Canadian Cardiovascular Society


All CCS committee members must be CCS members in good standing. Committees are balanced for equity, diversity and inclusion.

If you are a Trainee or Student member of CCS and are interested in being part of a committee, please contact to find out how you can participate. 

Governance Committee

Chair: Marc Ruel, CCS Past President


Anne Fournier
Paul MacDonald
Andrew Mackie, Secretary/Treasurer
Varinder Randhawa, Trainee Representative

The Governance Committee of the CCS is a Standing Committee of the Board of Directors (BOD) of the CCS. It was established to assist the BOD in carrying on the business of the Society in connection with all matters relating to governance. For the purposes of this duty, governance is defined as providing oversight on the CCS so as to be assured that the Society fulfills its commitments and obligations.

Two-year term – once renewable


  • To assure the BOD that a measurable process of governance has been defined, documented, and operationalized in the Society.
  • To gain assurance from Management that the aforementioned governance process is embodied in the Society’s internal controls.
  • To make recommendations to the BOD on the improvement in governance practices and processes for the Society.
  • To act as the Nominations Committee for all vacant positions on the BOD or Chairs of Committees of the BOD.
  • To make recommendations to the BOD for vacant positions of President, Vice-President, Secretary/Treasurer and Committee Chairpersons.
  • To prepare criteria for the recruitment, screening and selection of candidates for vacant positions on the BOD and Committees.
  • To oversee the BOD orientation process.
  • To recommend to the BOD the amendment of the Society’s by-laws, as and when, necessary.
  • To recommend to Council the recipients of the CCS Recognition Awards: Achievement Award; Distinguished Teacher/Mentor Award; Women in Cardiovascular Medicine-Science Mentorship Award; Dr. Harold N. Segall Award of Merit; Exemplary Leadership in Clinical Cardiovascular Medicine and Surgery Award; Trainee Excellence in Education Award; Research Achievement Award; and, the Dr. Robert E. Beamish Award.
  • To oversee and approve changes to the Society’s Delegation of Authorities.
  • To undertake other governance duties as requested by the BOD.

The Governance Committee will be chaired by the CCS Past President, and includes five (5) other CCS members appointed by the BOD including the CCS Secretary/Treasurer and a Trainee member. The Chief Executive Officer and the Chief Financial and Governance Officer of the Society will be non-voting members of the Committee.

Frequency of Meetings
The committee will meet at least twice per year by video conference in Spring and Fall and more frequently as required.

Audit and Risk Management (ARM) Committee

Chair: Andrew Mackie, CCS Secretary/Treasurer


Mangeet Chahal
Rodney Zimmermann, Past CCS Treasurer

The ARM Committee is a Standing Committee of the Board of Directors (BOD) of the CCS. It was established to assist the BOD with the fulfillment of its fiduciary responsibilities for financial oversight and accountability.

The ARM shall be comprised of three (3) members appointed by the BOD, at least one (1) of whom is a BOD member and one (1) of whom is past CCS Secretary/Treasurer. The CEO and CFO of the CCS shall be non-voting members of the ARM. The CCS Secretary/Treasurer shall be Chairperson. The CFO serves as the subject matter expert for the ARM.

Two-year term – once renewable
Each ARM member serves for a period of two (2) years and may be re-appointed for a second term upon completion of their first term.

Frequency of Meetings
The ARM shall meet at least twice per year, in January and June by video conference and in October in person, as feasible. Any member of the ARM may request a special meeting at any time.

For more information, please contact Clary Ottman, Chief Financial Officer at

Research Fellowship and Awards Committee

Chair: Satish Raj


Marcelo Munzo
Ratika Parkash
Philippe Pibarot
Maral Ouzounian

The CCS Research Fellowship and Awards Committee is advisory in scope, providing expert, informed advice and recommendations to the CCS Board of Directors on:

  • Policies, practices, scope and structure of CCS research fellowships and research awards.
  • Risks and opportunities related to CCS research funding initiatives, including emerging trends and changes in the Canadian research funding environment

Two-year term – once renewable

Committee Members
CCS Research Fellowship and Awards Committee members are subject matter experts (the Chair is an active clinician-scientist), including past awardees of a CCS Research Fellowship or Research Award. Members have knowledge of the CCS, the Canadian research funding and award environment and the needs of clinician-scientists at all career stages, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), and Peer Review best practices.

