Colin Saldanha

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Colin Saldanha
Citizenship Canadian
Education MBBS
Alma mater Dow University of Health Sciences
Occupation Physician
Years active 1979 -
Known for Community Service
Board member of United Way
Peel Police Services Board
Royal Ontario Museum
Awards Gordon S. Shipp Memorial Award
Sir Charles Tupper Award
Sam McCallion Award
Equestrian Order of The Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem 2014

Colin Saldanha is a Canadian family physician of Pakistani origin.

Early life[edit]

He obtained his M.B.B.S. Degree in Karachi, Pakistan in 1979 and interned with St. Joseph’s Health Centre at the University of Toronto. He did his Residency in Internal Medicine at McMaster University in Hamilton, and was a Research Fellow in the Department of Surgery at the University of Toronto.[1]

He came to Canada in 1982 when there was no professional support system for medical students. He wrote the Medical Council of Canada Evaluating Examination in the same year. He married wife Sheila in 1983, and has three children.[2]

Albeit his educational pursuits in Pakistan, Saldanha is of Goan-Indian ancestry.


Saldanha is also the medical director of the Peel Travel Clinic, which provides medical advice to travellers and has been designated a yellow fever centre by Health Canada and the W.H.O. He is an accredited designated medical officer and immigration medical examiner with the Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration, an aviation medical examiner with the Ministry of Transport, and a designated physician for the RCMP. He supports the Canadian Medical Association’s program entitled More Doctors Now, which advocates mentoring for international medical graduates.[2]

Community work[edit]

Saldanha has been Chair of the United Way Board. He has served as President of the Peel Multicultural Council, Chair of the Peel Police Services Board, President of the Canadian Association of Police Boards, President and Chair of the Mississauga Board of Trade, and President of the Safe and Sober Driving Coalition. He currently serves as Chair of the Health Policy Committee of the Ontario Chamber of Commerce, and as a member of the Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council and the Mentoring Partnership. Dr. Saldanha was also appointed to the Board of Trustees of the Royal Ontario Museum. In 1992 Dr. Saldanha received the Canada 125 Medal.[3]

Saldanha has been a strong advocate for the rights of immigrants and students for the last 15 years, and has been involved in several mentorship programs for immigrants.[2]

In February 2010 Saldanha joined a medical team that travelled to Haiti to help orphans living in the earthquake hit country.

  • Chair of Trillium Health Partners Foundation’s board of directors
  • Chair of the Mental Health Task Force for the Mississauga-Halton[4]


  • Top 25 Canadian Immigrants of 2009[2][5]
  • 2010 Mississauga Citizen of the Year
  • Gordon S. Shipp Memorial Award[6]
  • Sir Charles Tupper Award from the Canadian Medical Association for Political Action and Advocacy
  • Governor General’s Medal for Volunteerism
  • Sam McCallion Award for Community Service by the Mississauga Board of Trade
  • Paul Harris Award by Rotary International[4]
  • Equestrian Order of The Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem 2014[7]