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Can Respir J. 2009 Nov-Dec; 16(6): 179–180.
PMCID: PMC2807788

The year in review

Michel Rouleau, MD, President

It has been a pleasure and an honour for me to serve as President of the Canadian Thoracic Society (CTS) over the past year. I have witnessed the growth and consolidation of many CTS activities, and have participated in a number of processes that I believe will have a significant impact on the future of the CTS. In my final President’s Page, I wish to highlight some of the CTS’s key achievements for 2008/2009.

  • The Long-Term Planning Committee, chaired by Darcy Marciniuk, led the governance renewal process, which will more effectively align the Board and committee structure with the CTS’s strategic plan. The Long-Term Planning Committee worked closely with the CTS Executive through face-to-face meetings and teleconferences throughout the year and, more recently, conducted a membership consultation. The thoughtful feedback received will serve to refine the proposal and guide the development of the terms of reference of the new model. I am truly excited about the new proposed structure and, in particular, look forward to the evolution of our new clinical assemblies. I expect and hope that the new model will be approved at the annual general meeting, and also quite confident that this new structure will strengthen and facilitate the further consolidation of our three pillars: education, research and guidelines.
  • Chaired by Louis-Philippe Boulet, the Canadian Respiratory Guidelines Committee (CRGC) continued to demonstrate leadership in the field of evidence-based respiratory guidelines and knowledge translation. Not only has the CRGC launched a well-thought-out action plan for the development, dissemination, implementation and evaluation of clinical practice guidelines, it has also developed a centralized funding strategy that enables it to allocate funds more equitably across all CTS disease-specific committees in a manner that eliminates real or perceived bias, and ensures support for CTS dissemination and implementation activities. In 2009, the CRGC held the first annual guidelines update meeting, held in conjunction with the Canadian Respiratory Conference in April, and the 2nd Annual Methodology Symposium, which is the opportunity for guidelines committee members to be trained in the use of leading-edge tools in clinical practice guidelines development.
  • The Professional Development Committee, chaired by Satyendra Sharma, worked hard to develop policies and procedures to ensure adherence to the standards set by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada in our education and professional development programs. As a result, the CTS has been granted Association accreditation for a five-year period. Education is a key component of CTS activities and member services. I am delighted that the committee is continuing to strengthen the CTS’s ability to deliver high-quality and ethically sound continuing medical education programs.
  • In collaboration with the CTS Executive, the Research Committee, chaired by Irvin Mayers, initiated the development of a national respiratory research agenda, and the creation of a Steering Committee to lead this process, co-chaired by Dr Shawn Aaron (Canadian Respiratory Clinical Research Consortium) and Dr Andrew Halayko (CTS Research Committee). The Steering Committee has organized a national meeting (November 2009) that will consist of a scientific symposium, ‘The State of the Art: Pulmonary Medicine Research in Canada’, as well as a meeting of key stakeholders from across the country who will put their minds to the task of developing a national respiratory research agenda.
  • The CTS executive worked closely with Dr Nicholas Anthonisen, Editor-in-Chief of the Canadian Respiratory Journal (CRJ), the CRJ editorial board, and the publisher (Pulsus Group Inc) to develop a renewal strategy for the CRJ, thus strengthening its position as the CTS’s official journal. Specifically, they have been working on strategies to achieve the following goals:
    • ○ Diversify CRJ content through collaborations with CTS committees and external organizations;
    • ○ Ensure the initial publication of all CTS guidelines in the CRJ before subsequent dissemination and implementation through various means and journals;
    • ○ Establish and raise the CRJ impact factor; and
    • ○ Generate and sustain advertising revenues.

These highlights represent only a few of this year’s achievements. I can assure you that there is much more happening at the CTS! For a broader understanding of CTS achievements in the past year, consult the CTS Annual Report on the ‘About Us’ page at

None of the achievements outlined above and in the annual report, would have been possible without the dedication and commitment of all of our volunteer chairs and committee members. On behalf of the CTS executive, kudos and sincere thanks to all.

At this juncture, I am preparing to pass the torch to Dr Denis O’Donnell, who will serve as President in 2009/2010. It is a pleasure for me to do so, because I am confident in his abilities to lead the CTS forward and continue to strengthen its position as a leader in the national respiratory community. His accomplishments in research and proven leadership make him an ideal candidate to take on the presidency of the CTS at this time and bring a strong focus to the enhancement of clinical research within the development of a national research agenda. I am also confident that he will be steadfast in his support of all the CTS’s key activities in research, guidelines and education.

With Dr O’Donnell at the helm, a committed body of expert volunteers and a strong staff team, the CTS will continue to thrive and respiratory health in Canada will be better for it!

Thank you for the privilege of serving as CTS President in 2008/2009.

Respectfully submitted,

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