CFAS Awards intend to recognize and honour professionals for outstanding contributions in the field of Reproductive Medicine and Science.

Recognition Awards

Background

The Award of Excellence in Reproductive Medicine is an honour reserved for members of the Canadian Fertility and Andrology Society for an outstanding contribution to and leadership in the field of Reproductive Medicine and Science. As well, the nominee should demonstrate tremendous dedication to advancing the field of Reproductive Medicine and Science in research, clinical activity, teaching and consulting activities by meeting the criteria listed below. This award is given annually if a nominee of sufficient merit is presented.

Description of the Award

The award comprises $1,000.00 CAD cash and an invitation to attend the President’s Dinner at the Annual Meeting, where a trophy is presented to the recipient by the President of the Society and the recipient is invited to say a few words. Registration, airfare and two (2) nights of accommodation to attend the Annual Meeting are reimbursed.

Eligibility Criteria

This is awarded to a nominee who has been a CFAS member in good standing for five (5) years and whose activities are consistent with aims, objectives and bylaws of the Society. Most of the nominee’s activities and body of work must have taken place in Canada.

Research and Clinical Activities

  1. Recognized as an innovator and scholar by peers – this should be proven by other scientific awards and invitations to participate in scholarly activities, such as symposia or workshops.
  2. Applied experimental and clinical results to the benefit of society.
  3. Shared research and clinical experience willingly with other members of the medical and scientific community through various activities, such as offering expert advice, demonstrating new techniques, etc.
  4. Conveyed his/her original research and clinical results lucidly and in a timely manner to his/her peers via journals and scientific meetings.

Administration and Leadership

  1. Provided service to the field, such as organization of meetings, participation in international, national or provincial public advisory groups, and communication with lay support groups, public relations and related activities.
  2. Participated actively in professional societies and/or associations.
  3. Acted as editor or in another capacity (i.e. reviewer) in scholarly publications.
  4. Taught students of various levels and/or helped to develop and provide CME/CPD.

Nomination Process

There is a formal call for nominations every year no later than the end of March and closing on June 15th to assist the Awards Committees with formulating their recommendations in time for presentation of the awards at the Annual Meeting.

  • The nominator and the seconder must be CFAS members in good standing and must provide the following:
    • A completed nomination form.
    • A brief summary, biography or résumé about the candidate.
    • Evidence of the candidate’s eligibility in the form of testimonials, evaluations, assessments, descriptive materials and/or other documents.
    • An up-to-date CV of the nominee.
    • Letters of support from colleagues and the public may be included.
  • If no nominations are received, the Awards Committee can make their own recommendations to the Board of Directors.

Selection Process

  • The Awards Committee is comprised of the three (3) most recent Past-Presidents of the Society and is chaired by the immediate Past-President.
  • The committee meets (by teleconference) no later than June 30 of the given year to review the nominations or propose a nomination and makes their recommendation.
  • The Chair of the Awards Committee submits the recommendation to the Board of Directors, whose decision must be unanimous in order for the award to be given. The decision of the Board is final, and the Board reserves the right to grant no award in a given year if no nominees of sufficient merit are presented.
  • The President of the Society informs the recipient(s) of their selection.

Background

The Creative Achievement in Reproductive Endocrinology (“CARE”) Award and the Laboratory Innovation in Fertility and Embryology (“LIFE”) Award were established in 1998 to recognize and reward outstanding accomplishments by a CFAS member who is a registered nurse or laboratory technician currently working in an ART clinic in Canada. In 2007, the award was expanded to include all CFAS Special Interest Groups (SIGs). The newly created CARE and LIFE Award is a patient-focused award and no longer reflects the original acronyms. It is intended to recognize distinguished, self-directed achievement as evidenced by commitment, initiative and innovation in either service or research. This award is given annually if a nominee of sufficient merit is presented.

Description of the Award

The award comprises $750.00 CAD cash and an invitation to attend the President’s Dinner at the Annual Meeting, where a trophy is presented to the recipient by the President of the Society and the recipient is invited to say a few words. Registration, airfare and two (2) nights of accommodation to attend the Annual Meeting are reimbursed.

Eligibility Criteria

The CARE and LIFE Award is intended to recognize and honour professionals who have had a positive impact on ART services in Canada. Hence the award was established to: 1) foster the tireless spirit of achievement demonstrated by the professionals of the CFAS Special Interest Groups who continue to advance the field of reproductive endocrinology; 2) recognize and reward ideas, innovations and insights; and 3) encourage individual efforts in furthering, defining and implementing standards of patient care.

