About Us

Who We Are

The Canadian Thoracic Society (CTS) is Canada’s national inter-professional specialty society for respirology bringing together over 1,000 members representing specialists, physicians, researchers and healthcare professionals from a variety of disciplines working in respiratory health.

The Canadian Thoracic Society was first formed in 1958 when the Canadian Tuberculosis Association, now The Lung Association, recognized the need to establish a medical association to address the problems of medical education and research in the field of tuberculosis and other respiratory diseases.  Up until its incorporation as a distinct legal entity in 2015, the CTS served as the medical section of The Lung Association and remains a strong collaborating partner today.

Mission Statement

The Canadian Thoracic Society promotes lung health by enhancing the ability of healthcare professionals through leadership, collaboration, research, learning and advocacy, and providing the best respiratory practices in Canada.

Strategic Pillars The Canadian Thoracic Society will continue to lead and promote: 

  • Leading evidence-based clinical practice
  • Providing state-of-the-art professional education
  • Developing the next generation of clinicians and researchers
  • Fostering partnerships, research, and impact

Key Areas of Focus 2020-2023

Growing our Society

  1. Business Development
  2. Risk Management
  3. Measure and evaluate performance and delivery of core services
  4. Invest in staff and members
  5. Financial stability and sustainability
  6. Explore feasibility of a Foundation

 Increasing and Enhancing Membership

  1. Membership retention and management
  2. Governance
  3. New clinical assembly model
  4. Share our story

 Expanding Collaboration and Expertise

  1. Strategic alliances
  2. Advocacy
  3. Knowledge transfer and application in practice