(Chris Carruthers Award)

CSPL Excellence in Medical Leadership  Award

The CSPL presents this award annually to a physician who has made an outstanding contribution to the development and mentorship of medical leaders in the field of health services leadership and management. The nominee should demonstrate outstanding abilities in one or more of the following categories:


  • Commitment to enhancing the role of physicians in the management of health care delivery organizations
  • Leadership in a hospital or health region management role
  • Significant contribution to leadership development within CSPL or any related organization, hospital or program of local, provincial or national in scope





Dr. Susan Shaw


Dr. Susan Shaw balances a rewarding career in Critical Care Medicine and Anesthesiology with clinical and system improvement work at the local, regional and provincial level in Saskatchewan. She is currently Chief Medical Officer with the Saskatchewan Health Authority and Board Chair for the Saskatchewan Health Quality Council. Dr. Shaw has also been a successful department head, a physician leader with the Saskatchewan Surgical Initiative, co-led the Saskatoon Health Region Safer Every Day Breakthrough Initiative, and spent time working with the Saskatchewan Medical Association as the Director of Physician Advocacy and Leadership. Dr. Shaw is looked to as a leader in patient-centred care, physician leadership, continuous improvement, and large-scale change. Susan lives in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan with her husband and two teenage children.


A few excerpts from her letters of recommendation…


I can attest to Dr. Shaw’s leadership abilities and her talent for leading people, and I can confidently say that she motivated HQC executive and staff to do what they knew they needed to do, which is one of the basic truisms of leadership. She excelled at guiding the HQC toward goals that mattered, even if the goals were ambitious, and persevered when they were unpopular. I saw firsthand how her leadership skills supported her efforts to knit together productive networks of influencers across a range of health stakeholders, including patients, physicians, Ministry of Health officials, researchers and others. I don’t think it is an overstatement to say that her leadership at HQC strongly advanced a culture of health care improvement throughout Saskatchewan’s health care system. Bonnie Brossart CEO, Saskatchewan Medical Association.


Susan is a seasoned leader with the patient placed firmly at the centre of every decision. She is committed to continuous improvement, high quality patient care and patient safety. She has a gently persuasive but steadfast leadership style that has earned her the respect of her physician colleagues as well as other health care leaders and providers. Kevin Wasko, MA, MD, CCFP (EM), Physician Executive, Integrated Rural Health, Saskatchewan Health Authority.


Dr. Shaw is among the program’s most popular instructors. The participants report that they learn a tremendous amount of useful knowledge from her, and she regularly receives one of the highest program evaluations.  She is not only very knowledgeable, but she can also impart this knowledge to our physician leaders in a personable and professional way. She relates to their experience and challenges with humility and passion. All these qualities are not often embodied in one person. She is a model of health care provider, health care leader and professional instructor. Moreover, despite her increasing portfolio in Saskatchewan, she continues to fit our program into her calendar. Daniel Skarlicki, PhD, • Edgar Kaiser Chair of Organizational Behaviour,Sauder School of Business, UBC,




Dr. Gillian Kernaghan  2018

Dr. Kernaghan was appointed the President and Chief Executive Officer of St. Joseph’s Health Care London in 2010. St. Joseph’s is a multi-sited academic health care organization serving London and the region.


Dr. Kernaghan’s passion for integrated patient care, leadership and performance excellence has inspired the organization to focus on the vision to “earn complete confidence in the care we provide.”


Prior to assuming this role, she served for 17 years as the Vice President, Medical for various hospitals in London and led the medical staff during complex restructuring in which four hospitals merged to form St. Joseph’s Health Care. Through this restructuring and various program transfers between organizations, the roles of the London hospitals dramatically changed.


In 1984, Gillian joined the medical staff of St. Joseph’s, Parkwood Hospital and London Health Sciences Centre as a family physician.  She completed her residency at St. Joseph’s Hospital in 1984 upon graduation from University of Western Ontario and was awarded her Fellowship in 2000.  She is an Associate Professor in the Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry at Western University.