  1. The nominee must be actively working in a fertility or reproductive endocrinology clinic, laboratory or practice in Canada.
  2. For a patient-focused service-based award, the nominee must have demonstrated an exemplary contribution to reproductive endocrinology and infertility practice. Even though such an award is service-based, there is an expectation of originality and innovation.
  3. For a patient-focused research-based award, the nominee must have initiated the idea for the project and conducted the largest part of the work.
  4. Projects which include the creation of a commercial entity from which the nominee does, might or will derive financial benefit beyond the normal expectations of an employee are not eligible for consideration.
  5. The nominator must document the significance of the contribution and define its relevance to reproductive endocrinology and infertility practice.
  6. Both the nominator and the candidate must be members of CFAS.

Nomination Process

There is a formal call for nominations every year no later than the end of March and closing on June 15th to assist the Awards Committees with formulating their recommendations in time for presentation of the awards at the Annual Meeting.

  • The nominator must a CFAS member in good standing and a colleague of the candidate (either a peer or a supervisor, within or outside their institution) who must know and fully understand the nominee’s role in the program or project and be able to give an adequately detailed description of the nominee’s contribution.
  • Candidates may also “self-nominate” with a letter of reference from their supervisor that attests to the work being substantively performed by the nominee, as well as describing the influence of the outcome of the work on the practice of those working within their ART clinic as well as on clinics nationally or internationally.
  • The nomination form must be fully completed and give a clear and accurate description of the activity or achievement for which the person is being nominated. It must be signed by both the nominator and the clinical or medical director of the institution.
  • There is no limit to the number of nominations that can be submitted by each institution or centre, or how often award recipients can come from one institution or centre, or how often an individual can be nominated.
  • Members of the CARE and LIFE Award Committee are not eligible for nomination. However, representation of an institution or centre on the CARE and LIFE Award Committee does not affect nominations coming from that institution or centre. But in those cases, the committee member shall abstain from participating in the discussions and the decision relating to a nominee from his/her own institution or centre.
  • All nominations must be addressed to the CFAS Office.

Selection Process

  • The CARE and LIFE Award Committee is comprised of the Chairpersons of the SIGs and have a minimum membership of four (4). One of the Chairpersons acts as the Committee Chair and liaison with the Board of Directors. The Committee is autonomous and shall make its decision independent of any external influence from the nominees or their nominators, or from any other personnel working in Canadian ART clinics or from the industry.
  • One committee member must hold an earned PhD degree. If none of the individuals fulfill this requirement then a suitable individual from the membership for the ART Lab SIG will be selected by the Committee and invited to join as a ‘Scientific Advisor’ for that year. This person is not eligible to serve as the Committee Chair.
  • The Committee must make its recommendation based on the following criteria:
    • For a patient-focused service-based award: 1) the program/idea must be original; 2) the program/idea must be innovative; 3) the achievement must be well-defined and measurable; and 4) the achievement must be relevant to the practice of ART across Canada.
    • For a patient-focused research-based award: 1) the research must be initiated and conducted by the nominee; 2) the research problem and anticipated outcome must be clearly defined, and the hypothesis stated; 3) the study must answer the questions posed by the investigation; and 4) appropriate data collection and statistically analysis methods must be used.
  • The Committee assigns a score of 0 to 10 to each of the criteria listed above in order to prepare a short list of the five (5) highest-scoring nominees, regardless of whether the nomination was service- or research-based, for more detailed consideration by the Committee.
  • Incomplete or incorrectly completed nominations are not evaluated by the Committee and are discarded.
  • The Committee meets (by teleconference) no later than June 30th of the given year to review the nominations and make their recommendation.
  • The Chair of the Committee submits the recommendation to the Board of Directors, whose decision must be unanimous in order for the award to be given. The decision of the Board is final, and the Board reserves the right to grant no award in a given year if no nominees of sufficient merit are presented.
  • The President of the Society informs the recipient(s) of their selection.

Background

The Outstanding Friend of the Society Award is a special recognition awarded to an individual for extraordinary commitment and proven long-term contributions to the Canadian Fertility and Andrology Society and the field of Reproductive Science and Medicine. This award is given on a sporadic basis.

Award Description

The award includes an invitation to attend the President’s Dinner at the Annual Meeting, where a plaque is presented to the recipient by the President of the Society and the recipient is invited to say a few words. Registration, airfare and one (1) night of accommodation to attend the Annual Meeting are reimbursed.

