Awards & Special Recognitions

Awards & Special Recognitions A - G

Australia Awards – Endeavor Executive Award
Canada Council for the Arts – Killam Prize
Canadian Academy of Engineering (CAE) – Fellows
Canadian Academy of Health Sciences (CAHS) – Fellows
Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) / Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ) – Top Canadian Achievements in Health Research
Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) – Canada’s Health Researcher of the Year 
Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) – Gold Leaf Prize for Outstanding Achievements by an Early Career Investigator
Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) – Knowledge Translation Award
Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) – Dr. James Rossiter Masters of Public Health (MPH) Practicum Award
Canadian Medical Association (CMA) – The Frederic Newton Gisborne Starr Award
Canadian Medical Association (CMA) – Medal of Honour
Canadian Medical Hall of Fame
Canadian Red Cross – Power of Humanity Award
Canadian Education Association (CEA) – The Whitworth Award
CBC Manitoba – Future 40 Awards
Fulbright Canada Fellowships
Gairdner Canada – Wightman Award
Gairdner Canada – International Award
Governor General’s Innovation Awards
Global Young Academy
Graham Boeckh Foundation – Dr. Samarthji Lal Award for Mental Health Research


Australia Awards – Endeavor Executive Award
The Endeavour Executive Award provides professional development opportunities of (1 to 4 months) for high achievers in business, industry, education or government from participating countries. The award is valued at up to $18,500AUD.

  • Dr. Judith Anderson [Host: University of New South Wales (UNSW)] (2012),
    Biological Sciences, Faculty of Science

Canada Council for the Arts – Killam Prize
The Killam Prizes are awarded to active Canadian scholars who have made a substantial and significant contribution to their respective fields in the humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, health sciences or engineering. Up to five prizes of $100,000 each (one prize per discipline).

  • Dr. Francis Plummer (Health Sciences) (2014), Medical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases, Max Rady College Medicine, Rady Faculty of Health Sciences
  • Dr. Lotfollah Shafai (Engineering) (2011) Electrical & Computer Engineering,
    Faculty of Engineering
  • Dr. Frank Hawthorne (Natural Sciences) (2008), Geological Sciences,
    Clayton H. Riddell Faculty of Environment, Earth, and Resources
  • *Dr. Ralph G. Stanton (Natural Sciences) (1985), Computer Science, Faculty of Science

Canadian Academy of Engineering (CAE) – Fellows
Election to the Canadian Academy of Engineering (CAE) is one of the highest professional honours accorded an engineer. Members of the CAE are nominated and elected by their peers (current CAE members) to honorary Fellowship in the Academy in view of their distinguished achievements and career-long service to the engineering profession.

  • Dr. Randy Herrmann (2019), ENGAP, Faculty of Engineering
  • Dr. Ekram Hossain (2019), Electrical & Computer Engineering, Faculty of Engineering
  • Dr. Jay Doering (2017), Civil Engineering, Faculty of Engineering
  • Dr. Witold Kinsner, (2016), Electrical & Computer Engineering, Faculty of Engineering
  • Dr. Jeannette Montufar (2016),Civil Engineering, Faculty of Engineering
  • Dr. Zahra Moussavi (2015), Biomedical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering
  • Dr. Nariman Sepehri (2015), Mechanical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering
  • Dr. Quan Wang (2015), Mechanical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering
  • Dr. Jonathan Beddoes (2014), Faculty of Engineering
  • Dr. Douglas Buchanan (2014), Electrical & Computer Engineering, Faculty of Engineering
  • Dr. Jan Oleszkiewicz (2012), Civil Engineering, Faculty of Engineering
  • Dr. Douglas Thomson (2012), Electrical & Computer Engineering, Faculty of Engineering
  • Dr. Ron Britton (2011), Civil & Geological Engineering, Faculty of Engineering
  • Dr. Aniruddha Gole, (2011), Electrical & Computer Engineering, Faculty of Engineering
  • Dr. Douglas Ruth (2008), Mechanical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering
  • Dr. Digvir Jayas (2007), Biosystems Engineering, Faculty of Engineering
  • Dr. Lotfollah Shafai (2002), Electrical & Computer Engineering, Faculty of Engineering
  • Dr. Aftab Mufti (2000), Civil Engineering, Faculty of Engineering

Canadian Academy of Health Sciences (CAHS) – Fellows
Induction into the CAHS as a Fellow is considered one of the highest honours within Canada’s academic community. CAHS Fellows, who serve as unpaid volunteers, are nominated by their institutions and peers and selected in a competitive process based on their internationally recognized leadership, academic performance, scientific creativity and willingness to serve.

