Board of Directors

Jennifer Garcia
Chair

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.

Dorin Bogdan Mihalache
Treasurer

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.

David Kay
Director

David Kay is Principal Consultant with David Kay and Associates, a health care management consultancy focusing on project management and regulatory performance. He has a diverse leadership background in a variety of sectors including professional regulators and healthcare.

David has held senior roles with the College of Registered Nurses of Alberta (CRNA) and the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta (CPSA). For 19 years, David was the Executive Director for RPAP | Health Workforce for Alberta, a rural health workforce agency.

He is a member of the Canadian College of Health Leaders (CCHL), the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE), and Governance Professionals of Canada (GPC), and a past board member of the Canadian Association of Staff Physician Recruiters (CAPSR), CCHL and the Canadian Network of Agencies for Regulation (CNAR). David is currently a member of several committees of the Council on Licensure, Enforcement and Regulation (CLEAR).

Salim Hamid
Director

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.

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Fadhil Khalil Ali Hasan
Director

Fadhil graduated from the College of Medicine (CoM) of Baghdad University in 1985. Throughout his career, he earned a master’s degree in Clinical Immunology. He is registered with the Arab and Iraqi Boards in Internal Medicine, MRCP UK, and FRCP Edinburgh. He worked as a consultant physician and lecturer in Internal Medicine in the CoM of Baghdad University. In 2000, he moved to UAE and worked as a consultant physician and head of department in the Ministry of Health (MOH), and assistant professor in the CoM of Sharjah University until September 2018.

He led and published several research studies, QIPs and KPI Projects. He was a member of several MOH advisory medical, ethical, and administrative committees.

He utilizes his 34-year well-cultivated clinical and academic experience and leadership skills to handle various highly demanding clinical environments. Fadhil is committed to excellence and is driven to continue to lead, develop and implement high quality healthcare standards.

Upon his immigration to Canada, Fadhil completed the MCCEE, MCCQE1 and MCCQE2 and obtained the CPSA eligibility for PRA-AB in Internal Medicine in 2018 and obtained his LMCC in 2019.

Being an IMG, he understands the struggles and challenges that these doctors face. He is committed to facilitating the process of the social and professional integration into the Canadian health system for IMGs. He is very passionate about being a member of the AIMGA board of directors and eager to share his knowledge and experience with members.

Sukhpreet Singh Pritam
Director

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.

Saugata Chakraborty
Director

I am a global nomad, a dreamer, a curious cat, an addicted traveler and a failing guitarist. What gets my engines racing is collaborating with innovators and entrepreneurs who are reimagining their domains and inspiring others to build a better future for all.

After leaving Mumbai, India in 1998, I pursued a career in Big Bang physics at Wayne State University, Michigan followed by clinical Neurosciences to explore the mysteries of the brain at University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Moving social experiences while interacting with patients during this period shifted my mindset to pursue an MBA in healthcare design & management at the Schulich School of Business at York University, Canada leading to management roles where I am able to tangibly influence projects that have meaningful social impact. I enjoy coaching and facilitating quality improvement and design thinking courses during my spare time through IDEO U, an influential design company and have been doing so for the past 2 years.

I have been a resident of Calgary, Alberta for the past 9 years working for Alberta Health Services in a variety of roles ranging from patient experience, clinical quality improvement and design director working on several projects to provide safe, timely, effective, equitable, efficient and patient-centered care. I am especially proud of the work done in collaboration with primary care physicians and community supports such as AIMGA in addressing equitable access to mass vaccinations for the most vulnerable population in our city through our grant funded initiative CORIGQI

Outside of work, I try to get to the mountains for a few hikes in the summer, still contemplating taking up skiing to survive the winters and I am always up for a beer and a conversation.

Note: Please see the AIMGA By-Laws for additional information about the Board and the roles of our Board members.