Our track record is built on helping radiologists play a leading role in Canada’s healthcare future.

Investing in Canadian Radiology

Canadian Radiological Foundation (CRF) – Run by Radiologists for the Future of Canadian Radiology

Our Foundation is dedicated exclusively to the future of Canadian radiology. Together, we are investing in Canadian healthcare to drive innovation in imaging, intervention, informatics and artificial intelligence education and research.

Dr. Bruce Forster, MSc, MD, FRCPC, FCAR
President of the Canadian Radiological Foundation

Here are just four of our success stories

Research Studies

We are so proud of our Research Grant awardees who selflessly dedicate their time to carry out medical research to benefit radiologic care for patients. These testimonials from past grant recipients capture the value and impact that this award provides.

 

Recipient of the CRF Grant

Dr. David Koff (McMaster University) for Adaptive Personalized Predictive Risk Model for Medical Imaging Radiation Exposure.

7 papers published and presentations given at 8 national/international conferences [Full Details]

 

“Thanks to the CRF’s funding, we developed a working proof-of-concept predictive model for risk assessment. We believe that we have attained an important milestone in better understanding the risk of low dose radiation and in providing better care to our patients. This would not have been possible without the CRF, and on behalf of our team, I want to thank very sincerely the CRF for its generous contribution to our research.”

Research Studies

Recipient of the CRF Grant

Dr. Donatella Tampieri (Kingston Queen’s University) for Neuroradiological, clinical and genetic characterization of new forms of hereditary leukoencephalopathies.

4 papers published and presentations given at 11 national/international conferences  [Full Details]


“The funding from the CRF was crucial to develop an innovative research on adult-onset undiagnosed genetic white matter disorders and their overlap with multiple sclerosis. With the CRF’s support, we have collected and investigated the largest cohort of adult patients with white matter disorders of genetic origin in Canada. Importantly, our study contributed to the creation of an international network of experts interested in white matter diseases, led and coordinated by Dr. Roberta La Piana, which meet regularly to discuss atypical cases. Our team is extremely grateful for the CRF’s continuous support to our research since its very beginning.”

Recipient of the CRF Grant

Dr. Paul Babyn (Saskatchewan Health Authority) for A day in the life of MR in Canada – Profiling MR appropriateness and utilization in Canada.

3 papers published and presentations given at 5 national conferences  [Full Details]

 

“The funding from the CRF was instrumental in supporting two trainees and ensuring the success of our research work looking into the appropriateness and variation in usage of clinical MRI across Canada. The CRF has played a vital role in supporting important Canadian based research furthering the impact and value of Radiology throughout Canada. It has provided both trainees and staff valuable opportunities for research and helped to advance their careers. I greatly appreciate the work of the CRF!”

Winner of the Leadership Scholarship

In 2019 the scholarship was awarded to Dr. Scott Adams (University of Saskatchewan) to attend the 2019 Radiology Leadership Institute (RLI) Leadership Summit of the American College of Radiology (ACR). 

“The Radiology Leadership Institute Leadership Summit has been a tremendous opportunity to gain knowledge and skills to advance the specialty of radiology and improve the care we provide to patients. The Leadership Summit has provided me with a broader and deeper perspective to embrace opportunities for our specialty and our practices, and has equipped me with strategies to navigate some of the challenges facing radiology now and in the future.”

Meet our Board of Directors

Dr. Bruce Forster
President

Dr. Bruce Forster is Professor and Head at the University of British Columbia, Department of Radiology, Director of the UBC Office of Academic Innovation, and Clinical Lead, Medical Imaging Appropriateness, BC Patient Safety & Quality Council. 

 

Dr. Forster has been involved in the clinical, education, and research aspects of sports imaging for over 25 years and was Director of Imaging for the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Games. 

 

Dr. Forster has delivered over 350 invited lectures and is the author of over 140 peer-reviewed scientific publications, and 125 educational exhibits.  He was awarded the Fellowship of the CAR and the CAR Gold Medal in 2019.

Dr. Andrea Lum
Vice President

Dr. Andrea Lum is Vice Dean, Faculty Affairs, Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, Western University effective January 1, 2020 to December 31, 2024 with oversight on faculty affairs, professionalism, wellness and equity. She was the Chair of London Health Sciences Centre (LHSC) Medical Advisory Committee (2016-2019) and Chair/City Wide Chief, Department of Medical Imaging, Western University (2008 – 2017 ).

 

Dr. Lum has 30 years leadership experience serving the Canadian Association of Radiologists (CAR), Ontario Association of Radiologists (OAR), Ontario Medical Association (OMA), Canadian Medical Association (CMA), College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario (CPSO), and Ontario Hospital Association (OHA); she is currently is Vice-President of the CRF. She led Physician engagement for Accreditation Canada 2018 survey when LHSC achieved Exemplary recognition. She was the first LHSC physician leader awarded Canadian Certified Physician Executive in 2012, re-certifying in 2017.

 

Dr. Lum’s numerous awards include the Chair’s Award of Inspiration from the LHSC Medical Imaging Department for Exemplary humanitarian efforts, the MAC Award for Excellence in Leadership and the Lifetime Achievement Award from the LHSC Medical Imaging Department.

