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The Canadian Critical Care Society (CCCS) offers a variety of awards, including the following:

Congratulations to all of the winners!

CIHR-ICRH/CCCS Distinguished Lecturer Award 

The CIHR Institute of Circulatory and Respiratory Health (ICRH) and the Canadian Critical Care Society (CCCS) have established an annual Distinguished Lecturer in Critical Care Sciences Award in recognition of an individual's outstanding contribution to the advancement of critical care sciences in Canada. The selected candidate will be an outstanding scientist who has conducted the majority of his/her research in Canada and who has contributed to the advancement of critical care sciences.

2023 CIHR-ICRH/CCCS Distinguished Lecturer Award in Critical Care Sciences

Dr. Jamie Hutchison

Dr. Jamie Hutchison has led and collaborated on multiple high-impact studies of molecular mechanisms, clinical translational biology studies and clinical trials focused on critical illness. These include studies of cardiac arrest, traumatic brain injury, transfusion medicine and septic shock. The current goal of Dr. Hutchison’s research program is to improve survival and quality of life among survivors of acquired brain injuries. He has been awarded 69 peer-reviewed research grants over his career, 24 as principal investigator (PI) and 45 as a co-investigator (Co-I), with more than $16 million as PI or Co-PI and more than $120 million as a Co-I. He has published 113 Peer-Reviewed articles and has had multiple visiting professorships and presentations at national and international academic hospitals and meetings. He is the Past-Chair of the Canadian Critical Care Translational Biology Group (CCCTBG), the current Co-chair, with Dr. Alexis Turgeon, of the Canadian Traumatic Brain Injury Research Consortium (CTRC), funded by CIHR, and a member of the International Initiative for Traumatic Brain Injury Research. He has trained more than 20 graduate students and post-doctoral research fellows in his laboratory and mentored multiple pediatric critical care trainees in research. He also helped start and lead highly successful research trainee programs for the Canadian Critical Care Trials Group, the CCCTBG and the CTRC. He is advocating to designate moderate to severe TBI as a chronic condition in Canada on behalf of patients and their families, the CTRC and Brain Injury Canada.

2022 CIHR-ICRH/CCCS Distinguished Lecturer Award Winner

Dr. Margaret Herridge

Dr. Herridge completed her MSc and MD at Queen’s University and her Respiratory and Critical Care training at the University of Toronto. She completed her research training at the Channing Laboratory/ Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston and her MPH at the Harvard School of Public Health. She is a Professor in the Department of Medicine, a Senior Scientist in the Toronto General Hospital Research Institute, Director of Critical Care Research for the Interdepartmental Division of Critical Care Medicine, Director of the RECOVER Program/Grace RECOVER Program for Chronic Critical Illness and co-lead of CANCOV (Canadian Multi-centre 2-year follow-up of patients/caregivers after COVID-19). She has published extensively on patient and caregiver outcomes after critical illness.  

She has received several national and international research distinctions including the Dr. F. Marguerite Hill Lecturer (2015), Honorary Member of the European Society of Intensive Care Medicine (2016), Lifetime Achievement Award in Critical Care from the American Thoracic Society (2018), the University of Toronto Eaton Scholar Researcher of the Year Award (2019), the Deborah Cook Mentorship Award from the Canadian Critical Care Trials Group (2020) and has been inducted as a fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences (2021). 

2019 CIHR-ICRH/CCCS Award Winner

Dr. Jacques Lacroix

Dr. Jacques Lacroix is professor, Department of Pediatrics, Faculty of Medicine, Université de Montréal. He is working at the Centre Hospitalier Universitaire Sainte-Justine and its Research Centre. He is teaching pediatric critical care medicine, general pediatrics and epidemiology. He co-founded the Pediatric Acute Lung Injury and Sepsis Investigators (PALISI) Network in 2002. He received the PALISI Leadership Award in 2014 and the “Deborah J. Cook Mentorship Award” (Canadian Critical Care Trials Group) in 2016. His main topics of research are transfusion medicine, trauma, and multiple organ dysfunction syndrome in critically ill children. He wrote 267 papers, 95 chapters, 294 abstracts, posters and free papers, and a textbook (Lacroix J, Gauthier M, Hubert P, Leclerc F, Gaudreault P, éds. Urgences et soins intensifs pédiatriques. 2e édition, Paris & Montreal: Massonn & Les Éditions de l’Hôpital Sainte-Justine, 2007:1368p). He gave 307 invited lectures, including 158 outside Canada. He completed three large randomized controlled trials, the TRIPICU study (N Engl J Med 2007;356:1609-19), the ABLE study (N Engl J Med 2015;372:110-8), and, with Marisa Tucci and Phil Spinella, the ABC-PICU trial (NCT01977547). Many international organizations have sought his expertise (Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development; National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute; Société de réanimation de langue française; Society of Critical Care Medicine). He was an Associate Editor of the journals Trials and Jornal de Pediatria, and is a Senior Editor of Pediatric Critical Care Medicine.

Frank Rutledge Award for Excellence in Critical Care Teaching

This is a unique award open to any adult or pediatric critical care clinical teacher in Canada. It has been developed in partnership between the Critical Care Western at The University of Western Ontario, the Canadian Critical Care Society (CCCS) and the Critical Care Canada Forum. 

Critical Care Western has undertaken to raise funds to support the prize. The CCCS and the Critical Care Canada Forum will provide the venue for presenting the award and support for the winner as a Forum speaker.

Any staff physician involved in full or part-time clinical teaching of residents in a Canadian academic critical care training program (adult or pediatric) is eligible. The nominee must be a member in good standing of the Canadian Critical Care Society at the time the nomination is reviewed. Any critical care resident can make a nomination. Alternatively, a group of critical care residents may submit a joint nomination. Several letters signed by different residents but part of one academic training program may better convey the strengths of the nominee than a single letter signed by multiple residents.  The letter(s) should be detailed outlining the qualities of the candidate. Specific examples illustrating these qualities are helpful. It must provide the name and contact information for the nominee.

2020 Frank Rutledge Award Winner

Dr. Dominique Piquette

Dr. Piquette is a critical care physician and educator whose research focus is on medical education. She is particularly interested in postgraduate training and continuing medical education. Using quantitative and qualitative methods, her research aims to understand better the conditions that foster or compromise learning in acute clinical environments and to develop strategies to optimize learning without compromising patient safety.

About the Association

The Canadian Critical Care Society (CCCS) is the National Specialty Society, representing Adult and Paediatric Critical Care Medicine physicians in Canada. The practice of Critical Care Medicine in Canada is multidisciplinary and CCCS members hold base specialty certification in anaesthesia, medicine, paediatrics, emergency medicine or surgery and some surgical subspecialties such as cardiac surgery and neurosurgery.

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