Welcome to Forum 2015

Join us at Forum 2015, Quebec City - November 23 to 25, for the 6th Annual Military and Veteran Health Research Forum.

Forum 2015 will be the preeminent gathering focusing on health research for military, Veterans and their families. Co-hosted by the University of Laval, this year’s Forum will be in beautiful Quebec City.

Registration is now open and reduced rates are available until September 1st. The application process to present your research is now open. Sponsors – join the hundreds of organizations who have demonstrated their support for military and Veteran health research by signing up today.

See you in Quebec!

A Message from our Co-Host

Laval University is a proud partner with CIMVHR.

We are honoured to co-host this year's Forum in Quebec City and to be part of promoting Military and Veteran Health Research. We look forward to an exciting forum that will amass an esteemed delegation of researchers, clinicians and administrators who share the same mission. This will be a unique opportunity to highlight their important work and also network with other colleagues and stakeholders.

— Denis Brière, rector, Université Laval

Keynote Spotlight

Brigadier-General H.C. MacKay, OMM, CD, QHP

Surgeon General / Commander Canadian Forces Health Services Group

Brigadier-General MacKay joined the Canadian Armed Forces in 1983 as a Signal Officer. He was first posted to 4 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group Headquarters and Signal Squadron where he served as the Assistant Operations Officer and COMCEN Troop Commander. Following his tour in Germany he was posted to 1 Canadian Signal Regiment in 1987 where he served as the Telecommunication Maintenance Troop Commander, the Unit Adjutant and completed the Advanced Signal Officer Course. He then went to the Directorate of Electronics Engineering and Maintenance where he was a Project Manager for Army Electronic Warfare equipment. In 1989 Brigadier-General MacKay was selected for the Military Medical Training Program and went off to the University of Toronto to complete his Doctor of Medicine in 1993. After completing a Family Medicine Residency at Queen's University in 1995 he was posted to work as a General Duty Medical Officer at Canadian Forces Base Kingston. In 1996 he was able to rejoin his former unit, now named the 1st Canadian Divisional Headquarters and Signal Regiment, as the Unit Medical Officer. While there he participated in Op ASSURANCE and Op ASSISTANCE. This was followed by a promotion to the rank of Major in 1997 and a posting as the Base Surgeon at Canadian Forces Base Shilo. In 1999 he was posted to 2 Field Ambulance in Petawawa as the Officer Commanding Medical Company and the Brigade Surgeon. While there he led the medical component of the DART during the earthquake disaster relief effort in Turkey, Op TORRENT. He was selected in 2000 to do post-graduate training in Occupational Medicine and Public Health at the University of British Columbia which he completed in 2002. Upon completion of his Masters in Health Science he was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant-Colonel and posted to the Director of Health Services Operations where he served as the Head of Operational Medicine and the Project Director of the Biological Warfare Medical Countermeasures Project.  Brigadier-General MacKay also completed the Advanced Military Studies Course at the Canadian Forces College in 2004. He deployed on Op ATHENA in 2007 as the Commanding Officer of the NATO Role 3 Multi-national Medical Unit at Kandahar Airfield and as the Canadian Task Force Surgeon. Upon returning from Kandahar, Brigadier-General MacKay completed second language training at the Asticou Centre and then spent six months as the CEFCOM/Canada COM/CANOSCOM Surgeon before being promoted to Colonel and assuming responsibilities as Director Force Health Protection in July 2009. 

In 2012 he assumed the position of Deputy Surgeon General.   On 25 May 2015, he was promoted to his current rank and on 10 June 2015, Brigadier General MacKay was appointed Surgeon General, Commander Canadian Forces Health Services Group and the Head of the Royal Canadian Medical Service.  Brigadier-General MacKay is an officer of the Order of Military Merit.

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