OEMAC Meritorious Service Award Recipients
J. Donald Johnston
Lily S. Cheung
D. Linn Holness
Jean Anne Farmilo
W. Keith C. Morgan
Walter F. Prendergast
James R. Nethercott
John R. Martin
John L. Weeks
John W.F. Cowell
Elizabeth R. Dawson, R.N.
Edward S. Gibson
James P. Gracie
James W. Charters
Fred C. Mills
J.A. David Brunet
Douglas R. Warren
OEMAC Meritorious Service Award Recipients
2018- Susan Tarlo
Dr Susan M Tarlo is a respiratory physician and a Professor in the Department of Medicine at the University of Toronto with an academic cross-appointment in the University of Toronto, Dalla Lana Department of Public Health. Her main clinical staff appointment is at the University Health Network, at Toronto Western Hospital, where she is head of the Occupational Lung Disease Clinic and has a focus on asthma and allergic respiratory disease. She has research appointments at the Gage Occupational and Environmental Health Unit in Toronto, St Michael’s Hospital Li Ka Shang Research Institute and University of Toronto Institute of Medical Science and the Centre for Research Excellence in Occupational Disease at St Michael’s Hospital where she also has a WSIB occupational lung specialty clinic. Her research interests and publications are mainly in work-related asthma and occupational allergy. She has over 200 peer-reviewed publications, and in 2018 was awarded the American Thoracic Society, Environmental, Occupational and Public Health Assembly, John Peters Award for outstanding contributions to occupational or environmental medicine through leadership in research, education or public health, and the OEMAC Distinguished Service Award.
2016- Doug Hamm
Dr. Hamm is a specialist in occupation medicine practicing in Victoria and Vancouver. He is a clinical assistant professor in the School of Population and Public Health at UBC and provides referral consultations to community physicians at the Occupational Medicine Clinic at Vancouver General Hospital and third-party assessments to employers, unions, insurers, and legal parties. He has had a longstanding interest in enhancing the occupational medicine skills of family physicians through chairing the examination committee of CBOM for 10 years and currently is co-facilitating a pilot program for the University of Alberta’s Foundation Course in Occupational Medicine in BC.
2015 – Dr. Maureen Cividino
Dr. Maureen Cividino, Occupational Health Physician with St. Joseph’s Healthcare and Medical Consultant IPAC to Public Health Ontario, completed her B.Sc.N. at Lakehead University (summa cum laude) as well as her MD and family medicine residency at McMaster University.
Dr. Cividino kept a busy family practice for several years and in 1998 she obtained her CCBOM certification from the Canadian Board of Occupational Medicine and Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety (DOHS) from McMaster. From that time on she has worked in both health care and industry providing occupational health services. She was a medical advisor at Petro-Canada and Vale for several years. She has also worked in hospital health care since 1992 and continues to provide services to St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton and NHS. She has maintained her Certification in Infection Prevention Control and Epidemiology originally obtained in 2008 and provides IPAC Physician support to Public Health Ontario. She is a member of the Provincial Infectious Diseases Advisory Committee (PIDAC) Infection Prevention and Control Committee. Dr. Cividino is Co-Chair of the OHA/OMA/MOHLTC Communicable Disease Surveillance Protocols Committee (CDSPC), Past-Chair of the OMA Section on Occupational and Environmental Medicine and Past- President of the Occupational and Environmental Medical Association of Canada. She has promoted the field of Occupational Health with dedication, energy, and leadership.
2015 – Dr. Kenneth Corbet
Dr. Kenneth Corbet graduated from the University of Calgary with his MD and subsequently completed residencies in both Family Medicine and Occupational Medicine. He is now an associate professor at both the University of Calgary and University of Alberta. He has taught Occupational Medicine at all levels –undergraduate, graduate sciences, graduate clinical, and continuing medical education.
Dr. Corbet possesses many achievements in his professional career. He has received many awards as a teacher including the “great teachers” award at the University of Calgary. He has developed and analyzed the membership survey for OEMAC on three occasions and recently did the same for OMSOC. He was a Royal College examiner for 10 years and chaired the exam committee from 1997 to 1999. He has contributed to the development of Occupational Medicine in Alberta as President of the section of Occupational Medicine from 2010 to 2014, as well as being Secretary Treasurer for OEMAC form 1992 to 1996 and chair of the Continuing Professional Development Committee (CPDC) for an amazing 14 years. He has chaired the planning committees for OEMAC in Alberta in 2000 and the excellent conference that was held last year in Edmonton. His passion for evidence-based fitness for duty has led to development of the CAPP standards for the offshore Oil and Gas industry and numerous CSA standards committee memberships. He has contributed to Occupational medicine in so many ways—as a teacher, a researcher, an OEMAC and OMSOC Board and executive member, but most of all as a mentor and respected advisor.
2014 – Dr. Martine Baillargeon MD, FRCS(C), DESS, CSPQ
Dre Baillargeon first completed a specialist training in Plastic Surgery at the Université de Montréal and became Board Certified in this discipline. After practicing Plastic Surgery for a few years, she reoriented her practice in 1989 to Occupational Health and became medical advisor in the Occupational Health team of the Department of Public Health in Montréal. She then completed a 2nd degree training in ergonomics at the Université du Québec à Montréal in 2000 and got a certification as a Specialist in Occupational Medicine in 2011 from the Collège des Médecins du Québec when the specialty was officially recognized in this province.
