Psychiatrist of the Year Award

This award is supported by the Council of the Ontario Psychiatric Association. The OPA Psychiatrist of the Year recognizes contribution to the profession of psychiatry and to the public. In addition to distinguished service, the award welcomes applications from psychiatrists engaged in grassroots advocacy in their local communities. The successful candidate must spend a majority of their time engaged in delivery of clinical services. The award is open to OPA members who have been engaged in one or more of the following areas: advocacy, clinical care, education, research and/or administration.

Examples include:

  • Advocacy and mental health policy work
  • Outstanding teaching
  • Compassionate and empathic clinical care
  • Innovative research and/or scholarship
  • Leadership
  • Charitable work in local communities
Nomination Process:

Nominations are invited from OPA members and the public and must be submitted to the OPA office, by mail or e-mail. Each year, nominations will be solicited 60 days before the application deadline. For 2017, the nomination process will open January 1st, 2017 and close February 28, 2017. The application deadline may be extended at the discretion of the OPA Manager and/or the OPA President.

Nomination packages require: two letters of support and the applicant's curriculum vitae (CV). One of the letters must be from an OPA member in good standing. Nominations will be adjudicated by the OPA Membership and Communications Committee, which will score the nominations according the eligibility criteria described above. The committee will bring forward a name for approval by the OPA Council. The winner will be notified at least 30 days in advance of the OPA Annual Conference and formally recognized during the program at the Conference.


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