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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. Sudha Koppula (Chair), Edmonton
  • Dr. Yasmin Majeed (Member-at-Large), Calgary
  • Dr. Richard Martin (Member-at-Large), Grande Prairie
  • Dr. Oluseyi Oladele (Member-at-Large), Edmonton

Our Team

Sudha Koppula
Richard Martin
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. 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.

Why are you volunteering to serve on this committee?
I wish to serve on this committee because I enjoy the work of the GAC, especially advising the Board which I have served on for many years. Having served on the Board, I recognize how important the GAC’s guidance and advice is relating to potential Board members, bylaw updates, and organizational processes. The GAC group is great too! We have a wonderful group of ACFP members serving on the GAC and it is a joy to connect with them during our meetings. We have a great time with governance!

What about the ACFP’s work do you find most valuable?
The ACFP work that I find most valuable is our efforts to attract learners to our discipline. I enjoy that a great deal and think ACFP does an excellent job of promoting Family Medicine. I also enjoy our research efforts, especially encouraging high quality research among FPs across the province and collaboration among researchers.


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.

Why are you volunteering to serve on this committee?
I am truly honoured to return to working with the ACFP leadership in furthering Family Medicine and supporting my Family Medicine Colleagues across Alberta.

What about the ACFP’s work do you find most valuable?
As the voice of Family Medicine, the work of the ACFP has far-reaching influence in advancing our collective goal of Family Medicine Excellence through support, education, organization, and collegiality.


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.

Why are you volunteering to serve on this committee?
I am volunteering on the Governance committee to support ACFP, in the tremendous work they are doing for the benefit of the physician community in Alberta. It has given me good insight into the effort that goes into managing the smooth running of the organization, with due attention to the bylaws. It has helped me learn and grow from the experience & expertise of my colleagues.

What about the ACFP’s work do you find most valuable?
I value the transparency and advocacy work done by ACFP and am honored to be part of this dedicated team.

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.

Why are you volunteering to serve on this committee?
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.

What about the ACFP’s work do you find most valuable?
The ACFP supports the empowerment, education, and kinship of family physicians in Alberta. I am grateful that it improves my professional life.

My name is Smitha Yaltho and I feel privileged to work as a family physician. Why? I believe that being a family physician has been the best job any physician can hope to have. I have personally grown in my own abilities and skill-sets with diverse opportunities in ambulatory practice, acute care and work in Facility Living.  Working in primary care has been exciting and has also afforded me tremendous opportunities for growth while still remaining stimulating in its complexity.  I believe that Family physicians are trusted partners in patient care –  every step of the way. 

Why are you volunteering to serve on this committee?
I currently have an interest in Physician Leadership and  trauma informed care.  I have served as a director with the Board of Directors with the Edmonton North PCN, Edmonton’s largest PCN. Thereafter, I have worked as the Director of Medical Services with CapitalCare (also based in Edmonton) for almost 6 years. It is my express wish that my contribution on the ACFP board of directors will highlight the excellence of family medicine that exists right here and now within the Alberta health care system. 

What about the ACFP’s work do you find most valuable?
Ability to highlight and further support the excellence of primary care right here in Alberta.