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The AFMC Board of Directors is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Constance LeBlanc as President and CEO of the AFMC effective July 1st, 2023. For over 75 years, the AFMC has served as the voice of Academic Medicine in Canada and the Board is confident Dr. LeBlanc will continue to advance the AFMC’s mission.

Originally from New Brunswick, Connie completed undergraduate studies at the Université de Moncton and medical education at Université Laval in Québec City. She has practiced tertiary care Emergency Medicine in Nova Scotia for over three decades. A lifelong learner, Connie holds a Master of Arts in Medical Education, an Executive Master’s in Business Administration and Technology, and most recently became a Canadian Certified Inclusion ProfessionalTM. Dr. LeBlanc served in a decanal role for two terms as Associate Dean for Continuing Professional Development at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Her scholarship focuses on Equity, Diversity, Inclusivity & Accessibility (EDIA) and medical education with a strong academic track record in these areas.  Connie is excited to collaborate with the committee of Deans and tackle important issues for academic medicine in Canada.

Alongside her many work accomplishments, she has two adult children and a supportive husband providing a vibrant family life. Connie also plays music, practices Shotokan Karate (in which she holds a black belt), SCUBA dives, skis and is an avid traveller.  

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“Connie is enthusiastic, energetic and hard-working and will ably lead the AFMC to tackle challenges such as learner wellness, increased research funding and EDIAR in Academic Medicine nationally”.

Dr. Margaret Steele, Chair of the AFMC Board

“Success in achieving our target and our mission in the current health care landscape can be challenging, however some things simply can’t wait. The AFMC must promote learner and physician wellness, educate healthcare professionals who can ably meet the needs of Canadians and augment funding for medical research in Canada”.

Dr. Constance LeBlanc, incoming AFMC President and CEO