Committees

The society’s mandate is carried out entirely by our volunteer committees. We encourage all our members to consider joining a committee! It’s a practical way to help raise awareness about addiction medicine while helping Canadian physicians and health care professionals to better prevent, diagnose, and treat addiction in their communities. If you are interested in joining the CSAM-SMCA Board of Directors or any of our committees, please contact us today.

Executive Committee

The Executive Committee manages board-level issues that arise between board meetings, delegates work to other committees, and oversees the society’s finances. For a complete description of committee activities, read the Terms of Reference. To read the committee minutes, please visit our Minutes page.

Jennifer Brasch

Ontario (Chair)

Dave Martell

Nova Scotia 

Melanie Willows

Ontario

Paul Sobey

British Columbia

Constitution and Bylaws Committee

The Constitution and Bylaws Committee reviews and interprets the bylaws each year and makes recommendations to the board regarding potential amendments. All amendments or substantial changes are put to a vote, either by the board or by the full membership at the society’s Annual General Meeting. The committee also reviews the operating rules and procedures, and recommends changes to the board. For a complete description of committee activities, read the Terms of Reference. To read the committee minutes, please visit our Minutes page.

George Budd

British Columbia (Chair)

Brian Fern

Saskatchewan

Christine Saveland

Ontario

Wael Shublaq

Newfoundland and Labrador

Anne - Sophie Marsolais

Quebec

Paul Sobey

British Columbia

Conference Committee

The Conference Committee plans and executes the society’s annual conference. This includes choosing a location and theme, curating speakers, and creating a forum for sharing research. For a complete description of committee activities, read the Terms of Reference. To read the committee minutes, please visit our Minutes page.

david and paul

David Martell (left)

Nova Scotia (Co-Chair)

Paul Sobey(right)

British Columbia (Co-Chair)

Alison Marmel

British Columbia

Ashley Warnock

British Columbia

Jennifer Brasch

Ontario

Melanie Willows

Ontario

Naved Ali

British Columbia

Ron Fraser

Ontario

Education Committee

The Education Committee is broadly responsible for the society’s efforts to educate CSAM-SMCA members, Canadian physicians, and the public at large about addiction treatment, management and recovery. Specific responsibilities include updating the society’s Fundamentals of Addiction course curriculum, relationship-building with other educational bodies, and responding to public requests. For a complete description of committee activities, read the Terms of Reference. To read the committee minutes, please visit our Minutes page.

education committee

Melanie Willows (left)

Ontario (Co-Chair)

Ron Fraser (right)

Ontario (Co-Chair)

Alisha Awadia

Ontario

David Crockford

Alberta

Jennifer Brasch

Ontario

Mario-Pierre Gervais

Quebec 

Martin Potter

Quebec 

Nikki Bozinoff

Ontario

Selene Etches

Nova Scotia

Tux Winsor

Ontario 

Journal Editorial Committee

This committee includes both the editorial board and submission reviewers. Collectively, they are responsible for developing and maintaining the Canadian Journal of Addiction Medicine and the Society bulletin. For a complete description of committee activities, read the Terms of Reference. To read the committee minutes, please visit our Minutes page.

Dr. Nady A. el-Guebaly

Nady el-Guebaly

Alberta (Chair)

David Crockford

Alberta

Bernard Le Foll

Ontario

Michael Amlung

USA

Anees Bahji

Alberta

Maria Cherkasova

USA

Marcos Sanches

Ontario

Marlon Danelewitz

Ontario

Emily Hawken

Ontario

Membership Committee

The Membership Committee is responsible for retaining and recruiting new members, and both establishing and updating membership criteria. The committee’s mission statement focuses on expanding the society’s membership base beyond physicians to include all allied health care professionals who provide treatment for people with substance use disorder and process addictions. For a complete description of committee activities, read the Terms of Reference. To read the committee minutes, please visit our Minutes page.

Simon Dubreucq

Quebec (Co-Chair)

Claudette Chase

Ontario (Co-Chair)

Elma Raissi

Alberta

Lydia Vezina

Alberta

Policy Committee

The Policy Committee is responsible for writing and distributing timely position statements on substance use, process disorders, substance use disorders, treatment, and recovery. The committee is also mandated to advance standards of practice in addiction medicine. For a complete description of committee activities, read the Terms of Reference. To read the committee minutes, please visit our Minutes page.

David Martell

David Martell

Nova Scotia (Chair)

Aditya Nidumolu

Alberta

Anees Bahji

Alberta

Angie Hamilton

Ontario

Barbara Watts

Ontario

Sarah Elliott

Alberta

Chris Cull

Ontario

Philip Leger

Ontario

Rob Tanguay

Alberta

Sumeet Dama

Newfoundland and Labrador

Valerie Primeau

Ontario

IT Committee

The Information Technology Committee is responsible for developing, implementing, and maintaining the society’s website, social media, and Journal Club. For a complete description of committee activities, read the Terms of Reference. To read the committee minutes, please visit our Minutes page.

Monty Ghosh

Monty Ghosh

Alberta (Chair)

Funding Committee

The Funding Committee oversees and administers funding for all other CSAM-SMCA committees and the public, to a maximum of $5,000 per request, and a maximum of $35,000 per fiscal year. Requests in excess of these amounts are forwarded to the Board of Directors. Funds must be requested in writing and are evaluated based on their alignment with the current CSAM-SMCA Strategic Plan and Mission and Vision Statements. For a complete description of committee activities, read the Terms of Reference. To read the committee minutes, please visit our Minutes page.

Paul Sobey

British Columbia (Chair)

George Budd

British Columbia 

Wael Shublaq

Newfoundland and Labrador

Jennifer Brasch

Ontario

Standards Committee

The Standards Committee champions the development of best practices in addiction medicine. Members establish, evaluate, and review addiction medicine training criteria and produce public policy statements related to standards of practice. The committee also advocates for the establishment of specialty status in addiction medicine within Canadian regulatory bodies. For a complete description of committee activities, read the Terms of Reference. To read the committee minutes, please visit our Minutes page.

Melanie Willows

Melanie Willows

Ontario (Chair)

Monty Ghosh

Alberta

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