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Canadian Pharmacists Association
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Awards & Recognition

Meet our outstanding 2018 Award Winners, or view the complete list of all our past Award Recipients.

CPhA’s Awards Program recognizes outstanding pharmacists in the following categories:

Canadian Pharmacist of the Year

The Canadian Pharmacist of the Year Award recognizes a pharmacist who demonstrates leadership and exemplifies the evolution of the pharmacy profession toward an expanded role in health care. The successful candidate brings respect to the profession by advancing the recognition of the pharmacist’s role in optimizing drug therapy outcomes for Canadians.

The award may be conferred on any CPhA Individual Associate or Affiliate. Only one Canadian Pharmacist of the Year Award may be granted in a given year; if there are no qualified candidates nominated in a particular year, the award will not be granted.

As of 2016 nominations for the Canadian Pharmacist of theYear Award are being accepted only through CPhA's Organizational Members.

CPhA Honorary Life Award

The CPhA Honorary Life Award recognizes outstanding service to pharmacy, CPhA and the profession nationally. The award may be conferred on any pharmacist, who is or has been a CPhA Individual Associate or Affiliate, or non-pharmacists and non-residents of Canada who have contributed to CPhA or the profession nationally.

The number of CPhA Honorary Life Awards granted in one year is not limited; if there are no qualified candidates nominated, the award will not be granted. CPhA Honorary Life Award winners shall be granted lifetime affiliation to CPhA.

CPhA Meritorious Service Award

The CPhA Meritorious Service Award is offered in recognition of service to the pharmacy profession such that it brings credit and prestige to the profession in Canada or internationally. The award may be awarded posthumously.

The award may be conferred on anyone who is or has been a CPhA Individual Associate or Affiliate. The number of CPhA Meritorious Service Awards granted in one year is not limited; if there are no qualified candidates nominated, the award will not be granted.

CPhA New Practitioner Award

The CPhA New Practitioner Award recognizes a pharmacist who has been in practice not more than five years, has demonstrated a commitment to pharmacy at the undergraduate level and has continued to promote the profession.

The award may be conferred on any CPhA Individual Associate or Affiliate who has been licensed to practice pharmacy in a province or territory of Canada not more than five years. Only one CPhA New Practitioner Award may be granted in a given year; if there are no qualified candidates nominated, the award will not be granted.

CPhA Patient Care Achievement Award
Sponsored by Green Shield Canada Foundation in honour of Vernon Chiles

The CPhA Patient Care Achievement Award recognizes a pharmacist who has demonstrated excellence in a practice setting by exhibiting outstanding innovation and leadership, establishing a specialty practice or going above and beyond in the ongoing education of patients on wellness, healthy lifestyles and disease prevention.

The award may be conferred on any CPhA Individual Associate or Affiliate. Employees and Board members of Green Shield Canada are not eligible to receive this award. Only one CPhA Patient Care Achievement Award may be granted in a given year; if there are no qualified candidates nominated in a particular year, the award will not be granted.

CPhA Certificate of Recognition

The CPhA Certificate of Recognition is conferred on pharmacy groups (excluding pharmacies) or professional organizations, and in exceptional cases, an individual, to recognize outstanding service or contribution to the profession and the community. Anniversaries (50-year increments) or special occasions may be acknowledged.

Canadian Pharmacists Journal (CPJ) Best Paper of the Year Award

This award is given annually by the CPJ Editorial Advisory Board to the manuscript judged most likely to positively impact pharmacy practice and lead to better patient care.

Dean George A. Burbidge Award

Awarded to the student achieving the highest mark on the Pharmacy Examining Board of Canada’s qualifying exams.