OMA Awards Program
Award recipients are celebrated annually at the OMA awards ceremony, held at the Annual General Meeting in spring, or through local events dependent on the award category.
OMA Awards Program
Award recipients are celebrated annually at the OMA awards ceremony, held at the Annual General Meeting in spring, or through local events dependent on the award category.

Founded in 1921, the OMA Awards Program recognizes the work of physicians, residents and medical students in Ontario. Individuals are awarded for outstanding contributions of service to the Ontario Medical Association, the medical profession, medical science or the common good. 

Award recipients are celebrated annually at the OMA awards ceremony, held at the Annual General Meeting in spring, or through local events dependent on the award category.

2020 Award Nominations are now open.
Click here to submit nomination

The deadline for nominations is December 31, 2019
Awards to be presented at Spring Council 2020

Award Categories

CMA HONORARY MEMBERSHIP AWARD for ONTARIO MEMBERS
CMA Honorary Membership is awarded to those members who have made outstanding contributions to the CMA on its Board of Directors, Committees, General Council or to Canadian medicine. CMA Honorary members from Ontario are nominated by the Board of Directors of the OMA, and elected by unanimous vote of the Board of Directors of the CMA. Members will have reached the age of 65 and have been active members of the CMA for the preceding 10 years.

OMA LIFE MEMBERSHIP
Awarded to members who have made an outstanding contribution to the work of the Association in the interest of the medical profession. In addition to OMA-related involvement, work done to advance medical science and other positive work done at the provincial level can be considered. OMA Life Membership is awarded to members who have reached the age of 65 as of December 31st in the year preceding the annual meeting that the awards are to be presented. Under exceptional circumstances, candidates under 65 years of age may be considered. Nominations may be made by an OMA member, the Executives of a Branch Society, a District or a Section. A maximum of 25 Life Memberships are awarded annually.

OMA HONORARY MEMBERSHIP
Ordinarily awarded to a non-physician for having achieved eminence in science and/or humanities, such as outstanding service to the OMA, the medical profession, medical science or common good at the provincial level. Nominations may be made by an OMA member, the Executives of a Branch Society, a District or a Section. There are never more than 25 Honorary Members at one time.

OMA CENTENNIAL AWARD
Awarded to a non-physician in recognition of outstanding achievements through lengthy service and/or distinguished acts in serving the health and welfare of the people of Ontario. Nominations may be made by an OMA member, the Executives of a Branch Society, a District or a Section. One Centennial Award may be presented annually.

DISTINGUISHED SERVICE AWARD
Awarded to a member of the Association for exceptional long-standing service to the OMA, with the exclusion of Past-Presidents of the Association. This involves membership on major committees, Council, or the Board. Nominations may be made by any member of the Association. One award may be presented annually.

ADVOCATE FOR STUDENTS AND RESIDENTS AWARD
Awarded to a physician or non-physician in recognition of outstanding contributions that have significantly benefited the medical students or residents of the province of Ontario. Nominations may be made by an OMA member, the Executives of a Branch Society, a District or a Section, or by the deans of the six medical schools in the province. One award may be
presented annually.

PRESIDENTIAL AWARD
Awarded to a member of the Association in recognition of exceptional and long-standing humanitarian service to the greater community (in Ontario or elsewhere) that brings honour to the medical profession. The award recipient, by his or her actions, expresses the highest qualities of service by a physician that we all admire. Nominations may be made by any member of the Association. One award may be presented annually.

GLENN SAWYER SERVICE AWARD
Awarded to OMA members in recognition of significant service to the OMA, medical profession or public at the community level. Nominations may be made through a Branch Society by universities, hospitals and community medical leaders in the area. One nomination from each Branch Society will be accepted. The Glenn Sawyer Service Award may be awarded to any OMA member who has not yet received OMA Life Membership or CMA Honorary Membership. A maximum of 15 awards may be presented annually.

COMMUNITY SERVICE AWARD
Awarded to non-physician members of a community for significant contribution to the health and welfare of the people of a local community as defined by involvement in community health and public welfare, including length of involvement, roles fulfilled in local organizations, and personal achievements. Nominations may be made by the nominee’s Branch Society or District Executive. One award per Branch Society may be presented annually.

SECTION SERVICE AWARD
Awarded to OMA members in recognition of significant service to the OMA, medical profession, or public within a Section. Nominations may be made through a Section by universities, hospitals and community medical leaders in the area. One nomination from each Section will be accepted. The Section Service Award may be awarded to any OMA
member who has not yet received OMA Life Membership or CMA Honorary Membership. A maximum of 15 awards may be presented annually.

MEDICAL STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
Awarded annually to one student from each of the six provincial medical schools based on significant contributions at the political and/or community level that helps advance the life and/or education of all medical students. Nominations will be accepted directly from medical students. Where necessary, applications may be reviewed by a committee of peers who are elected student representatives of the OMA Section of Medical Students.

RESIDENT ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
Awarded annually to one resident from each of the six provincial medical schools for outstanding contribution to the advancement of postgraduate training. Nominations may be made by university professors, teaching faculties, the OMA Section of Interns and Residents, and PARO.

T.C. ROUTLEY CHALLENGE SHIELD
Awarded to the Branch Society which most adequately fulfils its purpose of service to its members, community and profession through programs and activities defined by:
a. contributions by Branch Societies to the OMA as demonstrated by activity in OMA Committees, Council and/or
b. contributions by the Branch Society to science, medical education, culture, hospitals, community service, politics, public welfare and other civic activities. Branch Societies apply through their District Executive with a report outlining their activities.
Only one Shield is awarded annually. Ordinarily, this award would not be presented to a Branch Society more frequently than every 10 years.

2019 Award Winners

OMA Centennial Award
OMA Centennial Award
Established to commemorate the OMA centennial in 1980, the Centennial Award is awarded to a non-physician in recognition of outstanding achievements in serving the health and welfare of the people of Ontario through length service and/or distinguished acts.
Ms. Peggy Taillon

Peggy is a courageous and powerful voice who exemplfies a belief that when we are moving in unison, with shared purpose, nothing is insurmountable. Peggy is the President and CEO of the Bruyère Foundation sharing a passion for its important mission and a deep respect for its rich past, compassion and innovation. A passionate advocate for equality and social justice, Peggy pushes boundaries and believes deeply that inequality is not a natural state and when we move forward with empathy and a unified sense of service we can build strong resilient nations and a better world for those who come after us. Peggy has served in senior leadership roles in large complex organizations, and with governments at all levels to modernize services for marginalized citizens. Her ability to get at the root of the issue and breakdown what stands in front of the right thing, is legendary. She led the Charter Challenge to Save the Long Form Census, she led Mental Health Reform in Ontario and worked with the harm reduction community to bring Supervised Injection Sites to Ottawa. In 2008, Peggy founded the HERA Mission of Canada, supporting women led development projects in Western Kenya. Through this work, Peggy honors the country where her son Devlin was born, where she fought to change adoptions laws in order to bring him home. CTV’s W5 profiled their journey to become a family and the commitment they have made in Kenya in The Love of a Child which aired on March 2014.

