Mohammad Lasker transitioned in March 2015 into his role as AIMGA's Board Chair. He had served as Director at Large since 2013. He has previous board experience in Bangladesh with Leo Club, where he served as a President. Currently, he is actively involved in community and non profit organizations and is on the board Bangladesh Medical Society of Alberta (BMSA), as General Secretary and active member of Canadian Society of Safety Engineering (CSSE).
Syed graduated as a Physician from Pakistan and worked in Otolaryngology for a couple of years, He developed interest in the field of Audiology and attained Doctor of Audiology degree from A.T.Still University in Arizona, USA. He is currently working as Registered Audiologist / Clinic Manager for Miracle Ear Hearing and Balance Clinic, Calgary since year 2008. He brings a wealth of experience, has been on professional committees of Alberta College of Speech Language Pathologists and Audiologists. He is a faculty member and mentor for Audiology graduate program of UBC School of Medicine and HAP program at Grant MacEwan University, Alberta.
Dorin Bogdan Mihalache is a seasoned Chartered Professional Accountant with more than 20 years of public practice experience. He has helped many doctors navigate and respond to the always evolving tax laws. He obtained his Chartered Accounting designation in 2008 and completed all three levels of the In-Depth Tax Course, one of the most comprehensive tax training programs in Canada. He lives in Calgary, Alberta together with his wife and two wonderful children age 10 and 12.
Jennifer obtained her medical degree from the Philippines at the University of the East Ramon Magsaysay Memorial Medical Center in 1994. After completion of training in General Surgery in 2001 she pursued her interest in Colorectal Surgery through Fellowships in Hong Kong and the UK. Her work experience includes postings in General Surgery in Australia, Bahrain and Singapore.[...]
She immigrated to Calgary in 2013 and has since been working as a Clinical Surgical Assistant with Alberta Health Services. While in the process of challenging the Medical Council of Canada exams, she has actively participated in numerous study groups and helped moderate review sessions for Trauma and General Surgery. She successfully attained her Licentiate in 2016.
She firmly believes that the vast IMG population is a valuable, untapped resource for the Alberta healthcare system. Jennifer is keen to explore more opportunities for IMGs to successfully integrate into the Alberta healthcare system.
After graduating in 2000, Sukhi practiced medicine in India for a few years before immigrating to Canada in 2005. Due to family challenges, he pursued a career in EMS as a paramedic. It wasn’t until 2017 when he passed MCC eligibility exams. He is currently working as a paramedic for AHS in the Calgary area and has been a member on the Board of Directors of AIMGA since 2017 where he served as a Treasurer for over a year. He intends to apply for residency in Rural Medicine in 2020, aspires to be a Flight Paramedic with STARS Air Ambulance, and wishes to settle in one of the Alberta's rural communities. Sukhi is a father of two young women and a Black Labrador. For fun, Sukhi likes to play violin, camp and hike, play badminton, and watch his favorite TV shows.
Cristina is a Radiologist from Romania who moved to Calgary in 2014. She’s been involved with AIMGA since the beginning, participating in classes and workshops offered by AIMGA. She joined the board in 2017.[...]
Before moving to Canada, she had an alternate career plan in mind. She pursued a career as a Diagnostic Sonographer because of her experience in the field of Diagnostic Ultrasound. Currently, she works as an Ultrasound Technician for ADC X-Ray and Ultrasound and is a member of Sonography Canada and the American Registry for Medical Sonography.
AIMGA had an important role in introducing Cristina to the Canadian Medical Licensure Pathways and she is very pleased to acknowledge that the Career Transition Program is essential because IMGs can use their knowledge and experience in alternative medical careers, either temporarily until they obtain licensure or as a long-term career. She believes that this alternative pathway into the Canadian healthcare system is of a mutual benefit to both the healthcare system and the IMGs.
Dr. Salim Hamid completed his initial training from Dow Medical College, where he began a residency in surgery and then briefly practiced as a Family Physician. It was then he decided to specialize in the field of Psychiatry, and hence completed his training and membership exams.[...]
He was eager to learn and decided to move to the United Kingdom to further his education and knowledge in Psychiatry. He did his residency in and around London. Upon completion of the equivalency exams, he started to work in Birmingham where he established a community psychiatric team, emphasising treatment of patients in their home environment.
Over 21 years ago, he had the opportunity to move to Canada. After working for a few years in Regina, he moved to Alberta and made Calgary his home. He was invited to Calgary to establish an innovative inpatient unit for brief hospitalization and established the first short stay unit in the Peter Lougheed Hospital in 2001. He completed the initial pilot project for the Access Mental Health mobile response team and diversion service where he worked as the Medical Director for these services and the North Mental Health Clinic.
He has been involved with the Alberta International Medical Graduate Program since its inception and has had an active role in the training of IMGs. Many physicians have worked under his supervision during their training. He has been an examiner for the LMCC exams for over 15 years and is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Calgary. He currently works as a consultant in private practice, owns and operates the Elite Professional Building where he works collaboratively with two other psychiatrists, family physicians, and a pharmacist.
He looks forward to working with AIMGA to assist IMGs pursuing licensure and other pathways into the system and providing his guidance, advocacy, and support.
Note: Please see the AIMGA By-Laws for additional information about the Board and the roles of our Board members.