Compensation

Member engagement

Members’ Advisory Forums

The Master Agreement and C/AFP Members’ Advisory Forums will provide advice and guidance to the Board of Directors and the negotiations teams before and during negotiations.

Roles and responsibilities

Reporting to the Board of Directors and the negotiations teams, the Members’ Advisory Forums will:

  • provide advice to the Board of Directors and the negotiations teams as they build the association’s contract proposals;
  • provide advice to the Board of Directors and the negotiations teams about what types of initiatives and what type of overall “package” are likely to be ratified by the membership; and
  • serve as ambassadors for the negotiated agreements once they are out for ratification, since they will have been part of the process and have closely followed the negotiations discussions.

Forum members approved

Sixty highly qualified physicians from across Nova Scotia answered the association’s call for expressions of interest for the Master Agreement and C/AFP Members’ Advisory Forums. The applications were carefully reviewed; the Board of Directors approved the list of physicians who will serve on the Master Agreement Members’ Advisory Forum and the Committee of C/AFP Department Heads approved the list of physicians who will serve on the C/AFP Members’ Advisory Forum.

Master Agreement Members’ Advisory Forum

The Master Agreement Members’ Advisory Forum is comprised of 16 physicians. The group is divided evenly between family physicians and specialists, with good representation from new-to-practice and later-in-practice physicians, broad geographic reach, good gender diversity, and a combination of fee-for-service (FFS), alternative payment plan (APP), CEC and hourly payment models.
 
The new members of the Master Agreement Members’ Advisory Forum are:

Name
SpecialtyCommunityYears in practice
Family physicians
Dr. Simon Bonnington
Family medicine
Annapolis Royal
29
Dr. Joyce Coles
Family medicine
Halifax12
Dr. Chris Cook
Family medicine
Truro14
Dr. Michelle Dow
Family medicine
Clare and Yarmouth
30
Dr. Heather Johnson
Family medicine
Bridgewater22
Dr. Bronwen Jones
Family medicine
Hammonds Plains
27
Dr. Mike MacDonald
Family medicine
Sydney2
Dr. Barb O'Neil
Family medicine
Kennetcook15
Specialists
Dr. Minoli Amit
PediatricsAntigonish37
Dr. James Clarke
RadiologyHalifax9
Dr. Lori Connors
Allergist/ImmunologistHalifax8
Dr. Yvonne Libbus
PsychiatrySydney25
Dr. Ryan MacDougall
RadiologyKentville6
Dr. Rod McGory
General surgery
Sydney10
Dr. Evan Merrick
CardiologyHalifax6
Dr. Angus Murray
Obstetrics/GynecologyTruro3

C/AFP Members’ Advisory Forum

The C/AFP Members’ Advisory Forum (C/AFP MAF) includes each of the 12 C/AFP department heads, plus four C/AFP physician members-at-large. DNS staff worked with the Committee of C/AFP Department Heads to select the physician members-at-large, working to ensure representation from various specialties, from both larger and smaller departments, from both IWK and NSHA facilities, as well as good representation from new-to-practice and later-in-practice physicians.

The physician members who are joining the department heads on the C/AFP MAF are:

Name
Department/DivisionCommunity
Years in practice
Dr. Ketan Kulkarni
Pediatrics
Halifax5
Dr. Neil Petrie
EmergencyHalifax6
Dr. Ata Quraishi
MedicineHalifax
15
Dr. Matthew Rigby
SurgeryHalifax
4