2009 Award Winners
Dr. Richard Stanwick
R.D. Defries Award
Dr. Richard Stanwick is currently the Chief Medical Health Officer for the Vancouver Island Health Authority, formerly the Capital Health Region, in Victoria. He was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba. He completed his medical school training and received his Fellowship in Pediatrics from the Winnipeg Children’s Hospital. He did a Fellowship in Community Pediatrics at McGill University, where he also received his Masters Degree in Epidemiology and Health. On his return to Manitoba, Dr. Stanwick acquired his Fellowship in Community Medicine and rose to the rank of Full Professor at the University of Manitoba. He spent two years with the Province of Manitoba, including one as the Acting Provincial Epidemiologist. He became the Medical Officer of Health for the City of Winnipeg in 1990, a post he held for five years. He joined the Capital Regional District in September 1995 and the Vancouver Island Health Authority (Capital Health Region) in April 1997.
Dr. Stanwick has done considerable research in the area of injury control, particularly in the area of burn prevention and advocacy. He was recognized by the Canadian Public Health Association in July 1997 with an Honorary Life Membership for his contributions to Public Health, and in particular injury prevention. In November 2008, Dr. Stanwick received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the BC Injury Prevention Leadership Action Network. Dr. Stanwick has an interest in photography.
Dr. Roy Cameron
Honorary Life Membership
Dr. Roy Cameron is the Executive Director of the Canadian Cancer Society’s Centre for Behavioural Research and Program Evaluation (CBRPE) and a Professor in Applied Health Sciences at the University of Waterloo. He trained at the University of Waterloo (MA in English, PhD in Clinical Psychology) and Duke University Medical Center (Clinical Internship).
Dr. Cameron’s career focus is to develop capacity to integrate research, evaluation, policy and practice, thereby bettering the health of Canadians through the continual improvement of policies and programs. Through his leadership at CBRPE, he is facilitating the creation of a pan-Canadian network that enables research, evaluation, practice and policy leaders to develop high-impact research and evaluation programs.
In recognition of his work in cancer research and population health, Dr. Cameron has been the recipient of several awards and honours. During Spring 2008 convocation ceremonies at the University of Waterloo, he was awarded the designation of University Professor, a designation granted to University of Waterloo faculty for exceptional scholarly achievement and international pre-eminence. In 2007, Dr. Cameron was a winner of the Diamond Jubilee Award from the National Cancer Institute of Canada. Created in honour of the Institute’s 60th Anniversary, the award was presented to six individuals or teams whose work has led to new insights and developments in cancer research.
Dr. Cameron sits on numerous committees, including the Prevention Action Group of the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer’s Canadian Strategy on Cancer Control. He is also a founding member of the Population Health Intervention Research Initiative for Canada.
Dr. Margaret V. Fast
Honorary Life Membership
Dr. Margaret Fast is currently Scientific Director of the National Collaborating Centre for Infectious Disease. She received her BSc (Medicine) and medical degree from the University of Manitoba in 1969. She has held leadership positions in public health for most of her career, including Chief MOH in Manitoba and Medical Director, Public Health, Winnipeg Regional Health Authority. Over the years, she has guided her fellow Manitobans through the first days of the HIV/AIDS epidemic, various mosquito-borne outbreaks and other important public health challenges. She provided guidance on the safety of the blood supply, the provincial public health laboratory system and, more recently, focused on renewing tuberculosis control in Manitoba. Ahead of the curve, Margaret recognized the importance of having a common geography built upon the meaningful building blocks of Winnipeg’s residential neighbourhoods and was the main innovator behind Winnipeg Health Region’s 12 community areas.
Margaret has equal measures of boldness, humility, and a genuine dedication to the service of others, as evidenced by her consistently strong sense of advocacy for the most vulnerable in our population.
The hallmarks of her approach include wisdom, practicality, competency, calmness, and credibility. Margaret’s natural curiosity and dedication to learning are the foundations of her excellence as a teacher. She has been a long-time lecturer in infectious diseases and community medicine, as well as preceptor to numerous medical students and residents throughout the years. Virtually all current medical officers of health in Manitoba have had Margaret as a mentor at some point! Perhaps it is this emulation by her peers that best highlights Margaret’s legacy of service and dedication to the people of Manitoba.
Ron Draper Health Promotion Award
Ken Kyle is an independent consultant and a sessional instructor in the Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Lethbridge. Ken completed both a Master of Science in Public Administration and a Bachelor of Arts at Brigham Young University. His career has focused on disease prevention and health promotion at the municipal, provincial, federal and international levels.
