Lifetime Achievement Award

Nominations are closed for 2019

2019 CAPO Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient:
Dr. Thomas Hack

For over two decades, Dr. Hack has conducted research into coping with cancer, and communication between cancer patients and health professionals. He is the author of 100+research publications and book chapters, and the recipient of several grants from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and the Canadian Cancer Society Research Institute.

Dr. Hack sits on the Seamless Patient Experience Committee of the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer, and formerly served on the Cancer Survivorship Advisory Panel and the Standards and Guidelines Advisory Group of the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer. He served on the CAPO Board of Directors from 2002-2013, serving as its President from 2009-2011. Dr. Hack was the inaugural Dorothy J. Lamont Scientist with the Canadian Cancer Society Research Institute in partnership with the Canadian Institutes of Health Research.  He received the Queen’s Golden Jubilee medal in recognition of his research.

This annual award honours a CAPO/ACOP member who, in the opinion of the Awards Committee and the Board of Directors of the association, has made exceptional and enduring career contributions to Psychosocial Oncology.

  • This award shall be presented to recognize a Canadian individual who, in the opinion of the Awards Committee and the Board of Directors of the association, has made exceptional and enduring career contributions to Psychosocial Oncology.

  • Eligibility is limited to members in good standing of CAPO (for at least 2 years prior to the nomination).

  • Nominators do not need to be CAPO members. It is the responsibility of the nominators to obtain permission from the nominee to put their name forward for the award.

  • The Lifetime Achievement Award replaces the original CAPO Award of Excellence. The winners of the original CAPO Award of Excellence are ineligible to receive the Lifetime Achievement Award.

  • Click here to view the Lifetime Achievement Award Terms of Reference.

Application Process

  • Application for the award will consist of a curriculum vitae or resume of the nominee, together with a letter of nomination and one letter of reference from individuals familiar with the nominee’s contributions. The letter of nomination will specifically state why the nominee is deserving of the award by providing evidence for how the individual has, over the course of their career, given exceptional and enduring career contributions to Psychosocial Oncology in the areas of research, education, clinical practice, and/or policy.

  • Complete nomination packages must be submitted electronically to the Chair(s) of the Awards Committee (c/o the CAPO office) by no later than April 30, 2019. Submissions should be in PDF format – in one file.

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  • Nominations and supporting documentation can be submitted in either French or English.

  • If no suitable recipients are nominated, no award will be given.

  • There is no monetary value to this award.

     Recent winners of the Life Time Achievement award:

  • 2019 – Dr. Thomas Hack (MB)

  • 2018 – Dr. Gerald M. Devins (ON)

  • 2017 – Dr. Joan Bottorff (BC)

  • 2016 – Gina MacKenzie (BC)

  • 2015 – Diane Manii (ON)

  • 2013 – Dr. Scott M. Sellick (ON)

  • 2012 – Dr. Gary Rodin (ON)

  • 2011 – Dr. Mary Jane Esplen (ON)

  • 2010 – Dr. Harvey Max Chochinov (MB)

    Prior to 2010, this award was called the CAPO Award of Excellence. The prior winners of the CAPO Award of Excellence before the change in the award structure were:


  • 2009 – Esther Green (ON)

  • 2008 – Jill Taylor Brown (MB)

  • 2007 – Dr. Lesley Degner (MB)

  • 2006 – Dr. Zeev Rosberger (QC)

  • 2005 – Dr. Barry Bultz (AB)

  • 2004 – Dr. Margaret Fitch (ON)

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