The Canadian Medical and Biological Engineering Society


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CMBES International Outreach Committee

The CMBES International Outreach Committee pursues and develops opportunities for CMBES members to participate in volunteer programs to support Clinical Engineering initiatives and Health Technology Management in developing countries. Further information can be found in the committee's terms of reference. 


CMBES 2017 Travel Grant

Call for Applications


CMBES is pleased to announce a new $1000 travel grant in aid of supporting volunteer work in Clinical Engineering. This grant is intented to partially defray the travel costs of a Clinical Engineer, Biomedical Technologist, or Clinical Engineering student, who is a CMBES member, Canadian Resident, and who is planning to travel to a developing country to do volunteer work related to Clinical Engineering within the next year.


The application deadline is midnight EST, on February 1, 2017.   

Download the 2017 CMBES Travel Grant Application Form here.



Committee Membership


Bill Gentles is vice president of BT Medical Technology Consulting. He is the former Director of Biomedical Engineering at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre in Toronto Canada. He served in that position from 1972 - 2001.

Since leaving Sunnybrook, Bill has been working as a freelance consultant in the field of Clinical Engineering. His consulting work relates primarily to equipment planning for hospitals, policy development and incident investigations in which medical equipment is involved. Bill is one of the co-authors of the "Standard of Practice for Clinical Engineering in Canada". In 2004 he authored 2 chapters in “Clinical Engineering Handbook” – J. Dyro, Ed., Academic Press, Burlington MA, 2004. Chapters are entitled “Clinical Engineering in Canada” and “Clinical Engineering Standards of Practice for Canada”

He is the current President of the Clinical Engineering Society of Ontario, a past president of the Canadian Medical and Biological Engineering Society (CMBES) and is a member of the American College of Clinical Engineering. He is a member of the board of Examiners for Clinical Engineering Certification in Canada. He has lectured in Taiwan, China, Malaysia, Cuba, Chile, Ecuador, Nicaragua Kosovo and Ghana. He received his PhD in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Toronto in 1974. He is a Registered Professional Engineer, and a Certified Clinical Engineer.


Bev Bradley, Centre for Global Engineering, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada

Shauna Mullally, Tropical Health and Education Trust, London, United Kingdom

Jim Renshaw, AIM Instrumentation and Technologies, Vancouver, Canada

Mario Ramirez, Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, Canada




Project title:   Improving the Effectiveness of Medical Equipment Donations to Developing Countries  (June 2013 - May 2015)

Every year, well-intentioned donations of medical equipment are sent to resource-poor countries to help fill gaps in their equipment needs.  Despite the time, effort, and resources that go into these activities, studies have shown that much of this donated medical equipment never gets put into use due to poorly identified equipment needs, incompatible electricity systems, lack of spare parts or manuals, or faulty equipment.

The CMBES International Outreach Committee recently completed a research study into the challenges of donating medical equipment to developing countries. Our objective was to improve the effectiveness of such donations by raising awareness of the challenges, and sharing best practices among donor organizations.  The film that we produced is a key component of our communication strategy to share our research findings and promote awareness of best practices to a global audience of donor organizations.

Click here to view our information video. 

For more resources on effective medical equipment donation practices, visit:

World Health Organization guidelines

THET "Making it Work" toolkit 



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