The CMA Awards recognize the dedication, successes and talents of Canadians who are making significant contributions to our health and health care.
Click on the awards listed below to access each award’s nomination form and terms of reference. For an overview of criteria and qualifications required for each award, please click here.
Recipients are notified in March; awards are presented at the CMA Annual General Meeting in August.
Nominators of candidates who are not selected are contacted in April and encouraged to resubmit their candidate for the following year.
A call for nominations for the 2020 CMA Awards will go out on September 30th, 2019.
2019 Award Recipients
Dr. Alika Lafontaine
“My mom sponsored me into a lot of spaces I never imagined I could participate in.” Today, Dr. Alika Lafontaine is taking the same tack with his own advocacy — using his voice to create spaces where Indigenous communities can work with physicians, politicians and policy-makers to improve Indigenous health care.
Dr. Ak'ingabe Guyon
A preventive medicine specialist, Dr. Ak’ingabe Guyon says her biggest battle was a political one. In 2015, when the Quebec government slashed $24 million from regional public health budgets, she took her concerns directly to the National Assembly and the minister responsible for public health.
Dr. David-Martin Milot
Dr. David-Martin Milot has always had a strong moral compass. In university, he considered careers in both journalism and social work as a way to fight inequity and help the less fortunate. Ultimately, he chose to become a public health physician because of the leadership role doctors can play in society.
Dr. Sheila Wang
“This has been one of the first times I’ve been able to implement a change, build something, have people use it and then see a real difference. To have that complete process has been an unbelievable experience,” says Dr. Sheila Wang about her Swift Skin and Wound app.
When Philip Edgcumbe was accepted to Singularity University in 2016, he admits the program goal to positively impact the lives of a billion people felt a “tad ambitious.” But after spending 10 weeks there, meeting people who had achieved this goal, Edgcumbe started to believe he could make the same impact in the realm of health care.
Dr. Mamta Gautam
Through her company, Dr. Mamta Gautam has established leadership and mentoring programs at several medical women’s organizations to help female colleagues develop the skills, strengths and confidence to take on executive positions in medicine.
Dr. Ali Damji
It was his family’s own history fleeing Uganda that shaped Dr. Ali Damji’s commitment to speak out for his peers and colleagues. “Growing up hearing these stories made me realize the power of advocacy and looking out for those around you, and I’ve always tried to champion that.”
For physicians who’ve set up practice in Saskatchewan, Ed Hobday was probably their first introduction to the Saskatchewan Medical Association. Before the ink on their medical licences was dry, he would offer a welcome, learn a bit about them and thank them for their commitment to the province.
Can empathy change the world? For medical student Charles-Antoine Barbeau-Meunier, the answer is yes. It was during his research for his master’s thesis in sociology that he first made the connection between emotions and social action and saw medicine as a way to pursue both.
Dr. Danielle Martin
"I love a big, tangled-up policy challenge.” Dr. Martin certainly found one in 2005, during the divisive debate over the privatization of Canadian health care. Still in her first year of practice, she created Canadian Doctors for Medicare (CDM), which still exists today.
Lieutenant Colonel Vivian McAlister, MD
Dr. Vivian McAlister was an established transplant surgeon when, at age 52, he joined the Canadian Forces Health Services and began basic training. Over ten years, he completed five missions in Afghanistan, one in Iraq and another in Haiti, all while maintaining surgical and teaching duties at home.
About CMA Awards
Owen Adams Award of Honour
The Owen Adams Award of Honour is the highest CMA award available to a non-physician.
Medal of Service
The Medal of Service is awarded to a CMA member who has made exceptional contributions to the advancement of health care in Canada.
May Cohen Award for Women Mentors
The May Cohen Award for Women Mentors is presented to a female physician and CMA member who has demonstrated outstanding mentoring.
Sir Charles Tupper Award for Political Action
The Sir Charles Tupper Award for Political Action is named in honour of the CMA's first president (1867‑70), who was also a Father of Confederation, premier of Nova Scotia and Prime Minister of Canada.
Dr. William Marsden Award in Medical Ethics and Professionalism
The Dr. William Marsden Award in Medical Ethics and Professionalism honours the CMA's first chair of its Committee on Ethics, who presided over the original draft of the CMA Code of Ethics.
John McCrae Memorial Medal
The John McCrae Memorial Medal recognizes current or former clinical health services personnel of the Canadian Armed Forces for exemplary service.
- Nominations must include the online nomination form containing two letters of support and the nominee’s biography or CV (three-page maximum).
- Only electronic submissions will be considered.
- Should fewer than three nominations be received for an award, that award will not be given out and the nomination(s) will be held on file for the following year.
- Previous F.N.G. Starr Award winners are ineligible to receive the Medal of Service and vice versa.
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