Gillian currently serves on the Ontario Hospital Association Board,  the Council of Academic Hospitals of Ontario, is the Vice Chair of the Catholic Health Association of Ontario Board, and is Co-Chair of the CHLNet. She served as President of the Canadian Society of Physician Executives for 2010-2012.  She is a past Board Member of Canadian Resident Matching Service and the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame.  She has served on numerous regional, provincial and national committees.


She is a frequent speaker at conferences, a certified trainer in Crucial Conversations, Crucial Accountability and Influencer leadership courses and a faculty member of the Physician Leadership Institute.


She has been married for 37 years and is the proud mother of three sons, three daughters-in-law and one little grandson.


Gillian’s commitment to enhancing our roles as physician leaders has lasted through her long and distinguished career. In London, for example, she conceived the Talent Management Program for clinical academics which remains to this day, to many other organizations, a model to which they aspire. The program starts with the hiring of a new clinical academic and lasts for his/her career. At every stage it strives to develop the physician’s leadership capacity and offers resources and support to ensure optimal development of his/her skills. This remarkable concept has translated into Gillian’s success as a much requested speaker on talent management, including her being in constant demand to present Physician Leadership Institute courses on this and related leadership topics. She can reasonably be seen as the pioneer of comprehensive talent management for physicians in Canada.


Finally, this review of Gillian’s roles would not be complete if it did not mention her huge contributions to the CSPL. As we have grown from a small organization to the leading national physician leader society, Gillian has been a major builder of our Society. In her roles on the Board and eventually as CSPL President, she has immeasurably helped us build our influence and our membership. She is one of a very small group of Canadian physicians that has worked tirelessly to make the CSPL what it is and one only has to attend a CCPL conference to understand the excellence of the content and the enormous effect educating and supporting so many physicians in their leadership roles can have on our health system. We are a major force for health care progress and Gillian is one of the great builders of that success.


In summary, Gillian has demonstrated her absolute commitment to enhancing our leadership as physicians, has provided, regionally, provincially and nationally, great leadership of our health care system and has helped create the CSPL’s success as the national physician leader organization.


C Robin Walker, MB, ChB, FRCPC, FAAP, CCPE

Dr. Stewart Kennedy 2017

Dr. Stewart Kennedy is executive vice president of Medical and Academic Affairs at Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre in Ontario. He is a member of the senior management team with responsibilities for medical affairs, pharmacy and academics, and interprofessional education. Dr. Kennedy is leading the development of a system-wide quality framework with a focus on enhancing the patient experience and developing a simulation program emphasizing quality improvement. He is introducing change into the organization and transforming a community hospital into an academic centre of excellence.


Dr. Kennedy is also working with the Northern Ontario School of Medicine and the Northern Academic Hospitals to enhance the governance structures of these organizations and improve the integration and accountability of the medical leadership. This work also includes development of an academic plan that will provide for protected time for clinicians to pursue their academic mission. As primary care LHIN (Local Health Integration Network) lead, Dr. Kennedy is spearheading the development of a medical model of governance for the region.


Dr. Kennedy developed the Enhanced Patient Care Clinic, which is responsible for caring for the most complex patients — those who use the top 5% of hospital health care resources. This has led to a reduction in hospital admissions and earlier discharges among this cohort of patients.


Dr. Kennedy was chair of the 2004–2005 OMA Negotiating Team, which established a landmark agreement that stabilized academic medicine in Ontario. It introduced family health teams, capitation models for family practice, enhanced physician payments for hospital work, and complex care and incentive payments.


Dr. Kennedy is a highly experienced and professional senior executive with a history of making positive change at both local and provincial levels. He faces challenges head on and is an exceptional role model for physicians and hospital staff. He accepts challenges and is a respected leader who believes in accountability, transparency, and evidence-based decision-making. He is able to build consensus, reach decisions, and solve complex problems with creativity and innovation. Dr. Kennedy has demonstrated outstanding skills in building relationships with colleagues, patients, and community members, and he understands the importance of working with a strong and dedicated team. He pursues excellence with integrity and passion and has proven his ability to work through challenges to achieve results in a complex health system.


