Canadian Women in Medicine was founded to connect and support female physicians in a way that allows them to thrive in all aspects of their lives: professional and personal. Our vision is to create a connected force of female physicians that will not only advocate for one another professionally, but also support each other in balancing our many other roles. Our mission is to connect and support women physicians in a way that allows them to thrive in all aspects of their lives: professional and personal. Among our goals are increasing the number of women in medical leadership roles and achieving a work environment that is free from harassment and discrimination.
In early 2017, an idea was born to create a Canadian Women in Medicine “get together” of sorts. A place where all women physicians from across our country could gather, connect, network and mostly, support each other. These were the early days of the CWIM Conference brainstorming sessions.
As we got closer to the first CWIM Conference, which was held in Ottawa in June 2018, we realized that one gathering would not suffice. There was a need for so much more than that. With the guidance, love and support of Dr. Chandi Chandrasena, Dr. Sandra Landolt, Dr. Nicole Shadbolt & Dr. Tonja Stothart, we set the wheels in motion for the CWIM Organization to get on its feet. With much perseverance and passion, this truly grassroots national organization came to be.
CWIM was created to act as a beacon for us all: to have a place to go to, to fight for what is right, to connect us in times of difficulty and times of joy, to teach us ways to improve our lives and ourselves. CWIM was created to be our bolster, to give us strength and allow us to give strength and belonging to others when they need it most. And of course, CWIM was created to give us all healthy dose of confetti, hugs and laughter. Here’s to Canadian Women in Medicine. Thank you all for your support over the past few years.
Dr. Caitlin Schwartz & Dr. Setareh Ziai
meet the board
Coming together from a wide variety of backgrounds and experiences, our Board of Directors are the backbone of Canadian Women in Medicine. Their ideas help shape the direction and mission of the organization as it continues to develop.
Dr. Tonja Stothart
Dr. Deidre Young
Dr. Deidre Young is a Board Member for Canadian Women in Medicine and a Clinical Associate Professor in Family Medicine at the University of Calgary. She is the Site Medical Lead for the largest family medicine teaching clinic in Calgary as well as the Informatics Lead for the Department of Family Medicine. She was previously a delegate to the OMA and family physician in Ottawa. She is a mom to two teenage children and loves the mountains, chinooks and gin.
Dr. Kamila Premji
Chair of the Board
Dr. Kamila Premji is a community-based family physician and an Assistant Professor at the University of Ottawa. She holds a research chair in Family Medicine and is in the process of completing her PhD, with a focus on health services and policy research. She serves on a number of regional health policy tables including the Provincial Primary Care Advisory Table, the Bilateral Primary Care Working Group, and the OMA Health Policy Committee. She’s dedicated to helping women physicians excel in leadership roles and, most importantly, find joy in their personal and professional lives.
Dr. Tina Whitty
Dr. Tina Whitty has been a full-time community anesthesiologist in Barrie, ON for almost 20 years and is originally from Newfoundland and Labrador. She has a strong interest in physician wellness and humanitarian medical work. In 2015, she founded and still leads the second Ontario team for Team Broken Earth, a national medical humanitarian organization formed in 2010 in the wake of the devastating earthquake in Haiti (brokenearth.ca). She has lead multiple surgical missions to resource challenged countries like Haiti and Guatemala. She also enjoyed 6 years on the Royal College Anesthesiology Examination Board. Along with her husband of 23 years, she enjoys trying to keep up with their two active teenage kids, both competitive mountain bikers and nordic skiers. Their love of the outdoors is reflected in their time spent mountain biking, cross country ski racing, canoeing, camping and travelling.
Dr. Liana Hwang
Dr. Liana Hwang is a family doctor with obstetric surgical skills and a
diploma in tropical medicine and hygiene. She divides her time between Calgary and Canmore, Alberta. She is a delegate to the Alberta Medical Association, a member of the AMA’s Health Issues Council, and a member of the Society of Rural Physicians of Canada Alberta subcommittee. She is passionate about advocating for women’s health issues, supporting physician wellness and transforming the culture of medicine. In her spare time, she loves climbing, ski touring, reading and traveling.
Dr. Sandra Landolt
Dr. Sandra Landolt is one of the early members of CWIM and has played an integral role in establishing the organization. She has played a prominent role in Grassroots Advocacy in Ontario Medicine as well as maintains an ongoing active Social Media Leadership Profile. She is the OMA Division of Dermatology Chair effective from January 2021. She has an interest in promoting Dermatology CME and has recently been appointed to the Council of The Toronto Dermatologic Society. Her practice is focussed on Medical Dermatology including Complex Wound Care and she holds fellowships in both Dermatology and Internal Medicine. Over time she has strived to obtain life- work balance and is a multimedia artist as well as an avid home cook and recent vegetable gardener. She is ruled over by two yellow Labrador retrievers, two bossy rescue cats and a son who is an aspiring film director.