Eligibility Criteria

This is awarded to a nominee whose activities are consistent with aims, objectives and bylaws of the Society. The nominee can be from the industry; however, he/she must not be currently active in industry. Most of the nominee’s activities and body of work must have taken place in Canada.

  1. Advocated actively on behalf of the CFAS and for Reproductive Science and Medicine.
  2. Provided long-term and noteworthy service to the CFAS by actively participating in organization of meetings, on internal committees and boards, on international, national or provincial public advisory groups, in communication with lay support groups, public relations and related activities.
  3. Supplied evidence of the enduring and positive impact of his/her activities on the CFAS and Reproductive Science and Medicine.
  4. Recognized over time as an innovator, leader and scholar by peers – this should be proven by other scientific awards and invitations to participate in scholarly activities, such as symposia or workshops.
  5. Demonstrated a commitment to the development of CME/CPD and the other educational activities of the CFAS that resulted in the advancement of the Society and the field.

Nomination Process

There is a formal call for nominations every year no later than the end of March and closing on June 15th to assist the Awards Committees with formulating their recommendations in time for presentation of the awards at the Annual Meeting.

  • The nominator and the seconder must be CFAS members in good standing and must provide the following:
    • A completed nomination form.
    • A brief summary, biography or résumé about the candidate.
    • Evidence of the candidate’s eligibility in the form of testimonials, evaluations, assessments, descriptive materials and/or other documents.
    • An up-to-date CV of the nominee.
    • Letters of support from colleagues and the public may be included.
  • If no nominations are received, the Awards Committee can make their own recommendations to the Board of Directors.

Selection Process

  • The Awards Committee is comprised of the three (3) most recent Past-Presidents of the Society and is chaired by the immediate Past-President.
  • The committee meets (by teleconference) no later than June 30 of the given year to review the nominations or propose a nomination and makes their recommendation.
  • The Chair of the Awards Committee submits the recommendation to the Board of Directors, whose decision must be unanimous in order for the award to be given. The decision of the Board is final, and the Board reserves the right to grant no award in a given year if no nominees of sufficient merit are presented.
  • The President of the Society informs the recipient(s) of their selection.

Background

Carole Rhéaume RN was an exemplary fertility nurse Carole Rehaumewho worked at Ovo Clinic based in Montreal. Carole was a tireless patient advocate, a caring nurse and a true leader. She was also an active member of CFAS including both its Nursing and Admin Special Interest Groups. Carole spearheaded numerous initiatives to improve patient care and access to care. In that role she actively collaborated with the Association of Infertile Couples of Quebec and helped organize activities to promote infertility awareness. Unfortunately, Carole was tragically killed in the winter of 2015 when she stopped her car on the side of the road to help another motorist who had veered off track.

This award seeks to acknowledge and commemorate Carole’s passion for, and contribution to patients with infertility.

Description of the Award

The Carole Rhéaume Award comprises of a sponsorship of up to $2,500 CAD for a registered nurse to attend an international conference in reproductive medicine in the 18 months following receipt of the award.

Eligibility Criteria

The Carole Rhéaume Award is intended to recognize and honour a nurse responsible for a successful project in one of the following areas:

  1. Enhancing the patient experience: The nominee accomplishes their day-to-day work with the patient in mind and has helped personalize care, maintain an open dialogue, exceed patient expectations, and make the patient’s journey easier and more positive.
  2. Enhancing clinical practice: The nominee demonstrate expertise in reproductive medicine and has enhanced the working environment by identifying critical clinic needs, being a problem solver, generating new ideas or ways of doing things, and being accountable for the success of their clinic.
  3. Engaging the general public: The nominee is a strong advocate for patients with infertility and is able to articulate a vision that can inspire and motivate others. The nominee has been a key player in educating the public about infertility, increasing general awareness, and/or improving patient access to care.

Nomination Process

There is a formal call for nominations every year in spring and closing on June 15th to assist the Evaluation Committee with formulating their recommendations in time for presentation of the awards at the Annual Meeting.

