The Canada Gairdner Awards


Canada Gairdner Wightman Award

The Canada Gairdner Wightman Award recognizes a Canadian health researcher whose career demonstrates extraordinary leadership paired with exceptional science. It is awarded for:

  • A sustained career of research excellence in the health sciences at an international level.
  • Demonstrated leadership positions and achievements above those of their peers, with local, national and international impact.

Outstanding candidates at varied levels of career development are eligible.

The evaluation of the contributions of the nominees depends heavily on the quality of information supplied. Therefore, nominations should be accurate, detailed, current, complete, and with supporting letters reflecting the nominee’s accomplishments.¬†Letters of support should include national and international representation


The recipients will be announced in March 2020, and presented at the awards dinner in Toronto in October 2020. Nominations for the 2020 awards are due by October 1, 2019.

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