The Canadian Blood Services Lifetime Achievement Award 2021: Nominations now open

Dr. Geraldine Walsh
Nominations open for Canadian Blood Services Lifetime Achievement Award. Deadline May 7, 2021.

The Canadian Blood Services Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes individuals whose landmark contributions are both extraordinary and world class in the field of transfusion or transplantation medicine, stem cell or cord blood research in Canada and/or abroad.

This prestigious award is now open for nominations for 2021. Read on to learn more about the award, the nomination process and who has been honoured with this award in the past.

Who can be nominated?

To be nominated for the Canadian Blood Services Lifetime Achievement Award, an

individual must have contributed significantly to improving the safety and/or quality of

blood, blood products, stem cells and/or cord blood or has made noteworthy

improvements or advances in transfusion or transplantation medicine practice. Their

record of publication should be of significance and their professional reputation should

be aligned with the goals and reputation of Canadian Blood Services, reflecting a quality

culture driven by excellence.

The award will be presented in September 2021 at the annual national Honouring Canada’s Lifeline event where we honour our donors, volunteers, peer recruiters and partners from across the country and across our products for their outstanding dedication and achievements.

What's the nomination process?

Nomination requirements

  • Provide a short introduction and summary in 150 words or less of the nominee’s contribution to improving the safety and/or quality of blood, blood products or stem cells, or contribution to advances in transfusion medicine practice.
  • Present a brief biography including academic, research, clinical and administrative positions, awards or recognitions.
  • Outline how the work of the nominee is set apart from the work of others in the field.
  • Provide a nominee’s full current curriculum vitae and contact information for the nominee including full name, mailing address, telephone number(s) and email address.
  • Provide name and contact information for the nominator(s).

Note: Candidates should be unaware that they have been nominated for this award.

Submit nominations in writing to the address below:

By mail:

Canadian Blood Services Lifetime Achievement Award Nominating Committee

c/o Dr. Isra Levy, Vice President, Medical Affairs and Innovation

Canadian Blood Services

1800 Alta Vista Drive

Ottawa, Ontario K1G 4J5

By email:  

Submission deadline: May 7, 2021

The nominator of the awardee, and the nominee selected, will be notified in early July 2021

Past honourees

The Canadian Blood Services Lifetime Achievement Award came into existence in

2002. To date, the Canadian Blood Services Board of Directors has selected the

following individuals for this prestigious award:

  • Dr. John Bowman, 2002
  • Ms. Marie Cutbush Crookston, 2002
  • Dr. Morris A. Blajchman, 2003
  • Dr. Peter Pinkerton, 2004
  • Dr. John Freedman, 2006
  • Dr. Hans Messner, 2007
  • Mr. Justice Horace Krever, 2008
  • Dr. Gail Rock, 2009
  • Dr. Victor Blanchette, 2010
  • Dr. Allen Eaves and Dr. Connie Eaves, 2011
  • Dr. Celso Bianco, 2012
  • The Canadian Hemophilia Society, 2013
  • Dr. John Dossetor, 2013
  • Dr. Gershon Growe, 2014
  • Dr. Bruce McManus, 2015
  • Dr. David Lillicrap, 2016
  • Nancy Heddle, 2017
  • André Picard, 2018


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