For more information about these positions, please contact Seema Nagpal, CCS Chief Science Officer at

Early Career Committee

Chair: William F. McIntyre


Husam M. Abdel-Qadir
Natasha Aleksova
Sarah Blissett
Robin Ducas
Janine Eckstein
Donna May Kimmaliardjuk
Tarek Malas
Robert J. Miller
Steven Promislow
Michael Thibert
Darryl Wan

For more information on this committee, please visit: About Early Career Members or contact Linda Palmer, Director, Membership and Affiliate Services at

Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Committee

Chair: Sonia Anand


Nazanin Aghel
Saleema Allana
Alex Bastiany
Annabel A. Chen-Tournoux
Margot K. Davis
Nina Dhillon
Daisy Dulay
Isabelle Greiss
Tisha Joy
Donna May Kimmaliardjuk
Andrew D. Krahn
Sharon L. Mulvagh
Varinder Randhawa
Gurmeet Singh

The EDI Committee is a Standing Committee of the CCS Board of Directors. The vision of the CCS is strong heart teams in a heart healthy Canada. Fostering equity, diversity and inclusion is one of our guiding principles. The success of the CCS Mission depends on people who provide a diversity of background, experience, ideas and perspectives as members and leaders. The EDI Committee supports the CCS in establishing the strategic priorities and action plans to uphold and advance our EDI values.

Two-year term – once renewable

The EDI Committee is responsible for:

  • Supporting CCS in evaluating needs, offerings, processes, practices, and policies to assess strengths and shortcomings to facilitate improvements in what we do and how we do it;
  • Using existing CCS membership and other data to inform current status on EDI within the Society, and advising CCS on improving data collection and analytics to support EDI activities and evaluation;
  • Advising on CCS’s long term EDI strategy by supporting staff in identifying key priorities and activities to advance this work, informed by CCS baseline data;
  • Championing the policies, processes, and positions the CCS adopts; and,
  • Evaluating progress using an established list of key performance indicators.

For more information, please contact Sharon Groulx, Program Manager, Policy and Advocacy at

Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Committee

Chair: Anil Gupta


Aws Almufleh
Laura Banks
David Bewick
Phyllis Billia
Chi-Ming Chow, Past Chair
Osama Elkhateeb
Jonathan Gabor
Nadine Gauthier
Kiera Liblik, Trainee Representative
Lisa Mielniczuk
Andrew Moeller
Stephanie Poon
Jonathan Windram

The CPD Committee is a Standing Committee of the CCS Board of Directors (BOD). The CPD Committee promotes excellence in cardiovascular care by positioning the CCS as the national leader in cardiovascular knowledge translation. Members of the CPD Committee must be committed to ensuring the CCS’ continuing professional development program meets the educational needs of clinicians delivering cardiovascular care in Canada. Representatives for this committee are selected from across Canada and from various areas of care.

Two-year term – once renewable

The CPD Committee provides the BOD with informed recommendations regarding CCS CPD programs for members and trainees, in consideration of best practices in Knowledge Translation and The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC) Accreditation criteria. This is a two to four-year term.

For more information, please contact Vanessa Richardson, Director, Continuing Professional Development at

Guidelines Committee

Chair: Jonathan Howlett


Natasha Aleksova, Early Career Representative
David Birnie
Kim Connelly
Michael Khoury
Dennis Ko
Judy Luu
Tarek Malas
Scott McClure
Krishnan Ramanathan
Nariman Sepehrvand, Trainee Representative

The Guidelines Committee is a Standing Committee of the CCS Board of Directors (BOD). It is accountable for steering, supporting and approving the slate of Guidelines and Clinical Practice Updates (CPU) through to successful publication in the Canadian Journal of Cardiology (CJC), and directly supporting the CCS’s vision, mission and strategic operating plan.

Committee members commit time to functions that include, but are not limited to, participating in review and selection of the annual call for topics, peer review of final draft manuscripts and voting on eligibility for submission to the CJC, actively participating as a Guidelines Committee liaison on one or two Guideline / CPU panels, collaborating with other CCS Standing Committees (i.e., Scientific Program Committee, Continuing Professional Development), informing the BOD and Council on requests, and attending a minimum of four virtual committee calls, plus one Congress meeting (either in person or virtual) each year.