OMA Honorary Membership
OMA Honorary Membership
The Honorary Membership is awarded to a non-physician for having achieved eminence in science and/or humanities such as outstanding service to the OMA, the medical profession, medical science or common good at the provincial level.
Margaret Best

CMA Honorary Membership Award for Ontario Members
CMA Honorary Membership Award for Ontario Members
CMA Honorary Membership is awarded to those members who have made outstanding contributions to the CMA on its Board of Directors, Committees, General Council or to Canadian medicine. CMA Honorary members from Ontario are nominated by the Board of Directors of the OMA, and elected by unanimous vote of the Board of Directors of the CMA. Members will have reached the age of 65 and have been active members of the CMA for the preceding 10 years
Dr. Craig Campbell - Ottawa

Dr. Craig Campbell lives in Ottawa, Ontario

Dr. Laurence Colman – Thornhill

Dr. Garrett Foley – Cornwall

Dr. Wendy Graham – North Bay

Dr. Wendy Graham is a graduate of the University of Toronto Medical School in 1980 and a fellow of the College of Family Practice. Dr. Graham spearheaded the first wave of Family Health Teams and received Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s Golden Jubliee Award. The CMA wrote: “As one of the architects of this new model for delivering patient services in Ontario, her entry into the network declares her faith in its strength. In helping to shape the new model, Dr. Graham took particular pride in shifting the focus of care “from individual sickness intervention to looking at the broader aspects of health promotion and wellness in the population.” Dr. Graham has served as president of the North Bay Medical Society, Woman’s Health,Primary Care Reform and 8 years on the OMA Board of Directors. Her goals are to optimize patient centered care. She has been described as an “influential physician” in collaborative care models and Founder of the Association of Family Health Teams. She addressed both the World Congress on Health Care and The United Nations NGOs on Health Care Reform. In 2004 she was awarded the, “Dr. Jean-Pierre Despins Award” from the College of Family Physicians of Canada and received the OMA’s “Distinguished Service Award”. Presently Dr. Graham is an Assistant Professor with NOSM teaching students. She is currently involved in advancing personalized patient care with diabetes with disruptive technology.

Dr. Alan Hudak – Orillia

Dr. Michael Kaufmann – Warkworth

Dr. Stewart Kennedy – Thunder Bay

Dr. Peter Kuling – Ottawa

Dr. Geraint Lewis – Ottawa

Dr. Ross Male – Paris

Dr. David Morgan – Hamilton

Dr. Gordon Porter – Thunder Bay

Distinguished Service Award
Distinguished Service Award
The Distinguished Service Award is awarded for exceptional long-standing service to the Ontario Medical Association. This involves membership on major committees, Council or the Board.
Dr. Laurence Colman

Dr. Colman has served on a number of OMA Committees since 2000. Much of his experience was in the areas of fees. He was a member of the Central Tariff Committee and the Medical Services Payment Committee and also Chaired both Committees at times. He was active at negotiations and was a member of two Negotiations Committees (including the current one). Since 2012, he also served on a multitude of Working Groups charged with informing the negotiations process and implementing the PSAs. He served three terms on the OMA Board of Directors and numerous Board Committees and Working Groups. He was also active in the governance changes (as a member and eventual Chair of both the Board Governance Committee and the Joint Governance Working Group), that culminated in a restructured OMA Council and better defined processes in 2015. Beyond that, he was a member of Cohort 1 of the OMA’s Physician Leadership Development Programme and also was a member and eventual Chair of the Antenatal Record Committee that redesigned the form used by almost all physicians and midwives caring for obstetrical patients. Lastly, I would be remiss if I did not express my gratitude to the prior Chairs of the Committees I also came to Chair for their mentoring and the examples they set for me to emulate. As well, I must express my appreciation for the many Physician Leaders and ordinary members who gave me their time and energy to discuss matters that were important to them. The value of that input is inestimable to the success of my leadership.

Presidential Award
Presidential Award
The Presidential award is awarded in recognition of exceptional and long-standing humanitarian service to the greater community (in Ontario or elsewhere) that brings honour to the medical profession. The award recipient by his or her actions expresses the highest qualities of service by a physician that we all admire.
Dr Frank Sommers– Toronto

As a child survivor of the Holocaust, and former refugee, personally torn by World War II, life under a brutal communist dictatorship, traumatic escape after the failed Hungarian Revolution, 1956, and very frightening days of the ‘Cold War’, he has indelible emotional scars, buttressing his interest, motivation and resolve to mitigate the devastating physical and psychological damage inflicted by war, terrorism, or disaster from any source, that can turn lives upside down, sometimes in an instant. These experiences compelled Dr. Sommers to pursue the field of medicine. Life in medicine and psychiatry have provided wonderful opportunities to provide relief of suffering in his daily work, and to find ways to contribute, with others, to keeping our world safe from violence, especially the ultimate catastrophe of nuclear annihilation. His career has included the practice of psycho-sexual therapy, work with chronic mental illness, school psychiatry, and military psychiatry in Afghanistan. He is a Distinguished Fellow of the Canadian and American Psychiatric Associations. In 1979, he initiated, and was elected Honourary and Founding President of Physicians for Social Responsibility, the Canadian affiliate of International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War, recipients of the 1985 Nobel Peace Prize. He also served as an advisor to Prime Minister P.E. Trudeau and to the Canadian Ambassador for Disarmament. Recently Dr. Sommers initiated and now serves as founding chair of the Section of Disaster Psychiatry in the CPA, and of Disaster Psychiatry Canada in the Department of Psychiatry, University of Toronto.

Glenn Sawyer Service Award
Glenn Sawyer Service Award
The Glenn Sawyer Service Award is awarded in recognition of significant service to the OMA, medical profession, or public at the community level.
Dr. Gregory Baran – Kingston

Dr. Gregory Baran practices Family Medicine in Kingston.

Dr. Pauline Bragaglia – Sault Ste Marie

Dr. Pauline Bragaglia practices Family Medicine in Sault Ste Marie.

Dr. Paul Debakker – Thunder Bay

Dr. Paul Debakker practices medicine in Thunder Bay.

Dr. John Jefferies – Orillia

Dr. John Jefferies practices Internal Medicine in Orillia.

Dr. Ross Male – Paris

Dr. Ross Male practices Family Medicine in Paris, Ontario.

Dr. Idumban Asoka Rajan – Windsor

Dr. Idumban Asoka Rajan practices Psychiatry in Windsor.

Dr. Lisa Salamon – North York

Dr. Lisa Salamon practices Family Medicine in North York.

