2018 marked significant milestones and transitions for the CCS, as we played to our strengths and began reshaping our future. The fabric of CCS is the networking that leads to a sense of belonging by our members, and our programs and events reflect our commitment to serving the membership to foster this.
The CCS continued to demonstrate strong leadership in cardiovascular health and excellence. In 2018, through the volunteer commitment of our members, we released three sets of guidelines and two position statements, and to support uptake, we launched an innovative e-Guidelines website. Not only do these resources support practice excellence, but they also feed the steady rise in impact factor of the Canadian Journal of Cardiology (CJC) and drive participation at the Canadian Cardiovascular Congress (CCC). To support the development and diversification of our journal portfolio, this fall marked the launch of CJC Open. Our commitment to offering an engaging and relevant CCC was evident. Those who joined us in Toronto in October 2018 felt the energy that comes from a dynamic program, new program elements and enthusiastic learners in every seat. The corridors bustled with conversations, ideas and plans for new projects. Our strong partnerships with the European Society of Cardiology (ESC) and the American College of Cardiology (ACC) were well-profiled through joint symposia at our CCC, as well as at theirs.
The Quality Project reflects our focus on clinical excellence, and member volunteer commitment to improving outcomes for our patients. Six committees were active, inspired as their efforts began to demonstrate that constructive conversations can stem from national quality reporting. The CCS remains committed to this as a fundamental platform of improving care for patients, and sees 2019 as a key turning point in securing sustainability in our quest to improve.
Mid-year, after 15 years at the Society’s helm as CEO, Anne Ferguson retired. Anne oversaw enormous growth and strengthening of our Society. Then, in October, Dr. Catherine Kells completed her term as President. These determined leaders championed our 2015-2018 Strategic Plan, strengthening partnerships and programs to position the CCS for a secure and sustainable future. Their work set the stage for our new CEO, Dr. Carolyn Pullen, who returned to the CCS after seven years away. Carolyn brings experience and energy that will help us achieve our goals in the next stage of our development.
As President, I am excited to be working with Carolyn and our new Council as we develop our plan for the future. Nothing can be more rewarding than working with the strong committed team at CCS that I have known for 10 years, mixed with new energy at the helm and an energized new executive building a better organization. As our planning unfolds, my commitment to members and partners is to be consultative and inclusive so we co-develop an inspiring vision for a future in which you want to be involved.
On behalf of the CCS, I express my sincere gratitude to Council, staff, and members for your contributions throughout 2018 to advance our mission. I invite you to learn more about CCS accomplishments in our 2018 Year in Review. I am confident that with your support we can nurture the right cardiovascular health community to bring the CCS to new heights in the years to come. Best wishes for 2019.
Andrew Krahn, MD, FRCPC, FCCS