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Each year the CAGP seeks nominations for the Annual Award for Outstanding Contributions in Geriatric Psychiatry. This award recognizes a geriatric psychiatrist who has made a significant contribution to geriatric psychiatry in Canada through education, research or innovations in service delivery. 

The award (which includes a complimentary conference registration and gala dinner ticket) will be presented at the 2018 CAGP-CCSMH Annual Scientific Meeting, to be held in Halifax, Nova Scotia, October 12-13, 2018. The award winner will also be acknowledged at the Annual Conference of the Canadian Psychiatric Association, to be held in September 2018 in Toronto, Ontario.

Nominations are reviewed by the Awards committee, with the process favoring those who have not previously received the Award.

Deadline for Nominations is April 27, 2018. Apply Now!


The nominee must meet some or all of the qualities outlined below.

  • Leadership

The nominee has:

  • Demonstrated leadership, both within his/her own organization and elsewhere in the field of geriatric mental health. Leadership may include local, national and international influence. It may have occurred in the CanMED areas of Medcial Expert, Manager and/or Health Advocate.  Leadership within Canada will be given the greatest weight.
  • A proven ability in innovative problem-solving and decision-making.
  • Exhibits high ethical standards and integrity in all aspects of their work
  • Demonstrated a commitment to patient/older adult advocacy in the public policy field
  • Professionalism
The nominee has demonstrated significant accomplishment in:
  • educational and scholastic activities designed to add to the body of knowledge in the field of geriatric mental health care
  • support to professional organizations dedicated to improving the lives of older adults affected with mental health problems and illnesses
  • being a role model and motivates/mentors others in the pursuit of excellence with research, education or clinical care in the area of geriatric psychiatry ,capacity for care and compassion to clients, colleagues and students alike
Applicants Requirement
The nomination must include the following:
  • A written statement by the nominator concerning the merit of the individual’s contribution with regards to the above-mentioned qualities in sufficient detail to allow assessment by the Selection Committee.
  • The applicant’s curriculum vitae
  • The applicant is a member of the CAGP


  • Dr. Keri-Leigh Cassidy (2016)
  • Dr. Paule Hottin (2015)
  • Dr. Mark Rapoport (2014) 
  • Dr. Catherine Shea (2013)
  • Dr. Melissa Andrew (2013) 
  • Dr. Kiran Rabheru (2012)
  • Dr. Martin G. Cole (2011) 
  • Dr. Nathan Herrmann - Toronto, ON (2010)
  • Dr. Martha Donnelly - Vancouver, BC (2009) 
  • Dr. Kenneth Shulman - Toronto, ON (2008)
  • Dr. Lilian Thorpe - Saskatoon, SK (2007) 
  • Dr. Joel Sadavoy - Toronto, Ontario (2006)
  • Dr. David Conn - Toronto, Ontario (2005) 
  • Dr. Ken LeClair - Kingston, Ontario (2004)
  • Dr. Marie-France Tourigny-Rivard - Ottawa, Ontario (2003)

PLEASE NOTE: The CAGP cannot provide patients with the names of physicians providing care to patients. The Colleges of Physicians and Surgeons in most Canadian provinces and territories maintain a website for patients to find a physician by specialty. A list of these governing bodies is available on the Federation of Medical Regulatory Authorities of Canada’s website.

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