Dr. Robert Stern – Woodstock

Dr. Robert Stern practices Family Medicine in Woodstock

Community Service Award
Community Service Award
The Community Service Award is awarded for significant contribution to the health and welfare of the people of a local community as defined by involvement in community health and public welfare, including length of involvement, roles fulfilled in local organizations, and personal achievements.
Mr. Glenn Wagner – Coldwater

Mr. Glenn Wagner lives in Coldwater, Ontario.

Ms. Michelle McKitrick – Thunder Bay

Ms. Michelle McKitrick lives in Thunder Bay, Ontario.

Rabbi Mordechai Torczyner – North York

Rabbi Mordechai Torczyner lives in North York, Ontario

Section Service Award
Section Service Award
The Section Service Award is awarded in recognition of significant service to the OMA, medical profession, or public within a Section.
Dr. Robert Conn

Dr. Robert Conn lives in Toronto, Ontario.

Dr. Robert E. Dinniwell – London

Dr. Robert E. Dinniwell lives in London, Ontario

Dr. Kylen McReelis – Peterborough

Dr. Kylen McReelis lives in Peterborough, Ontario

Dr. Sarah-Lynn Newbery – Marathon

Dr Sarah-Lynn Newbery lives in Marathon, Ontario

Dr. Steven Papp – Nepean

Dr. Steven Papp lives in Nepean, Ontario

Dr. Christopher Vinden – London

Dr. Christopher Vinden lives in London, Ontario

Medical Student Achievement Award
Medical Student Achievement Award
The Medical Student Achievement Award is awarded for significant contributions at the political
and/or community level that helps advance the life and/or education of all medical students.
Shreya Jalali – University of Ottawa

Shreya Jalali is a fourth-year medical student at the University of Ottawa. As a graduate of McGill University’s BASc program and Columbia University’s MSc in Narrative Medicine, she brings a uniquely interdisciplinary approach to her medical training. During medical school, she became the representative voice of her colleagues at the local, provincial, and national level. She also facilitated Narrative Medicine workshops for medical students in Ottawa and across Ontario. Ms. Jalali served as the Vice President of External Affairs on her school’s Aesculapian Society, and an Executive Council member at the Ontario Medical Students Association, where she led the creation of its inaugural Incoming Student Handbook. As an Executive and Board member of the Canadian Federation of Medical Students (CFMS), she was Ontario Regional Representative and the Chair of its 40th Annual General Meeting in Ottawa. She has been a fierce advocate for her peers as the CFMS representative to the Association of the Faculties of Medicine of Canada and the Royal College of Physicians & Surgeons of Canada. She has worked to ensure that their voice is heard at every table, and they are well connected to the political and educational issues impacting them. Ms. Jalali looks forward to continuing to empower her colleagues and remaining involved in political advocacy at the postgraduate level and beyond.

Julia Lew – Queen’s University

Julia Lew is a third-year medical student at Queen’s University who has been highly engaged in student leadership during her medical school training. Currently, she serves as clerkship representative for the Queen’s Pediatrics, and Obstetrics and Gynecology rotations. In this role, she works closely with faculty and staff on curriculum development to support her peers’ clerkship experience. Previously, Julia served as Vice-President of External Affairs, representing Queen’s on the Ontario Medical Student Association (OMSA) and Canadian Federation of Medical Students (CFMS). Locally, she spearheaded advocacy training initiatives, including letter writing campaigns and skill-building workshops, and collaborated with local indigenous health experts to introduce traditional land acknowledgements at council events. She was granted the A.A. Travil Award by her classmates for her dedication to the student body. With an interest in social determinants of health, Julia published research with Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington Public Health including on harm reduction for patients using opioids and a health needs assessment of local homeless shelters. More recently, she completed research on medical curriculum development relating on family planning, presenting findings at provincial and national meetings. During her first clerkship year, Julia has been privileged to share in patient care for both medical pathology and wider social issues. She plans to incorporate a population-health framework into clinical practice and seek additional training in the care of vulnerable populations.

Anish Naidu – Western University

Anish Naidu is a graduating medical student from the Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry. He completed his undergraduate and Master’s training in Engineering at Western University. Mr. Naidu has a passion for giving back to his community, which drove him to lead several clubs at Schulich during pre-clerkship, including the Internal Medicine, Radiology and Point-of-Care Ultrasound interest groups. He was also involved in the student council as the IT Director and the VP Communications. In his second year, he led the Schulich Student Support Team in organizing various student wellness and support programs. As the Website Lead for OMSA, Mr. Naidu developed three new websites (omsa.ca, omsw.ca and osmerc.ca) to make OMSA’s services and resources more accessible to students. He also worked with the CFMS and medskl.com to organize a free question bank for Canadian medical students. Furthermore, his passion for education and mentorship led him to volunteer with the Western Stem Cell Club, Let’s Talk Science, and the Altitude Mentorship Program throughout medical school. Mr. Naidu received the OMSA Student of the Season Award and the PARO Medical Student Citizenship Award for his innovative leadership, and service to his peers and community. In medical school, Mr. Naidu was heavily involved in initiating a novel study to assess the effectiveness of Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation in improving gait and cognition in seniors with mild cognitive impairment. During his residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at McMaster University, Mr. Naidu plans on pursuing research in rehabilitation devices to improve patient outcomes.

Victoria Reedman – University of Toronto

Victoria is a third year medical student at the University of Toronto pursuing a concurrent Masters degree in Systems Leadership and Innovation. She has served two years as Vice President External Affairs of the University of Toronto Medical Society, representative to the Ontario Medical Students Association, representative to the Canadian Federation of Medical Students, and representative to OMA Council. She was part of the Spots4Docs team that advocated for more residency spots in Ontario. Victoria is an avid reader and amateur philosopher who is always open to book recommendations. She is extremely grateful to receive this award.

Niharika Shahi – Northern Ontario School of Medicine

Niharika is a fourth-year medical student at the Northern Ontario School of Medicine (NOSM) in Thunder Bay. Prior to beginning her journey at NOSM, she completed her Honours Bachelor of Science in Biology at Lakehead University in Thunder Bay. Niharika has made significant contributions at the local, provincial, and national levels to help advance the educational experience of medical students and future physicians of Canada. Niharika holds various leadership positions through which she has advocated for her colleagues. Niharika believes that proper training of future healthcare professionals plays a big role in addressing the healthcare needs of marginalized populations. As the Chair of Northern & Rural Medical Student Engagement, on Ontario Medical Students Association’s (OMSA) Northern Ontario & Rural Medicine (NORM) Committee, Niharika has acknowledged the social, economic, and geographical barriers to Northern medical students’ engagement in provincial and national initiatives. Along with the NORM Committee, she has been working to facilitate engagement of Northern Ontario students, and students placed at rural satellite campuses of other Ontario medical schools, in province- and nation-wide initiatives. As the Outreach Director of Altitude Healthcare Mentoring Program, Niharika has also facilitated mentorship relations between medical students and undergraduate students interested in careers in the healthcare field. In addition to these contributions, Niharika has represented her colleagues as a Medical Student Ambassador at the Ontario Medical Association (OMA) General Council Meeting and as NOSM Delegate at OMSA Medical Student Leadership Summit.

