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Message from the President December 2017

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

As I enter the last quarter of my term as President I was reflecting on what an honour and a rewarding experience it has been to serve the CCMG.  Working with an engaged Board and supportive manager, Heather Dow, we have accomplished a lot to enhance our mission across all areas.   I am also thrilled to announce that Tracy Stockley has assumed the role of President-Elect and will transition to President of the CCMG at our AGM in June. 

You will see in this newsletter a call for nominations for new Directors on the Board.  We are a completely volunteer run organization and I encourage you to consider nominating a Fellow who will carry-on the work of our College.  Details on the duties and activities of a Director can be found by checking out CCMG Board of Directors 101

On the subject of volunteers, we are in need of one or more content experts to help ensure that our web site information is current and is consistent across the various pages.  This person does not need to have web-design expertise, but ideally has a good working knowledge of the College and will advise the Board and guide our management office on matters of web content.  Our web site is the portal to the CCMG by both our members and the public, so it needs to be accurate, navigable and professional. 

Please mark your calendars for June 10 – 13, 2018, to join us at the 42nd CCMG Annual Scientific Conference being held in conjunction with the Canadian Human Genetics and Statistical Genetics Meeting (CHIR-IG) at the resort destination of Harrison Hot Springs, BC.  Registration is now open and this year offers a new ‘all inclusive’ registration package that is a great deal for members of the CCMG. 

The Scientific Program Committee has put together a really interesting program on the theme of ‘The Future is NOW’ including an interactive workshop to address the challenges we all face in the delivery of medical genetics services in the clinics and laboratories.  The expertise and knowledge to find innovative solutions resides among our members and we must leading and guide our health-care administrators and policy makers across Canada in coping with the challenges.  I hope you will consider participating.    

After a successful inaugural Trainee Education day in Montreal last year, the E2P2 and Training committees have organized another all-day workshop, providing a great opportunity for trainees to enhance their early career development skills. Read the invitations to the meeting and Trainee Education Day on the website! 

This is also an examination year, so please remind eligible candidates to register by January 15 to sit the exams in Vancouver, June 8/9, and also encourage them to attend the meeting which follows at Harrison Hot Springs.   

In closing, I want to thank our Board, chairs and committees who do so much in carrying out the CCMG mission. I also want to express my appreciation for those members who value continued engagement in CCMG.  I wish you all a restful and joyous holiday season and all the best for the coming year. 

Judy Chernos