Dr. Kennedy was president of the Ontario Medical Association in 2011–2012 and has filled numerous roles within the organization, including a term (2005–2008) as co-chair of the Physicians Service Committee responsible for contract implementation with the Ministry of Health and chair of the Section of General and Family Practice. He served on the board of the Canadian Medical Association from 2012 to 2015.


Dr. Gaétan Tardif 2016

Physiatrist-in-Chief and Medical Program Director, Toronto Rehabilitation Institute, University Health Network


Dr. Tardif has excelled as a medical leader in many respects — as an academic physiatrist, a health care executive, and a system developer with experience in professional and not-for-profit organizations. As medical program director, Toronto Rehab, and professor in the Department of Medicine, Division of Physiatry at the University of Toronto, he continues to practice physiatry and promote patient safety and patient participation in all areas of the health care process.


Dr. Tardif, who was born in Saguenay, Québec, completed his medical degree at Université Laval. He holds specialty certification in physical medicine and rehabilitation, sports medicine, and electrodiagnostic medicine.


Dr. Tardif is very involved in leadership development and is on the faculty of the Physician Leadership Institute of the Canadian Medical Association. From 2009 to 2011, he was president of the Canadian Society of Physician Leaders. He recently obtained certification from the Institute of Corporate Directors.


Dr. Tardif’s unique leadership skills extend to his many volunteer activities and he is an avid supporter of the paralympics. He has led or been a member of the Canadian Paralympic medical team for many years.  He was a member of the team for the Sydney 2000 and Athens 2004 Paralympic Games, chief medical officer for Salt Lake City 2002 and Torino 2006, assistant chef de mission for Beijing 2008 and Vancouver 2010, and chef de mission for London 2012. In May 2013, he was elected president of the Canadian Paralympic Committee. He was also recently a member of the board for the Toronto 2015 Pan Am and Para Pan Am games.


Dr. Dorothy Shaw 2015

Vice-President, Medical Affairs, BC Women’s Hospital and Health Centre and Clinical Professor, Departments of Gynaecology & Medical Genetics, University of British Columbia


Dr. Shaw received her medical degree from the University of Edinburgh in 1972 and her Fellowship in Obstetrics and Gynecology in 1978. She joined the UBC Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology in 1979 after a fellowship in Perinatal Genetics with a cross appointment in Medical Genetics where she continues as clinical professor.


Dr. Shaw has held many positions in the UBC Faculty of Medicine including Associate Dean for Equity, Senior Associate Dean, Professional Affairs; Senior Associate Dean, Faculty Affairs; and the university's Acting Associate Vice President for Equity.  She developed and coordinated a Leadership Development Series for senior and mid-level leaders in the Faculty of Medicine from 2002-2005 before joining the planning team as a facilitator for the Academic Leadership Development Program for UBC. She was active in establishing and participating in the Faculty Mentoring Program at UBC and worked on the Faculty of Medicine’s processes related to the UBC Policy on Conflict of Interest and Conflict of Commitment.   She is a Royal Roads Certified Executive Coach (2004).


At BC Women’ Hospital and Health Centre she has been Vice-President Medical Affairs since 2011 and held several leadership roles prior to this.


In 2008 she was named one of  “Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100” in the Trailblazers and Trendsetters category.  She was the first woman president of the International Federation of Gynecology & Obstetrics, (FIGO), from 2006-2009. She is a past President of the Society of Obstetricians & Gynecologists of Canada, and was the youngest person ever to lead that organization in this role.


