CGCA Committees

The Canadian Gastric Cancer Association was established in 2018. We are a group of healthcare practitioners and stakeholders who are collectively interested in developing better treatments for gastric cancer through research and improved patient care. Please find descriptions for each of our subcommittees below.

Executive Committee

The Executive Committee is responsible for hosting this website, sending out newsletters to our members, networking with stakeholders, reaching out to new members and hosting bi-annual internal meetings. Members:

Natalie Coburn (Ontario)

Savtaj Brar (Ontario)

Elena Elimova (Ontario)

Shaila Merchant (Ontario)

Winson Cheung (Alberta)

Lucy Helyer (Nova Scotia)

Mai-Kim Gervais (Quebec)

Trevor Hamilton (British Columbia)

Gareth Eeson (British Columbia)

Big Data Committee

The Big Data Committee is responsible for assessing opportunities for Canadian Gastric Cancer studies and providing relevant commentary on research happenings for our newsletter. Members:

Winson Cheung

Alyson Mahar

Dan Schiller

Clinical Trials Committee

The Clinical Trials Committee is responsible for assessing opportunities for Canadian Gastric Cancer Clinical Trials and providing relevant commentary for our newsletter. Members:

Mai-Kim Gervais

Sean Bennett

Milton Harry

Christine Brezden-Masley

Mark Doherty

Francis Zih

Elena Elimova

Stephanie Snow

Communication Committee

The Communication Committee is responsible for the CGCA Twitter account, assembling articles for our newsletter, maintaining our website and holding internal meetings. Members:

Savtaj Brar

Carolyn Nessim

Huynh Quoc

Genetics Committee

The Genetics Committee is responsible for assessing opportunities for Canadian Gastric Cancer research (specifically pertaining to genetics/hereditary information), and commenting on relevant research in our newsletter. Members:

Elena Elimova

Patrick Roberts

Lucy Helyer

Melissa Aronson

Patient Education Committee

The Patient Education Committee is responsible for creating and disseminating informational material for patients (i.e.: gastric cancer booklet), creating and updating Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS) protocols, as well as maintaining patient educational material on the website. Members: 

Shaila Merchant

Shaqil Kassam

Gursharan Sohi

Ekaterina Kosyachova

Shiva Jayaraman

Steven MacLellan

Carmen Mueller

Provider Education Committee

The Provider Education Committee is responsible for assisting with the organization of the next D2 Gastrectomy course and coordinating the Canadian Surgery Forum annual meeting session. Members:

Gareth Eeson

Zaid Siger

Adam Meneghetti

Pamela Hebbard

Peter Stotland

Video Library Committee

The Video Library Committee is responsible for selecting and commenting upon videos which are uploaded to the website, as well as creating/maintaining a library of teaching videos for residents, fellows and staff. Members: 

Trevor Hamilton

Andras Fecso

Cindy Boulanger-Gobeil

Laz Klein

Paul James