THE 2020-2021 BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Dr Olivier Fortin, President
Dr Olivier Fortin is currently an R4 in Pediatric Neurology at McGill University, having completed his MD at the University of Montreal. Passionate about medical education and university policy, he was involved during his undergraduate medical studies with the University of Montreal’s medical student association, AÉÉMUM, then with the Fédération médicale étudiante du Québec (FMEQ). Sustaining his momentum on starting residency, he joined the Association of Residents of McGill (ARM) as a delegate, then as its representative on the FMRQ’s Academic Affairs Committee – Specialties. During these years, he became familiar with the various bodies governing the complex world of postgraduate medical education, both locally, provincially, and nationally. In 2019-2020, he joined the FMRQ Board, chairing the Academic Affairs Committee – Specialties, and thus continuing to manage the files initiated by his predecessors on continuous improvement of training quality in non-FM specialty residency programs in Quebec, particularly with respect to accreditation processes and the switch to Competence by Design (CBD). In 2020-2021, he is President of the Federation, thus pursuing the pedagogical mission he has developed over the past few years. He will represent all Quebec resident doctors on several local, regional, provincial, and national platforms. He will intervene with his fellow FMRQ Board members in the Federation’s different areas of activity, on the academic, legal, and labour union fronts.
Dr Jessica Ruel-Laliberté, Vice-President
Dr Jessica Ruel-Laliberté is currently an R4 in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Sherbrooke. From the very start of her undergraduate medical studies, she was very involved with her colleagues, as President of Laval University’s medical students group (RÉMUL) and President of the Fédération médicale étudiante du Québec. Through her professional involvement with CaRMS, the Standing Advisory Panel on Physician Resource Planning in Quebec, and the FMRQ’s Academic Affairs Committee — Specialties, she developed a passion for research and health management. Following two terms as chairperson of the Physician Resource Planning Committee (CPEM), she will continue defending her colleagues’ interests in different respects as FMRQ Vice-President. In addition to her role on the Executive Committee, she will chair CPEM and the Resident Wellness Committee (RWC).
Dr Éric Guimond, Secretary-Treasurer
Dr Eric Guimond is currently an R4 in Anesthesiology at the University of Sherbrooke, where he also earned his MD. In 2017-2018, he served as Association des médecins résidents de Sherbrooke (AMReS) Vice-President, Physician Resources, and sat on the FMRQ’s Physician Resource Planning Committee (CPEM). For the past two years, he was President of AMReS, as well as a Federation Board member. His many years of involvement prompted him to stand for the position of FMRQ Secretary-Treasurer for 2020-2021. In that role, he intends to contribute actively to the analysis of Federation-wide issues, and to the management of issues on the FMRQ Board of Directors, with regard to financial matters, but also in connection with all areas of Federation activity. The experience he has acquired over the years, particularly in managing MEDGAMES in 2016 with a large budget, has clearly prepared him well for his new role on the FMRQ Board.
Dr Florence Côté, Director from AMReQ
Dr Florence Côté is currently an R4 in Medical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases at Laval University, where she also earned her MD. In 2020-2021, she will represent her colleagues from the Association des médecins résidents de Québec (AMReQ), where for two years she was the Board member responsible for communications. In that role, she handled communications with members, as well as AMReQ’s liaison with university authorities and student associations. She became involved in analysis of Laval University’s regulation concerning sexual violence, and in updating the Academic Regulations. Since enrolling in medicine, she has always contributed to different organizations and many causes. She was on the Board of the Laval postgraduate student association (AELIÉS) from 2017 to 2019, President of Citoyenneté jeunesse in 2016-2017, and student representative on the Laval University Board of Directors. She was Vice-President, External Affairs with the Laval University confederation of student associations (CADEUL) in 2014-2015, and with the Laval University medical students group (RÉMUL) from 2012 to 2014. She was named Forces Avenir 2016 Personality Par Excellence for her outstanding engagement throughout her university career.