Dr. Shaw is internationally recognized for her publications and advocacy efforts to advance women’s rights and improve the health of women, newborns, and children.  Her past accomplishments include being named as Canada’s spokesperson for the G8/G20 by the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn & Child Health in 2010. She was the Executive Producer for an award-winning documentary “The cutting tradition: Insights into FGM” in 2009. In 2010 she was invited to be the inaugural chair of the Canadian Network for Maternal Newborn Child Health.


She has received numerous awards and honorary fellowships and was the first recipient in 1999 of the Dr. Dorothy Shaw Award for “outstanding inspirational leadership” from the Planned Parenthood Association of BC.  In 2012 she received the Christopher Tietze Humanitarian Award given by the National Abortion Federation as its highest distinction, honoring significant, lifetime contributions in the field of abortion service delivery or policy.


She has been active in the BCMA Section of Obstetrics and Gynecology and was a member of the executive from 1993-1995.  She was a member of the Board of the BC Physician Health Program from 2006-2010. She has been a member of the Canadian Society of Physician Leaders since 2000 and was recognized in its inaugural program as a Canadian Certified Physician Executive  (2011).   She has served on the Canadian Medical Association (CMA) Gender Issues committee 1992-1995 and the CMA Risk Management Institute Advisory Group 2000-2001. She received honorary member status of the CMA in 2014.


Dr. Davy Cheng 2014

Distinguished Professor and Chair/Chief, Anesthesia & Perioperative Medicine, London Health Sciences Centre and St. Joseph's Health Care, London, Professor, Critical Care Medicine, Western University


Dr. Cheng graduated from the University of Toronto's faculty of medicine in 1983 and completed an internship in internal medicine and a residency in anesthesia in 1987. A fellowship in cardiovascular anesthesia took him to the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City.


Before his current appointment, Dr. Cheng was professor and deputy chief of anesthesiology at Toronto General Hospital, and medical director, Cardiovascular Surgery Program, University Health Network, Toronto.


Since 2001, Dr. Cheng has led and transformed the Department of Anesthesia & Perioperative Medicine in London into one of the top academic anesthesia departments in the world. He doubled the faculty to 80 consultants, 47 residents, and 12 fellows, and the department is fully committed to the strategic plans of the university and hospital in terms of clinical, educational, and research deliverables.


Dr. Cheng is recognized as a world expert in perioperative outcomes and resource utilization in the areas of cardiac surgery, blood management, minimally invasive and robotic cardiac surgery, and perioperative evidence-based medicine. He established the Evidence-Based Perioperative Clinical Outcomes Research Group (EPiCOR) and the Medical Evidence, Decision Integrity, Clinical Impact (MEDICI) Centre at Western and London teaching hospitals and is also responsible for a number of pivotal publications that direct evidence-based clinical and surgical practice.


Dr. Cheng is a recognized health care leader at the forefront of research, practice, and policy. As principal investigator and co-investigator, he has been awarded over $4.7 million in peer-reviewed grants and over $1.7 million in non-peer reviewed grants. He has published over 140 peer-reviewed scientific papers in high-impact journals and 45 books or chapters. He has led international multicentre clinical trials and consensus conferences in practice guideline development. Dr. Cheng has been invited to be a visiting professor at over 80 Canadian and international universities and cardiac centres.


Dr. Jim Worthington 2013

Senior Vice-President, Medical Affairs, Quality and Performance, The Ottawa Hospital


Jim Worthington graduated from the Birmingham University Medical School (United Kingdom) and has been working as an emergency physician at The Ottawa Hospital since 1982.


He has served as head of emergency medicine at the Civic Hospital/The Ottawa Hospital/University of Ottawa as well as medical director for critical care, emergency medicine and trauma at The Ottawa Hospital and medical director for CritiCall Eastern Ontario.


Dr. Donald H. Atkinson 2012

Chief of Staff Orillia Soldiers' Memorial Hospital


The CSPL award recognizes physicians who make an outstanding contribution to the development and mentorship of medical leaders in the field of health services leadership and management. The 2012 recipient of the CSPL award is Dr. Donald H. Atkinson.


