Change is in the Air
Robert B. Bourne, M.D., FRCSC
Canadian Orthopaedic Association
As we embark upon a new year, I would like to wish each and every one of you all the best in 2006! At this time, change is in the air with regards to our federal government, the demand for improved access to health care and the emergence of private health care in Canada. The Canadian Orthopaedic Association commits to retaining our leadership in the dialogue with all health care stakeholders, our important role in the Canadian Medical Associations Wait Time Alliance and our responsibility to serve as the collective voice for you, the orthopaedic surgeons of Canada.
With this in mind, I would like to invite you to attend the upcoming Annual Meeting of the COA to be held at the Sheraton Centre in Toronto from June 2 - 4, 2006. Dr. Emil H. Schemitsch, the Programme Chair, and Dr. Stewart Wright, the Local Arrangements Chair, together with their committees, have put together an exceptional meeting that I know you will enjoy. Please come to meet with your colleagues, to learn and have a wonderful time.
Finally, I would like to take this opportunity to publicly congratulate the editorial staff of the COA Bulletin. Dr. Emil H. Schemitsch, the Editor-in-Chief, Dr. John Antoniou, the Scientific Editor, Drs. Nicholas Newman and Marc Isler, the proofreaders, and Ms. Cynthia Vezina, the Production Assistant, have done a wonderful job in creating an absolutely outstanding publication of which all COA members can be proud. The COA Bulletin is the envy of all sister orthopaedic associations around the world! On your behalf, may I openly thank all those involved with this exceptional publication.