Clinical Assistant Professor in the Département de Medicine and the Département de santé environnementale et de santé au travail at the Université de Montréal, she has been very active in developing occupational medicine teaching at different levels. Among other things, she has piloted a group reviewing the Medical Council of Canada (MCC) Objectives for the Qualifying Examination, for Occupational Medicine, and has recently been appointed to the Board of Examiners of the Council. She is currently setting up a group of physicians to determine the basic competencies in OM for undergraduate training across Canada. At the Université de Montréal, she is responsible of developing a curriculum in occupational medicine teaching at the undergraduate level, and has participated in the development of the Occupational Medicine residency program. She is the first author of a textbook chapter on worker’s health used by medical students at the Université de Montréal and of an article published in 2011 on the teaching of occupational medicine at the undergraduate level. She is also author or collaborator in numerous publications focusing on work related musculoskeletal disorders and ergonomic work analysis.
Currently, Dre Baillargeon practices at the Clinique de médecine du travail et de l’environnement du Centre Hospitalier Universitaire de Montréal (CHUM), serves as a medical adviser in the Department of Public Health in Montréal, and has been a medical assessor to the Commission des lésions professionnelles, the tribunal of appeal for decisions made by the Commission de la santé et de la sécurité au travail, for more than15 years.
2014 – Nicola Cherry MD, PhD, FRCP, FRCP (C), FFOM Nicola Cherry is an occupational epidemiologist who graduated in medicine and epidemiology from McGill after obtaining a PhD in occupational psychology at the University of London (UK). She has worked in occupational health on both sides of the Atlantic, first with the UK Medical Research Council, then at the Institute for Occupational Health at the London School of Hygiene, followed by time in Quebec, at the IRSST, and then at the McGill School of Occupational Health and the Department of Epidemiology. From there she returned to the UK to be Director of the Centre of Occupational and Environmental Health at the University of Manchester and Head of the School of Epidemiology and Health Sciences. She returned to Canada in 2000, and until 2006 served as Chair of the Department of Public Health Sciences at the University of Alberta, where she is currently Director of the Division of Preventive Medicine. She has wide research interests including surveillance, intervention and its evaluation, molecular markers and the effects of chemicals on the nervous and reproductive system. In 2012 she established the Foundation Course in Occupational Medicine for Community-Based Physicians, now offered across Canada.
2014 – Dr. Louis Patry
After completing his medical studies at Laval University and practicing Family Medicine for several years, Dr. Louis Patry conducted training in Ergonomics and Physiology of work at the Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers (CNAM) in Paris. In 1990, he got a Specialty degree in Occupational Medicine from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada
He taught ergonomics and work physiology at Laval and McGill Universities. Since 2010, he is the Director of the Specialty training program in Occupational Medicine at University of Montreal. He also held several positions on the Specialty Committee in Occupational Medicine at the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada including the chair position of the Specialty Committee from 2006 to 2012.
Dr. Patry led from 1996 to 2001, a project to implement a distance education training program in Occupational Health in five African countries in collaboration with McGill University and the University of Lille in France. This project was funded by the Centre for Research and International Development of Canada (IDRC) and the International Occupational Health Commission (ICOH). In 2000 he was elected on the ICOH Board and was, from 2006 to 2012, the ICOH National Secretary for Canada.
Besides his role as medical advisor in Occupational Health at the Montreal Department of Public Health, he was from 1999 to 2014, the Director of the Interuniversity Occupational and Environmental Health clinic (IOEHC) located at McGill University Health Centre (MUHC). Currently he is practicing at the Occupational and Environmental Medical Clinic located at the Centre hospitalier de l’Université de Montréal (CHUM)
2013 – Howard Hamer, FCBOM, MSc(A), FCFP, CCFP Dr. Hamer has been involved in Occupational Medicine since early in his career. For many years he coupled the practice of Occupational Medicine to his Family Practice. Mid career he studied and achieved his Masters Degree in Occupational Medicine from McGill University and was awarded his FCBOM in the same year. Presently he is practicing Occupational Medicine full time. He is the Medical Director of the Function & Pain program, a WSIB specialty program at the University Health Network in Toronto that is dedicated to return injured workers with Chronic Pain back to work. Additionally, he consults to various industries such as the City of Toronto, Canadian Blood Services, AMEC NSS, Baycrest Health Centre, TevaCanada, Kinectrics, Gerdau Steel, Teknion and Magellan Aerospace. He is also actively engaged in disability management and assessment. Dr. Hamer lectures at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health in the Disability Prevention Program led by Dr. Patrick Loisel. He is a past president of OEMAC, a member at large on the Section for Occupational & Environmental Medicine of the OMA for many years. He has also served as Chief of Family Medicine at Humber Memorial Hospital.
2013 – Oscar Howell, FCBOM, MSc(A) Dr. Oscar Howell is a graduate of Memorial University of Newfoundland and McGill University with a MSc(A) in Occupational Health and a Fellow of Canadian Board of Occupational Medicine. He has had a rich career in Occupational Medicine providing service to many industries including health care, offshore oil industry, Department of National Defence and Telecom-Information technology service as a consultant and corporate medical officer. Dr. Howell has served as Chief Occupational Medical Officer for the Province of Newfoundland and Labrador and has provided consultation to the Workplace Health and Safety and Compensation Commission. He has been accepted as an expert witness in arbitrations, court and Human Rights hearings. Dr. Howell is Clinical Associate Professor at Memorial University of Newfoundland, Faculty of Medicine, and has taught Occupational Medicine. He has been a member of OEMAC since 1989 serving as Treasurer and President and a member of CBOM since 1998.
