Dr. Suzanne Strasberg Appointed Chair of MD Physician Services Board

September 17, 2014

Brian Peters, CEO of MD Physician Services Inc., is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Suzanne Strasberg as Chair of MD Financial Holdings Inc. Board of Directors (the parent company of MD Physician Services Inc.). Dr. Strasberg takes over from Dr. John Rapin, who served as Chair for the past nine years.

"I am honored and very pleased to be taking on this challenging role. It is a tremendous opportunity for me to continue to contribute to MD, which focuses on providing sound financial and wealth management advice and services to Canada's physicians," said Dr. Strasberg, who joined the board as a director in 2011.

Dr. Strasberg, who is the first female Chair of MD’s board, said, "With more than 56 per cent of first-year medical students in Canada being female, I think I will bring a unique perspective to my work as Chair and provide an important lens to MD's continued evolution as the leading financial management firm for CMA members."

Dr. Strasberg works in Toronto as a member of the Jane Finch Family Health team. On staff at Humber River Regional Hospital, Dr. Strasberg's interests include pediatrics, adolescent medicine, gynecology and palliative care. She has served on many Ontario Medical Association (OMA) committees, including chairing committees that pertain to communications, physician revalidation, strategic planning and family health organization model negotiation. In 2005, Dr. Strasberg was a member of the committee that negotiated the physician services agreement between the government and the OMA.

"Dr. Strasberg is a gifted physician with great insights and wide-reaching knowledge from her many years of dedicated work with the OMA, where she served as a board director, board chair and president," said Mr. Peters. "There is no doubt that Dr. Strasberg is ideally suited to her new role, and I know that the directors and I look forward to continuing to work together with her as stewards of MD," he added.

MD is pleased to welcome the following new members to the MD Financial Holdings Inc. Board of Directors: Dr. Brendan Lewis (Honorary Treasurer), Dr. Mark Schonfeld (President, Langbury Holdings Ltd.; Clinical Assistant Professor, Faculty of Medicine, University of British Columbia), and W. Iain Scott (Dean, Faculty of Law, University of Western).

Directors who have completed their tenure and are leaving the board are: Dr. Jane Brooks, Jeffrey Gandz, Dr. Robert Hollinshead, and Mark M. Norton.

Current members of the board include: Dr. Brian Brodie (Chair of the CMA Board), Patricia Croft, George Davie, Dr. Eric Howatt, Frank H. Penny, Courtney Pratt, Joanne Vézina, and Wendy Watson.

About MD Physician Services

MD Physician Services, with more than $38 billion in assets under administration, is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Canadian Medical Association. MD is dedicated to serving physicians and their families. MD Physician Services provides financial products and services, the MD family of mutual funds and private investment counselling services through the MD Group of companies. For a detailed list of these companies, visit md.cma.ca.

Media Contacts:

Maria Grant
Communications Manager, MD Physician Services Inc.

Deborah Thompson
DT Communications

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