Dr. Atkinson joined Orillia Soldiers' Memorial Hospital, a general community hospital in Ontario, in 2007 as chief of staff and VP medical affairs. He is responsible for physician professional practice, resource planning and recruitment, diagnostic imaging, pharmacy, laboratory services and medical education.


He completed his undergraduate training at the University of Waterloo and the University of Western Ontario. Following residency training in Calgary, he practised comprehensive family medicine for 18 years in both northern and southern Ontario. He has completed Physician Management Institute courses through the Canadian Medical Association and the master of medical management program with Tulane University. In 2009, he was awarded the Certified Physician Executive designation by the American College of Physician Executives.


Since 1996, Dr. Atkinson has been involved in hospital management full time, initially as VP patient programs with a multifacility health care corporation in New Brunswick and then as chief of staff with Lakeridge Health, a large multisite community hospital. He has also been actively involved in health care planning at the provincial level serving on both government committees and provincial health care forums.


He is a past president of the Canadian Society of Physician Leaders and a member of the American College of Physician Executives.


Dr. Jack Kitts 2011

CEO and President, The Ottawa Hospital


The CSPL award recognizes physicians who make an outstanding contribution to the development and mentorship of medical leaders in the field of health services leadership and management. The 2011 recipient of the CSPL award is Dr. Jack Kitts, CEO and president of The Ottawa Hospital.


In his role as CEO, Dr. Kitts led the hospital through a significant merger of the Civic, General, Riverside and Grace hospitals into a recognized academic tertiary hospital on three campuses. The forced merger included successful integration of the medical staff. With a budget of over $1 billion, the Ottawa Hospital is now one of the largest in Canada.


One of Dr. Kitts' most successful leadership approaches has been his open-door policy. Whether you are a front-line worker or a senior physician, Jack will always make time for you. An excellent mentor, he regularly meets with young physicians seeking career advice and guidance. Several members of the community have asked him to speak with their sons and daughters who are interested in pursuing medicine as a career, and he has met with them willingly.


His commitment to physician leadership and its clinical relationship continues as he practises part time in the pre-operative assessment clinic.


Dr. Kitts' recent appointment as chair of the Health Council of Canada demonstrates to all physicians the importance of physician leadership at the national level, as our health system is in a time of transformation. His position also indicates the importance of physicians finding time to undertake these additional leadership roles.


As CEO of the largest hospital in the Champlain local health integrated network, Dr. Kitts has played a pivotal role in the development of an integrated health system for this part of Ontario.


Dr. Dennis A. Kendel 2010

The CSPL Award recognizes physicians who make an outstanding contribution to the development and mentorship of medical leaders in the field of health services leadership and management. The 2010 recipient of the CSPL award is Dr. Dennis Kendel, Registrar and CEO of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Saskatchewan since 1986.


Dennis is outstanding not just in the direct effect of his significant contributions, but also in the manner of doing so. Many physician and health care leaders have benefited from his wisdom and describe him as mentor and a significant influence on their career paths. His warm welcome, patient approach, intrinsic drive towards innovation and excellence have transformed many a potentially difficult situation into a joint venture where everyone focuses on the common objective and enjoys the process of overcoming the inevitable obstacles on the path to success.


Born in Russell, Manitoba, Dennis Kendel earned his M.D. degree from the University of Saskatchewan and was awarded a fellowship of the College of Family Physicians of Canada in 1993. He has tirelessly served patients and the medical profession first as a practicing physician and then in his many roles within medical and health organizations: as President of the Saskatchewan Medical Association (1979-80), President of the Medical Council of Canada, President of the Federation of medical regulatory authorities in Canada, board chair of Saskatchewan Blue Cross, and a member of the Board of Directors of the Health Services Utilization Committee and presently is on the Board of Directors of the Health Quality Council focusing on improved patient care quality and safety by reducing medical errors and introducing improved practices.


