Media Alert - Incoming President to Carry the Health Transformation Torch

OTTAWA, Aug. 25 /CNW Telbec/ - The business portion of the Canadian Medical Association's (CMA) annual meeting will culminate with the inaugural speech of incoming president, Dr. Jeff Turnbull. Dr. Turnbull takes over the presidency of the CMA for 2010-2011. His inaugural speech will set out his vision for the next year, and his strategy to advance the health transformation direction given by delegates at the annual meeting.

Over 200 physician delegates have converged in Niagara Falls to attend the CMA's 143rd annual meeting of General Council from August 23-25, 2010 at the Sheraton on the Falls Hotel.

Delegate's motions and the incoming President's inaugural address are among the highlights of the last day of deliberations. The installation ceremony and the CMA's award ceremony will be held in the evening at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Niagara Falls. This year, the CMA is recognizing ten exceptional individuals including dedicated physicians, talented medical students and outstanding health advocates. To learn more about the recipients, click on CMA Media Centre

Key highlights of the Wednesday, Aug. 25 program:

  • Delegates' motions
    8:30-11:50 a.m. (EDT), GC chambers

  • Inaugural address of incoming president, Dr. Jeff Turnbull
    11:50 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. (EDT), GC chambers

  • CMA press conference
    12:45-1:15 p.m. (EDT), Strategy Room 7 (5th floor)
    Speakers: Dr. Jeff Turnbull, CMA incoming President, Dr. Anne Doig, CMA outgoing President, Dr. John Haggie, President-Elect and Dr. Robert Ouellet, French spokesperson.

  • Installation ceremony and awards
    5:15-7:15 p.m. (EDT), Niagara Room, Crowne Plaza Hotel

Members of the media are invited to attend in person or participate by teleconference. For journalists dialing in, please follow the instructions below:

            Telephone lines are open for media registration at 12:30pm. The press conference will begin
            promptly at 12:45pm. Reporters will be able to ask questions over the telephone during the press

           Dial-in number(s): 416-641-6104 / 866-696-5894
           Participant pass code: 7085864

Attending members of the media are asked to register at the media office upon their arrival at the Sheraton on the Falls Hotel. The media office is located on the 5th floor at the Upper Fallsview Studio B.

For a full update on CMA's General Council, please consult the "Media Guide to CMA's General Council" at: cr="true" href="">

SOURCE Canadian Medical Association

For further information: For further information:

Lucie Boileau, Media relations Manager
Media office (General Council, Niagara Falls): (905) 371-1144 (from Aug. 21-25, 2010)
Mobile: (613) 447-0866 / 1-800 663-7336 or (613) 731-8610 ext. 1266 (after Aug. 26, 2010)

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