Canadian Doctor Elected As International President

    CALGARY, June 11 /CNW/ - For the first time in its 60 year history, the
Fédération Internationale des Podologues (FIP) has elected a Canadian to serve
as its president. The FIP represents 22 countries on five continents. It
consists of over 70,000 members who treat over 150 million foot episodes a
    Robert Chelin, a Doctor of Podiatric Medicine (D.P.M.), who practices in
Toronto, Ontario, was elected to the position as part of the 2007 Annual
General Meeting that was held in Copenhagen, Denmark on May 25, 2007. He had
previously served as Vice President of the FIP for the past two years, and has
been involved with the organization since Canada became a member in 2000.
    "It is truly an honour to serve as President of the Federation
Internationale des Podologues and one that I take very seriously," said
Chelin. "The FIP has made many positive inroads in enhancing foot care and
foot health awareness and I will continue to expand on this important
initiative as well as encourage the globalization of the podiatric
    Dr. Chelin has a long history of enhancing and promoting the podiatry
profession. He served as President of the Canadian Podiatric Medical
Association from 1999 to 2004, and as the President of the Ontario Podiatric
Medical Association from 1997-1999.
    As President of the FIP, Dr. Chelin will carry on the organization's
goals of global leadership and the development of podiatric medicine at an
international level. This includes bringing much-needed foot care to
under-developed countries and helping to regulate and enhance the role of
podiatrists around the world.

For further information:

For further information: about Robert Chelin or the FIP, please visit or contact: Robert Chelin, D. P.M., President, FIP, (416)
960-3668; Jayne Jeneroux, Director of Communications, FIP, (780) 922-7669

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