Congratulations to Dr. Francine Lemire on her appointment to the Order of Canada

The Foundation for Advancing Family Medicine (FAFM) and the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) are delighted to congratulate Dr. Francine Lemire, the FAFM’s former Executive Director and CEO, on her recent appointment to the Order of Canada.

The Order of Canada, one of Canada’s highest civilian honours, is a prestigious award that honours people who make a difference and improve the lives of those in this country. This achievement is a testament to Dr. Lemire’s exceptional leadership in family medicine.

Dr. Lemire’s passion and her commitment to the betterment of people and communities in Canada, serve as a source of inspiration to us. We commend her on her appointment to the Order of Canada, a deserving recognition of her outstanding contributions.

In addition to Dr. Lemire’s dedication to family medicine, the Order of Canada also recognizes her achievements as a Paralympic medalist in cross-country skiing.

With over 33 years in family medicine, Dr. Francine Lemire has made remarkable contributions to family medicine across Canada and in Corner Brook, Newfoundland and Labrador. A particular highlight of her career in Corner Brook was leading the organization of medical services for their 1999 Canada Winter Games.

Her tenure at the CFPC is a testament to her dedication and leadership in the field. Holding the position of Executive Director and CEO, Dr. Lemire was key to numerous initiatives, such as bringing family medicine training into the future, modernizing examinations, and enhancing the emphasis on family medicine research. She also oversaw the creation of the Besrour Centre for Global Family Medicine, enabling the CFPC to contribute to global family medicine education.

With her at the helm, the FAFM matured into a significant charity, advancing family medicine nationally and internationally. She was awarded the Calvin L. Gutkin Family Medicine Ambassador Award in 2023.

Dr. Lemire has actively shaped health policies, set standards for family medicine, and collaborated extensively with policy representatives and physician organizations.

In addition to her leadership roles, Dr. Lemire has a rich academic background, engaging in both teaching and research. Her unwavering commitment to family medicine has elevated the FAFM’s and CFPC’s stature and underscored the critical role family physicians play in Canada.