In 2011, the CCRA initiated a biennial recognition program consisting of three awards to acknowledge and celebrate the contributions of individuals who have had a remarkable impact on cancer research and the cancer research community. These awards are presented during the Canadian Cancer Research Conference.

1. CCRA Award for Exceptional Leadership in Cancer Research
Awarded to an individual who has made exceptional contributions to fostering the development of cancer research in Canada through their leadership in organizations, or development of collaborative research opportunities or initiatives that have had a transformative impact. Previous recipients:

  • 2011 – Dr. Philip E. Branton
  • 2013 – Dr. Victor Ling
  • 2015 – Dr. Morag Park
  • 2017 – Dr. Elizabeth A. Eisenhauer
  • 2019 – Two recipients: Dr. Gerald Batist; Dr. Anne-Marie Mes-Masson

2. CCRA Award for Outstanding Achievements in Cancer Research
Awarded to a Canadian cancer researcher from any research discipline for outstanding lifetime achievements which have had an impact in greatly advancing our understanding of cancer, the treatment of cancer, and/or cancer control. Previous recipients:

  • 2011 – Dr. Anthony J. Pawson
  • 2013 – Dr. John E. Dick
  • 2015 – Two recipients: Dr. Joseph L. Pater; Dr. Nahum Sonenberg
  • 2017 – Two recipients: Dr. John C. Bell; Dr. Marco A. Marra
  • 2019 – Dr. Lincoln Stein

3. CCRA Award for Distinguished Service to Cancer Research
Awarded to an individual whose work has had a substantial impact on public education, policy, or discourse on cancer control and particularly cancer research in Canada. Previous recipients:

  • 2011 – Mr. André Picard
  • 2013 – Mr. Bob McDonald
  • 2015 – Dr. Michael F. Evans
  • 2017 – Dr. Eduardo L.F. Franco
  • 2019 – Dr. Geoffrey T. Fong

4. CCRA Award for Exceptional Leadership in Patient Involvement in Cancer Research
Awarded to an individual or organization who has made exceptional contributions to fostering patient involvement in cancer research in Canada. The inaugural award was presented at CCRC 2017 in Vancouver. Previous recipients:

  • 2017 – Two recipients: Dr. Michael A.S. Jewett & Ms. Judy Needham
  • 2019 – Mr. Patrick J. Sullivan

Learn about the individuals who received the awards: