It is with great pleasure that the SOGC announces the appointment of the incoming CEO, Dr. Diane Francoeur!
Diane is a highly accomplished obstetrician-gynaecologist who has always shown a passion for her profession: caring for girls and women to help them make the best choices in relation to their sexual and reproductive health. After becoming the first woman president of the Federation of medical specialists of Quebec (FMSQ) and having completed all her mandates, she returned to her team and patients, having kept her medical expertise up-to-date. She continues to work as an associate professor at the CHU Ste-Justine, affiliated with the University of Montreal. She is well-acquainted with the SOGC having previously served as President from 2014 to 2015.
"It will be an honour to lead the SOGC into the era of post-COVID transformation. I look forward to working with all levels of governments, partners and stakeholders to provide access to relevant, high-quality health care for all Canadian women from coast to coast."
"Another important focus will be the well-being of our members and all health care professionals supporting women’s health while ensuring they have the necessary resources to provide optimal care and support to their patients. Women have suffered tremendously during COVID-19. It is time to ensure that they will have access to essential care for themselves or their unborn children within an acceptable and safe time frame."
She will begin as CEO as of January 1, 2022 and is eager to tackle the important issue of accessibility of care, which is terribly endangered with the shortage of human resources in health care and the worrisome rates of burnout. Diane brings with her vast experience in collaborative management, government relations, peer mentoring, and governance modernization, along with a deep passion for women's rights advocacy, health care organization and politics.
On a more personal note, Diane is a mother of 3 and a grandmother to 2. She enjoys hiking, biking, downhill skiing, cooking, and like many of us, looks forward to being able to travel again soon.
Please join us in offering Diane a warm welcome to the SOGC!