2013 – Stephen Martin, BA, MD, CCFP, MSc, ABPM(OM), FCBOM Steve obtained a BA in Philosophy and his MD from the University of Toronto. He then went to the Hôpital Notre-Dame in Montréal for his internship. His first 12 years in family practice were spent at the Centre Médical Notre-Dame-de-Grâce in west end Montréal and at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital where he became Chief of Family Practice. Gillette Canada and Shell Canada were his first forays into occupational medicine. Alcan Aluminium then became a full time position for 24 years during which he became involved the development of programs to prevent occupational disease. Steve was active in the Association des médecins du travail du Québec, OEMAC, president of CBOM from (2004-2006) and an OEMAC examiner for many years. He was president of the organizing committee of the OEMAC 2013 Scientific Conference. He has been teaching Occupational Medical Practice at McGill University since 2007 and is now semi-retired and living in Westmount, Quebec.
2011 – Jeremy Beach, MBBS, MD, FRCP(Edin), FFOM, FRCP(C), FCCP Jeremy Beach is currently Professor in the Department of Medicine and Residency Program Director for the Occupational Medicine residency program at the University of Alberta. He has held this post since 2002. As well as overseeing the residency program he contributes to other undergraduate and graduate teaching at the University of Alberta, and he is active in a number of research projects. He trained in Medicine at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne, UK qualifying in 1983. He subsequently worked in General Internal Medicine completing the MRCP(UK) exam in 1986, and then moved to a research position studying asthma in shipyard workers. He went on from this to train as a specialist in Occupational Medicine, completing training in 1996. In his work in Occupational Medicine he has combined work in academia; work in industry, becoming Senior Medical Officer with a major multinational engineering company; and work in the health service.
2010 – John Quinn, MD, MROCC I have always wanted to be doctor and obtained my MD from Dalhousie University in 1975 and took over two general practices in 1976 in Hampton, New Brunswick. Despite offers to return for speciality training, I stayed in general practice for 34 years enjoying every minute as I saw thousands of patients each year and delivered at least 1000 babies over my career. I also worked part time as an Emergency Room physician for 16 years. The general practice was in a rural area where I was the first medical resource. The situation and people were great and I loved every minute. During the first year the Federal DOT Marine division approached me to be a designated marine doctor as many marine concerns had put my name forward (I put myself through medical school working on ships as a dock hand). A few years later I became a designated Health Canada physician dealing with fitness issues and regulatory physicals. I continue to have this deignation. In my 16th year of practice I was recruited by JD Irving Ltd (15,000+ employees) to be a 1/2 time physician. This position continued for 20 years (twice turned down full time position). I met Dr. Carin O’Shea when I first began with JD Irving and Dr. O’Shea became my mentor and drew me into OEMAC. Within a short time, I was on the OEMAC board, representing New Brunwsick and then I joined the executive of OEMAC. OEMAC was going through a lot of changes at this time including a stronger focus on individual members gaining increased education and a significant part of their practice being occupational medicine. As this issue was resolving internal forces regarding speciality training and recognition became of concern. It was at this time that I became president of OEMAC. In addition for many years I represented OEMAC and occupational medicine at the CMA including attending the CMA annual general meeting. Through my efforts and others the CMA Committee of Affiliates was given a bigger role at CMA annual general meeting including better sitting positions at meetings, a private meeting room, recording of COA issues and block voting. As I finished my presidency of OEMAC I then moved on to chairman of the board of OEMAC. During this time I attended numerous meetings of ACOEM and among other things developed an interest in the realm of drug and alcohol in the workplace and became the 8th doctor in Canada to obtain the MROCC. In retrospect, OEMAC gave me far more that I gave OEMAC in the field of education, networking and wonderful dear colleagues and friends. I spent years learning all the time about occupational medicine. Into my 2nd year chairing OEMAC I became seriously ill with cancer requiring major surgery, chemo and radiotherapy and as side effects I suffered a heart attack and was stented on two occasions. As I was struggling to survive, one day at @120 lbs and weak, I decided the thing that wold do me most good was to return to work. This I did , despite employers and employees saying I was too sick. Occupational medicine practice saved my mind and my life as I slowly got better. Not being physically able to work 14-16 hours per day, I closed my general practice. As part of recovering, I became a Civil Aviation doctor and a few months later a Canadian Standards Association Level I dive physician. I work out of my private office having left JD Irving Ltd approximately 2 years ago and I service many industries and employers locally, nationally and internationally. I have always been interested in people and their work and effect upon their health and the roles I now do fulfil that interest. My concern regarding Occupational Medicine is the limited training that is given in Medical School. About 10 years ago I helped lobby the Dean of Medicine, Dalhousie University, to increase Occupational Medicine’s role. Now Dalhousie has a campus in Saint John, New Brunswick with a funded chair in Occupational Medicine. I expect the class of 2014 will have some formal hours of Occupational Medicine. I was truly honoured and humbled to receive OEMAC’s Meritorious Service Award. My OEMAC colleagues found something in me to warrant such an award – this is truly one of my prized possessions.
2010 – Suzanne Arnold, RN, B.A., M. Ed., Ph.D.
Dr. Suzanne Arnold has been in the Occupational Health field for over 30 years – first in clinical nursing positions in industry, and since 1985, as an instructor in the specialty. Suzanne has worked in the mining industry in Labrador City; in the petrochemical fields of Alberta & the chemical plants in Sarnia Ontario; in the community college teaching/learning environments of London (Ont.) and Toronto; and in the McGill University Occupational Health Program.
Suzanne holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Western Ontario, and a Master’s degree at the University of Toronto. Suzanne also earned her doctoral degree (PhD) from the University of Toronto.
