Nominations now open for the 2018 Canadian Blood Services Lifetime Achievement Award

Wednesday, January 10, 2018 Jenny Ryan
Updated April 18, 2018: This competition is now closed. Check back next year to find out when the next nomination opens. 

Do you know someone who has made an outstanding contribution to the blood system in Canada?  

Who can be nominated? 

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

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 in Ottawa at the 19th annual national Honouring Our Lifeblood 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. Dana Devine, Chief Scientist
Canadian Blood Services
1800 Alta Vista Drive
Ottawa, Ontario K1G 4J5

By email:   


Submission deadline: March 30, 2018

The nominee selected to attend the event will be notified by the office of the Chief Scientist by June 25, 2018.

Past honourees

The Canadian Blood Services Lifetime Achievement Award came into existence in 2002. Seventeen outstanding individuals have been since received the award including the following: 

Nancy Heddle, 2017

Dr. David Lillicrap, 2016

Dr. Bruce McManus, 2015

Dr. Gershon Growe, 2014

Dr. John Dossetor, 2013

The Canadian Hemophilia Society, 2013

Dr. Celso Bianco, 2012

Dr. Allen Eaves and Dr. Connie Eaves, 2011

Dr. Victor Blanchette, 2010

Dr. Gail Rock, 2009

Mr. Justice Horace Krever, 2008

Dr. Hans Messner, 2007

Dr. John Freedman, 2006

Dr. Peter Pinkerton, 2004

Dr. Morris A. Blajchman, 2003

Ms. Marie Cutbush Crookston, 2002

Dr. John Bowman, 2002


2018 Canadian Blood Services Lifetime Achievement Award

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Through discovery, development and applied research, Canadian Blood Services drives world-class innovation in blood transfusion, cellular therapy and transplantation—bringing clarity and insight to an increasingly complex healthcare future. Our dedicated research team and extended network of partners engage in exploratory and applied research to create new knowledge, inform and enhance best practices, contribute to the development of new services and technologies, and build capacity through training and collaboration. Find out more about our research impact

The opinions reflected in this post are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of Canadian Blood Services nor do they reflect the views of Health Canada or any other funding agency.


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