Before I begin, I would like to express my sincere thanks to the members of the Pacific Coast Surgical Association (PCSA) for the opportunity of serving as your president during the past year. I can honestly say that this is a high point in my surgical career, and I will be forever grateful for the honor that you have accorded me in electing me to act on your behalf. I am especially grateful for the confidence and friendship of the members of the Washington and British Columbia caucus who nominated me from within their ranks. As it turns out, I am the first Canadian so honored, and thus I feel it is fair to warn you that my remarks, and in fact this whole meeting, will have a distinctly Canadian flavor!
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