Dr. David Vickar 
Secretary-Treasurer

Dr. Vickar graduated from the University of Manitoba in medicine and followed with an internship and residency at McGill University. He relocated to Edmonton where he has practiced radiology with a special focus on ultrasound and is an Associate Clinical Professor at the University of Alberta. He takes pride in teaching medical students, residents and particularly Sonographers and was the physician advisor to the Canadian Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers for many years.

 

Dr. Vickar is a past president of the Alberta Society of Radiologists and the Canadian Association of Radiologists.

 

Dr. Vickar has participated in numerous committees, working groups and planning sessions in both his specialty of radiology as well as with the Alberta Medical Association, the Royal College of Physicians of Canada and now with the Canadian Radiological Foundation.  He has also served on boards of numerous local non-profit organizations in his home city of Edmonton.

 

Dr. Vickar is proud to be a Fellow of the American College of Radiology (FACR) as well as a Fellow of the Canadian Association of Radiologists (FCAR).

Dr. Louis-Martin Boucher

Dr. Boucher graduated with an MD-PhD from University of Toronto. He subspecialized in interventional radiology and worked at McGill as an Assistant Professor in the department of Radiology at McGill University, division of Interventional Radiology, and member of the McGill University Health Centre Radiology Associates group.

 

In 2018, Dr. Boucher became the Program Director of McGill’s Interventional Radiology Residency program. He acts as Chair of the Resident Research Committee and is on the Board of the RADIMED Montreal Radiology group.

 

Dr. Boucher was awarded “Teacher of the Year” award in 2010 for his excellence and active involvement in course development.

Dr. James (Jamie) Fraser

Dr. Fraser is a Cardiac Radiologist and Professor of Radiology and Medicine at Dalhousie University. He is the former Resident Program Director and the co-Chair of the Cardiothoracic fellowship program at Dalhousie.

 

Dr. Fraser was the Chair of the Nova Scotia Health Authority Central Zone Quality Committee, part of the editorial board of the journal Radiology, President of the Nova Scotia Association of Radiologists and Canadian Association of Radiologists, and was on the board of Chancellors of the American College of Radiology. He is the first “legacy” CAR president, following his father, Dr. David Fraser, and continues to serve on numerous CAR working groups.

 

Dr. Fraser was made a Fellow of the CAR in 2018.

Call for Board Nominations

In April 2022, the CRF will need to replace one departing Director of its Board: Dr. Bruce Forster (President) from Vancouver (British Columbia) who has served the Board with distinction and we thank him for his dedication and many contributions to the work of the Board.

For more information on nominations and application process, click here.

 

Research Studies

The CRF has funded many research studies over the years which have resulted in articles published in peer-reviewed journals and presentations given at national/international conferences.

Leadership Courses in Radiology

In association with the UBC Sauder School of Business and the Canadian Association of Radiologists (CAR), the CRF is honored to have developed new and unique leadership courses in radiology to help radiologists develop their leadership skills and contribute to the future of radiology in Canada. 

Some of the feedback from participants included

Leadership perspective: OK to fail, it is actually a must to a road map to improvement

Case study scenarios and dialogues were very valuable –something I would like to implement into training.”

Overall great course, worth the time and money. Significantly better than the Joule equivalent.”

Leadership Scholarships

Since 2015, the CRF has awarded leadership scholarships to CAR members to acquire and develop the leadership skills they need to advance their careers and the profession, and to play a meaningful role in shaping the future of healthcare.

Guiding Vision and Mission

Vision

Why we do it

To ensure the sustainable future of patient-focused RADIOLOGY research, education and innovation excellence in Canada and beyond.

Mission

What we are set out to do

To promote the art and science of radiology through research and education. The CRF achieves its mission through the funding of projects which help to shape the future of radiology in Canada. In support of this directive, the CRF has funded the following activities:

Research and Innovation Grants

In support of studies and research projects in diagnostic radiology or interventional procedures, the CRF and the Canadian Heads of Academic Radiology (CHAR) are pleased to provide the opportunity to apply for research awards accordingly.

Leadership Courses in Radiology

The CRF provides new and unique leadership courses in radiology designed to help radiologists expand their leadership skills and contribute to the future of radiology in Canada.


Leadership Scholarships

The CRF offers leadership scholarships to allow the selected CAR members to acquire and develop leadership skills to become radiology leaders of tomorrow.




Educational Outreach

The CRF sponsors qualified CAR members to attend and lecture at various international radiology conferences.


CAR ASM Scientific Awards

The CRF sponsors the CAR's Annual Scientific Meeting (ASM) abstract awards. Many of the recipients have gone on to complete further research and contribute to the profession of radiology.

Reports and Guidelines

The CRF has commissioned various reports and guidelines such as The Lifecycle Guidance for Medical Imaging Equipment in Canada.


CRF's association with the CAR and the CHAR

A key approach to our success is to partner with other like-minded organizations that focus on the future of radiology. Many of our education and research programs are designed, selected and prioritized by the Canadian Association of Radiology (CAR) and Canadian Heads of Academic Radiology (CHAR).