Recruiting new Vice Chair for the Canadian Task Force on Preventive Health Care


Recruiting new Vice Chair for the Canadian Task Force on Preventive Health Care


Dear Colleague:

I am writing to seek your assistance in identifying potential candidates for Vice Chair of the Canadian Task Force on Preventive Health Care (CTFPHC)

The CTFPHC is a well-known panel of experts skilled in critical appraisal, evidence review methods and the application of evidence in clinical decision making with an international reputation for the development of independent evidence-based guidelines for primary care practitioners. We volunteer our time and expertise for a four-year term to contribute to the development and promotion of these guidelines. The CTFPHC is the primary source of evidence-based clinical practice guidelines in the area of preventive health care in Canada and their guidelines are endorsed by the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC).

Since its re-establishment in 2009, the CTFPHC has published clinical practice guidelines for primary care practitioners on screening for breast cancer, Type 2 diabetes, hypertension, cervical cancer, depression in adults, prostate cancer, prevention and management of adult and child obesity, screening for cognitive impairment in older adults, colorectal cancer, pelvic exam, lung cancer, developmental delay in children, tobacco and children, hepatitis C and, most recently, abdominal aortic aneurysm.

Interested candidates may send their cover letter, résumés and three references to Chantal Plante, Business Manager, Public Health Agency of Canada by e-mail at before March 11, 2018. A Selection Committee will review these submissions according to the attached criteria and will recommend a candidate for appointment as Vice Chair by the Chief Public Health Officer, Public Health Agency of Canada and a representative of the CFPC by June 2018.

Please note that we are only able to consider applicants who are family physicians. This is because the Task Force requires that either the Chair or the Vice-Chair be a family physician, and the Chair is not a family physician.

Thank you for your assistance.




Brett Thombs, PhD




Task Force Members

  • Expertise in disease prevention and health promotion of children and/or adults;
  •  Experience with systematic reviews, their methodology and their application to
    clinical decision-making and/or policy;
  • Experience in guideline production;
  • Ability to be rigorous but open-minded when reviewing and interpreting scientific
    evidence and associated recommendations;
  • Ability to work collaboratively with peers;
  • Strongest consideration will be given to individuals who are widely recognized for
    scholarly leadership within their fields of expertise;
  • A background in family practice will be considered an asset


  • A recognized leader;
  • Excellent skills in consensus building, negotiating, and conflict resolution;
  • Comfort speaking on behalf of the CTFPHC in public venues.

The Chair of the CTFPHC is the public face of the CTFPHC and provides strategic direction. The Vice Chair provides support to the Chair in these roles as needed.

The time commitment for the Vice-Chair position will vary depending on guidelines under development but overall a 0.25FTE time commitment can be expected.

Members of the Canadian Task Force on Preventive Health Care are appointed for a 4 year term, renewal once.