Congratulations to the 2017 National Paediatric Leadership Award Winners!

Since 2002 the Paediatric Chairs of Canada (PCC) have promoted the development of excellence and leadership within specific career paths. We believe that the health of children and youth is dependent on leadership in each of the roles of clinician practitioner, clinician educator, and clinician investigator, all with the provision of administrative leadership. In 2007, to recognize, support and promote these roles among academic paediatricians, PCC established a National Paediatric Leadership Awards Program.

Awardees are nominated by their respective Department Chairs. A review panel of Past Chairs from our Departments of Paediatrics provides a recommendation to PCC on the most worthy candidate in each of these three categories.


Clinician Investigator

On behalf of the Paediatric Chairs of Canada, we would like to congratulate Dr. Alexander MacKenzie as the recipient of the 2017 Paediatric Academic Leadership - Clinician Investigator Award.

This award is being presented to Dr. MacKenzie, of the University of Ottawa. Over the past 27 years of Dr. MacKenzie's impressive career as a clinician-investigator at the CHEO Research Institute, his role in pursuing world-class medical genetics research in the mapping and identification of genes causing rare diseases has been notable. This includes recent research on therapeutic interventions, as well as co-leading the national rare disease research consortium Care4Rare. Demonstrating, and promoting, academic excellence through critical leadership roles, his scholarly work has been recognized nationally and internationally.

Dr. MacKenzie's outstanding leadership and vision in guiding the development and sustainability of the CHEO Research Institute is quite distinct. As Scientific Director and CEO for 11 years, his tenure was marked by significant recruitment and development of new investigator research at CHEO. The development of the CHEO Clinical Research Unit has provided mentorship and leadership in national clinical trials. To quote his Department Chair, Dr. Ciarán Duffy, “There is no doubt that Alex MacKenzie has been a clinician investigator of the highest quality, but he has played an absolutely pivotal role in the development, growth and current success of the CHEO Research Institute.”

It is with enthusiasm that Dr. MacKenzie's colleagues recognize and celebrate his contributions to the international and national paediatric healthcare communities!


Clinician Practitioner

The Paediatric Chairs of Canada congratulate Dr. Jeremy Friedman as PCC’s recipient of the 2017 Paediatric Academic Leadership - Clinician Practitioner Award.

This award is being presented to Dr. Freidman, of the University of Toronto. Dr Friedman is recognized as one of the pioneers of the concept of an academic pediatric hospitalist in Canada. Work as a full-time hospitalist and complex care faculty has advanced the concept and importance of creative professional activity (CPA) for academic generalists. The complex care program in the Division of Pediatric Medicine at SickKids that he initiated was the first of its kind and has grown to be a national and international leader. He has been a role model for countless others and have reviewed, advised and mentored general pediatric programs across Canada, developing initiatives that foster academic excellence and building capacity and leadership.

Dr. Friedman's original research contributions have been notable, including a clinical dehydration scale which has been used around the world clinically and for research. Through leadership roles with the Canadian Pediatric Society, as Associate Editor for Paediatrics and Child Health, and authorship of five bestselling books for parents including Canada’s Baby Care book, he have shared your remarkable clinical experiences, advances and innovations nationally and internationally.


Clinician Educator

The Paediatric Chairs of Canada congratulate Dr. Ming-Ka Chan as PCC’s recipient of the 2017 Paediatric Academic Leadership - Clinician Educator Award.

This award is being presented to Dr. Chan, of the University of Manitoba. Over the past decade Dr. Chan's career has shown her to be an outstanding clinician educator, including commitment to educational leadership and administration. Notable areas of focus include leadership development, transitions and competency‐based medical education, both undergraduate and postgraduate, within and external to her own Department.

Nationally, her role as a CanMEDS Clinician Educator for the RCPS of Canada, co‐founder of the Canadian Pediatric Resident Leadership Conference, and co-founding a curriculum for the Annual Canadian Pediatric Chief Resident Leadership Conference enhances the leadership skill-sets of pediatric chief residents from across Canada. Exceptional leadership and innovation in ME has been recognized nationally through certificates of merit, roles within the Canadian Association of Medical Education (CAME) and internationally through collaborations fostering competency‐based medical education.

It is with enthusiasm that Dr. Chan's colleagues recognize and celebrate her contributions to the local, national and international paediatric healthcare communities!


Please join us in congratulating Dr. Friedman, Dr. Chan and Dr. MacKenzie! They will be honoured by their peers at the Annual Awards Reception and Dinner that takes place alongside the PCC Fall Business Meeting in October.

Emily Gruenwoldt
Executive Director
Paediatric Chairs of Canada