Dr Ariane Veilleux-Carpentier, Director from AMRM
Dr Ariane Veilleux-Carpentier is an R4 in Neurology at the University of Montreal. She has been involved since starting residency, including as Secretary General of the Association des médecins résidents de Montréal (AMRM). But her engagement began long before that. While completing her MD, she was president of the University of Montreal medical students association (AÉÉMUM), where she led medical students’ mobilization and lobbying against Bill 20. She was then elected president of the Fédération médicale étudiante du Québec (FMEQ), to represent her fellow medical students at various levels on the Quebec and Canada-wide scene. Dynamic and effective, she intends to harness her experience for her colleagues’ benefit. Among other things, she wants to contribute to monitoring the issues of the moment, and ensuring that the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic does not have a detrimental impact on members’ professional and academic pathways, while taking part in the work to renew the FMRQ’s collective agreement, which expires March 31, 2021.
Dr Sofia Nene, Director from ARM
Dr Sofia Nene is currently an R4 in Geriatric Medicine at McGill University. She began her time with the Association of Residents of McGill (ARM) as a delegate, then last year represented the ARM on the FMRQ’s Union Affairs Committee. That position enabled her to develop her knowledge of resident doctors’ different work conditions, as she collaborated with colleagues, and faculty and Federation bodies, contributing to decisions notably aimed at ensuring compliance with our collective agreement. She sees her role in the FMRQ as one of collaboration and teamwork. Her command of association and Federation issues will doubtless enable her to contribute to the success of the FMRQ’s lobbying at different levels over the coming year.
Dr Raphaëlle Carignan, Director responsible for Academic Affairs – Specialties
Dr Raphaëlle Carignan is an R2 in Internal Medicine at the University of Montreal. Her commitment to her peers began at the outset of her medical studies. At Laval University, where she earned her MD, she was involved in the medical students group (RÉMUL), first as Vice-President, External Affairs, then as President. Next, she was a delegate for political affairs, then director at large on the Fédération médicale étudiante du Québec Board. During that time, she collaborated on furthering many pedagogical matters, including Bill 20, pass or fail for undergraduate medical exams, medical school enrolment, public health, access to universal drug coverage, and taxation of soft drinks. In her first year of residency, she was Deputy Vice-President, Academic Affairs – Specialties, sitting on the Academic Affairs Committee – Specialties (CAP-S) for the Association des médecins résidents de Montréal (AMRM), where she worked with her colleagues on Competence by Design (CBD).
Dr Laurence Labine, Director responsible for Academic Affairs – Family Medicine
Dr Laurence Labine, a family medicine resident, is currently an R3 pursuing a third year in Emergency Medicine at the University of Montreal. In recent years, she was Treasurer of the Association des médecins résidents de Montréal (AMRM), and sat on the FMRQ’s Academic Affairs Committee – Family Medicine. This involvement enabled her to learn about many academic issues, notably accreditation of training programs and sites, for which she intends to continue the FMRQ’s lobbying to have accreditation surveys assess not only programs, but also family medicine units (FMUs). Other core objectives include the process for obtaining a PREM, and raising interest in family medicine. For 2020-2021, she plans to harness on her colleagues’ behalf her interest in their wellness, her thirst for involvement, and her passion for moving the profession forward.
Dr Alex Vignola, Director responsible for Union Affairs
Dr Alex Vignola is currently an R4 in Cardiology at the University of Sherbrooke, having received his MD in 2016 from the University of Montreal, Mauricie Campus. On entering residency, he got involved as an AMRM delegate. He then went on for two years at the Association des médecins résidents de Sherbrooke (AMReS) as Vice-President for Union Affairs, being primarily responsible for local mobilization during negotiations for the collective agreement. With the experience gained during his many prior involvements, he has since last year continued, as Director responsible for Union Affairs, defending medical residents’ interests across Quebec and making known and applying the collective agreement in all healthcare establishments. He will be carrying out his mandate this year with his trademark enthusiasm. His goal: to ensure the best work and learning conditions for his colleagues.
Me Patrice Savignac Dufour, Executive Director
Patrice Savignac Dufour, Executive Director of the FMRQ, has been with the Federation since 2013, first as Director, Legal Affairs, then as Deputy Executive Director. A manager and lawyer by training, Me Savignac Dufour previously worked as an executive, advisor, attorneyor director with different socio-political and labour union groups. A member of the Quebec Bar, he holds a postgraduate diploma (DESS) in management from HEC Montréal. Since arriving at the FMRQ, he has reorganized the Federation’s departments so as to meet members’ expectations as closely as possible.