Dennis is recognized provincially and nationally in the area of professional assessment and regulation and has raised the standard of medical care in Canada. He was an important champion in developing a national policy where all Canadian physicians were required to complete a minimum of two years of accredited postgraduate medical education and Medical Council Canada qualifying examination before being eligible for medical licensure in Canada. He was awarded the Saskatchewan Order of Merit in 2004 for his extensive contributions.


One of the founders of the CSPL, Dennis has served for many years on the board including several as Vice-President. The CSPL continues to expand and flourish as a direct result of Dr. Kendel's determined input in its first formative decade.


Dr. Karen Breeck 2009

Karen Breeck, an exceptional physician leader and a standing member of the CSPL, excels at all three criteria for the CSPL Excellence in Medical Leadership Award.


Leadership in a hospital or health region management role


Dr. Breeck displayed her excellent leadership skills in building the student wing of the Federation of Medical Women of Canada (FMWC). Over the last four and a half years, she has inspired many medical students and residents to pursue leadership opportunities and has ensured that student/resident representatives are heard at the FMWC board level. Dr. Breeck has also served as an educator in the Canadian Forces, providing lectures in aeromedicine and physiology to military student pilots and physicians in their flight surgeon course. Her love for student mentoring is also shown by her voluntary involvement in Ontario Medical Association and Memorial University student mentoring programs.


As Major Breeck, Karen has an impressive CV that highlights extensive training and leadership in aerospace medicine - a mix of preventive, community and occupational medicine. She completed a Canadian aerospace medicine fellowship/American aerospace medicine residency and is US board certified in preventive medicine. She also received a certificate for women's studies within her master's degree in health sciences (occupational health) from the University of Toronto. She is an elected fellow of the Aerospace Medicine Association and the American College of Preventive Medicine, running last year for the position of aerospace medicine regent. She is also an elected academician of the International Congress of Aviation and Space Medicine.


Karen has worked as physician lead in a number of civilian and military locations including northern Ontario, Greenwood (Nova Scotia), Goose Bay (Labrador), Moose Jaw (Saskatchewan), the Golan Heights (Israeli-occupied Syria), Geilenkirchen (Germany) and, while on secondment to the Canadian Space Agency in St. Hubert (Quebec). She has acted as peacekeeper for the chief of staff at a rural hospital, was team physician for the much-beloved Canadian Force's aerobatic display team the "Snowbirds," supported Canadian astronauts on shuttle missions from Johnson Space Centre, Texas, and provided Canadian medical oversight to casualties from Afghanistan transferred to Germany before evacuation back to Canada. She has also fulfilled several administrative tours of duty, including one in the office of the medical advisor to the chief of air staff at National Defence Headquarters. Currently, she is occupational health and environment physician with the directorate of Force Health Protection in Ottawa until 27 April when she retires after 20 years of loyal service to her country.


Commitment to enhancing the role of physicians in the management of health care delivery organizations


Dr. Breeck is committed to enhancing the role of physicians in the management of health care delivery organizations and has used her role as president of the FMWC to broaden the federation's role in the social and medical issues of concern to women in the community. She embarked on negotiations with the Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada (SOGC) and the Canadian Medical Association (CMA) to create a collaborative framework to further the mutual goals of these diverse organizations. FMWC is currently at the same location as the SOGC and shares infrastructure and services, where possible, to reduce administrative overhead costs. In 2007 and 2008, the FMWC partnered with the SOGC to deliver annual continuing medical education events at the same time to capitalize on the broad reach of membership across both organizations and enhance mutual awareness.


Significant contribution to leadership development within the CSPL or the CMA or one of its divisions or affiliated societies


During Dr. Breeck's term as president of the FMWC in 2005-2006, her extensive military experience led her to formalize many procedures and practices within the federation. She was able to negotiate an historic memorandum of agreement between the FMWC and the CMA that has ensured long-term collaboration between the two organizations. She also initiated discussions with the SOGC that allowed the FMWC to partner with this group to further women's health care in Canada. Karen Breeck is a transformational leader, who brings her unique skills, talents and perspectives to her work as a medical leader.