Rishi Sharma – McMaster University

Rishi Sharma is a second-year medical student at McMaster University. He currently serves as the Ontario Regional Director and attaché to the Education portfolio of the Canadian Federation of Medical Students (CFMS). In this role, he represents medical students across Ontario on the national level as well as working closely with the education portfolio to advocate for issues such as the unmatched Canadian medical graduate issue, competency-based medical education, interprofessional education and more. He previously served as the President for the McMaster Medical Student Council where he was responsible for overseeing the functioning of the student council and implementing change to the MD program. During this role he worked closely with the MD program administration to bring about positive change. This included improving the electives scheduling process, assisting in the development of a new pre-clerkship integrated curriculum, enhancing the McMaster direct observation tool (MacDOT) for students in clerkship and creating a new position, Vice-President Student Affairs, to address student wellness, career planning and student success concerns. He has also worked to implement a social campaign and provide resources for students to be engaged during clerkship. Additionally, he has been involved with the Ontario Medical Students Association (OMSA) by attending the Leadership Summit and attending Lobby Day to advocate on the unmatched Canadian medical graduate issue. He aspires to continue his advocacy and leadership work while in clerkship and is grateful to the many colleagues he has met along the way who have helped him to become a stronger student leader.

Resident Achievement Award
Resident Achievement Award
The Resident Achievement Award is awarded for outstanding contribution to the advancement of post-graduate training.
Dr Liora Berger – Queen’s University

Dr. Liora Berger is a third-year resident in Psychiatry at Queen’s University. She completed her medical degree at the University of Queensland in sunny Australia. Since arriving in Kingston, Dr. Berger has demonstrated a passion for improving the residency training experience and she has represented residents’ interests at both provincial and local levels. Dr. Berger is now in her second year on PARO’s Board of directors, and has held multiple instrumental roles such as the Transition to Residency Lead at Queen’s University, and the PARO Board Lead for the Competency Based Medical Education Information Gathering Project. Locally, Dr. Berger has organized many wellness events for Queen’s residents, and she has advocated for system changes that have led to notable improvements in the on-call experience at Queen’s. Dr. Berger’s clear passion for teaching is exemplified in her work as PARO’s Board Lead for the Teaching to Teach Program. Dr. Berger travels across Ontario to deliver Teaching to Teach workshops to residents in various programs, and also regularly facilitates Train the Trainer sessions to increase the number of workshops that can be delivered across the province. Currently, Dr. Berger serves as a Co-Chief Resident of the Queen’s Psychiatry program. She has increased resident engagement by providing leadership opportunities for psychiatry residents and supporting them in their new roles. She also created a ‘Chief Check-in’ which serves as a safe space for residents to bring forward any issues and enables residents to be involved in the problem solving process. Dr. Berger plans to continue to work closely with administration, faculty and residents to promote changes that improve the quality of the lives of resident doctors.

Dr Matthew Cecchini – Western University

Dr. Matthew Cecchini is a 5th year anatomical pathology resident at Western University. He was raised in Thorold, Ontario and he completed his undergraduate studies in Honours Biotechnology at Brock University. Following this, he completed the MD/PhD training program at Western University under the supervision of Dr. Fred Dick where he studied the molecular basis of key tumor suppressor pathways. Dr. Cecchini is actively involved in research with 30 peer reviewed publications and has studied biomarkers in both lung and colon cancer to provide prognostic information and guide treatment decisions for patients. He has received a grant from the Physicians' Services Incorporated Foundation to fund his work in colon cancer. Dr. Cecchini is also passionate about pathology education and has developed educational initiatives for both 3rd year medical students and the Department of Oncology at Western. Dr. Cecchini was part of the Canadian Association of Pathologists annual meeting planning committee where he developed an essential skills workshop for pathology trainees and a networking lunch to optimize employment and fellowship opportunities in Canada. He was recognized for this work with the Annual Meeting Chair’s Award in 2017 and 2018. Dr. Cecchini is active on social media and has been an invited speaker at the national pathology meeting to present on the use of social media in Pathology. Dr. Cecchini will be completing a fellowship in Pulmonary Pathology at the Mayo Clinic starting in July 2019.

Dr Chintan Dave – University of Ottawa

Chintan is a second year Internal Medicine resident at Ottawa. As a resident, Chintan has excelled in his role as a leader, teacher, advocate, and a professional. In the IM program, he leads by example as one of the Chief residents and through diligent work on various committees including the Career Development Committee, Academic Half Day Committee and the CTU Taskforce, has impacted positive change. He represents and advocates for the Ottawa residents as one of the elected PARO representatives on the General Council and works tirelessly to help improve the resident experience in Ottawa. He is also an excellent teacher and mentor- having led the Resident Buddy Initiative, the I-GUIDE mentorship program, and being actively involved in teaching juniors and medical students on the wards daily. He also plays an active teaching role through the University of Ottawa’s CBL and Physician Skills Development sessions. Additionally, he recently published a first-author study in a respectable journal and remains active in his community through involvement in the Out of the Cold program, aimed at providing free medical care to an underserviced population. To top it all off, he always brings his compassionate and caring personality wherever he goes and leaves everyone he encounters with a big smile. Chintan plans to pursue a career in academic medicine with a focus on the betterment of his community.

Dr Vincent Le – Northern Ontario School of Medicine

Dr. Vincent Kent Le completed his Medical Degree in London, Ontario and is currently a second-year resident in the Internal Medicine program at the Northern Ontario School of Medicine (NOSM). He is passionate about medical education and has created the Cardiology Teaching Club where he has personally led over 76 teaching sessions for medical students and junior residents on the Clinical Teaching Unit. He has also been involved in teaching lectures to 1st and 2nd year medical students at NOSM. Furthermore, Dr. Le has established the Residents as Mentors Program, which pairs medical students with resident mentors, allowing the students to gain experience in various specialties and get advice from residents to help guide them towards a career in their field. Dr. Le’s enthusiasm for teaching has been recognized as he has been selected as the recipient of the Professional Association of Residents of Ontario (PARO) Resident Teaching Award and the NOSM Learner Peer Teaching Award. Dr. Le is also involved in promoting resident wellness as a member of the PARO General Council and as a Co-Chief Medical Resident. Moreover, Dr. Le is heavily involved in postgraduate education through his work on the Competency Based Medical Education Committee, Medical Education Committee, and Residency Program Committee. He has also helped redesign the Internal Medicine postgraduate curriculum to include regularly scheduled practice exam sessions to better prepare Internal Medicine residents to write their Royal College examination. Dr. Le hopes to continue to be heavily involved in medical education in the future.