  • Dr. Ross Feldman (2019), Pharmacology and Therapeutics, Max Rady College of Medicine, Rady Faculty of Health Sciences
  • Dr. Thomas Hack (2019), College of Nursing, Rady Faculty of Health Sciences
  • Dr. Marc Del Bigio (2017), Pathology, Max Rady College of Medicine, Rady Faculty of Health Sciences
  • Dr. Henry Friesen (Distinguished Fellow) (2017), Physiology & Pathophysiology, Max Rady College of Medicine, Rady Faculty of Health Sciences
  • Dr. Andrew Halayko (2016), Internal Medicine, Max Rady College of Medicine, Rady Faculty of Health Sciences
  • Dr. James Davie (2015), Biochemistry & Medical Genetics, Max Rady College of Medicine, Rady Faculty of Health Sciences
  • *Dr. Patricia Martens (2014), Community Health Sciences, Max Rady College of Medicine, Rady Faculty of Health Sciences
  • Dr. Cheryl Rockman-Greenberg (2014), Pediatrics & Child Health, Max Rady College of Medicine, Rady Faculty of Health Sciences
  • Dr. Pawan K. Singal (2014), Physiology & Pathophysiology, Max Rady College of Medicine, Rady Faculty of Health Sciences
  • Dr. Estelle Simons (2013), Pediatrics & Child Health, Max Rady College of Medicine, Rady Faculty of Health Sciences
  • Dr. Heather Dean (2012), Pediatrics & Child Health, Max Rady College of Medicine, Rady Faculty of Health Sciences
  • Dr. Lorrie Kirshenbaum (2012), Physiology & Pathophysiology, Max Rady College of Medicine, Rady Faculty of Health Sciences
  • Dr. Peter Nickerson (2012), Internal Medicine, Max Rady College of Medicine, Rady Faculty of Health Sciences
  • Dr. Stephen Moses (2011), Medical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases, Max Rady College Medicine, Rady Faculty of Health Sciences
  • Dr. Brian Postl (2011), Pediatrics & Child Health, Max Rady College of Medicine, Rady Faculty of Health Sciences
  • Dr. Noralou Roos (2011), Community Health Sciences, Max Rady College of Medicine, Rady Faculty of Health Sciences
  • Dr. Allan Becker (2010), Pediatrics & Child Health, Max Rady College of Medicine, Rady Faculty of Health Sciences
  • Dr. Hani El-Gabalawy (2010), Internal Medicine, Max Rady College of Medicine, Rady Faculty of Health Sciences
  • Dr. Leslie Roos (2010), Community Health Sciences, Max Rady College of Medicine, Rady Faculty of Health Sciences
  • Dr. Charles Bernstein (2008), Internal Medicine, Max Rady College of Medicine, Rady Faculty of Health Sciences
  • Dr. Harvey Chochinov (2007), Psychiatry, Max Rady College of Medicine, Rady Faculty of Health Sciences
  • Dr. Terry Klassen (2007), Pediatrics & Child Health, Max Rady College of Medicine, Rady Faculty of Health Sciences
  • Dr. Grant Pierce (2007), Physiology & Pathophysiology, Max Rady College of Medicine, Rady Faculty of Health Sciences
  • Dr. Francis Plummer (2007), Medical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases, Max Rady College Medicine, Rady Faculty of Health Sciences
  • Dr. Lesley F. Degner (2006), College of Nursing, Rady Faculty of Health Sciences
  • Dr. Naranjan Dhalla (2005), Physiology & Pathophysiology, Max Rady College of Medicine, Rady Faculty of Health Sciences
  • Dr. Arnold Naimark (2005), Physiology & Pathophysiology, Max Rady College of Medicine, Rady Faculty of Health Sciences
  • Dr. Lindsay Nicolle (2005), Medical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases, Max Rady College Medicine, Faculty of Health Sciences
  • Dr. Allan Ronald (2005), Medical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases, Max Rady College Medicine, Rady Faculty of Health Sciences
  • Dr. Aubie Angel (2005), Internal Medicine, Max Rady College of Medicine, Faculty of Health Sciences

Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) / Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ) – Top Canadian Achievements in Health Research
The aim of this competition is to acknowledge Canadian health research achievements that have had a significant impact on health, health care, and health research by improving our understanding of health and human diseases, tackling health challenges, and improving our health system.

  • Dr. Terry Klassen (2011), Pediatrics & Child Health, Max Rady College of Medicine, Rady Faculty of Health Sciences

Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) – Canada’s Health Researcher of the Year
This career achievement award honours and recognizes an exceptional health researcher in any area of health research who has demonstrated significant achievements in advancing knowledge through excellence in research, in capacity building and mentorship and through research and knowledge translation activities that have made a significant impact on improving health and/or the health system.

  • Dr. Francis Plummer (2013),Medical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases, Max Rady College Medicine, Rady Faculty of Health Sciences

Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) – Gold Leaf Prize for Outstanding Achievements by an Early Career Investigator
The CIHR Gold Leaf Prize for Outstanding Achievements by an Early Career Investigator is awarded to an investigator at the beginning of their career who shows great potential and is expected to continue to produce research of exceptional merit. The prize has a value of $100,000.

  • Dr. Tracie Afifi (2019), Max Rady College of Medicine, Rady Faculty of Health Sciences

Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) – Knowledge Translation Award
This award honours and supports the exemplary knowledge translation efforts and activities of an exceptional individual, team or organization that has made an outstanding contribution to increasing the application of research findings, improving the health of Canadians, health services and products, or strengthening the health-care system.

  • *Dr. Patricia Martens (2005), Community Health Sciences, Max Rady College of Medicine, Rady Faculty of Health Sciences

Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) – Dr. James Rossiter Masters of Public Health (MPH) Practicum Award
The purpose of this practicum award program is to strengthen public health capacity in Canada, by supporting the current and next generation of public health policy makers and practitioners. The program will thus build capacity for effective knowledge translation and use of research evidence by the public health system. Up to $5,600CDN for up to one year.

  • Dr. Stephen Moses / MPH Program (2013, 2014, 2015, & 2016), Medical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases, Max Rady College Medicine, Rady Faculty of Health Sciences

Canadian Medical Association (CMA) – The Frederic Newton Gisborne Starr Award
The award represents the highest award that lies within the power of the Canadian Medical Association (CMA) to bestow upon one of its members. Lifetime achievement is the prime requisite in determining the recipient for this award. Such achievement should be so outstanding as to serve as an inspiration and a challenge to the medical profession in Canada.

  • Dr. Harvey Chochinov (2011), Psychiatry, Max Rady College of Medicine, Rady Faculty of Health Sciences
  • Dr. Henry Friesen (2006), Physiology & Pathophysiology, Max Rady College of Medicine, Rady Faculty of Health Sciences
  • Dr. Allan Ronald (2003), Medical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases, Max Rady College Medicine, Rady Faculty of Health Sciences
  • *Dr. John Bowman (1996), Pediatrics & Child Health, Max Rady College of Medicine, Rady Faculty of Health Sciences
  • *Dr. Bruce Chown (1969), Pediatrics & Child Health, Max Rady College of Medicine, Rady Faculty of Health Sciences

Canadian Medical Association (CMA) – Medal of Honour
The highest CMA award available to a non-physician. The award is granted in recognition of: contributions to the advancement of medical research, medical education, health care organization or health education of the public; service to the people of Canada in raising the standards of health care delivery in Canada; service to the profession in the field of medical organization; activities and initiatives that have contributed to improvements in the health and wellness of Canadians.