Suzanne has been a Faculty member at Lambton College, Fanshawe College, Humber College and George Brown College in Ontario. From 1999 to 2007, Suzanne was the Associate Director of the Occupational Health Program, Master of Science degree at McGill University – On her retirement in 2007, Dr. Arnold held an appointment as Assistant Professor, Faculty of Medicine at McGill. Suzanne continues with a post-retirement appointment at McGill.
Suzanne has been invited to make numerous presentations in Canada and abroad, and has an extensive list of publications to her credit. Most recently, Dr. Arnold co-authored, with Dr. Tee Guidotti, a textbook for occupational health practitioners: “Occupational Health Services: A Practical Approach”, 2/ed. Routledge, London (UK).
Dr. Arnold has been awarded the OOHNA Lifetime Achievement Award (2000), a Certificate of Appreciation from the Ontario Hospital Association (2000), the OEMAC Meritorious Award (2010) and the COHNA Award of Excellence (2011) for her contributions to Occupational Health and to Occupational Health Nursing.
2009 – Joel Andersen, MD, MSc, CFPC, CFPC, FCBOM, CIME I am a graduate of Queens University Kingston, and am a fully qualified medical practitioner licensed by the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario, and hold certification in Occupational Medicine from the Canadian Board of Occupational Medicine, since 1995. I am certified by the American Board of Independent Medical Examiners, since 1999. I have represented a variety of clients including insurance companies, corporations, unions, the legal profession, in the court setting, and am considered to be an expert witness in occupational health matters. I act as Medical Director for a number of Corporations, handling Occupational Health and Safety and accommodation/disability management Issues. I am an assistant professor in the Division of Clinical Sciences, Northern Ontario School of Medicine, and an adjunct professor in the School of Public Health, Lakehead University. I am research coordinator for the family medicine program and am the director for the Foundation Course in Occupational Medicine at the Northern Ontario School of Medicine. I have served on the OMA section of occupational medicine, being chairman for 3 years. I have been a board member, and president of Canadian Board of Occupational Medicine, as well as a board member of the Occupational Environmental Medical Association of Canada. I practice in Northern Ontario, based in Sudbury.
2008 – Gilles Theriault, MD, FCBOM, MPH, DrPH, CSPQ Gilles Thériault is Emeritus Professor at McGill University. His career was dedicated mostly to teaching and epidemiological research in occupational health. He held successively the functions of Director of the School of Occupational Health (1983-1993), Chair of the Department of Occupational Health (1993-1995) and Chair of the Department of Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Occupational Health (1996-2001) of the Faculty of Medicine. He became Emeritus Professor in 2010. He currently works part time at the Interuniversity Clinic of Occupational and Environmental Health located at the Montreal Chest Institute. Dr. Thériault is the author of several publications and book chapters in occupational medicine and occupational epidemiology. He set in place and delivered a distance learning MSc Programme in occupational health that has been offered by McGill University for two decades. His major field of research is the epidemiology of occupational diseases and occupational cancer.
2005 – David Dunham, MD, MHSc, CCFP, FCBOM, FRCPC After an exciting, yet frustrating, 12 years in Family Practice, the Workers Compensation Board of British Columbia opened the doors to Occupational Medicine, a Master’s Degree and ultimately, a Fellowship. This speciality, where innovation and thinking “outside the box” are the norm, provided the opportunity to work with peers on tripartite regulatory committees, to teach, to learn and to mentor, and to make a positive difference in the workplace at Bayer, and other people’s lives. This was rewarding and fun. This award was a surprise!
2005 – J. Donald Johnston
2004 – Sol E. Sax, BASc, MD, CCFP, DOHS, FCBOM, FRCPC, FCFP Although a family physician at heart, Sol started his occupational career in 1980 as a staff physician with Ontario Hydro ( Now OPG/Hydro One) and became chief physician in 1986. He spent 2 years as a self-employed consultant with Boeing Canada, and Toronto Star Newspapers as Medical Director (1989 to 1991), and subsequently spent almost 20 years with the DuPont company first as Medical Director for Canada and then as Global Medical Director. Since leaving that role in 2007, he has worked for many different organizations including GE in the part-time role of Medical Director – Canada since Jan 2013, GSK, Hamilton Hospitals Assessment Center, Tonolli, Kinross gold, Vale –Inco, and others. He has been a Medical Consultant to the WSIB, AECB and been involved in many international committees, task forces and advisory boards. Sol has been a member of the Toronto YMCA health advisory committee, and an executive on numerous professional organizations, including Treasurer for the Occupational and Environmental Medical Association of Canada (1997-2002), President of the Ontario Society for Occupational and Environmental Medicine and Chair of the Alliance of SHE professionals of Ontario. He is a past chair of the OMA section of Occupational and Environmental Health. He is a lecturer in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto and Assistant Professor at the Northern School of Medicine. He has also been an examiner for both the Royal College and the Canadian Board of Occupational Medicine.
2004 – Robert Kosnik
2003 – Lily S. Cheung, FRCP(C)
2002 – D. Linn Holness, MD, MHSc, FCBOM, FRCPC, FFOM(Hon) Linn Holness is a professor in the Dalla Lana School of Public Health and Department of Medicine at the University of Toronto where she is involved in teaching occupational health and occupational medicine at the undergraduate medicine, graduate and postgraduate levels. She is the Chief of the Department of Occupational and Environmental Health at St Michael’s Hospital and leads the WSIB Occupational Disease Specialty Clinic. She is the Director of the Centre for Research Expertise in Occupational Disease which focuses on common non-malignant occupational diseases. She is an occupational medicine physician whose research interests include occupational skin and lung disease, and occupational health services. Her main research interests have been focused on prevention, health care utilization, diagnosis, return to work and outcomes related to occupational skin disease.
