Election Results

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An election in June saw the return of two incumbents and the addition of three new Council members.

District 1

Counties of Essex, Kent, and Lambton (1 position)

Dr. Andrea Steen

Dr. Andrea Steen — Elected  

Principal Area of Practice: Family Medicine
Location: Windsor

Dr. Andrea Steen is a first-term member of Council, with 31 years of experience in private, community and hospital practice. 

For the past nine years, Dr. Steen, a family physician, has been Chief of Staff and VP Medical Affairs at  Hotel Dieu Grace Healthcare in Windsor. She is also an adjunct professor, Department of Family Medicine, at Western University’s Schulich School of Medicine.

District 2

Counties of Elgin, Huron, Middlesex, Oxford, and Perth (1 position)

Dr. Rob Gratton

Dr. Rob Gratton — Acclaimed   

Principal Area of Practice: Obstetrics and Maternal Fetal Health
Location: London

Dr. Rob Gratton is a third-term member of Council. He is the current CPSO Vice President, and Vice Chair of the Executive and the Finance and Audit Committees. He serves as the Specialty Chair for Ob-Gyn on the Inquires, Complaints and Reports Committee, and as a member of the Governance Committee. Dr. Gratton will become CPSO President in December 2022.

Dr. Gratton’s clinical practice is in Obstetrics and Maternal Fetal Medicine. He is an Associate Professor at Western University, and has served as Chief of Obstetrics and held leadership roles in undergraduate and postgraduate medical education. His academic interest is in quality of care and patient safety.

District 3

Counties of Bruce, Dufferin, Grey, Wellington, and the Regional Municipality of Waterloo (1 position)

Dr. Baraa Achtar

Dr. Baraa Achtar — Acclaimed   

Principal Area of Practice: Family Medicine
Location: Kitchener

Dr. Baraa Achtar, a Kitchener family physician with a focus practice in chronic pain management, palliative care and care of the elderly, is a first-term member of Council. The Parkwood Institute is part of the St. Joseph’s Health Care London family of services.

In his nomination statement, Dr. Achtar, who received his independent practice certificate in 2018, recognized that he was early in his career path. He stated, however, that his work in palliative care and pain management has provided him with a solid understanding of the challenges facing the health care system.  

District 4

County of Brant and the Regional Municipalities of Haldimand-Norfolk, Halton, Hamilton-Wentworth, and Niagara (2 positions)

Dr. Carys Massarella

Dr. Carys Massarella — Elected   

Principal Area of Practice: Emergency Medicine
Location: Hamilton

Dr. Massarella is a first-term member of Council. She has worked as an Emergency Physician for the last 25 years at St. Joseph’s Healthcare in Hamilton, and had held the positions of Chief of the Emergency Department and President of the Medical Staff.

Dr. Massarella founded the Transgender Health Program and has received recognition for the work she has done. In 2021, she was named by Maclean’s magazine as one of 50 Canadians who are breaking ground, leading the debate, and shaping how we think and live.

Dr. Ian Preyra

Dr. Ian Preyra — Elected   

Principal Area of Practice: Emergency Medicine
Location: Hamilton

Dr. Preyra is a second-term member of Council. He serves on the Ontario Physicians and Surgeon Discipline Tribunal, as well as the Finance, Governance and Executive Committees. Dr. Preyra will become Vice-President of CPSO in December 2022.

Dr. Preyra is an emergency physician and Chief of Staff at Joseph Brant Hospital, a Coroner and a team emergency physician for the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Dr. Preyra also serves as Vice Chair of the OHA Provincial Physician Leadership Network, and co-Chair of the HNHBB Regional System Planning and Capacity Committee.