Summer Newsletter 2014

Dear Colleagues,

Summer seems to have finally arrived thank goodness.  Although late in coming, I expect we’ll have fine weather from here on in. 

From the CCMG front, I have a number of important items to bring to your attention:

  1. Canadian Gene Cure Foundation Receipts. Many of you generously contributed to CGCF through the CCMG membership drive and are still waiting for your charity receipts.  It turns out to be more difficult than anticipated to isolate the donations accurately but the CCMG auditors are working on it and will forward the donations and donor list to the CGCF as soon as possible. Your patience is much appreciated!
  2. Vancouver AGM and Scientific Symposia.  The Scientific committee under the chairmanship of Dr. David Chitayat has done a wonderful planning job this year. The main themes they have chosen to cover are: Animal models of human diseases and Epigenetics. This newsletter contains everything you need to know about the upcoming meeting – please check out the links! 
  3. Trainees – call for abstracts. Speaking of the AGM, I would like to encourage trainees to take a break from preparing for the exams and submit an abstract and check out the Margaret Thompson Trainee Award information on our website.
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     Of Interest

Board News

Document approvals by board:
New training Guidelines


Board Minutes

Career Opportunities

Committee News

Credentials Committe

The Credentials Committee has worked very hard to produce revised documents for trainees who have applied for credentialing. The goal was to improve the documentation proces for both the trainee and the review committee.Updated dopcuments can be found on the CCMG website.

Laboratory Practice committee’s 2013 survey of Cytogenetics and Molecular Labs

The results of the Laboratory Practice committee’s 2013 survey of Cytogenetics and Molecular Labs is posted here for our members’ interest


The CCMG welcomes new member, Royal College graduate, Dr. Aspasia Karalis and new affiliates in-training: Drs. Abdul Moor, Julien Marcadier and Lauren Badalato.

Membership Dues

Paying your dues has never been easier!  If you haven’t paid your 2014 dues yet,  click HERE and you will be directed to the proper section of the website.  Please note that MOC dues are no longer handled by the CCMG. You should have received a dues notice directly from the Royal College instead.




     AGM Announcements

2014 Vancouver Scientific Symposia and Annual General Meeting Announcement

Check the website for ongoing updates on:
Scientific program, Accomodations, Sponsor/Exhibitor informations, Business Meetings and more!


Submit your abstracts online.
Abstracts submission deadline is August 31, 2014.

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     General Announcements

The following individuals have been nominated to fill three upcoming vacancies on the Board: 

  • Tanya Nelson mol (BC)
  • Jean McGowan-Jordon cyto/mol(ON)
  • Tracy Stockley mol (ON)
  • Elizabeth McCready cyto/mol (ON)

Current Board Members

  • (Retiring) Marsha Speevak (president) cyto/molecular (ON)
  • (Retiring) Stacey Hume (Secretary) mol (AB)
  • (Retiring) Patrice Eydoux (Treasurer) cyto (BC)
  • Roberto Mendoza cli (ON)
  • Gail Graham cli (ON) (president elect)
  • Sean Young mol (BC)
  • Hilary Valance Bioc (BC)
  • Judy Chernos Cyto (AB)

(Retiring members will be leaving the board of directors as of the end of the 2014 AGM business meeting.)
The Awards and Nominations Committee, on behalf of the Board of Directors, is requesting further nominations from the members at large.  Any member in good standing is eligible for election to the BOD, provided he/she has not served on the Board within 3 years of re-election. 

Nomination forms are available on the CCMG-CCGM website and must be signed by the nominee who agrees to stand and accepts the commitment required of serving on the BOD. 

Brief bios of each nominee will be circulated to the membership at the time of voting.
Deadline for nominations is September 6, 2014, two months prior to the AGM as per by-laws.  





     Member Spotlight

Member spotlight submissions are encouraged! 

If you or a colleague have recently attended an interesting educational event, accomplished something special, received an award or otherwise have something to tell your colleagues, this is the place to do it! 

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   Important Links


Board minutes


Annual Meeting 2014 

  2014 Canadian College of Medical Geneticists  


Save the Dates!


CCMG/CSCC Virtual Sessions: Indigenous Health: Time for Action - June 25, 2020

CCMG/CSCC Virtual Sessions: Differences of Sexual Differentiation/Transgender - July 16, 2020

General Examination (3 hours)  - September 15, 2020

Specialty Written Examination - September 16, 2020

OSLEs (written only) - September 17, 2020

45th Annual Scientific Meeting in St. John’s, NL - June 12-16, 2021 - Delta St John's Hotel and Conference Centre