2002 – Tee Guidotti, MD, MPH, FRCP, FFOM, FCBOM, DABT QEP(C), was Professor of Occupational Medicine in the Department of Public Health Sciences at the University of Alberta from 1984 to 1998, named Killam Annual Professor in 1996. He established the Occupational Health Program, which then launched numerous studies and initiatives important to occupational medicine in Canada, including the first active Royal College-approved fellowship training program (in 1990), and the Distance Learning Program (in 1991). Among other contributions, he edited Occupational Health Services: A Practical Approach, was a co-founder of the Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment, chaired the influential Task Force on Ecosystem and Human Health of the Canadian Public Health Association, and served on the Board of OEMAC. Dr. Guidotti trained in internal, pulmonary, and occupational medicine, all at Johns Hopkins. His academic career spanned three decades in the US and Canada, and he is now an international consultant.
2001 – Pat Mills
2001 – Ciaran O’Shea, MD., FCBOM A medical graduate from the Royal College of Surgeons & Physicians in Ireland, Ciaran conducted general practice in St Johns, NL from 1974 to 1990 when he became full time in occupational medicine advising many organizations. He joined OMAC and was mentored by great Occupational Physicians including Dr.s. Prendergast, Mills, Gibson, Cowell, Mastromatteo, Gascon, and others. Having served on the OMAC BOD (1991-2004), and it’s Executive (1992-2000), he served as President from 1996-98. Ciaran attained initial certification by CBOM in 1990 and served on the CBOM executive as Sec/Treas (1992-96). He was honored to deliver the Mastromatteo oration in 2010. Ciaran is President of Atlantic Offshore Medical Services (AOMS) of which he is co-founder. He received the Business Recognition Award from the Canadian Occupational Health Nurses Association in 2003 for his work in elevating the quality and level of emergency and occupational health care delivery offshore and in remote locations.
2000 – W. Keith C. Morgan
Keith Morgan died on 1st April 2007 in Ontario, Canada in his 77th year. The husband of the late Barbara Scott Morgan (2005); he is survived by his three children and their spouses– Gwyn and Jayne; Rick and Stephanie; Janet and Paul – and four grandchildren, Brenna, George, Garreth and Martha.
Dr. Morgan qualified as a doctor at the University of Sheffield, UK, in 1953. He emigrated to the United States, as did so many UK graduates at that time in 1957, and moved to London Ontario in 1978. A world renowned specialist in Thoracic and Pulmonary Diseases, he authored and/or contributed to over 50 textbooks and more than 170 articles including his most famous though by no mans most important paper “The rape of the phallus ” which successfully antagonized those surgeons who made a living from circumcision His positions included Chief of Staff, University Hospital, London, Ontario; Head of the Pulmonary Diseases Section, UWO; Director, Chest Disease Services UWO; Professor of Medicine and Chief, Pulmonary Diseases Section, West Virginia University, Morgantown WV; Director, Appalachian Laboratory for Occupational Respiratory Diseases, WV; Chief, Medical Research Station, Appalachian Laboratory, Occupational Respiratory Disease, U.S. Public Health Service. He served as The President of the Maryland Thoracic Society; Chairman of the Environmental Health Committee of the American College of Chest Physicians; Member of the Advisory Board for Occupational Health & Safety Resource Centre, UWO; Member of the Ontario Ministry of Labour Applied Research Awards Committee; President of the Canadian Thoracic Society; and as a board member of the Scientific and Policy Advisors, American Council on Science and Health, among others. He was an Emeritus Professor of Medicine at the University of Western Ontario.
With his passing ends an era; a fierce competitor and articulate campaigner for that which he knew to be the truth, he left in his wake many a sophist and self satisfied administrator strafed by wit and penmanship. Many a resident’s lackadaisical use of the English language resulted in a verbal upbraiding that to this day resonates in their ear when they hear the word “basically”.
2000 – Bernard Gascon, FCBOM, MD The first twenty years of my medical activities were in family medicine. After a short session at the University of Orono, Maine, Institute of Occupational Hearing Loss, I started to be involved in occupational medicine in 1978. Firstly, as medical director at Domglas and Consolidated Bathurst packaging. In 1987-1988, I did a mini Residency in Occupational Medicine, in San Francisco. I then became assistant Medical Director of Consolidated-Bathurst, and in 1988 Medical Director of Consolidated Bathurst, which eventually became Stone-Consolidated and later Abitibi-Consolidated, up to 1999. Since 1999, I am medical advisor in the Commission des Lésions Professionnelles du Québec (which is an appeal tribunal for work related diseases and accidents). During those years in occupational medicine, I was involved in many occupational medicine scientific and annual meetings of OEMAC and AMTQ. I have also been involved as a member and Education committee of AMTQ (Association des Médecins du travail du Québec) and member and President of OEMAC. I have been a member of CPPD Fact Finding Mission on Health issues in Key European Countries in 1992 and participating member of People’s Ambassador Program in Occupational health in China 1990 and invited physician by the Société des médecins du travail de l’Ouest de la France, in Saumur in 1998.