Dr. Colm McCarthy – McMaster University

Dr. McCarthy’s work as an Emergency Medical Technician in Rural and Urban Disaster Relief settings in the United States persuaded him to pursue a Medical career. In 2013, he graduated from McGill University’s Faculty of Medicine. He is currently a senior Orthopaedic Surgery senior resident at McMaster University. There he completed the Clinician Investigator Program, obtaining a Masters Degree in Health Science Education. His research focused on Competency Based Education. Dr. McCarthy’s interests extend beyond educational methods and include concerns for those being educated. He advocates for improving resident education as well as improving residents’ lives. At McMaster he has been involved in CBME at all levels. He is the current vice president of the Professional Association of Residents of Ontario (PARO) and for the past three years served on PARO’s board of directors where he focused on optimizing medical education, physician wellness, and physician advocacy. In Ontario, he served two years as Vice Chair OMA’s section of residents. Nationally, he was a member of the board of directors Resident Doctors of Canada and the training committee co-chair. He has served on three Royal College committees including the Residency Accreditation Committee. Most recently he has begun working as an external reviewer during postgraduate accreditation. Dr. McCarthy’s research and advocacy focuses upon the importance of collaboration, physician leadership, and communication to promote wellness and education. With the continued incalculable support of his wife, family and colleagues he hopes to continue this work and help foster the development of future physician leaders

Dr Helene Retrouvey – University of Toronto

Helene Retrouvey is a third year Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Resident, currently completing a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Clinical Epidemiology as part of the Surgeon Scientist Training Program and Clinical Investigator program at the University of Toronto. Helene completed a Bachelor’s in Science at McGill University in 2010, majoring in Anatomy and Cell Biology. She continued at McGill University to complete her medical training. Helene served as an advocate in the global health community during this time, leading the organization of local and national outreach projects to increase awareness of global health issues. Since moving to Toronto in 2014, Helene has taken a number of leadership roles which include being a resident representative for the Professional Association of Residents of Ontario (PARO) General Council and for the Resident Program Committee (RPC) of the Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. In 2018, she was instrumental in reviving the craniofacial and cleft lip and palate awareness day at the Hospital for Sick Children. Nationally, Helene has acted as the strategic director for the Canadian Plastic Surgery Research Collaborative. Helene continually advocates for her peers, working with colleagues to create the Plastic Surgery Resident Wellness Retreat in 2015 and the Canadian Women in Plastic Surgery group in 2017. Helene is also dedicated to sharing her passions with medial students, recently being selected as the Mentor of the Year by the Medical Society and Alumni Association of the University of Toronto. Helene’s goal is to become an academic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon; a career path which ties her passions for reducing health inequalities, global health outreach, career mentorship, and clinical research.

OMA Life Membership
OMA Life Membership
OMA Life Membership is awarded to those members who have made an outstanding contribution to the work of the Association in the interest of the medical profession. In addition to OMA-related involvement, work done to advance medical science and other positive work done at the provincial level can be considered.
Dr. Sylvia Asa – Toronto

Dr. Asa is a Consultant Pathologist at University Health Network. A Clinician-Scientist with a focus on Endocrine Pathology, she was appointed to the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto in 1985 and was promoted to full Professor in 1998. Her research has helped to clarify the basis for development of endocrine tumors, improve diagnostic tests and identify targets for therapy of those diseases. She has published over 500 scientific articles, written seven books, co-edited six books and contributed more than 100 book chapters on endocrine pathology. She was Founding Editor of the journal Endocrine Pathology, has been a Senior Editor of Endocrine-Related Cancer and is an Associate Editor of Laboratory Investigation; she serves on numerous editorial boards of scientific journals. Dr. Asa was President of the Endocrine Pathology Society (1997–1998) and the US-Canadian Academy of Pathology (2005-6), has given over 275 invited lectures worldwide, and has received many awards from national and international scientific organizations including Honorary Fellowship in the Royal College of Pathologists (UK). As head of the largest pathology department in Canada for 15 years, Dr. Asa made innovative changes to the practice of the discipline, with emphasis on subspecialization, molecular diagnostics, biobanking, automation, pathology informatics and digital pathology. She proposed a provincial model of pathology and led a successful proof-of-principle trial involving 24 hospitals across Ontario. To ensure public knowledge of the role of Pathology and maintain a direct connection with patients, Dr. Asa is a consultant to several patient groups.

Dr. Andrew Braude – Toronto

Dr. Braude graduated in 1976 from the University of Cape Town with the gold medal in medicine M.B.Ch.B. He trained for two years at Groote Schuur Hospital, University of Cape Town and then at the University of Toronto graduating in 1982 with F.R.C.P.(C) in Internal Medicine and Respiratory Medicine. Consulting Respirologist at North York General Hospital, Bloorview Children’s Hospital, A.T.R. Laboratory, Tri Hospital Sleep Laboratory. He has been invited to lecture in Respiratory Medicine in North America, South America, Africa and Asia and has conducted respiratory research in the areas of Interstitial lung disease and chronic obstructive airways disease with multiple publications.

Dr. Claudette Chase – Neebing

Dr. Joseph Chu – Etobicoke

Dr. Chu was born in Hong Kong and subsequently came to Toronto in 1970 to complete his high school. He finished his medical studies at the University of Toronto in 1978 and became a certified specialist by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada in both Internal Medicine and Neurology. In 1984, he opened a private consultative Neurological practice in Etobicoke and since then has cared for many Chinese Canadian patients afflicted with neurological and nervous system disorders. He is an Assistant Professor of Medicine (Neurology) at the University of Toronto and is on associate staff at the Toronto Western Hospital-University Health Network. He is also a consultant Neurologist at the William Osler Health System in the GTA area. He has been an active member of the OMA since his student years in the late 1970’s and was the Chairman of the Neurology section, OMA from 2002 to 2004. Prior to that, he served as Tariff Chair for the Neurology section, OMA. In his spare time, he is very active within the Chinese Canadian Council of the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Ontario and was a past President from 1999 to 2001. He is currently the Chair of Research and is actively involved with ongoing clinical research on the stroke patterns of Chinese living in Canada. He has published several peer-reviewed articles on this topic and is a popular visiting Professor to many countries including People’s Republic of China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and USA. One of his hobbies is singing and he had performed in many charity galas to raise significant amount of funds for the Chinese Canadian Council of the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Ontario for life-saving research on heart disease and stroke.

