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Canadian Radiological Foundation (CRF)

A Message from the President of the CRF

Ian Hammond, MD, FRCPC, FACR
June 2011

The Canadian Radiological Foundation: “It’s our future”

The Canadian Radiological Foundation (CRF) was incorporated under the Canada Corporations Act in December 1981, and is nearing 30 years of age. The late Dr. Ross Hill, a past CAR President and prominent radiologist at the Montreal General Hospital for many years, was the driving force behind the creation of the foundation. Its first directors were Drs. Ross Hill (Montreal), Bernard Reilly (Toronto), Max Palayew (Montreal) and David Gray (Ottawa), as well as Ms. Alva Pentecost, then Executive Director of the CAR. The broad goal of the CRF, as documented in its Letters Patent, is “to advance the art and science of radiology”.

The wisdom of the founding directors is reflected in the official objectives that give the CRF the freedom to support a wide range of activities in pursuit of this goal. In the 1980s, for example, the CRF sponsored annual fellowships for graduating Canadian residents to pursue a year of advanced training, usually in the United States. More recently, the foundation has commissioned the report “Medical Imaging in Northern Canada: A Snapshot in Time”, and has supported Dr. Martin Reed and colleagues in the development of the Diagnostic Imaging Referral Guidelines for Canadian physicians. This initiative led to further support for the 2010 CAR International Guidelines Symposium. The CRF is getting started on new and innovative projects for 2011, and can only accomplish these with the support of the CAR members.

Unlike radiological foundations that are centered outside Canada, the CRF holds the official status of a registered charity with the Canada Revenue Agency, and donations to the CRF are tax-deductible. All CAR members in good standing are automatically members of the CRF. Dr.  Ted Lyons, our immediate CAR Past President, has wisely stressed the importance of radiologists being recognised as integral members of the clinical health care team. I know Ted would agree that it is also essential for us to protect the ownership of our great specialty by investing in the advancement of its research and scholarship – the goals of the CRF.

As the new CRF President, I look forward, along with fellow board members Drs. Richard Rankin, Raquel del Carpio‑O’Donovan, William Mason and Gregory Butler, to seeking new projects, securing new funding and invigorating the foundation. I thank all those loyal members who have donated generously to the CRF. It is our intention this year to begin recognizing donors, with their permission, in a more prominent fashion. On behalf of Canadian radiologists, I wish to thank Dr. Richard Rankin for his tireless efforts as CRF president since 2003.

Please feel free to contact me through the CAR Office at with ideas for the foundation. Remember that tax-deductible donations to the CRF can be made when renewing your CAR annual membership by calling 613 860‑3111, ext. 0 or by sending a cheque or money order, payable to the Canadian Radiological Foundation, to:

Canadian Radiological Foundation
c/o Canadian Association of Radiologists
310-377 Dalhousie Street
Ottawa, ON  K1N 9N8

“Let’s all invest in our future.”

Ian Hammond, MD, FRCPC, FACR
President, Canadian Radiological Foundation

Tel.: 613 860-3111
Fax: 613 860-3112
310-377 Dalhousie Street,
Ottawa, Ontario, K1N 9N8 CANADA