Ken’s work has made significant contributions to population health and has been intimately linked with successful public policy advocacy in Canada and abroad. Ken recently retired after 21 years as head of public policy advocacy at the Canadian Cancer Society in Ottawa. He was awarded the Queen’s Jubilee Medal in 2003, by the Senate of Canada, for his leadership on the Tobacco Youth Protection Act. Ken also played a leadership role in coalitions that successfully lobbied for smoke-free domestic and international passenger flights. These policy changes have saved untold numbers of lives around the world.
Besides Ken’s leadership in co-chairing the smoke-free skies campaign, Ken chaired the Canadian Coalition for Action on Tobacco, and collaborated on an advocacy campaign that led to the implementation of the Canadian Strategy for Cancer Control (CSCC). Ken has also been a member of the Ministerial Advisory Council on Tobacco Control and the Canadian Cancer Action Network.
Certificate of Merit
Les Hagen is the Executive Director of Action on Smoking & Health, Western Canada’s leading tobacco control organization. For the past 20 years, Les has provided local, provincial and national leadership on tobacco reduction and has helped to secure a number of significant policy and program measures in Alberta and beyond, including: the largest tobacco tax increase in 2002 and another increase in 2009; and, in 2008, the Government of Alberta passing one of the strongest tobacco controls laws in Canada – Bill 45 The Tobacco Reduction Act, which prohibits smoking in all public places and workplaces, bans tobacco displays, promotions and advertising in retail outlets and removes tobacco sales from pharmacies, health care facilities and post-secondary campuses.
Les is a strong proponent of media advocacy and community mobilization to effect broad social change. He has worked in collaboration with the non-profit and government sectors to educate key stakeholders and push for the adoption of healthy public policy.
The successes of his activities have saved many lives in Alberta through their evidence-based impact on lowering smoking rates.
Certificate of Merit
Sue Hicks has devoted her career to the promotion of service and policy development in public health. She has influenced policy and services in maternal and child health, women’s health, primary care renewal, and rural and northern health. Sue has designed and promoted policies that reflect public health viewpoints and has always engaged other sectors in addressing health determinants. Under her leadership, the first Primary Health Care Branch was developed in Manitoba.
Sue has worked tirelessly to promote partnerships across Manitoba and Canada. An example of this commitment and leadership was her remarkable work as chair of the National Primary Health Care conference in 2004. What began as a small gathering of 300 participants evolved into a national meeting of over 1000 delegates, the outcomes of which later influenced local and national policy development.
Sue has been committed to teaching, mentoring and coaching others, as evidenced by her academic appointments, numerous presentations, and publications. Among Sue’s publications are a book chapter addressing healthy public policy and an article in the Canadian Journal of Public Health addressing the identification of postpartum concerns of mothers and sources of help.
Sue has also worked as an effective liaison and networked both nationally and internationally. She has worked on behalf of the Canadian Public Health Association as a consultant to the government of Argentina for the purpose of strengthening the primary health care services for aboriginal and rural populations. This led to the successful acquisition of a grant to pursue this work.
Sue has also been involved in many other international activities with the World Health Organization, all of which have encouraged and facilitated measures for disease prevention, health promotion and protection and healthy public policy.
Dr. Paulo Buss
CPHA International Award
Dr. Paulo Buss exemplifies the theme of this year’s CPHA Conference. He played a proactive leadership role in creating an interactive and progressive public health culture in Brazil; he has promoted links across the government, academic and non-governmental sectors for public health; he is a source of new thinking and a catalyst in putting into place innovative action on public health; and he is a staunch supporter and activist within the global public health movement.
Among his numerous achievements, Dr. Buss was responsible for promoting innovation and applied public health practice within FIOCRUZ, Brazil’s national institute of public health, and within his country’s national school of public health (ENSP). Dr. Buss also spearheaded a process of taking health promotion theory into the community and informing health promotion theory from community experiences, with community members actively involved in this process.
Dr. Buss has been a proponent of an active and influential role for the non-governmental community in public health. He was a founder and the first Executive Director of the Brazilian Association for Collective Health (ABRASCO). Today, ABRASCO is Brazil’s leading civil society voice for public health. At the same time, Dr. Buss has served as a public health advisor to the Brazilian Ministry of Health as well as WHO and PAHO.