Dr. Laurence Colman – Thornhill

Dr. Colman has served on a number of OMA Committees since 2000. Much of his experience was in the areas of fees. He was a member of the Central Tariff Committee and the Medical Services Payment Committee and also Chaired both Committees at times. He was active at negotiations and was a member of two Negotiations Committees (including the current one). Since 2012, he also served on a multitude of Working Groups charged with informing the negotiations process and implementing the PSAs. He served three terms on the OMA Board of Directors and numerous Board Committees and Working Groups. He was also active in the governance changes (as a member and eventual Chair of both the Board Governance Committee and the Joint Governance Working Group), that culminated in a restructured OMA Council and better defined processes in 2015. Beyond that, he was a member of Cohort 1 of the OMA’s Physician Leadership Development Programme and also was a member and eventual Chair of the Antenatal Record Committee that redesigned the form used by almost all physicians and midwives caring for obstetrical patients. Lastly, I would be remiss if I did not express my gratitude to the prior Chairs of the Committees I also came to Chair for their mentoring and the examples they set for me to emulate. As well, I must express my appreciation for the many Physician Leaders and ordinary members who gave me their time and energy to discuss matters that were important to them. The value of that input is inestimable to the success of my leadership.

Dr. John Craig – Elmira

Dr. John Craig is from Sarnia, Ontario and completed a B.Sc. in Chemistry and Physics from the University of Waterloo, his MD from the University of Western Ontario and Internship at the Pasqua Hospital in Regina, Saskatchewan. He was his hospital’s representative on the negotiating committee for the PAIRS contract with the Saskatchewan Ministry of Health. He has been in Family Practice in Elmira, Ontario for 37 years. He represented the Kitchener- Waterloo Academy of Medicine as a member of council since 1987. He is a past president of the K-W Academy of Medicine. He was Chair of District 3 of the Ontario Medical Association. As Chair of the Section of HSO physicians he was lead negotiator for Alternate Payment Plan agreements for HSO physicians with the Ministry of Health. He served as Director for OMA District 3 on the OMA Board of Directors for seven years. He was chair of the Primary Care Delivery Models Committee. He served on the Family Health Network Template Evaluation Committee and the Budget Committee. He was on the Board of Directors of OntarioMD. He was on the OMA team that negotiated the original Family Health Organization (FHO) contract with the Ministry of Health. He was physician of the year for 2014 for District 3 of the OMA. He is currently representing the K-W Academy of Medicine on the PSI Foundation council. He is currently the Treasurer for the K-W Academy of Medicine.

Dr. Dan Dargavel – Niagara Falls

Dr. Geoffrey Davis – Thunder Bay

A graduate of the University Of Toronto, Dr.Geoff Davis has practiced Palliative Care and Family Medicine in Thunder Bay since 1978. Since 1980 he has been actively involved in palliative care and currently is Medical Director of Palliative Care, St Joseph’s Care Group. He has served as Chair of the National Cancer Institute of Canada/ Canadian Cancer Society Medical Affairs Committee, Chair Ontario Medical Association Section of Palliative Care as well as the Executive of the Canadian Society of Palliative Care to name a few. Since 1997 he has served as Chief of Staff, St. Joseph’s Care Group, Thunder Bay. The Government of Canada has recognized him for his work in palliative care with the Canada 125 Medal. Exploring the shores of Lake Superior and inland lakes of Northern Ontario, he has developed a passion for boating and fly fishing, which he shares with his wife Michele and four wonderful boys.

Dr. Salim Daya – Oakville

Dr. Phillip Ellison – North York

Dr. Philip Ellison completed his undergraduate training and residency at the University of Toronto (UoT). He was a staff Family Physician at the University Health Network and an Associate Professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine, UoT. At the time of his retirement he was the Vice Chair, Quality and held the inaugural Fidani Chair Improvement and Innovation at the DFCM. Dr. Ellison had been a practicing family physician in downtown Toronto for thirty-eight years with a professional practice at various times having included obstetrics, inpatient medicine, emergency medicine, long-term care, and occupational medicine. He has served on a number of joint government-OMA initiatives facilitating the adoption of I.T. into primary care. He has held a number of leadership positions in hospital, the community and at the Faculty of Medicine. He has collaborated in national initiatives at the College of Family Physicians of Canada and the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons advancing the adoption of Quality Improvement. While in practice, Dr. Ellison returned to study and graduated with a Master of Business Administration from the Joseph L. Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto and became cross appointed to the Department of Health Policy, Management, and Evaluation, and the Graduate Department of Public Health Sciences at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health. In that program’s Masters of Public Health he developed and taught courses in Leadership and Management of Small Health Organizations, and Improving Health Care in the Community through Quality Improvement.

Dr. Garrett Foley – Cornwall

Dr. Foley is a graduate from University College Dublin Ireland Mb, Bch BAO 1977 , interned in St. John’s Nfld. LMCC 1978. Moving to London Ontario, he finished training in Urology . He took out a General license in 1981 until the present. He is a Staff member of Hotel Dieu and Cornwall Community Hospital from 1985 to the present. He retired from general practice in 2013 and is currently working full time in long term Care.

Dr. Wendy Graham

Dr. Alan Hudak

Dr. Alan Hudak graduated from McMaster University Medical School in 1978 and received his Fellowship in Paediatrics from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada in 1982. He received the inaugural Lalia B, Chase Scholarship in Paediatric and Infectious Disease Research at Dalhousie University completing research in Listeriosis and rapid diagnostic tests. Dr. Hudak moved to Orillia in 1983 to establish a consulting practice in Paediatrics. He was instrumental in developing a regional paediatric program, creating outreach consulting clinics in the surrounding communities. Additionally, he has provided locum consulting services in hospitals across Northern Ontario (Timmins, Kenora, Thunder Bay and North Bay). He has academic appointments at McMaster University, University of Toronto, and Northern Ontario School of Medicine teaching PGY4 residents from Hospital for Sick Children and clinical clerks from NOSM and McMaster University. Dr. Hudak has served as Chief of the Department of Paediatrics at Orillia Soldiers Memorial Hospital as well as President of the Medical Staff and member of the Board of Directors. He has been on the Executive of the Simcoe County District Health Council. As well, he has served on the Provincial Advisory Committee on Newborn and Childhood Screening, and the Provincial Maternal and Newborn Advisory Committee. He has been active in the OMA as a member of OMA Council since 1989. Dr. Hudak was District 5 Chair before joining the Board of Directors for 10 years. During that time he served on numerous committees including Chair of the Child Health Committee and Chair of the Regional Consulting Paediatrics AFP Working Group. As well, he served as alternate to the Board of Directors of the Canadian Medical Association. He recently completed a 10 years term as Chair of OMA Council and remains on the Council Governance and Steering Committee.