2000 – Jean Anne Farmilo, FCBOM, DIH, CCFP
1999 – Walter F. Prendergast
1999 – Ernest Mastromatteo
Ernie had a long and distinguished career in occupational health and safety in Manitoba, Ontario and internationally. In fact, Ernie is considered a pioneer of occupational health and safety in Ontario. Ernie’s first job as a physician was Medical Director for a rural health unit in Virden, Manitoba. He recalls that the health unit comprised four towns and seven municipalities covering an area of about 2,500 square miles.
In 1952 Ernie moved back to Toronto and joined the Division of Industrial Hygiene within the Ontario Department of Public Health under the leadership of Dr. Grant Cunningham. Despite the pressures of a steadily growing family, Ernie found time in the early 1950s to become active as a reservist in the Canadian Army medical corp.
Ernie’s career in the Ontario government progressed smoothly, and in 1968 he became Director of the Industrial Hygiene Division, which later became the Environmental Health Services Branch.
In 1974 Ernie was approached by the International Labour Organization (ILO) and he moved to Geneva, Switzerland and began a new phase of his career that opened up an international perspective for him. In 1976 upon his return to Canada, Ernie left government service and became Director, Occupational Health for International Nickel (INCO Limited) in Toronto. Ernie stayed with INCO until 1985 when he became a Program Director for Occupational and Environmental Health with ORC Canada. In 1994 Ernie became a private consultant and continued to provide expert witness testimony in litigation proceedings both in Canada and the U.S.A.
The Mastromatteo Oration, an award conferred on individuals making a significant contribution to occupational health in Canada, was established in Ernie’s honour in 1991 by the Occupational and Environmental Medical Association of Canada. In 2007, Ernie was made an honorary member of the Royal College of Physicians of Canada for his many contributions to occupational medicine.
1999 – Albert Cecutti, CCBOM
1998 – James R. Nethercott
Dr. Nethercott was born in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada on Oct. 27, 1943. He married his high-school sweetheart, Virginia Ewan Peart, an exceptional woman, whose wit and charm carried over into her many activities, including gardening, racquet sports, and managing her husband’s practice. His father owned car dealerships in Hamilton and imparted to his son an appreciation of cars, as well as a practical understanding of human psychology, which later served him well in medicine.
After receiving his MD degree from Queen’s University in Kingston, Canada, he went on to complete residencies in internal medicine and in dermatology at the University of Toronto. In 1974, he became a diplomate of the American Board of Dermatology and a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. He began his academic career at the University of Toronto, teaching and publishing on a range of topics, including African histoplasmosis and novel therapies for epidermolysis bullosa dystrophica, Behçet’s syndrome, psoriasis, and histiocytosis X. His research later focused on contact dermatitis caused by substances encountered in the workplace.
In 1988, after an impressive academic career at the University of Toronto, Dr. Nethercott was recruited by Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. Board certified in preventive and occupational medicine, he became the head of the occupational medicine program. Dr. Nethercott was particularly interested in health hazards caused by commercial and industrial products, focusing on patch and photopatch testing for diagnostic and prognostic information. He studied the work-related illnesses of many professions and touched the lives of miners, printers, farmers, performing artists, and watermen in addition to those exposed to formaldehyde and chromium among other numerous substances. He served on national and international boards and advisory commitees, including the U.S. Army’s Gulf War Veteran’s Syndrome Committee and was Chairman of the Task force on Smoking Reduction Strategies.
Reviewer for 14 journals, he was on the editorial board of four, including this Journal. He was the author of more than 100 scientific journal articles and 19 book chapters.
Dr. Nethercott’s belief that evolving computer systems would transform medicine was an inspiration to those around him. He was an ardent proponent of pooling information to create databases so that the relationship between epidemiologic data and the biologic effects of environmental exposure on workers would become apparent. He was also an expert advisor on personal computers and could always perfectly and graciously solve any computer-related problem given to him by his colleagues.
Jim and Ginny shared a love of sailing and painstakingly restored a classic sailboat in which they enjoyed many golden afternoons on the Cheseapeake Bay with their family and friends.
1998 – Alice Dong, FCBOM, APBM(OccMed)
Alice Dong is a Canadian and American Board certified occupational health physician and a fellow of ACOEM (American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine). Dr. Dong has worked in both the public and private sectors including Northern Telecom, Bell Canada, WSIB, City of Toronto, St. Michael’s Hospital and RBC Insurance. During the majority of her occupational medical career, she served as a full time Medical Director of Occupational Health Services at a Toronto teaching hospital where she became widely acknowledged for her expertise in the health care sector. Dr. Dong has served as Chair of the Canadian Board of Occupational Medicine, Chair of the OMA Section of Occupational and Environmental Health, Chair of the OMA committee on Work and Health and continues to be engaged in relevant professional associations. Active in community service, with her medical background, her appreciation of a healthy workplace, and an understanding of corporate governance, she served nine years on the Governing Council of the University of Toronto, the last two as Vice Chair, as a member of the Board of Directors of Women’s College Hospital and as a member of the Board of Directors of the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board of Ontario.
