Nominations open for the Lifetime Achievement Award 2023

Cathy Jones

Until May 8, 2023, there is an open call for nominations for Canadian Blood Services Lifetime Achievement Award 2023. Recipients of the Canadian Blood Services Lifetime Achievement Awards are individuals whose landmark contributions are recognized as both extraordinary and world class in the field of transfusion and transplantation medicine. The award will be presented at a national event later this year (timing to be determined).  

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 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. 

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 and 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. 

Nominations are to be submitted in writing to the address below: 

By mail: 
Dr. Isra Levy 
Vice President, Medical Affairs and Innovation 
Canadian Blood Services 
1800 Alta Vista Drive 
Ottawa, ON K1G 4J5 

By email: 

Submission deadline: May 8, 2023  

Past honourees 

The Canadian Blood Services Lifetime Achievement Award came into existence in 2002. Over the past two decades, the Canadian Blood Services Board of Directors has selected the following individuals for this prestigious award. Information about previous awardees can also be found on

  • Dr. John Bowman and 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 
  • Dr. John Dossetor, 2013 
  • Dr. Gershon Growe, 2014 
  • Dr. Bruce McManus, 2015 
  • Dr. David Lillicrap, 2016 
  • Dr. Nancy Heddle and Ms. Leah Hollins, 2017 
  • Mr. André Picard, 2018 
  • Dr. Harold Atkins and Dr. Donna Wall, 2019 
  • Dr. Gilles Delage, Dr. Heather Hume, Dr. Mel Krajden, 2021 
  • Dr. Shafique Keshavjee and Dr. Norman Kneteman, 2022 


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