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OTTAWA, ONTARIO –March 21, 2024The Canadian Medical Association (CMA), MD Financial Management Limited (MD) and Scotiabank together proudly support the International Congress on Academic Medicine (ICAM), taking place from April 12 to 15, 2024, in Vancouver. ICAM is one of several initiatives that comprise a $115 million commitment made together by the CMA, MD and Scotiabank to support the medical profession and advance health in Canada.

ICAM is an annual congress of more than 1,500 delegates that brings together leaders in medical education and health research to promote innovation and scholarship in medical education and health research on an international scale. The congress has a special focus on all learners – medical students, residents as well as graduate students and post-doctoral scholars – including opportunities to present, network and to connect with mentors and potential employers. ICAM 2024 themes include, among other things, well-being in academic medicine, planetary health, global health workforce.

“The CMA is proud to support ICAM, an exceptional opportunity for convening international medical experts alongside medical students and residents to address pertinent health-related matters,” said Dr. Kathleen Ross, President, CMA. She added “the exchange of best practices among peers is paramount for the transformation of our healthcare systems, enabling them to effectively confront future challenges, both in Canada and globally.”

“As the voice of academic medicine, the AFMC is thrilled to have the support of the CMA, MD Financial Management and Scotiabank in bringing ICAM to the medical education and health research community this year,” said Dr. Constance Leblanc, President and CEO Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada. “We anticipate another dynamic and insightful congress, touching on the issues that matter most to health and health care delivery in Canada. The importance of these conversations and of this work cannot be understated and I want to thank the CMA, MD and Scotiabank for enabling this international dialogue.”

About the Affinity Agreement

Scotiabank, MD Financial Management Limited (MD) and the Canadian Medical Association (CMA) together are firmly committed to supporting the medical profession and advancing health in Canada.  As proof of this commitment, and in collaboration with the CMA and MD, Scotiabank is investing $115 million to support physicians and the communities they serve across Canada.

About the Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada

Founded in 1943, the Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada (AFMC) represents Canada’s 17 faculties of medicine and is the voice of academic medicine in this country. Our member faculties graduate over 2,700 MDs per year; teach over 11,500 undergraduate medical students; train over 15,000 postgraduate trainees; employ nearly 48,000 full and part-time faculty members and undertake over 3 billion dollars of biomedical and health care research annually.

About the Canadian Medical Association

The CMA spearheads a national movement alongside physicians dedicated to envisioning a brighter future for healthcare. We strive for a sustainable, inclusive health system where patients are partners, and where equity, diversity, and well-being are paramount. Through advocacy, philanthropy, and knowledge-sharing, we champion transformative change, guided by principles of collaboration and inclusivity.

About MD Financial Management Limited
With more than 50 years of physician-focused experience, MD Financial Management Limited (MD) is dedicated to providing financial peace of mind to Canada’s physicians and their families, so they can enjoy what matters most to them while achieving their career and life goals. MD had more than $55 billion in assets under management as of January 31, 2024. For more information, please visit

About Scotiabank

Scotiabank’s vision is to be our clients’ most trusted financial partner, to deliver sustainable, profitable growth and maximize total shareholder return. Guided by our purpose: “for every future,” we help our clients, their families and their communities achieve success through a broad range of advice, products and services, including personal and commercial banking, wealth management and private banking, corporate and investment banking, and capital markets. With assets of approximately $1.4 trillion (as at January 31, 2024), Scotiabank trades on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX: BNS) and New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: BNS). For more information, please visit and follow us on X @Scotiabank.

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