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Canadian Paediatric Society

Noni MacDonald Award

Established in 2004, the Noni MacDonald Award is given annually in honour of the founding editor of Paediatrics & Child Health, the peer-reviewed journal of the Canadian Paediatric Society. It recognizes an author(s) whose article, published in the journal during the nomination year, has positively affected paediatrics, such as by raising awareness of an issue, presenting new scientific research, or instigating or potentially instigating change.

Current recipient(s): Bonnie Leadbeater, PhD et al

Bonnie Leadbeater, PhD et al

The Noni MacDonald Award recognizes an article in Paediatrics & Child Health that has positively affected paediatric medicine. This year’s award goes to the authors of an article published in the March 2017 issue of the journal titled “Frequent marijuana use and driving risk behaviours in Canadian youth”. 

Lead author Bonnie Leadbeater, PhD is a Professor in the Psychology Department at the University of Victoria. She holds degrees in Nursing and Educational Psychology from the University of Ottawa and in Developmental Psychology from Columbia University, New York. Dr. Leadbeater is the lead investigator of the Victoria Healthy Youth Survey, which followed a cohort of Canadian youth across a decade spanning from adolescence to young adulthood (2003 to 2013). She has led in the publication of over 30 studies related to these data. Her current research, funded by a CIHR Catalyst Grant, is examining trajectories of their marijuana use, including their predictors and their impact on young adult physical and mental health, academic and economic outcomes, and relationships in this formative phase of life. She works extensively in collaboration with the Vancouver Island Health Authority to ensure the relevance and dissemination of this important work. Her co-authors are Megan, Ames, PhD; Paweena Sukhawathanakul, PhD; Murray Fyfe, MD; Richard Stanwick, MD and Jeff Brubacher, MD.

About Dr. Noni MacDonald

Dr. Noni MacDonald was the founding editor of Paediatrics & Child Health. Dr. MacDonald has had a distinguished career in paediatric medicine and is a tireless advocate for the health and well-being of children and youth. She has held several university and hospital appointments, published extensively, garnered generous research support over many years, and contributes her expertise to numerous federal and provincial regulatory bodies.


  • Nominee(s) must have published an article in Paediatrics & Child Health in the previous year.
  • The article published must have contributed to changes in policy or practice that have improved, or have the potential to improve, the health of children and/or youth.
  • A selection panel will rate each nomination on these criteria:
    • significance of contribution,
    • importance of subject or problem,
    • quality of presentation.
  • Nominees need not be CPS members.
  • Members of the following groups are not eligible for the award:
    • Paediatrics & Child Health Editorial Board
    • CPS Board of Directors
    • CPS Awards Committee


  • A letter of support from the nominator clearly describing this contribution using the criteria listed above. Maximum three pages.

Submit your nominations using the Submit Nomination button.

Past recipients


Dr. Jeff Brubacher et al


Evelyne Trottier, MD, et al


Sherri Lynne Katz MD, et al


Sarah E. Lawrence MD, et al


Kristy Wittmeier PhD and Dr. Brandy Wicklow


Dr. Moshe Ipp and Dr. Anna Taddio


Dr. Ziad Solh and Dr. Kristi Adamo PhD


Dr. Daniel Trefler


Dr. Robert Harrison


Drs. Susan Rvachew and Rita Paul Sen-Gupta, Margaret L. de Wit and Dr. David McKeown


Dr. Drs. Susan Rvachew and Robert Savage


Dr. Harvey Guyda


Dr. Alice Chan-Yip

Last updated: May 22 2018