CFPC Announces New Executive Director, Professional Development and Practice Support

May 25, 2017


(May 25, 2017, Mississauga, ON) The College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr Jeff Sisler to the role of Executive Director, Professional Development and Practice Support (PDPS) effective August 28, 2017.

“We are very pleased to welcome Dr. Sisler to the CFPC leadership team,” says Executive Director and CEO, Francine Lemire, MD CM, CCFP, FCFP, CAE. “Throughout his 30-year career, Dr. Sisler has achieved national and international recognition as a family physician, researcher, teacher and administrator with a substantial focus on continuing professional development in the health care sector. His expertise and professional dedication will continue the CFPC’s important work with Mainpro+, developing new practice support resources for CFPC members, and representing the CFPC on current priority issues that affect CPD requirements for College members.”

Dr. Sisler practices comprehensive family medicine at Family Medical Centre, an academic teaching clinic in Winnipeg. He holds two academic positions at the University of Manitoba: Professor in the Department of Family Medicine, and Vice-Dean of the Office of Continuing Competency and Assessment in the Rady Faculty of Health Sciences where he has overseen continuing professional development (CPD) across a variety of health disciplines with a focus on interprofessional programs. He serves as a member of the Society of Academic CME in the USA, and previously as Vice-Chair of the CPD Committee of the Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada.

From 2002 to 2013, Dr. Sisler held progressive positions with Cancer Care Manitoba where he founded UPCON, a CPD and practice support program focused on primary care-cancer system integration. He was recognized for this work with an Award of Excellence from the Manitoba College of Family Physicians in 2013. He also served as chair of the CFPC’s Cancer Care Program Committee of the Section of Communities of Practice in Family Medicine. Much of his research and teaching, and many of his publications and presentations, have focused on the role of family physicians in cancer care.

A medical graduate from the University of Manitoba, Dr. Sisler received Certification in Family Medicine in 1987 and became a CFPC Fellow in 2001. In 1998, he earned a Certificate in Adult and Continuing Education at the University of Manitoba and in 2002 received a Master of Clinical Science in Family Medicine degree from Western University.

“It's an honour to join the CFPC’s staff and leadership team and to have the opportunity to further strengthen the important role that our members play in ensuring the health of Canadians,” says Dr. Sisler. “With the College’s dedication to lifelong learning throughout its history, we will continue to enhance our CPD system and practice support tools to best support family physicians and the patients, families and communities we serve.”

Dr. Sisler will begin his transition to his new role throughout the summer. He will work from Winnipeg and will be at the CFPC office one week a month.

“On behalf of the CFPC’s Executive Team and Board of Directors, I would like to take this opportunity to thank Dr. Jamie Meuser for his tremendous work and for the expertise that he brought to this position and the CFPC over the last six years,” adds Dr. Lemire. “His outstanding dedication has ensured that the PDPS division is well positioned to meet the growing requirements to support family physicians across the country. We are very grateful for his outstanding contributions and we wish him all the best in his future.”

The CFPC represents more than 35,000 members across the country. It is the professional organization responsible for establishing standards for the training and certification of family physicians. The CFPC reviews and accredits continuing professional development programs and materials that enable family physicians to meet certification and licencing requirements and lifelong learning interests. It also accredits postgraduate family medicine training in Canada’s 17 medical schools. The College provides quality services, supports family medicine teaching and research, and advocates on behalf of family physicians and the specialty of family medicine. 


Jayne Johnston,
Director, Communications
College of Family Physicians of Canada
905-629-0900 ext 303
[email protected]

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