Canadian Medical Association

Dr. Alika Lafontaine

Sir Charles Tupper Award for Political Action

“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.

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Dr. Ak'ingabe Guyon

CMA Medal of Service

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. 

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Dr. David-Martin Milot

CMA Award for Young Leaders (Early Career)

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.

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Dr. Sheila Wang

CMA Award for Young Leaders (Resident)

“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.

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Philip Edgcumbe

CMA Award for Young Leaders (Student)

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.

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Dr. Mamta Gautam

CMA May Cohen Award for Women Mentors

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.

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Dr. Ali Damji

CMA Award for Young Leaders (Resident)

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.”

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Ed Hobday

CMA Owen Adams Award of Honour

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.

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Charles-Antoine Barbeau-Meunier

CMA Award for Young Leaders (Student)

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.

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Dr. Danielle Martin

F.N.G. Starr Award

"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.

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Lieutenant Colonel Vivian McAlister, MD

John McCrae Memorial Medal

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.

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About CMA Awards


Owen Adams Award of Honour

The Owen Adams Award of Honour is the highest CMA award available to a non-physician.

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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.

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F.N.G. Starr Award

The F.N.G. Starr Award is the highest CMA award available to one of its members and recognizes outstanding and inspiring lifetime achievement.

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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.

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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.

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Awards for Young Leaders

The Awards for Young Leaders are given out to up to six CMA members each year: two students, two residents and two early-career physicians (five years post-residency).

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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.

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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.

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