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Canadian Cardiovascular Society

The Canadian Cardiovascular Society is an affiliated member of the European Society of Cardiology

Dr Charles R. Kerr and Prof. Michel KomajdaPresident of the Canadian Cardiovascular Society Doctor Charles R. Kerr (Board 2010) signs the Memorandum of Understanding with ESC President Professor Michel Komajda, FESC during the ESC Congress 2010 in Stockholm and thus confirms the affiliation to the ESC.

Structure October 2014-2015


Dr Heather Ross


Dr Cathy Kells

Past President

Dr Mario Talajic


Dr Ross Davies


Dr Christopher Buller


Dr Ken Gin

Annual Meeting Chair 2013-2015

Dr Todd Anderson

Chief Executive Officer

Mrs Anne E. Ferguson

CJC Editor-in-Chief

Dr Stanley Nattel

Trainee Representative

Dr Sanjog Kalra

Number of Members: 1 837
Year of Foundation: 1946
Year of ESC affiliation: 2010

Contact Information

Office Address:
222 Queen Street, Suite 1403, Ottawa, ON K1P 5V9

Tel: +1 (613) 569-3407 - toll free: +1 (877) 569-3407
Fax: +1 (613) 569-6574

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The Canadian Cardiovascular Society (CCS) is the national voice for cardiovascular physicians and scientists. The CCS’ mission is to promote cardiovascular health and care through knowledge translation, including dissemination of research and encouragement of best practices; and professional development, and leadership in health policy.

The CCS was formed in November 1946 under the name of The Canadian Heart Association.  In June 1947, a constitution for the CHA was drafted, and an election of officers was held.  In 1948, The Canadian Heart Association Constitution (attached) was adopted and in 1949, The Canadian Heart Association was Incorporated and the name was changed to ‘The Canadian Heart Association Inc. Société Canadienne de Cardioloigie‘ (CHA/SCC).  In 1961, The Canadian Heart Association voted to rename the Canadian Heart Association to the Canadian Cardiovascular Society (CCS) and the name was legally changed to the Canadian Cardiovascular Society in 1962.


Although there were annual scientific sessions since 1947, the name was changed to the Canadian Cardiovascular Congress in 2000. This meeting is now hosted by CCS and the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada (HSFC), and includes participation of more than a dozen health organizations. It is the largest gathering of cardiovascular and allied health professionals in Canada. This event brings together the individuals who work across the spectrum of cardiovascular health - from research to patient care and stimulates interaction within the cardiovascular community. It is a forum to showcase the best research and to promote learning - through scientific sessions, interactive workshops, late-breaking clinical trials, and lively debates.

Canadian Cardiovascular Congress 2015

24-27 October 2015
Toronto, Canada

Collaboration and structure

The CCS has worked with various government agencies to lobby on behalf of the cardiovascular healthcare professionals in order to access funding and bring cardiovascular issues to their attention.  The CCS, along with the HSFC and other organizations, with federal funding, developed the Canadian Heart Health Strategies over a two year period from 2006-2008.  The document was presented to the federal government in February 2009 and there are several initiatives that were identified that are currently undergoing through federal funding.

The CCS became an accrediting body for the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons over 10 years ago. Since then the CCS has co-developed and accredited hundreds of exceptional professional learning programs for our members including our annual Congress, the largest annual medical meeting in Canada; highly-valued trainee programs; regional sub-specialty meetings; and many synchronous and asynchronous web-based programs. In 2010, the CCS will co-develop and accredit over 45 programs.

Since 2004, the CCS, through the Access to Care Working Group, has developed and disseminated appropriate benchmarks for access to cardiovascular care across Canada.  Today, many of the provinces and healthcare facilities have adopted these benchmarks.  The CCS continues to work with the Canadian Medical Association through the Wait Time Alliance to push these benchmarks forward. 

Currently the CCS has 1837 members which include Regular, Associate, Trainee, Life member, and Honorary members.  The members’ areas of specialty range from Community Cardiologists, Surgery, General, Basic Scientists, as well as others.


The Canadian Journal of Cardiology (CJC) is published 6 times per year and is disseminated to 15 900 individuals and organizations. Readership includes health professionals in cardiology, thoracic surgery, cardiovascular surgery, emergency medicine, respiratory diseases, internal medicine, and general practitioners.