1998 – Ian M. F. Arnold, MD, MSc, CSPQ, FCBOM, FRCPC, DOHS, CEA, CRSP Dr. Arnold completed his M.D. at Queen’s University at Kingston in 1968. He practiced in Labrador and Nouveau Québec (1973-1981) as a general surgeon and as an Occupational Health (OH) consultant with Quebec Cartier Mining Ltd and the Iron Ore Company of Canada. After 3 years with the Alberta government in senior OH roles (1981–1984), he joined Dow Chemical Canada Inc. He was Dow Canada’s Corporate Medical Director when he moved to Noranda in 1991, as the Corporate Medical and OH Director. From 1996 until 2001, Dr. Arnold held senior corporate roles in Health, Safety, and Environment at Alcan Inc. and was also Vice-President of Alcan International. Dr. Arnold has published and/or presented over 100 papers and has received several honours for his work in OH and workplace psychological health and safety including OEMAC’s Meritorious Service Award. He has also presented the Canadian Board of Occupational Medicine’s (CBOM) Memorial Lecture and the Occupational and Environmental Medical Association of Canada-s (OEMAC) Mastromatteo Oration. In 2012, he was named the recipient of the annual Canadian Workplace Wellness Pioneer Award and also received the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal for his work in occupational health and workplace psychological health and safety.. In teaching assignments, Dr. Arnold has held appointments with several Canadian Faculties of Medicine and is currently an Adjunct Professor at McGill University. Since 2002, Dr. Arnold has worked as a consultant to the International Aluminium Institute, the International Council on Mining and Metals, Rio Tinto, Activation Analysis Inc., TDV Global, EEM, and Sun Life. He is also an active volunteer in roles related to workplace psychological health and safety and as a volunteer Board member with several organizations.
1997 – C. F. Muir
1996 – John R. Martin
John Martin has contributed substantially to occupational medicine research, teaching, and government service, often as a lone voice in the province with few colleagues:
- He conducted the landmark Labrador West Dust Study, a major contribution to occupational lung disease research in Canada, and continues to make important contributions to the study of the association between silicosis and scleroderma.
- He has served the government of Newfoundland in numerous capacities, often as the sole consultant available in occupational medicine, as Chief Medical Officer for 8 years, and as a member of the Ocean Ranger inquiry.
- He is representative of a “grand tradition” in occupational medicine, having distinguished himself as a leader in one medical specialty (rheumatology) before moving into occupational medicine, bringing with him a keen sense of scientific curiosity and outstanding research acumen.
- He has taught occupational medicine at Memorial University for many years, when it would have been easy to “retreat” back to clinical specialization in rheumatology.
- His combined interests in Northern medicine and occupational medicine have made him an influential and respected figure in Atlantic Canada (including election as President of the Newfoundland Medical Association).
1994 – MacDonald Caza
1993 – John Markham
Dr. John Markham was a leading exponent of occupational medicine in Saskatchewan for 18 years, almost alone at times. He played a major role in government policy and designing OH&S legislation in that province. He is perhaps best remembered, however, as an outstanding teacher and mentor at the University of Saskatchewan. He subsequently moved to Alberta and was for five years on the faculty of the University of Alberta, leaving in November 1992. While there, he achieved two particularly noteworthy accomplishments, each with national implications: He organized and served as first Director of the first Canadian Occupational Medicine Residency Training Program. He also established the Distance Learning Program in Occupational Medicine, based on the highly successful Continuing Education Project of the University of Manchester. Today, he continues his interests in international occupational and environmental health issues on the staff of the federal International Development Research Centre (IDRC).
Dr. Markham is therefore honoured for making rigorous and effective specialty training in occupational medicine accessible to a generation of physicians in this country.
1993 – John L. Weeks, MD, CCFP, FCFP, MPH, FCBOM, FACOE
John Weeks received the Meritorious Service Award of OEMAC in 1993. He was recognized for the enormous contribution he made to Canadian occupational medicine as a leader of the Canadian Board of Occupational Medicine. He played a huge role in making it a sturdy pillar of the field in Canada. John was a noted expert on radiation-related hazards and a keen proponent of nuclear energy and peaceful uses of nuclear technology. His other passion was aviation medicine.
John was born in 1926, in Bath, England. In 1943, at the age of 17, he joined the British Army and was mustered in to the Gurkha Rifles. He was later transferred to the Indian colonial army, rising to the rank of captain. He served in India and in what was then quaintly called the Far East. In 1947 he demobbed and returned to the UK, where he enrolled in Saint Thomas Medical School under a special program for returning servicemen.
John graduated with the MBBS in 1953. Just two years later, after hospital appointments for clinical training in obstetrics and internal medicine, including at St. Thomas, he joined the medical staff of London Transport. During his three years there he obtained the Diploma in Industrial Health, in 1957. Aside from two years working as a family physician in Newfoundland, he practiced occupational medicine for the rest of his career, retiring in 1992. He passed away on 15 October 2006, aged 80.
John was most closely associated with the Whiteshell Nuclear Research Establishment, in Pinawa, Manitoba. He joined the Establishment in 1962, and served as the Director of Health and Safety Division. In that capacity he was responsible for the full range of normal occupational medical services and also specialized surveillance for radiation-related hazards. He administered a sizeable research unit, consisting of 45 staff, mostly devoted to epidemiological surveillance of workers potentially exposed to radiation. He was an advisor to the United Nations Environmental Programme and the International Atomic Energy Agency. He published extensively, on both radiation health effects and on the toxicology of coolants used in nuclear reactors. Much of his work was published in bulletins of the Atomic Energy of Canada Ltd. But several appeared in the occupational medicine literature and were reviewed in setting the threshold limit value for polychlorinated biphenyl compounds (PCBs) in the 1970’s.
John discovered the field of occupational medicine early and became its most enthusiastic promoter. He always described himself as a “shop-floor plant physician” and by that he meant to express pride and excellence in the practice of occupational medicine. He taught at the University of Manitoba, examined candidates for the Royal College fellowship examinations, and was active in the Permanent Commission (now the International Commission) on Occupational Health.
