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Governance Advisory Committee

Committee members include members of the Board of Directors and Members at Large and are mandated to carry out specified functions, programs, or projects assigned by the Board. Governance Committees help the Board do its job.

The Governance Advisory Committee is a standing committee of the ACFP Board and must have at least two Board of Directors, where the Chair must be a past President or Past Board member or a designate from the Board. The Governance Advisory Committee has the following responsibilities:

  • Annual recruitment and provision of screened nominees for potential Board members according to Board stated need
  • Annual review and provision of recommendations for changes to Bylaw to be presented to the Board and the Annual Meeting of Members of the ACFP for approval
  • Annual review and provision of recommendations for updates to Board Policies

Committee Members

  • Dr. Vishal Bhella (Chair), Calgary
  • Dr. Sudha Koppula (Past President), Edmonton
  • Dr. Anila Ramaliu (Board Representative), Calgary
  • Dr. Yasmin Majeed (Member-at-Large), Calgary
  • Dr. Kathleen Montcrieff (Member-at-Large), Calgary
  • Dr. Richard Martin (Member-at-Large), Grande Prairie
  • Dr. Oluseyi Oladele (Member-at-Large), Edmonton

Our Team

Vishal Singh Bhella
Sudha Koppula
Past President
Anila Ramaliu
Board Representative
Richard Martin
Kathleen Montcrieff
Yasmin Majeed
Oluseyi Oladele

Terms of Reference

The Governance Advisory Committee (GAC) is a governance committee of the ACFP Board of Directors


This Committee provides support and guidance to the Board in the fulfilment of its legal, ethical, and functional responsibilities through management of the ACFP bylaws; management of governance policies; oversight of the succession of the Board of Directors and Committees; and education and evaluation of the Board and its members.

Dr. Vishal Bhella

I’m Dr. Bhella and I completed a PGY 3 Academic Fellowship in Family Medicine at Western following my residency. During my early practice, I worked in Ontario in various capacities including clinic, hospitalist and ER work.

I relocated to Alberta to join the University of Calgary Department of Family Medicine as a Clinical Assistant Professor and Lead Preceptor at the South Health Campus Family Medicine Teaching Clinic in 2013.

As an ACFP Board member, and member of the Governance Advisory Committee, I am proud of the commitment to Family Medicine shown by members of our board, staff, committees and membership. It is important to have a strong Family Medicine voice and there are many initiatives that the ACFP is involved in and many people behind the scenes to move these initiatives forward and it is inspiring to see the hard work and dedication of so many members in supporting and promoting the role of primary care in our health care system.

Dr. Sudha Koppula

I’m Dr. Sudha Koppula and I was born at the Royal Alexandra Hospital in Edmonton, where I also completed my family medicine training. I now enjoy a broad range family practice located at the MacEwan University Health Centre.

I have benefited from knowledge and mentorship from many sources. These have been instrumental in inspiring my academic career at the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Alberta, and my interest in medical education, especially faculty development.

In addition to my work in Edmonton and teaching in rural Alberta communities, I serve on committees with the College of Family Physicians of Canada, and present at national and international conferences.

My experience as a Board member
I’ve learned about how innovative Alberta family physicians are and the positive impacts they can make. I enjoy being a Board member because we do meaningful work while enjoying ourselves at the same time.

Dr. Anila Ramaliu

I’m Dr. Anila Ramaliu. I’m a practising family physician in Calgary, and since patient care and teaching are both passions of mine, I recently joined the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Calgary. I’m a graduate of training programs in Family Medicine and Public Health and Preventive Medicine from the University of Calgary. I hold a Master of Sciences in Health Research and have been involved in applied research with the University of Calgary and Alberta Health Services. My prior experiences include work with international, national and local government, and non-government organizations, leading various health and social programs. Prior to joining the ACFP Board in March 2018, I served as Director of the Board of Calgary West Central PCN.

My experience as a Board member
Our health care system and the primary health care, in particular, are enjoying a transformation that calls for a contribution of all its members. Within this context, I decided to join the Alberta College of Family Physicians. There is a significant amount of work that ACFP faces – from being at the center of the efforts to manage the opioid crisis to effectively engaging the membership and working with multiple stakeholders, while also advocating for family physicians and their patients to jointly continue to build the Patient’s Medical Home. In the course of the past year, I have had the honour to participate in processes that support the advancement of all of the above. As a member and a board member, I feel proud to have been part of that, and I look forward to continued successes and achievements for ACFP as an organization.

Dr. Richard Martin

I’m Dr. Richard Martin and I’m happily committed to Comprehensive Family Medicine, medical education, and leadership since 1993. Less happily committed to paperwork and lawn maintenance, but someone has to do it.

I am truly honoured to return to working with the ACFP leadership in furthering Family Medicine and supporting my FM Colleagues across Alberta.

As the Voice of Family Medicine, the work of the ACFP has far-reaching influence in advancing our collective goal of FM Excellence through support, education, organization, and collegiality.

Dr. Kathleen Montcrieff

I was born in Edmonton and as a child I also lived in Grande Prairie and Bow Island. After living in the US and Nova Scotia and having a short first career as an astronomer, I returned to Alberta, but this time Calgary, where I completed medical school and residency. I am now in Calgary to stay as a family physician at the Sunridge Family Medicine Teaching Centre.

Our healthcare system is facing many challenges right now. I wanted to get involved with the ACFP to help support the work that the ACFP is doing to face these challenges.

Patient-centred primary care is the foundation of our healthcare system, and the ACFP is one of Alberta’s strongest voices for family medicine.


Dr. Yasmin Majeed

I’m Dr. Yasmin Majeed and I was born in Karachi, Pakistan. After completing Medical school and postgraduate training in Pediatrics, we left the country since my husband’s job as an engineer entailed a lot of travel. The good fortune of living in different parts of the world has given me a clear perspective on health care delivery around the world.

We decided to make Canada home and moved to Alberta. Living in Calgary was like a dream come true with its rivers, lakes, and mountains – we got into hiking and skiing. Getting back into practice as a physician, raising three children, and rediscovering what I loved to do was an uphill task. After being accepted for residency in family medicine, I completed a third year in Palliative Care. I now work as a Chronic Pain Consultant at the Chronic Pain Center in Calgary and I’m part of the Pain Residency Learning Committee at the University of Calgary.

As President Section of Chronic Pain, I strive to support family physicians in managing chronic pain. I am also involved with seniors care and serve as Site Medical Lead for Age Care.

Once professionally settled in Canada, I felt a strong need to move forward with my global vision of making a difference. With the support of like-minded people, I was able to form an organization called the Canadian Global Care Society. It rekindled my dream of serving an underserved population. Through the process of leading the organization for the last 10 years, I have been involved in working on the website, bylaws, and governance issues.

Having been inspired by the excellent work done by the Alberta College of Family Physicians, I wanted to take this further and share my experiences by serving the ACFP. I feel very fortunate to be given this privilege and am looking forward to contributing to the ACFP Governance Committee in the best possible manner.

Dr. Oluseyi Oladele

I’m Dr. Oluseyi Oladele and I help people lead healthy, successful lives. For me, this means personal and professional growth, exercise, and connection with my family.

I volunteered to serve on the Governance Advisory Committee because by attending to processes and by-laws, the Governance Advisory Committee allows the ACFP Board’s regular work to be more strategic.

The ACFP supports the empowerment, education, and kinship of family physicians in Alberta. I am grateful that it improves my professional life.