Medical Council of Canada



New governance

During the Medical Council of Canada (MCC)’s 108th Annual Meeting held on October 3-4, the Council voted to move to a smaller and skills-based Council. As of October 5, 2020, we have begun the process of moving to this more modern, agile and responsive governance model that will facilitate creative collaboration within Council, within the organization, with stakeholders and ultimately, for the benefit of everyone living in Canada. We are working on updating all information found on this page and will be posting the new information as soon as possible. In the meantime, we invite you to read our news post on the topic: The Medical Council of Canada embraces a new governance structure.


Dr. Jay Rosenfield, President


Dr. Rosenfield is an Emeritus Professor of Paediatrics, and past Vice-Dean, MD Program at the University of Toronto (2006-2016). Most recently, he was Vice-Dean, Medical Education at the Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry at Western University (2017-2020).

Dr. Rosenfield graduated from the Royal Conservatory of Music at the University of Toronto with a diploma in piano performance in 1978, and then completed Medical School at the University of Toronto in 1982. He is certified in Paediatrics by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC), and the American Board of Pediatrics, and received a Master of Education degree from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) in 1998. He is a developmental paediatrician, and has an Honorary Staff appointment at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto.

Dr. Rosenfield is recognized as a national and international leader in medical education. He co-led the Future of Medical Education in Canada (FMEC) – MD Project of the Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada (AFMC). Dr. Rosenfield was a member of the Scientific Advisory Committee for the seminal report of the Lancet Global Commission entitled Health Professionals for a New Century: transforming education to strengthen health systems in an interdependent world. He was the sole Canadian member of the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC)’s Core Competencies for Entering Residency panel that established Entrustable Professional Activities (EPA)’s at North American medical schools. More recently, Dr. Rosenfield chaired the Task Force on Undergraduate Medical Education Accreditation in Canada (TUMEA) established by the AFMC Board and tasked with a transformative revision of the current processes of accreditation of medical schools in Canada.

Dr. Rosenfield was a member of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario Registration Committee, currently sits on the Accreditation Committee of the RCPSC and is the RCPSC representative on the Canadian Residency Matching Service (CaRMS) Board. In addition, he has been a council member of the Medical Council of Canada (MCC) since 2004 and was elected its President from 2018 to 2020. Dr. Rosenfield oversaw the recent major governance change at the MCC, and was elected its inaugural new Transition Council President this year.

Dr. Rosenfield is a passionate educator, a strong advocate for diversity, equity and inclusion, and a skilled leader of systemic change. He champions collaboration and innovation as values for the MCC.


Dr. Maureen Topps, Executive Director and CEO


The Medical Council of Canada (MCC) welcomed Dr. Maureen Topps as its new Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer on October 1, 2018. Dr. Topps, who served as Chair of the MCC National Assessment Central Coordinating Committee (NAC3) and Council member from 2009 to 2011, succeeded to Dr. Ian Bowmer.

Dr. Topps completed her medical degree at Aberdeen University in Scotland. After nearly ten years of rural practice, she was appointed Program Director in Family Medicine at the University of Calgary. Dr. Topps was later named the inaugural Associate Dean of Postgraduate Education at the Northern Ontario School of Medicine in 2005.

In 2011, Dr. Topps served as the Executive Director of the Government of Alberta’s International Medical Graduate Program. She was subsequently appointed Associate Dean Postgraduate Medical Education at the Cumming School of Medicine and, most recently, Senior Associate Dean Education.

Dr. Topps has worked extensively with national stakeholder organizations. She was a member of the Postgraduate Medical Education Committee at the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC), and Vice-Chair of the Residency Program Accreditation Committee as well as Chair of the International Program Review Committee at the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC).

Awarded Fellowship of the CFPC in 2002, Dr. Topps was recently recognised by the Royal College for her various activities, with the designation of Honorary Fellow.