Dr. Suhas Joshi – Niagara Falls

Dr. Suhas Balwant Joshi graduated from MGM Medical College, Indore, India in 1976. He completed general pathology residency at University of Ottawa in 1982, followed by a two-year surgical pathology fellowship in 1984. That year, Dr. Joshi started practice of pathology in Sudbury, relocating to the Niagara Region in 1987. He is the Regional Medical Director for Niagara Health since its inception and was the first Chief of the Department of Laboratory Medicine from 1998-2018. Dr. Joshi was on the Executive Board of the Lincoln County Academy of Medicine (District 4) from 1992-1999, including a term as the President and delegate to the OMA Council. His first stint with OMA Section on Laboratory Medicine was from 1998-2003, including a term as the Chair of Tariff Committee. Dr. Joshi was on the Executive Board of Ontario Association of Pathologists (OAP) from 2004-2011, including a three-year term as the President. He has authored a book titled “The Ontario Association of Pathologists – Celebrating 75 years of Quality Laboratory Medicine 1937-2012” for which he received OAP’s Service Award. His second stint with Section on Laboratory Medicine started from 2011-present, including a two-year term as Chair and delegate to the OMA Council. As a recognized physician leader, Dr. Joshi has served on advisory boards for Quality Management Program – Laboratory Services (QMP-LS); Ontario’s Forensic Pathology Advisory Committee (FPAC) and on the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care Expert Panels for Pathology. He is the Regional Lead for the Quality Management Program for Pathology. Dr. Joshi is an Assistant Clinical Professor (Adjunct) in the Department of Pathology and Molecular Medicine at McMaster University.

Dr. Michael Kaufmann

Dr. Kaufmann graduated with a degree in medicine from the University of Toronto in 1979. He completed his training in Family Medicine at the University of Toronto then received certification from the College of Family Physicians of Canada in 1981. The College of Family Physicians honoured him in 1991 with a Fellowship award. After practicing family and addiction medicine in rural Ontario, in 1995 Dr. Kaufmann became the founding Director of the Physician Health Program (PHP) of the Ontario Medical Association - a service to assist doctors and other health professionals with substance use problems, psychiatric disorders and other personal health challenges. He received certification in Addiction Medicine from the American and Canadian Societies of Addiction Medicine, is presently a Fellow of the American and International Societies of Addiction Medicine and a diplomate of the American Board of Addiction Medicine. Dr. Kaufmann has occupied several leadership roles with the Canadian Medical Association regarding physician wellbeing and in 2015 he was the recipient of the Misericordia award from the CMA recognizing his career- long contributions to the field of physician health. In 2003 Dr. Kaufmann was awarded a Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal in recognition of his work in the field of doctors’ health. In 2007 he received the Courage to Come Back award from the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health and in 2009 he was awarded a Lifetime Achievement in Addiction Medicine Award from the Addiction Medicine Section of the Ontario Medical Association. Dr. Kaufmann retired from the PHP in 2017 and was honoured as PHP Emeritus Medical Director. Dr. Kaufmann now enjoys community volunteering, writing, music, golf and more time to share with his wife, Judy.

Dr. Stewart Kennedy – Thunder Bay

Dr. Kennedy is a graduate of the McMaster MD program and the University of Ottawa, where he obtained his Masters in Health administration. He then completed a residency at the University of Calgary in Family Practice, where he served as chief resident at Calgary General Hospital. Following his training, he returned to Thunder Bay, where he has practiced comprehensive family practice for over 30 years that has included Obstetrical, Emergency and Hospital Care. Dr. Kennedy was the recipient of the Community Teacher of the Year Award from the OCFP and the Chris Carruthers Award for Excellence in Medical Leadership from the Canadian Society of Physician Leaders. He was instrumental in bringing a medical school to Northern Ontario and has served on multiple committees of both the OMA and the CMA over his years in practice. He has been chair of the Physician Services Committee, as well as the OMA Negotiating Team, and was successful in contributing to a foundational agreement that transformed family practice, hospital care and academic practice in the Province of Ontario. His style of leadership is both relentless and collaborative, which allowed his team to achieve landmark agreements in the first decade of the 2000’s. He served as president of the OMA and was a board member of the CMA during a period of significant change. Dr Kennedy presently is the Executive Vice President of Medicine and Regional programs at Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre and the Regional Vice President of North West Regional Cancer Program. He is an Assistant Professor at the Northern Ontario School of Medicine. He has been a board member of Health Quality Ontario. Dr Kennedy just completed his 30th year in the participation of DOCs ON ICE - an achievement he is most proud of. He continues to volunteer at local charity and sporting events in Thunder Bay and continues to practice comprehensive family practice in his community.

Dr. Edwin Klimek – St. Catharines

Dr. Geraint Lewis Dr Klimek completed Medical School at the University of Newfoundland and practiced family medicine after completing a rotating internship in Hamilton.Ill suited to the challenges of family medicine returning to further study lead to Neurology at the University of Toronto. He would like to thank the OMA for the opportunity to serve his colleagues within the section on Neurology over the last 20 years in various capacities. He is optimistic that the difficulty facing the profession can be addressed so that his junior colleagues may find the practice of

Dr. Geraint Lewis – Ottawa

Dr Klimek completed Medical School at the University of Newfoundland and practiced family medicine after completing a rotating internship in Hamilton.Ill suited to the challenges of family medicine returning to further study lead to Neurology at the University of Toronto. He would like to thank the OMA for the opportunity to serve his colleagues within the section on Neurology over the last 20 years in various capacities. He is optimistic that the difficulty facing the profession can be addressed so that his junior colleagues may find the practice of medicine enhanced. Dr. Geraint Lewis was born in Neath, South Wales in 1953. He graduated MB BCh from the Welsh National School of Medicine in 1976 with a yearning to travel. He met the love of his life Linda in Devon and they got married in 1977. He emigrated to Canada after recruitment into the Canadian Armed Forces medical services, and posted to CFB Gagetown in Oromocto NB. He did a residency in Anesthesia at the University of Ottawa in 1981, finishing in 1984, followed by a subspecialty fellowship in McGill before resuming a career in Ottawa. He avoided medical politics until forced to change this state by Newton’s First Law of Motion he joined the OMA Section on Anesthesia rising to become chair of the Section with a mission to raise the specialty profile. Also stood and elected as OMA Director initially as the Academic Representative then as District 8 Director. Dr. Lewis retired in 2015 to a life of golf, bridge, travel and domesticity in 2015.

Dr. Margaret Macpherson – Richmond Hill

Dr. Margaret Macpherson earned an Honours BA in French and German at the University of Toronto and worked for the Government of Canada as a translator and revisor for two and a half years before beginning medical studies. She graduated from the University of Toronto in 1981, completed a residency in Public and Occupational Health at the University of Toronto, and subsequently a residency in Dermatology at McGill University. She has practised Dermatology in Richmond Hill since 1988. She was a delegate to Council for the York Central Medical Society for several years starting in 1993, and a delegate for the Section on Dermatology from 2000 to 2005. From 2006 to 2009 she served as Chair of the Section on Dermatology, during which time she endeavoured to improve recognition of the specialty’s important role in overall patient care.

