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Canadian Paediatric Society

Who we are

First Years First is guided by the Canadian Paediatric Society’s Early Years Task Force

Dr. Robin Williams (chair)
Vice-President, Canadian Paediatric Society Board of Directors
St. Davids, Ont.

A paediatrician and a public health physician, Dr. Williams is Associate Chief Medical Officer of Health for the province of Ontario, and is the former Medical Officer of Health for Niagara Region (1995 to 2011). She is widely recognized locally, nationally, and internationally for her contributions to the area of children’s health and welfare. She is former Chair of the Council for Early Child Development and her outstanding work in the area of early childhood development led to her appointment as Chair of Ontario’s 18-Month Expert Panel. Recently, Dr. Williams has worked diligently to shine a spotlight on the issue of poverty and its significant impact on children, families, and the community.

Dr. Jean Clinton
McMaster University, Hamilton, Ont.

Dr. Clinton is an Associate Clinical Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neuroscience at McMaster, division of Child Psychiatry. She is on staff at McMaster Children’s Hospital. In addition, she is an Associate in the Department of Child Psychiatry, University of Toronto and Sick Children’s Hospital. She is an Associate Member of the Offord Centre for Child Studies. She has been a consultant to child welfare and children’s mental health programs for 25 years. Currently, as a member of Hamilton’s Best Start Network, she leads the Primary Care Engagement Strategy for the enhanced 18-month-well-baby visit. She sits on the Provincial Implementation Committee and was a member of the “Getting It Right at 18-Months Expert Panel” for the Provincial Best Start Initiative and is the lead for the provincial education subcommittee. She is a Fellow of Dr. Fraser Mustard’s Council for Early Child Development. Her special interest lies in brain development, and the crucial role relationship and connectedness play therein. Dr. Clinton holds a Bachelor of Music Degree in Education and a medical degree and Fellowship in Psychiatry from McMaster University.

Dr. Denis Leduc
McGill University, Montreal, Que.

Dr. Leduc is a community paediatrician in Montreal and an Associate Professor of Paediatrics at McGill University. He has clinical responsibilities within the McGill University Health Centre, including Director of Pediatric Services of the newborn nursery at the Royal Victoria Hospital. With 37 published papers, he has also collaborated as a researcher. Dr. Leduc holds several volunteer roles, is a member of several CPS committees, and is a past president of both the CPS Board of Directors and the Healthy Generations Foundation. Dr. Leduc is co-editor of Well Beings: A Guide to Health in Child Care, and co-author of the Rourke Baby Record.

Dr. Andrew Lynk
President, Canadian Paediatric Society
Cape Breton Regional Hospital
Sydney, Nova Scotia

Dr. Lynk is a community paediatrician and part-time Medical Officer of Health in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. He is an assistant editor of Paediatrics & Child Health and past chair of the CPS Action Committee on Children and Teens.

Dr. Emmett Francoeur
Director, Child Development Program, Montreal Children’s Hospital
McGill University, Montreal, Que.

Dr. Francoeur is a community-based pediatrician in Montreal, Quebec, Director of the Child Development Program and Medical Director of the Developmental Behavioural Pediatric Services of the Montreal Children’s Hospital. He is also the Vice Chair of the Department of Pediatrics. He is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at McGill University and a clinical researcher in areas of memory development in children, and is interested in the developing field of child psychopharmacology. As Past President of the Canadian Paediatric Society, he has been involved in the initiation and maintenance of many national programs for the benefit of Canadian children. He also is on the Directing Council of the Center of Excellence for Early Child Development. He retains the designation of Founder of Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics at the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.

Dr. Kassia Johnson
McMaster University, Hamilton, Ont.

Dr. Kassia Johnson is a developmental paediatrician in Hamilton, Ont., and an associate professor of paediatrics at McMaster University.  She has clinical responsibilities within the McMaster Children’s Hospital and is a physician member of the community Children’s Developmental Assessment Service at Bethesda Services in St. Catharines, Ont. As a member of the Enhanced 18-Month Well Baby Visit Program Steering and Education Committee, Dr. Johnson provides guidance about the development of the community paediatrics arm of the strategy.  Dr. Johnson earned her Bachelor of Arts (fine art/art history), medical degree and a fellowship in paediatrics from McMaster University, and her fellowship in developmental paediatrics from the University of Toronto. 

Dr. Sue Bennett
Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario
Professor, Pediatrics
University of Ottawa

Dr. Sue Bennett is a paediatrician and psychoanalyst by training and is Director of the Child and Youth Protection Program at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario in Ottawa. She is co-director of the Boulton Initiative, a national initiative dedicated to promoting the well-being, health and development of the child through infusion of a child rights approach to service delivery, policy development and education of professionals. Her research interests are in the development and implementation of child rights monitoring tools for child well-being, health and development at the national and international level. Dr. Bennett is a Councilor for the International Society for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect and an Associate of the International Institute for Child Rights and Development.


Marie Adèle Davis
Executive Director

Elizabeth Moreau
Director, Communications and Public Education

Lindsay Conboy
Communications Coordinator

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Last updated: Nov 7 2013