The Gairdner Foundation was saddened to learn of the passing of Dr. David Sackett. He was an outstanding physician, scientist and person. He contributed greatly to the field of epidemiology and research and he will be greatly missed by all. Dr. Sackett was awarded the Canada Gairdner Wightman Award in 2009 "for his leadership in the fields of clinical epidemiology and evidence-based medicine, which has transformed both clinical research and the practice of medicine." As an awardee, Dr. Sackett travelled across Canada speaking with faculty and students about his work and inspiring the next generation. Our thoughts are with his family, friends and colleagues.