The CHS is a professional association founded in 1971, whose membership includes most of the hematologists in Canada. Our main goals are to maintain the integrity and vitality of the specialty of hematology, by participating with the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada in designing training programs for our successors, encouraging and rewarding scholarly research, and providing a forum for communication and mutual support for all of our colleagues in both community and academic settings.
The first annual meeting of the Society was held in the Richelieu Room of the Chateau Laurier in Ottawa on the 20th of January 1971, with fifty-six members present. The draft bylaws were presented by the executive and approved. R. Kennedy Smiley was appointed as the first president with Al Cousineau as vice president, W. Corbett as secretary treasurer.