  • The nominee must be a registered nurse actively working in a fertility or reproductive endocrinology clinic in Canada and must be a member of the CFAS
  • The nominee must have demonstrated an exemplary contribution in at least one of the aforementioned areas: patient, clinic, or public by identifying a need, initiating a project to answer that need, and contributing significantly to the execution and success of that project
  • Nominators must be members of the CFAS and must respond by June 15
  • The nominator must identify in which area(s) the nominee has made a significant contribution in the previous year and must clearly document what that individual has accomplished and what its impact has been for patients, the clinic or the public

Evaluation Committee

  • Chair of the Nursing Special Interest Group
  • Chair of Administrative Special Interest Group
  • CFAS President
  • CFAS Vice President
  • Immediate Past CFAS President
  • Executive Director

Selection Process

The evaluation committee will review the nominations in accordance with the following criteria:

  1. Are both the nominee and the nominator CFAS members in good standing?
  2. Does the project described, answer a real need?
  3. Is the project innovative?
  4. Did the project result in a significant positive impact?
  5. Could this project be relevant to the practice of other reproductive clinics and be replicated in part or in its entirety?

The winner of the Carole Rhéaume Award will be notified by August 15, and the award announced at the AGM by the CFAS President.

Supported by a restricted fund provided by EMD Serono Canada

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Abstract-Related Awards

The Travel Grants are given to encourage the next generation in the field of fertility and andrology.

Criteria
The authors of the three highest-scoring abstracts as selected by the abstracts review committee. Grant recipients are limited to medical residents, fellows, graduate and post-doctoral students

Award
Each award recipient receives a travel grant up to $750 CAD to attend the Annual Meeting.

Presentation
The travel grants are not presented, but are highlighted in the scientific program of the conference.

The Dr. Biljan Memorial Lecture is an exchange travel award between the CFAS and the British Fertility Society (BFS). It is intended to recognize an REI specialist who has made a distinguished contribution to clinical research. The award is given every second year, to coincide with the next BFS meeting.

Criteria
The candidate must be a member of the CFAS. Members of the review committee will not be eligible for the award.

Candidates should be clinicians working in the field of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility. Preference will be given to abstracts that address novel approaches to ovulation induction/IVF or that address innovations in patient-focused strategies that improve administrative or clinical care.

Abstracts must adhere to the CFAS and/or BFS requirements for submission as appropriate.

Award
The award recipient receives airfare and accommodations to a maximum of $5,000 CAD.

Presentation
The award trophy is presented at the President’s Dinner at the CFAS Annual Meeting.

Supported by an unrestricted educational grant from Diane Tkalec.

The Alpha Award offers an opportunity to the recipient to present their paper at the ALPHA Biennial Conference.

Criteria
This award is open to those working in the field of embryology, including clinical lab directors, researchers, and technologists. Candidates must be a member of CFAS, registered for the CFAS Annual Meeting, and a member of the ART Lab SIG.

Award
The Award recipient is entitled to airfare and accommodations up to a maximum value of $2,500 CAD.

Presentation
The winner will be announced at the Closing Ceremony of the CFAS Annual Meeting.

An award intended to recognize a nurse who has made a distinguished contribution to fertility nursing, selected by the on-site Nursing SIG judging panel, and based on abstracts and presentations at the annual meeting.

Criteria
These awards are open to members of CFAS who have registered for the CFAS Annual Meeting.

Award
Each award recipient receives a cash award of $750 CAD.

Presentation
The winners are announced at the Closing Ceremony of the CFAS Annual Meeting.

An award intended to recognize a psychosocial professional who has made a distinguished contribution to the psychosocial field, selected by the on-site Counselling SIG judging panel, and based on abstracts and presentations at the annual meeting. Supported by Women to Women Technologies.

Criteria
These awards are open to members of CFAS who have registered for the CFAS Annual Meeting.

Award
Each award recipient receives a cash award of $750 CAD.

Presentation
The winners are announced at the Closing Ceremony of the CFAS Annual Meeting.

An award intended to recognize the best basic science paper, selected by the on-site judging panel (2 basic science + 1 clinical members), and based on abstracts and presentations at the annual meeting.

Criteria
These awards are open to members of CFAS who have registered for the CFAS Annual Meeting.

Award
Each award recipient receives a cash award of $750 CAD.

Presentation
The winners are announced at the Closing Ceremony of the CFAS Annual Meeting.

An award intended to recognize the best clinical paper, selected by the on-site judging panel (2 clinical + 1 basic science members), and based on abstracts and presentations at the annual meeting.

Criteria
These awards are open to members of CFAS who have registered for the CFAS Annual Meeting.

Award
Each award recipient receives a cash award of $750 CAD.

Presentation
The winners are announced at the Closing Ceremony of the CFAS Annual Meeting.