation of Emergency Medicine (IFEM).
  • To strive for IEM experiences which involve the empowerment and capacity-building of local community members for the provision of EM service and education.
  • To develop, maintain and update a database of opportunities in developing countries (or remote areas of Canada) for students, residents and physicians in Emergency Medicine. These opportunities may include involvement in clinical, educational or research in International Emergency Medicine (IEM).


Amanda Collier MD FRCPC
Kingston, ON

Click here to visit the Committee Webpage

Network of Canadian Emergency Researchers (NCER)


  • To enable emergency care researchers to conduct multi-center research or education studies, provide mentorship, create knowledge through research, support knowledge translation, and ultimately improve emergency patient care for all Canadians.
Laurie Morrison MD, FRCPC, MSc
Toronto, ON

Palliative Care

Proposed Mandate

  • To provide CAEP with a centre of expertise on the issues relating to the care of patients with palliative care needs in Canada’s Emergency Departments.
Lisa Fischer MD FRCPC
Ottawa, ON

Quality Improvement and Patient Safety

Proposed Mandate

  • Vision
    • The vision of the Quality Improvement and Patient Safety (QIPS) Committee is to create a community of practice that will encourage the development of the fields of QI and PS in EM
      in Canada.
    • This vision supports the Canadian Association of Emergency Physicians (CAEP)vision—“Empowered. Connected. Represented.”—by connecting EM providers across the country and empowering them to improve the care they provide to their patients.
  • Mission:
    • The mission of the QIPS Committee is to provide a forum for Canadian EM providers to share challenges, ideas, and solutions for issues that pertain to the quality and safety of care of patients in the emergency departments (EDs) across the country, and to enable
      clinical and scholarly collaborations pertaining to QI and PS.
      This mission supports the CAEP mission by connecting and  promoting the interests of EM physicians, by advocating for improved care for patients, and by providing a forum for academic endeavours in EM.


Lucas Chartier MD FRCPC
Toronto, ON



  • To improve the quality of acute stroke care in patients presenting to Emergency Department in Canada through evidence based guidance.
Eddy Lang MD CCFP(EM)
Calgary, ON

Undergraduate Education Committee


Simon Field MD CCFP(EM)
Halifax, NS

Women in Emergency Medicine


  • To empower women in emergency medicine through representation, mentorship, education and advocacy.


Anna Nowacki MD FRCPC
Toronto, ON

Committee Website

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