Dr. Judith Kazimirski 2008

Dr. Kazimirski is an exceptional executive physician leader and a long-standing member of the CSPL. She excels in all three areas evaluated for the 2008 CSPL Excellence in Medical Leadership Award.


Leadership in a hospital or health region management role


Dr. Kazimirski's contribution has spanned several decades of sustained commitment to hospital, regional and provincial health care organizations.


Until 2007, in her capacity as vicepresident of medicine for Capital District Health Authority (CDHA) in Halifax, Dr. Kazimirski was a structural and cultural change agent, who contributed significantly to the development of a patient-centred care environment in Nova Scotia. She was instrumental in creating a strategic framework for primary health care and developed leadership capacity to move forward on a primary health care reform agenda. She created an innovative district-wide Department of Family Practice supported by a community council and led in the development of a framework for chronic disease management in CDHA.


Earlier, Dr. Kazimirski served as senior medical director for the Central Regional Health Board of Nova Scotia and as chief of obstetrics, president medical staff, then board representative at the Hants Community Hospital, Windsor, Nova Scotia.


Leveraging her wealth of experience and expertise, Dr. Kazimirski has recently started a health systems consulting practice aimed at applying her health leadership insights to enhancing Canadian health care organizations. She is also currently a surveyor for the Canadian Council on Health Services Accreditation.


Commitment to enhancing the role of physicians in the management of health care delivery organizations


During her tenure at the CDHA, Dr. Kazimirski developed the medical infrastructure to support the amalgamation of 8 institutions and the academic health sciences centre and moved to one framework of medical staff bylaws, discipline processes, rules and regulations and affiliation agreements. She was successful in creating a district-wide culture that understands the new models of governance of the medical community.


Dr. Kazimirski's responsibilities included working with the Medical Society of Nova Scotia and the province's Department of Health to develop academic alternative funding plans (AFPs) and she successfully negotiated on behalf of the Departments of Surgery, Anesthesia, Family Practice, ENT, Neurosurgery, Pathology, Psychiatry, and Medicine. A framework for negotiating AFPs was created during this process.


She also developed a comprehensive physician resource plan for the entire district with full impact analysis of all physician positions and alignment with the business plans of the district health authority. Her office also dealt with all of the contractual frameworks for the physician community and administered a budget of over $20 million.


Dr. Kazimirski created and initiated implementation of a strategic plan to engage the over-700 medical staff in the district.


But perhaps, most important of all, she consistently led by example, demonstrating how physicians can be successfully engaged within the system. She has been very generous with her time and energy to the generation of leaders following in her footsteps, mentoring many physicians who are in positions of medical leadership today.


Significant contribution to leadership development within CSPL, CMA or one of its divisions or affiliated societies


While serving in elected positions in medical associations - president of the Medical Society of Nova Scotia (1985), CMA board member (1986-1989), chair (1989-1993) and president (1996-1997) - Dr. Kazimirski continually emphasized the importance of physician leadership development. She worked tirelessly to create greater opportunities to train physician leaders and for greater support and recognition of the work physician leaders do. She was directly responsible for the success of the CMA Leadership Workshop for Medical Women, an innovative development experience initiated in the 1990s to increase the number of women physicians in leadership positions.


Dr. Charmaine Roye 2007

It was with great pleasure that the CSPL presented its 2007 Excellence in Medical Leadership Award to Dr. Charmaine Roye at this year's annual conference in Ottawa.


The highest honour that the CSPL can bestow on one of its members, this award is given to those who have made an outstanding contribution to the development and mentorship of medical leaders in the field of health services leadership and management.


