Ontario College of Family Physicians Welcome David Courtemanche its Board of Directors
The Ontario College of Family Physicians is pleased to announce that David Courtemanche, of Greater Sudbury, has been appointed to its Board of Directors.
“I’m thrilled to take on this role with the Ontario College of Family Physicians,” he said. “I’ve long admired the work the Ontario College of Family Physicians does to support family doctors in their practice by highlighting the fundamental role they play in the health care system and advocating to ensure all Ontarians have access to comprehensive primary care.”
Upon joining the Ontario College of Family Physician’s Board of Directors, Mr. Courtemanche will support the Board in advocating for the vital role family physicians play in delivering the highest quality care to patients and families across Ontario. He brings a strong northern voice to the Ontario College of Family Physicians as an advocate for recruiting family doctors to rural and remote communities.
Mr. Courtemanche joins the Board in the midst of the worsening crisis in family medicine, and as the Ontario College of Family Physicians shares its projection that 4.4 million Ontarians could be without a family doctor by 2026.
For the past 25 years, Mr. Courtemanche has held senior administrative roles in health and municipal government. As the founding Director of the City of Lakes Family Health Team, he currently supports a team of 18 family physicians and interprofessional health-care professionals working to provide primary care services to over 22,000 patients across the Greater Sudbury area.
Previously, he served in public office as the youngest elected Mayor in the history of Sudbury. During that period, he served on the local Board of Health and led multiple community health initiatives including the Healthy Communities Strategy and the adoption of a 100% Smoke-free Bylaw. Additionally, he worked with other northern municipal leaders to establish the Northern Ontario School of Medicine (NOSM) University, which was established to bring much-needed health resources to the North.
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About the Ontario College of Family Physicians
The OCFP represents more than 15,000 family doctors who support Ontarians in both urban and rural communities in our province. Our members have direct insight into the unique healthcare needs of Ontario’s varying populations. With their guidance, and together with our family physician members, the OCFP has developed overarching solutions increase access to care for more Ontarians.
Manager, Communications, OCFP