The Lawson Impact Awards is an annual event that honours research making a difference and acknowledges the unique accomplishments of our scientists, staff, trainees and partners.

2017 Lawson Impact Awards

Date: Wednesday, April 19, 2017
Location: London Convention Centre
Keynote Speaker: Dr. Dave Williams, CEO of Southlake Regional Health Centre

The fourth annual Lawson Impact Awards will take place on Wednesday, April 19, 2017 at the London Convention Centre. 

The evening will feature dinner, awards and a keynote address from record-breaking astronaut, aquanaut and researcher, Dr. Dave Williams, CEO of Southlake Regional Health Centre.

From space shuttle missions to working in the world’s only underwater ocean laboratory, Dr. Williams is Canada’s first dual astronaut and aquanaut. In addition, he has worked as an emergency room doctor and Director of Emergency Services at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, and as Director for the McMaster Centre for Medical Robotics where he led a team dedicated to developing innovative technologies to assist in the development of local and remote patient care.

The Awards

With an awards competition in seven categories, the Lawson Impact Awards recognize excellence in academics, leadership, training, operations, industry and innovation.

  • Scientist Career Award: The Scientist Career Award was established to recognize excellence in research at Lawson Health Research Institute (Lawson). Research effectiveness is demonstrated by the degree to which the scientist has had a relevant and sustained impact through contributions in his/her field of study, is able to stimulate and challenge the research ability of students, communicates research results effectively and maintains a mastery of his/her subject area as demonstrated by national/international profile. The award recipient will receive an award of $10,000, and his/her name engraved on a plaque displayed within Lawson.
  • Innovation Award: The Innovation Award recognizes outstanding researchers for a publication or an awarded patent that demonstrates innovation (discovery + implementation/impact). All publications/patents are evaluated on the following five criteria: discovery; influence of the findings in the field of research; demonstrated evidence that these findings will change or improve understanding; impact of the research on the lives of patients; and how the research supports Lawson’s strategic vision. The award recipient will receive an award of $7,500, and his/her name engraved on a plaque displayed within Lawson.
  • Dr. Joseph Gilbert Research Contribution of the Year Award: Dr. Joseph Gilbert was the Chief Administration Officer of Lawson from 2000-2006. The Dr. Joseph Gilbert Research Contribution of the Year Award was established in 2006 upon his retirement to recognize his work as a physician, academic, researcher, and executive. The recipient of the award will be a scientist who has had a recent publication that describes a significant contribution to research. The award recipient will receive a prize of $5000, and his/her name engraved on a plaque displayed within Lawson.
  • Staff Award of Excellence: The Staff Award was created in 2002 to honour the contributions of dynamic, hardworking individuals at Lawson Health Research Institute. The Award recipient will receive a cash award of $1,000, and his/her name engraved on a plaque displayed within Lawson.
  • Leadership Award: The Leadership Award Fund was established with the St. Joseph’s Health Care Foundation in 2002 by Miggsie Lawson to honour her long-time friend, Sister Mary Doyle. The recipient of the Lawson Leadership Award exhibits the same leadership qualities as Sister Mary Doyle, e.g. acts as an advocate for health research in the community, supports activities at Lawson, and demonstrates social responsibility. The Award recipient will receive a cash prize of $1,000, and his/her name engraved on a plaque displayed within Lawson.
  • Industry Partner of the Year Award: The Industry Partner of the Year Award was established in 1997 to recognize industry that understands and supports research. The award is given to private sector partners that help Lawson move closer to its goal of improving the quality of health care in Canada and around the world.
  • Community Partner of the Year Award: The Community Partner of the Year Award was established to recognize the generosity of donors to hospital-based research. The recipient of the award is an individual or an organization who values and philanthropically supports medical research, and by doing so, has had a positive impact on Lawson research, and ultimately the patients we serve.