Dr. Buss was instrumental in the conceptualization and implementation of an innovative applied health promotion and intersectoral public health partnership between CPHA, ENSP/FIOCRUZ and ABRASCO. This project introduced health promotion into ENSP’s curriculum, creating and nurturing long-term partnerships and collaboration between ENSP and low-income communities characterized by high levels of health inequalities.
Dr. Buss has been active within the World Federation of Public Health Associations (WFPHA). He was a leader in preparing the Federation’s new multi-year strategic plan and led the planning of the 11th WFPHA Congress hosted by ABRASCO in 2006. He assumed the Presidency of the WFPHA in 2008. He is also active in the founding and strengthening of the International Association of Institutes of Public Health.
CPHA National Public Health Hero Award
Born in Rome and raised in France and Portugal before emigrating to Canada after World War II, Monique Bégin received a Masters in Sociology from Université de Montréal and a PhD from Sorbonne. In 1967, she became executive secretary to the Royal Commission on the Status of Women.
The first Québec woman elected to the House of Commons (re-elected three times) and former Minister of National Health and Welfare (1977-1984), the Hon. Monique Bégin is well known for her role in implementing the Canada Health Act.
Madame Bégin co-chaired the Royal Commission on Learning of Ontario and served on the International Independent Commission on Population and Quality of Life. She was successively the first holder of the University of Ottawa-Carleton University Joint Chair in Women’s Studies; the Dean of Health Sciences at University of Ottawa; and is now Visiting Professor at its Telfer School of Management. A Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, she has received 15 honorary doctorates for her contribution to human rights and to public policies. She became Officer of the Order of Canada in 1998.
From 2005 to 2008, she was a member of the World Health Oganization Commission on the Social Determinants of Health, where she played a strong role at the Commission table, advocating for inclusion of recommendations regarding the unique situation of Indigenous Peoples, supporting gender issues and social inclusion.
Dr. Jamie Hockin
Public Health Human Resources Award (Individual)
Dr. Jamie Hockin’s introduction to public health was as a field epidemiologist in Newfoundland from 1981-83. Throughout the 1980s, he played a key role in local, provincial and national responses to outbreaks. At a time when everyone in the small Bureau of Epidemiology in the Laboratory Centre for Disease Control multi-tasked, Jamie assumed diverse responsibilities including enteric disease surveillance, elements of STI surveillance, emergency preparedness and response planning and the Field Epidemiology Program itself. From 1985 to 2000, the program grew to involve the training and assessment of up to 10 professionals annually. Jamie worked with international colleagues to establish TEPHINET, an international network of similar programs.
With the creation of the National Health Surveillance Infostructure initiative in 1997, Jamie’s focus turned to public health infrastructure. The Canadian Integrated Public Health Surveillance program developed the iPHIS application which is still used in BC and Ontario. This program led to the codifying of many protocols and rules implemented in Panorama. As well, the on-line Skills Enhancement initiative grew into one of PHAC’s most significant outreach efforts.
In 2005-2007, Jamie guided the development of the Core Competencies for Public Health. As part of the response to SARS, Jamie played a key role in the development of public health chairs, fellowships, bursaries and scholarships across Canada. Jamie also led the development of the Canadian Public Health Service, which aims to provide a broad range of experience for Agency staff while helping provinces, territories and others fill critical gaps in human resources.
Dr. John Hastings CPHA Student Award
Mariane Pâquet is a third-year medical resident in Community Health at the Hôpital Maisonneuve-Rosemont and is based in the Department of Social and Preventive Medicine at the University of Montréal. She is also completing a PhD in Clinical Sciences at the University of Sherbrooke under the supervision of Drs. Danielle Pilon and Jean-Pierre Tétrault. Her doctoral thesis is on adherence to and persistence with cardio-protective pharmacological treatment in patients with peripheral arterial disease. In addition, she is investigating the determinants of preventive treatment adherence as well as the impact of adherence and persistence on mortality and morbidity in patients at high risk of coronary disease and stroke.
Population and Public Health Student Awards
The Canadian Institutes of Health Research’s Institute of Population and Public Health (IPPH) is collaborating with the Canadian Public Health Association (CPHA), Canadian Institute for Health Information-Canadian Population Health Initiative (CPHI) and the Public Health Agency of Canada to launch the 6th annual awards program in applied population and public health (PPH) research for Masters and PhD level students enrolled in a Canadian academic institution. The purpose of this awards program is to recognize excellence in the next generation of population and public health researchers, policy-makers and practitioners.
- Ms. Ashley Heaslip
- Ms. Tamara Cohen
- Ms. Jennifer Cushon
- Ms. Amanda Sheppard