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. 

Donate to CMBES Tools 4 Techs

The Tools For Techs Fundraising Project to Support Biomeds in Low Resource COuntries

Some studies have shown that 40-60% of medical equipment in low resource countries is out of service. This situation leads to a degradation of patient care. Many of the problems that keep this equipment from being used are minor, and could be corrected if the staff responsible for maintaining the equipment had the proper tools and test equipment.

The Canadian Medical & Biological Engineering Society (CMBES) started this project with some seed funding, and has bought some tools for a few engineers and technicians. You can see their stories on the fundraising campaign web site.

We are asking you to consider making a small donation to support this campaign. Because CMBES is a non-profit organization, but not a charity, we can't give charitable receipts. That is why we are only asking for small donations in this phase of the project.

Here is the link to the fundraising website, where you will find more information on the project:

CMBES 2018 Travel Grant
Call for Applications

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

A grant of $1500 will be awarded to a qualified candidate. Applicants are expected to cover at least half of the costs of the proposed volunteer activity through fundraising efforts or out-of-pocket payment by the participant and their family. The CMBES Travel Grant is meant to partially cover travel costs.

Application can be made for funding to support travel that will commence before April 15 2019. Further details can be found on the application form.

The application deadline is midnight EST, on March 31, 2018;

Click on this link to Download the 2018 CMBES Travel Grant Application Form..


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