Leadership & Committees

Board of Directors

The CRA nominations committee is chaired by the Past President and is made up of past presidents, and other members at large (in good standing) who volunteer.  The CRA puts out a call for volunteers (for board and all committees) yearly. The nominations’ committee chair approaches those people who volunteer for the board to gauge interest, commitment and skills.  The names are presented to the nomination committee to review and then the shortlist is nominated and elected at the AGM.


The CRA nominations’ committee approaches members of the board of directors to gauge their interest in becoming an officer (Secretary-Treasurer, Vice-President and possibly eventually President) and nominate them to the board for voting after the Annual General Meeting.

Dr. Trudy Taylor

Dr. Stephanie Tom

Dr. Nigil Haroon

Dr. John Wade

Chief Executive Officer
Dr. Ahmad Zbib

Board of Directors

Dr. Louis Bessette
Dr. Tommy Gerschman
Dr. Nigil Haroon
Dr. Nicole Johnson
Dr. Lillian Lim
Dr. Mary Purcell
Dr. Trudy Taylor
Dr. Stephanie Tom
Dr. John Wade

Board Committees

Chair, Board Education
Dr. Louis Bessette
Board Education Committee
Chair, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Task Force
Dr. Nicole Johnson
Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Task Force
Chair, Finance and Risk Management
Dr. John Wade
Finance and Risk Management Committee
Chair, Industry Council
Dr. Stephanie Tom
Industry Council Committee
Chair, Membership Engagement Committee
Dr. Lillian Lim
Membership Engagement Committee
Chair, Nominations & Awards
Dr. Nigil Haroon
Nominations & Awards Committee

Operational Committees

Chair, Annual Scientific Meeting Program
Dr. Marinka Twilt

  • Chair, Abstract Review
    Dr. Mohammed Osman
Annual Scientific Meeting Program Committee
Chair, Communications
Dr. Dax Rumsey
Communications Committee
Chair, Education
Dr. Elizabeth Hazel

  • CanREAL (Canadian Rheumatology Education and Learning) Advisory Sub-Committee
  • Chair, CPD (Continuing Professional Development)
    Dr. Gregory Choy
  • Chair, NWRITE (National Written Rheumatology In-Training Examination)
    Dr. Raheem Kherani
  • Co-Chairs, Postgraduate
    Drs. Marie Clements-Baker and Dharini Mahendira
  • Chair, Undergraduate
    Dr. Raheem Kherani

Program Committee Chairs

  • Chair, LEAP (CRA LEAdership Program)
    Dr. Janet Pope
  • Chairs, NRRC (National Rheumatology Residents Curriculum)
    Drs. Liane Heale and Medha Soowamber
  • Chairs, Residents’ Pre-Course
    Drs. Cristina Moran-Toro and Claire LeBlanc
  • Chairs, CRA RheumReview
    Drs. Shahin Jamal
Education Committee
Co-Chairs, External Relations Committee
Drs. Carter Thorne & Stephanie Tom
External Relations Committee
Chair, Guidelines
Dr. Glen Hazlewood
Guidelines Committee
Chair, Human Resources
Dr. Dana Jerome
Human Resources Committee
Chair, Pediatrics
Dr. Nadia Luca

  • Chair, Choosing Wisely
    Dr. Nadia Luca
  • Co-Chairs, Education
    Drs. Piya Lahiry and Evelyn Rozenblyum
  • Chair, Human Resources
    Dr. Jennifer Lee
Pediatrics Committee
Chair, Planetary Health Task Force
Dr. Stephanie Tom
Chair, Quality Care
Dr. Amanda Steiman

  • Chair, Choosing Wisely
    Dr. Arielle Mendel
  • Co-Chairs, Transition Care
    Drs. Michelle Batthish and Stephanie Garner
  • Chair, Project Athena Digital Quality Improvement
    Dr. Claire Barber
  • Chair, Project Athena EMR Optimization Oversight
    Dr. Amanda Steiman
Quality Care Committee
Chair, Research
Dr. Janet Pope

  • Chair, CIORA Grant Review
    Dr. Susa Benseler
Research Committee
Chair, Therapeutics
Dr. Alison Kydd
Therapeutics Committee


CRAJ Editor-in Chief
Dr. Philip Baer

Liaison, Journal of Rheumatology
Dr. Cory Baillie

Liaison, The Arthritis Society (Medical Advisory Committee Chair)
Dr. Nigil Haroon  

President, Arthritis Health Professions Association (AHPA)
Ms. Michelle Bridge

The Journal of Rheumatology – Board of Directors

Dr. Cory Baillie

Dr. Philip Baer

Board Secretary/Director
Dr. Joanne Homik

Directors at Large
Drs. Shahin Jamal and Ashley Sterrett