Dr. Charmaine Roye has been a long-time member of the Federation of Medical Women of Canada (FMWC) and has served on its Board of Directors since 1992. She became president of the FMWC in 1998 and, over the last 10 years, has actively mentored many of the current board members. As past president, Dr. Roye took on the job of representing the FMWC on the Canadian Medical Association's Committee of Affiliates. In 2004, she was chosen chair of the Committee of National Medical Organizations and represents that group at CMA board meetings. Over the past 15 years, Dr. Roye has also served in executive positions at the Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada, the Ontario Medical Association and the Brantford Hospital. Internationally, she was vice-president for the North American region of the Medical Women's International Association from 2001 to 2004.


Most important, Charmaine Roye brings enthusiasm and joy to her leadership work. Many medical leaders spend much of their time focused on problems and often appear overwhelmed and stressed. Dr. Roye is able to chair meetings of diverse groups of people and help them achieve consensus. She is always calm and states her opinions in a respectful and thoughtful manner.


Dr. Chris Carruthers 2006

Excellence in Medical Leadership Award launched in honour of the CSPL's founding president


Dr. Chris Carruthers became the first recipient of the CSPL's Excellence in Medical Leadership Award at the society's 8th annual meeting in May.


Dr. Carruthers was the driving force behind the creation of the CSPL approximately 8 years ago. He was the leader of a small group of Canadian physician managers who wished to develop an organization focused on the professional development needs of Canadian physicians in health care management positions or those who were contemplating careers as health system and organization managers and executives. Within 2 years, he brought the organization from concept to reality and has served as president of the society ever since. Under his leadership, the gap between the real management learning needs of physicians and the needs identified by groups providing educational offerings has narrowed, and the CSPL is being recognized as the professional association of choice for Canadian physician leaders and managers. He recently announced his intention to step down from the presidency in 2007.


Always a visionary, Dr. Carruthers proposed the concept of an annual award to recognize the efforts of outstanding physician leaders to the CSPL board last year.


"After we established the terms of reference, it became immediately obvious that Chris was the choice as the initial recipient. The "board also felt strongly that Dr. Carruthers' name be associated with the prize on a permanent basis," says Dr. Gaetan Tardif who chairs the CSPL's Award Committee. The next call for nominations will come this fall.


Biographical notes


Dr. Christopher Carruthers was born and raised in Sarnia, Ontario. He graduated from Carleton University with a BSc and went on to earn his medical degree at the University of Ottawa. He also holds an Executive MBA degree from Concordia University. Dr. Carruthers is a Certified Health Care Executive and a past surveyor for the Canadian Council on Health Facilities Accreditation.


Dr. Carruthers is a practising orthopedic surgeon with a special interest in total joint replacement and is currently chief of staff at the Ottawa Hospital and a member of the hospital’s executive.


He takes an active personal interest in the role of physicians in the management of health care resources, mentoring many each year. At the former Civic Hospital in Ottawa, he was chief of staff, vicepresident of medical affairs and president of the medical staff. In 1998, he became the first chief of staff of the Ottawa Hospital.


Dr. Carruthers has also served on several non-profit boards of hospitals and their foundations. He is past chair of the board of Ashbury College and currently sits on the Ontario Hospital Association Board.


Dr. Carruthers and his wife, Donna, are dedicated to health care. Inspired by their parents, who are long-time donors to hospitals in their communities of Sarnia and North York, they created the Chris and Donna Carruthers Legacy Endowment Fund of the Ottawa Hospital Foundation. Every year, the Carruthers family increases this fund by participating in and raising money during the Ottawa National Capital Race Weekend.




The CSPL presents this award annually to a physician who has made an outstanding contribution to the development and mentorship of medical leaders in the field of health services leadership and management. The nominee should demonstrate outstanding abilities in one or more of the following categories:


  • Commitment to enhancing the role of physicians in the management of health care delivery organizations
  • Leadership in a hospital or health region management role
  • Significant contribution to leadership development within CSPL or any related organization, hospital or program of local, provincial or national in scope




Dr. Chris Carruthers 2006