The first official meeting of the Federation of Provincial Medical Licensing Authorities of Canada (now known as the Federation of Medical Regulatory Authorities of Canada), or “the Federation,” took place on 7-8 February 1968. The meeting was convened by Dr. Gustave Gingras, President, Le Collège des médecins et chirurgiens de la province de Québec. The ten provincial medical regulatory authorities were the founding members and were all represented at this meeting. Representatives from the Medical Council of Canada and the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada were also present. Dr. Gingras was elected as the first President of the Federation and Dr. William Gerald McClure from the College of Physicians and Surgeons of British Columbia served as the first Secretary / Treasurer. Prior to this, provincial Registrars had been meeting relatively regularly on an informal basis.
“This is a historical moment for the Provincial Licensing Authorities. This is the first time delegates from each provincial corporation are meeting on an official basis.” – Dr. Gustave Gingras