Guidelines Committee members embrace CCS’s Committee Member Core Competencies and bring an excellent cross-section of qualifications and interests including:

  • Cardiovascular specialists and sub-specialists (pediatrics, surgery/transplant, interventional cardiology, imaging, electrophysiology, cardio-oncology, critical care, heart failure);
  • Allied healthcare provider(s), pharmacists;
  • Early-, mid-, and late-career members plus trainees;
  • Cardiovascular specialist(s) with interest in systems change / optimizing care based on patient values / preferences
  • Demonstrated experience in development and publication of Guidelines using GRADE plus clinical statements
  • Enthusiasm to provide leadership, clinical and academic guidance to Guideline / CPU panels;
  • Understanding of provider barriers to optimal cardiovascular health and care and knowledge of how Guidelines and related knowledge translation can help address these barriers;
  • Awareness of needs of the broader cardiovascular care community, primary care providers, allied health care providers and patients; and
  • Ability to connect the CCS with other content experts.

For more information, please contact Kiran Thapar Otto at

Membership Committee

Chair: Parvathy Nair


Gopal Bhatnagar
Laurie-Anne Boivin Proulx, Trainee Representative
Margot K. Davis
Anil Gupta
Tarek Malas, Early Career Representative
Isabelle Nault
Maral Ouzounian
Sara A. Ramer
Tina R. Zhu

The CCS Membership Committee is a Standing Committee of the CCS Board of Directors (BOD). The Committee provides overall expert advice for current, new and suggested products and services as required, and makes recommendations on member recruitment, retention and engagement strategies.

Two-year term – once renewable

The CCS Membership Committee has a mandate to:

  1. Oversee the implementation of the programs and services outlined in the membership section of the Strategic Plan;
  2. Provide overall expert advice for current, new and suggested products and services as required; and
  3. Report to the Board and to engage Council of Committees to develop products and services that will benefit the membership and to encourage membership participation/engagement in CCS and Affiliate societies’ activities and growth by promoting the CCS and Affiliate societies.

For more information, please contact Linda Palmer, Director, Membership Services and Affiliate Relations at

Scientific Program Committee (SPC)

Chair: Chi-Ming Chow

Leadership Members:

Atul Verma, Annual Meeting Chair
Filio Billia, Incoming Scientific Program Committee Chair, Education Chair
Jasmine Grewal, Outgoing Annual Meeting Chair
Anil Gupta, CPD Chair
Jonathan Howlett, Guidelines Chair
William McIntyre, Workshop Chair
Najah Adreak, TPPC Senior Co-Chair
Tara D’Ignazio, TPPC Senior Co-Chair

Affiliate Members:

Matt Bennett, CHRS
Margot Davis, CHFS
Robin Ducas, CSE
Eric Kaplovitch, CSVM
Michael Khoury, CPCA
Sheri Koshman, CCPN
Mina Madan, CAIC
Jaimie Manlucu, CHRS
Caroline McGuinty, CCTN
Robert Miller, CNCT
Dave Nagpal, CANCARE
Idan Roifman, CSCMRI
Dinesh Thavendiranathan, CCON
Subodh Verma, CSCS
Jonathan Windram, CACH

Educational Partner Members:

Joelle Brennan, CCCN
Diamond Fernandes, CACPR
Valarie Gilbert, CSCT

The SPC is a Standing Committee of the CCS Board of Directors (BOD). The Canadian Cardiovascular Congress (CCC) is a complex meeting with an extensive Canadian Cardiovascular Society (CCS) program. The CCS program includes Plenaries, Workshops, Accredited Symposia, Trainee Sessions, Abstracts, Featured Research and integrative functions such as the Kick-off, and networking opportunities. The complexity of the CCC and its organizational policy, as well as its resource and financial requirements, benefits from strategic oversight from a designated, committed individual who is responsible for overall CCC integration.

Annual Meeting Chair: Atul Verma

The goal of the CCS Annual Meeting (AM) Chair is to coordinate the development of an integrated, enriched and expanded educational opportunity for CCS Members. In addition, the CCS Annual Meeting Chair provides all stakeholders with counsel, advice and direction resulting from ongoing CCC evaluation, performance measurement and quality improvement efforts.

The term of appointment is four years: one year as incoming (Vice) Chair, two years as Chair, and one year as Past Chair.

