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The Canadian Society for Circumpolar Health (CSCH) was formally organized in May, 1984 in Anchorage, Alaska at the time the 6th International Symposium on Circumpolar Health. The Society became a charter member of the International Union for Circumpolar Health in March 1986 in Stockholm, Sweden. Intially, a fourteen member CSCH executive and regional advisory board was elected with representatives from Aboriginal organizations and geographical areas across Canada. Dr Otto Schaefer was one of the early medical pioneers to the Arctic.  He was instrumental in the formation of the Canadian Society for International Health and the International Union for Circumpolar Health. He was unanimously elected as Honorary President and Honorary Lifetime Member.

Dr. Otto Schaefer 1919-2009

Past and Current Presidents

Dr. Brian Postl    1984-1990

Jean Goodwill    1990-1993


Dr. Kue Young   1993-1996

Roda Grey    1996-2000

Mabel Horton   2000-2003

Earl Nowgesic    2003-2006

Dr. Pam Orr  2006-2009

Susan Chatwood   2009-2012

Dr. Kami Kandola   2012-2015

Dr. Michael Jong   2015-2018


Dr. Alex Drossos  2018-Present

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