  • Dr. Evelyn Shapiro (2001), Community Health Sciences, Max Rady College of Medicine, Rady Faculty of Health Sciences
  • Dr. Naranjan Dhalla (2000), Physiology & Pathophysiology, Max Rady College of Medicine, Rady Faculty of Health Sciences

Canadian Medical Hall of Fame
Canadian Medical Hall of Fame laureate nominees are role models to Canadians for their work in furthering health in Canada and the world or are nominated for an achievement developed significantly during a period of residency in Canada. Their outstanding contributions to medicine and the health sciences have led to extraordinary improvements in human health.

  • Dr. Harvey Chochinov (2019), Psychiatry, Rady Faculty of Health Sciences
  • Dr. Naranjan Dhalla (2019), Physiology & Pathophysiology, Max Rady College of Medicine, Rady Faculty of Health Sciences
  • Dr. Cheryl Rockman-Greenberg (2018), Pediatrics & Child Health, Max Rady College of Medicine, Rady Faculty of Health Sciences
  • Dr. Estelle Simons (2017), Pediatrics & Child Health, Max Rady College of Medicine, Rady Faculty of Health Sciences
  • Dr. Arnold Naimark (2013), Physiology & Pathophysiology, Max Rady College of Medicine, Rady Faculty of Health Sciences
  • Dr. Allan Ronald (2011), Medical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases, Max Rady College Medicine, Rady Faculty of Health Sciences
  • Dr. Henry Friesen (2001), Physiology & Pathophysiology, Max Rady College of Medicine, Rady Faculty of Health Sciences
  • *Dr. Bruce Chown (1995), Pediatrics & Child Health, Max Rady College of Medicine, Rady Faculty of Health Sciences

Canadian Red Cross – Power of Humanity Award
Each year, the Canadian Red Cross honours the spirit of humanity in Manitoba by recognizing the contributions of local humanitarians in one or more of the following areas: promotion of mutual understanding, friendship, cooperation and lasting peace among all peoples; contributing to the alleviation of human suffering, protection of life, or the promotion of health; education of the public on the meaning and importance of humanity and protection of human dignity; promotion of respect for the human being.

  • Dr. Joan Durrant (2011), Community Health Sciences, Max Rady College of Medicine, Rady Faculty of Health Sciences

Canadian Education Association (CEA) – The Whitworth Award
Since 1967, the Whitworth Award has recognized individuals who have made a sustained and substantial contribution to educational research. It is awarded every three years.

  • Dr. Raymond Perry (1998), Psychology, Faculty of Arts

CBC Manitoba – Future 40 Awards
Awards to celebrate the province's new generation of leaders, builders and change-makers under the age of 40, people who have passion for their province and are working to make our future brighter and better — whether that's someone making big changes in science or making a small difference in their community.

  • Dr. Janilyn Arsenio (2018), Immunology, Max Rady College of Medicine, Rady Faculty of Health Sciences
  • Dr. Melinda Fowler-Woods (2018), Community Health Sciences, Max Rady College of Medicine, Rady Faculty of Health Sciences
  • Dr. Lyle McKinnon (2018), Community Health Sciences, Max Rady College of Medicine, Rady Faculty of Health Sciences
  • Dr. Saroj Niraula (2018), Internal Medicine, Max Rady College of Medicine, Rady Faculty of Health Sciences
  • Dr. Alex Singer (2018), Family Medicine, Max Rady College of Medicine, Rady Faculty of Health Sciences
  • Dr. Robert Duncan (2017), Plant Science, Faculty of Agricultural & Food Sciences
  • Dr. Ji Hyun Ko (2017), Human Anatomy & Cell Science, Max Rady College of Medicine, Rady Faculty of Health Sciences
  • Dr. Deborah McPhail (2017), Community Health Sciences, Max Rady College of Medicine, Rady Faculty of Health Sciences
  • Mr. Ry Moran (2017), National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation
  • Dr. Nathan Nickel (2017), Community Health Sciences, Max Rady College of Medicine, Rady Faculty of Health Sciences
  • Ms. Danielle Pahud (2017), Physics & Astronomy, Faculty of Science
  • Dr. Demitre Serletis (2017), Surgery, Max Rady College of Medicine, Rady Faculty of Health Sciences
  • Dr. Navdeep Tangri (2017), Internal Medicine, Max Rady College of Medicine, Rady Faculty of Health Sciences
  • Dr. Tracie Afifi (2016), Community Health Sciences, Max Rady College of Medicine, Rady Faculty of Health Sciences
  • Dr. Marcia Anderson (2016), Community Health Sciences, Max Rady College of Medicine, Rady Faculty of Health Sciences
  • Dr. Meghan Azad (2016), Community Health Sciences, Max Rady College of Medicine, Rady Faculty of Health Sciences
  • Dr. Shauna Labman (2016), Faculty of Law
  • Ms. Liane Veness (2016), Architecture, Faculty of Architecture