Chair Qualifications
A candidate for Chair of the SPC must possess the following qualifications:

  • Have previous experience on the CCS Scientific Program Committee;
  • Be a well established and highly respected cardiovascular health researcher and medical expert;
  • Be a CCS member in good standing who represents both academic and community cardiovascular specialties as well as the basic sciences;
  • Be an enthusiastic, results motivated cardiovascular medical practitioner, scientist and educator, or an established scientist with strong ties to the medical community, who is committed to developing and delivering excellent events and programming at the Canadian Cardiovascular Congress; and
  • Be well connected within the cardiovascular health network and possess strong leadership and communication skills that will serve in fostering collaboration among participating organizations in the interest of program integration.

The SPC is responsible for the development of high-caliber CCS scientific programming at the CCC. The SPC plans and selects all content for CCC with a focus on delivering education aimed at improving the quality of care provided by our membership and improving health outcomes for those who receive care. Representatives from various areas of care and sub-specialization are selected to represent the CCS membership as part of this committee.

One-to-four-year term

The SPC is a CCS standing committee with the mandate to develop a high-quality scientific program for the CCS Annual Scientific Meeting portion of the Canadian Cardiovascular Congress (CCC) and to help extend the delegates learning experience over the period between congresses.

The SPC is responsible for:

  1. Developing the overall CCS scientific program format and program content;
  2. Inviting identified plenary speakers;
  3. Coordinating reviewers for all abstract submissions;
  4. Liaising with the Congress Educational Partners (i.e. participating allied health organizations) and CCS Affiliates to inform them of overall CCC program content and cohesion.

Committee members are expected to:

  1. Participate in 3-5 video conferences and one face-to-face meeting at CCC in October;
  2. Participate in the CCS Members Needs Assessment;
  3. Recommend and contact prospective speakers if required;
  4. Be active members of sub-committees (Workshops, Featured Research, Young Investigator Award Selection, etc.); and
  5. Be ambassadors for the meeting in their communities during their term.

For more information, please contact Gillian Bentley, Scientific Program Manager, Congress, at

Trainee Committee

Chair: Varinder Randhawa


Najah Adreak
Laurie-Anne Boivin-Proulx
Hugo De Larochellière
Nina Dhillon
Michael David Elfassy
Anahita Emami
Jason Gencher
Nicholas Joseph Grubic
Sanaz Hatami
Waseem Hijazi
Mathew N. Hindi
Karen Ho
Kiera Liblik
Charlotte C. McEwen
Marcelo Munoz
Kalai Mangai Muthukumarasamy
Yuan Qiu
Kenza Rahmouni El Idrissi
Jaspreet Kaur Randhawa
Sowmith Rangu
Ismail R. Raslan
Nariman Sepehrvand
Zachary Singer
Jeffrey J. Yim
Tiffany Yuen

For more information on the Trainee Committee, please visit: About Members in Training or contact

Advocacy Committee

Chair: James Tam


Simone Cowan
Jason Gencher
Michelle Keir
David Messika-Zeitour
Isabelle Nault
Stephanie Poon

The Advocacy Committee is a Standing Committee of the CCS Board of Directors (BOD). The Committee supports the CCS in influencing policy and advocating for the heart health of Canadians. Specifically, the committee guides the CCS in identifying priorities that are representative of and in the best interest of the cardiovascular specialist community to advance heart health for all.

Two-year term – once renewable

The Advocacy Committee is responsible for:

  1. Advising on the development of CCS’s advocacy plans by supporting staff in identifying national-level policy and advocacy issues and priorities;
  2. Evaluating how to respond to issues;
  3. Guiding the CCS in developing policy documents, and contributing to CCS submissions to federal or provincial consultations;
  4. Representing the CCS to the public and the media, and championing the policies and positions the CCS adopts;
  5. Participating and attending annual federal government lobby activities, as required; and
  6. Evaluating success using an established list of key performance indicators.

Issues in the cardiovascular field that this committee may work on in the next two years could include (but are not limited to) the following: Cardiovascular care quality; Access to real-time data; Value Based Health Care; Improving Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in Cardiovascular medicine; Vaping; Pharmacare; and Virtual Care

For more information about this position, please contact Sharon Groulx, Program Manager, Policy and Advocacy, at

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