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Canadian Paediatric Society

Michel Weber Education Award

Established in 2008, the Michel Weber Education Award recognizes a CPS member whose work in medical and/or inter-professional education has had a significant and positive impact on learners in child and youth health.

Recipients receive both a commemorative plaque and a cash award of $1,000 to be presented at the CPS Annual Conference. The recipient will have all appropriate travel expenses and conference registration covered and will receive complimentary CPS membership for one year. 

Current recipient(s): Dr. Susan Bannister

Dr. Susan Bannister

Dr. Susan Bannister is known locally, nationally and internationally as an innovative teacher, committed mentor and outstanding educational leader. She has been the Paediatric Undergraduate and Clerkship Directors at two Canadian universities – Western University (2004-2008) and University of Calgary (2008-present) - and in those roles has led a large number of curricular renewal initiatives and innovations that have directly improved the student experience and learning environment.

For nearly eight years, Dr. Bannister was Chair of the Paediatric Undergraduate Program Directors of Canada (PUPDOC) and led this group to become a dynamic, collaborative organization. During her time as chair, she revitalized the group and led the development of canuc-paeds, the Canadian undergraduate curriculum in paediatrics. 

Dr. Bannister is currently an Associate Professor of Paediatrics at the University of Calgary, and an attending physician on the Clinical Teaching Unit at the Alberta Children’s Hospital.  She is President of COMSEP, the Council on Medical Student Education in Pediatrics.  As the first Canadian in this role, she is leading the strategic renewal of this international organization with particular foci on engaging relevant health education organizations in collaborations, and on developing programs and initiatives to engage members more fully in the organization to both enhance their own careers and the paediatric undergraduate educational programs that they lead across North America.

About Dr. Michel Weber

Dr. Michel Weber was a passionate paediatric educator. His teaching focused not only on the needs of his students, but reflected his desire to teach in a relaxed atmosphere based on mutual respect of educator and learner.

Dr. Weber completed his paediatric residency at the Université de Montréal. In 1973 he began practicing paediatrics at le CHU Sainte-Justine. He quickly ascended the academic ranks to become assistant professor in 1979 and full professor in 1988. He sat on the Université de Montréal medical education committee for 18 years. As an educator, Dr. Weber believed in the value of teaching with case reports. He touched many different aspects of teaching including the pre-clinic phase of medical education, residency training and continuing medical education and wrote many books to help fill a void when there was a lack of French resource books.

Dr. Weber received many awards throughout his life in recognition of his important contribution to teaching.


Candidates must:

  • Be CPS members who are paediatricians or paediatric subspecialists.
  • Have a long history of involvement in paediatric educational initiatives that may include teaching, curriculum development, evaluation, educational administration/leadership, publication of educational research, scholarly articles on education, development of educational policy, etc.
  • Have a significant impact (national and/or international) in the delivery of education in paediatrics, and/or
  • Have made an innovative educational contribution to paediatric education, and/or
  • Have demonstrated sustained excellence in teaching.

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


Submissions must include the following:

  • Letters of support from the nominator and seconder, both of which are CPS members, describing how the nominee meets the above criteria. The seconder must have been a recipient of the nominee’s educational contributions.
  • An updated curriculum vitae for the candidate

Submit your nominations using the Submit Nomination button.

This award is sponsored by the University of Montreal’s Department of Pediatrics.

Past recipients


Dr. Élisabeth Rousseau


Dr. Mona Jabbour


Dr. Jean-François Lemay


Dr. Sarah E. Lawrence


Dr. Robert Hilliard


Dr. Jonathan Kronick


Dr. Anna Jarvis


Dr. Wade Watson

Last updated: May 22 2018