However, John is most remembered in Canadian occupational medicine for his contributions to CBOM over the years, as one of the first applicants (in 1980 –the pioneers went through the process themselves) in various offices, as President (1989 – 1991), as a representative in discussions with the Royal College, and as an examiner and administrator and registrar. He was an indefatigable correspondent, bombarding CBOM officers and committee members with scores of letters devoted to improving the organization and the process of certification. Applications from almost all of the candidates for CBOM certification, at every level, passed through his hands during the 1980’s and 1990’s, and he examined a large proportion of them. He wrote detailed evaluations of their preparation and when they would be eligible, for review by other members of the qualifying committee. He was generous, rigorous, and fair. He pondered long and hard on questions such as whether OEMAC and CBOM should merge (the decision was that they should not) and the relationship between CBOM and the Royal College (he saw CBOM as the primary care level of medicine and Royal College fellows as specialists). He was particularly interested in attracting family physicians to occupational medicine, believing that their multivalent talents and broad background prepared them better than most specialty training programs.
1993 – Rodney May
Rodney May has had an extraordinary career in occupational medicine in Canada and is largely responsible for much of the government and academic infrastructure of the specialty that remains today in three provinces:
- He served as one of the first directs of (at that time) Industrial Health Services in the government of Alberta and in that capacity built the service into what became Alberta Occupational Health and Safety.
- In that capacity he was responsible for setting up the Gale Commission, which led to reform of the basic Occupational Health Act (still in effect as a then – progressive piece of legislation), the restructuring of the Alberta government agency, and the establishment of systems to support occupational health and safety research and education in Alberta.
- He later served the government of Nova Scotia and Ontario in similar positions with great effectiveness.
- In each government position he held, he advocated increased support for university training programs, leading directly to the establishment of university resource centres at U. Toronto, Queens, Western, Waterloo, and Lakehead, and (in Alberta) the Occupational Health Nursing Program at Grant MacEwan Community College and indirectly (through the Gale Commission) at the University of Alberta.
- He served as a tireless advocate for specialty fellowship certification in occupational medicine by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, at a time (late 1970’s) when there seemed little hope.
- He serves as a personal bridge to British occupational health through his continued involvement in affairs on both sides of the Atlantic.
- He cofounded the Alberta Occupational Health Society (which is still a vital, functioning organization) and as a key member of numerous influential committees and organizations, including the Executive Board of the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (and as advocate for an effective and scientifically vigorous centre).
1992 – Peter Palmear
1992 – John W. F. Cowell
1992 – James P. Gracie
June 4, 1922 – July 10, 2016
He served as a bomber pilot in the RCAF, for which he was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross. Jim began his MD at the University of Saskatchewan and completed it at the University of Toronto in 1950. He was a well-regarded General Practitioner in North Toronto for 25 years and was the Medical Director for Union Carbide of Canada for 10 years. Jim led a life that was rich in all things that mattered to him and Lil: family, friends, his patients, community and his church. He loved them all. Jim was an avid golfer and a member of York Downs GC for over 60 years.
1992 – Elizabeth R. Dawson, R.N.
1992 – Edward S. Gibson
1990 – James W. Charters
1990 – Fred C. Mills
1989 – Franklyn Hicks
1989 – Blair Orser
1988 – Serge Donati
Dr. Donati was quite an amazing human being. The love of his life for many years was his wife Clare, followed closely by his five children and, not too far behind came his love for “medicine du travail” – occupational medicine. He graduated as a physician from Laval University in 1949 and shortly there afterwards, married Claire. After three years of specialist training (EENT), he was lured to the remote north shore of the St. Lawrence river and the towns of Godbout (east of Baie Comeau) and then Labrieville where went in to general practice – the kind where you did everything because you had little in the way of back-up help and at times were totally isolated from the rest of the world and had to use all manner of transportation to get around. Serge decided early on that he wanted to widen the scope of his practice and, about the time he moved to Godbout, he started work with Quebec Hydro, Quebec North Shore Paper, and St. Regis Timber. After moving to Labrieville, he continued working with Hydro Quebec. In 1959, Serge moved to Gagnon (until 1964), still as a general practitioner, but also undertaking other roles with the local hospital and with Quebec Cartier mining.
Opting to practice occupational medicine on a full-time basis, he moved to Montreal in 1964 and then Quebec City in 1966, as the eastern zone medical director for Bell Canada – a position he held until 1974 when he returned to his much loved north shore, in Port Cartier, as the medical director for Quebec Cartier Mining Limited – a position he held until 1982. It was during this time that he hired and mentored this author for his first role as a part-time occupational health physician with QCM, – a role which later evolved into a full time role at the Iron Ore Company of Canada.
In 1982, Serge moved back to the Montreal region as Nortel’s medical director – a position he held until 1989. Not content with ending his career there, he continued to work for the CSST as an assessor in the appeal court for work related occupational disease until 1998.
When Serge died in April of 2000, he could count many significant achievements over his lifetime. Throughout his career, he spoke at numerous conferences in Canada and France, often on hearing loss at work and alcoholism. He considered the latter as an illness, in and of itself, with repercussions for both the employee’s work life and personal life.
He was a caring family physician, and an innovator in advancing workplace health in remote (and not so remote) areas of Canada. He mentored younger occupational health physicians and nurses and encouraged them in their chosen profession. Serge was a tireless advocate for his profession – active in many professional organizations including roles with the Ontario and Quebec Occupational Medical Association (the forerunner of OEMAC) and as a director of the AOMA (1976 to 1979).
In 1988, Serge was recognized by his peers for his work in Occupational Medicine and was chosen to receive the Meritorious Service Award.
1988 – J. A. David Brunet
1987 – J. H. Baillie
1987 – Douglas R. Warren