Fulbright Canada Fellowships
The Canada-U.S. Fulbright Program operates on the principle of reciprocal exchange and provides the opportunity for outstanding Canadian scholars to lecture and/or conduct research in the United States. Award recipients include prominent and promising scholars, as well as experienced professionals.

  • Dr. Andrew Woolford (host: University of New Mexico) (2011-2012),  Sociology & Criminology, Faculty of Arts
  • Dr. C. Emdad Haque (host: Arizona State University) (2008-2009), Natural Resources Institute, Clayton H. Riddell Faculty of Environment, Earth, and Resources
  • Dr. Sheri Blake (host: Pratt Institute) (2000-2001), City Planning, Faculty of Architecture

Gairdner Canada – Wightman Award
The Canada Gairdner Wightman Award recognizes a Canadian health researcher whose career demonstrates extraordinary leadership paired with exceptional science. The Award is valued at $100,000CAD.

  • Dr. Francis Plummer (2016), Medical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases, Max Rady College Medicine, Rady Faculty of Health Sciences
  • Dr. Allan Ronald (2006), Medical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases, Max Rady College Medicine, Rady Faculty of Health Sciences
  • Dr. Henry Friesen (2001), Physiology & Pathophysiology, Max Rady College of Medicine, Rady Faculty of Health Sciences

Gairdner Canada – International Award
The Canada Gairdner International Award recognizes outstanding biomedical scientists who have made original contributions to medicine with the goal of contributing through research to increased understanding of human biology and disease. The Award is valued at $100,000CAD.

  • Dr. Henry Friesen (1977), Physiology & Pathophysiology, Max Rady College of Medicine, Rady Faculty of Health Sciences
  • *Dr. Bruce Chown (1968), Pediatrics & Child Health, Max Rady College of Medicine, Rady Faculty of Health Sciences

Governor General’s Innovation Awards
The objectives of the Governor General’s Innovation Awards are to celebrate excellence in innovation across all sectors of Canadian society and inspire Canadians, particularly Canadian youth, to be entrepreneurial innovators. The Awards are given to individuals, teams and/or organizations whose innovations are truly exceptional, transformative, and positive in their impact on quality of life in Canada.

  • Dr. Mark Torchia, with Mr. Richard Tyc (2016), Surgery, Max Rady College of Medicine, Rady Faculty Health Sciences

Global Young Academy
The GYA provides a rallying point for outstanding young scientists from around the world to come together to address topics of global importance. Moreover, we empower young researchers to lead international, interdisciplinary, and inter-generational dialogue with the goal to make global decision making evidence-based and inclusive.

  • Dr. Ruodan Shao (2018), Business Administration, Asper School of Business

Graham Boeckh Foundation – Dr. Samarthji Lal Award for Mental Health Research
The Dr. Samarthji Lal award will recognize a researcher working in a Canadian institution in the area of psychiatry, with a focus on major mental disorders, who is mid-career and making an outstanding contribution to the field. The Award is valued at $25,000CAD.

  • Dr. Jitender Sareen (2016), Psychiatry, Max Rady College of Medicine, Rady Faculty of Health Sciences