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Canadian Paediatric Society

Alan Ross Award

Established in 1976, the Alan Ross Award is the most prestigious honour given by the Canadian Paediatric Society. The award recognizes lifelong excellence in the fields of paediatric research, education, healthcare and advocacy.

The award is presented during the CPS Annual Conference. The recipient is awarded a commemorative plaque and a gift of $2,000 and complimentary CPS membership for one year. 

Current recipient(s): Dr. Denis Daneman

Dr. Denis Daneman

Dr. Denis Daneman is a highly accomplished health care leader with a record of achievements that have profoundly shaped the face of paediatrics. Denis was born and raised in Johannesburg, South Africa, where he completed his medical degree in 1973. In 1975 he immigrated with his family to Canada where he joined SickKids as a resident and in 1981, became a staff endocrinologist. From 1993 to 2006, Denis was the Head of the Division of Endocrinology and in 2006, he was named Paediatrician- in-Chief at SickKids and Chair of the Department of Paediatrics at the University of Toronto.

As a clinician and scientist, Denis has focused his career in the discipline of endocrinology, specifically the care of children with diabetes. He co-chaired the first diabetes clinical practice guidelines in Canada and continues to be involved in guideline development. He has has led work necessary to understanding nephro-protection in high-risk adolescents and to determining risk factors for the development of type 1 diabetes and its complications. He has also been involved in a number of multicenter international trials, published over 250 papers, and co-authored three books.

Among Denis’s many accomplishments include the evolution of the Complex Care program, social paediatrics and global child health research at Sick Kids. These programs have changed the lives of many paediatric patients and their families. He has also been a mentor and supporter of numerous paediatricians that have gone on to have successful careers in both academic and community paediatrics. He has received many awards and honours for his contributions, most recently his investiture as an Officer of the Order of Canada.

Denis is an unapologetic Canada-Phile, a committed bibliophile, and ardent advocate for child health and well-being. He delights in watching the flourishing of his patients, his trainees, his children and grandchildren.

About Dr. Alan Ross

Alan Ross was a distinguished and recognized leader in Montreal paediatrics for over 40 years. As Physician-in-Chief for 15 years at the Montreal Children’s Hospital and Chair of the Department of Paediatrics at McGill University, Dr. Ross earned an international reputation for his work in child health. His very special qualities along with his many talents made him an outstanding and well-respected physician, leader and teacher.

In 1968, Dr. Ross became the founding Professor of Paediatrics at the University College Medical School in Nairobi, Kenya. There, he encouraged a new approach to medical education, encouraging paediatricians from the western world to come to Africa and share their knowledge. As a result, many African paediatricians have stayed in their homeland to provide desperately needed medical care rather than move to more developed countries. To this day, many paediatricians inspired by Dr. Ross continue his important work the world over. 


Nominees should be individuals who have made outstanding lifetime contributions in the field of child and youth health throughout their careers. The recipient must be a Canadian resident but need not be a member of the CPS.

The Awards Committee will evaluate candidates based on:

  • The extent of the candidate’s contribution to child and youth health.
  • The significance of the candidate’s contribution to the welfare of children and youth.
  • The candidate’s local, national and/or international influence on child and youth health matters.
  • The candidate’s sustained contribution to child and youth health through involvement in research, education, clinical care and advocacy (in at least three of the four areas) over a period of time.

Nominations must be formally resubmitted each year to be reconsidered. Current CPS board and Awards Committee members are not eligible for nomination and cannot nominate candidates while serving their terms.


Submissions must include:

  • Letters from both the nominator and seconder, both of whom are CPS members, describing the candidate’s contribution to paediatrics and its significance to the welfare of children and youth. Maximum three pages.
  • Updated curriculum vitae for the candidate.

Submit your nominations using the Submit Nomination button. 

Sponsored by an unrestricted grant from Abbott Nutrition.

Past recipients


Dr. Heather Dean


Dr. Brent Scott


Dr. Marie Gauthier


Dr. Danielle Grenier


Dr. Jacques Lacroix


Dr. Peter Dent


Dr. Noni MacDonald


Dr. Roger Tonkin


Dr. Victor Blanchette


Dr. Harvey Guyda


Dr. David Scheifele


Dr. Robert Usher


Dr. Graham Chance


Dr. Frederick Andermann


Dr. Robert Haslam


Dr. Judith Hall


Dr. Barry Pless


Dr. Peter Rosenbaum


Dr. Dan Offord


Dr. Geoffrey Robinson


Dr. Richard Goldbloom


Dr. John Bowman


Dr. Claude C. Roy


Dr. Ross E. Petty


Dr. Jack Sinclair


Dr. Robert Salter


Dr. André L’Archevêque


Dr. Charles R. Scriver


Drs. Donald & Elizabeth Hillman


Dr. Henry G. Dunn


Dr. Donald Fraser


Dr. Alvin Zipursky


Dr. John Gerrard


Dr. Victor Marchessault


Dr. Harry W. Bain


Dr. Jessie Boyd Scriver


Dr. Albert Royer


Dr. Harry Medovy


Dr. Bruce Chown


Dr. Henri J. Breault


Dr. Alan S. Ross


Dr. John F. McCreary

Last updated: May 23 2018