Dr. Ross S. Male – Paris

Dr. Male has been active in his local medical community for 20 years and in the OMA for 17 years. He has been on the Executive of the Brant County Medical Association (BCMA), serving as President for 2 years. He is an assistant Clinical Professor in the McMaster University Department of Family Medicine, and was part of the Program Development Group that created the Grand Erie Six Nations Family Medicine site of McMaster in Brantford. He has been a delegate to OMA Council for 18 years, first as BCMA representative, and then as District 2 Representative to the Executive of the Section on General and Family Practice, bringing many motions to the floor of Council. He has been Chair of the Section twice, but has not yet “saved Family Medicine”, as his sons keep asking, but has fostered good relationships between Sections of the GP Assembly. He has been on many OMA committees (LHIN Collaborative Physician Expert Panel, Tri-lateral Vitamin D Implementation Committee, Capitation Rate Adjustment Working Group, Health Systems Accountability and Savings Working Group, etc.) He has achieved various innovations in funding and collaboration through this. He has been a delegate to CMA Council. He is member of the Physician Payment Review Board in Ontario, recently serving as Chair of the Board for 4 years. He has been a Primary Care Physician LHIN Lead in HNHB LHIN. He is an OMA Health Care Advocate. He thanks his wife and 2 sons for their support in all these endeavours

Dr. Ken Ng – Markham

Dr. Ken Ng graduated from the University of Toronto with a Bachelor of Science Degree (B.Sc.) and went on to Montreal’s McGill University for his Doctorate in Medicine (M.D., C.M.). Since 1981, he had been practicing medicine and has established 4 clinics in Markham and Thornhill. He is a Lecturer at the Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto for the past two decades, teaching medical students and residents in the field of Family Medicine. He has also served as a Clinical Supervisor for the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario. Over the years, Dr. Ng held key positions in many organizations, such as York University Board of Governors, Chairman of the Federation of Chinese Canadian Professionals, Chairman of the Chinese Canadian Medical Society, President of Ontario Medical Association (Scarborough), Director of Sunnybrook Hospital Foundation, Honorary Director of United Way of York Region, and President of Canadian Federation of Intercultural Friendship. Dr. Ng is most known as the Chairman of the Federation of Chinese Canadians in Markham and the Chinese Chamber of Commerce in Markham, through which in 2003, Dr. Ng founded and became Chairman of the Taste of Asia Festival, in response to the “SARS” disaster. It has become the Largest Asian Festival in Canada, drawing 180,000 people in 2017. The event has become a platform to promote the multicultural mosaic of Canada and to foster better understanding between the many ethnocultural groups through co-operation and mutual respect. Dr. Ng has received many awards and accolades, including the Queen’s Golden and Diamond Jubilee Medals and, most recently in 2018, the Sovereign Medal by the Governor General of Canada and the Markham Mayor’s Senior Hall of Fame Award.

Dr. Michael O’Mahony – North York

Dr. O’Mahony began his medical career at the University of Dublin, Trinity College, as a member of the class of ‘77. Following an internship at St. James’ Hospital he moved to Toronto to study psychiatry and psychoanalysis at the University of Toronto and the Toronto Institute of Psychoanalysis respectively, becoming a fellow of the Royal College and a member of the Toronto Psychoanalytic Society, the Canadian Psychoanalytic Society and the International Psychoanalytic Association. Dr. O’Mahony has a practice in geriatric psychiatry at Baycrest that includes teaching and supervising residents in psychiatry at the University of Toronto. Dr. O’Mahony’s psychoanalytic practice also includes teaching and supervision especially at the advanced training program in psychoanalytic psychotherapy. A particular interest is in the psychoanalytic treatment of structural and accidental psychological trauma. Dr. O’Mahony has participated in the O.M.A. as a member of council and as a member of the executive of the Section on Psychiatry for a decade, including as Chair of the section.

Dr. Sidney Siu - London

Dr. Siu is actually a Professional Engineer in chemical engineering. He is also a Specialist in Occupational Medicine on both sides of the border. He is a Certified Toxicologist by the American Board of Toxicology and a Certified Industrial Hygienist, which qualifies him to assess occupational exposures. He was the medical consultant at the Ministry of Labour for 13 years and now provides consultations and expert opinions to industry, workers, law enforcement agencies, compensation boards, universities, hospitals, and lawyers. In the 1980s, he participated in an extensive study on latex allergy and the health care workers. He served as the chair of the Occupational Health Section of the OMA (2002-2004), during which time, he was heavily involved with pandemic planning. He later advocated for the use of quadrivalent influenza vaccine for the healthcare workers, when only the trivalent was the publicly funded. He was the president of the OEMAC from 2014-2015. He has been involved with the planning committee in most of the “Day in Occupational Medicine” at the Ontario Medical Association. He is currently a member of the Biological Aerosols Working Group (BAWG) for the Canadian Standards Association for the Respirator Selection Guidelines. He is an adjunct professor at Western University and a tutor for the Foundation Course in Occupational Medicine at the University of Alberta. In his free time, he acts as a Coroner for the Province of Ontario, providing a “full health care service.” His passion is photography, and his phototherapy trumps everything!

Dr. Lawrence Sklar – Etobicoke

Dr. Andrew Zawadowski

Dr. Andrew Zawadowski commenced practicing cardiology in Oakville in 1983. A graduate of McMaster MD programme, he trained in Internal Medicine and Cardiology Research at the Western University in London Ontario. Always a patient advocate, he worked tirelessly to promote excellence in cardiac care. As site PI in Oakville, he led 14 practice altering clinical trials, mostly in acute coronary syndromes. Over his 12 year tenure as the Acute Care Director he oversaw the re-development and modernization of the unit. As Assistant Clinical Professor at McMaster University, in the division of cardiology, he was actively involved as an educator of both medical students and house staff. In recognition of his professional achievements, Dr Zawadowski was awarded the honour of a Fellowships of the European Society of Cardiology, American Heart Association, American College of Cardiology and the Fellowship CCS of which he is a Life Member. Involved in professional and community organizations, he was a member of the Board of the Ontario Association of Cardiologists. He was elected to the OMA Board of Directors from District 4, which he also chaired. He served multiple terms as Chair of the OMA Section on Cardiology, and was nominated by the OMA to the CMA Ethics Committee. He spends his spare time with his wife and grand children at their cottage near Parry Sound, or on the Knud den Store – a 30 foot Down East style cruiser on Georgian Bay.

TC Routley Challenge Shield
TC Routley Challenge Shield
The TC Routley Challenge Shield is awarded to the branch society which most adequately fulfils its purpose of service to its members, community and profession through programs and activities defined by:

a. contributions by branch societies to the OMA as demonstrated by activity in OMA Committees, Council and/or
b. contributions by the branch society to science, medical education, culture, hospitals, community service, politics, public welfare and other civic activities