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CUHMA Awards History

CUHMA has three main awards. These awards were inaugurated in 2011 and 2012 when this organization was first formed as the Canadian Chapter of the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society and are specifically for contributions in or to Canada. As a purely Canadian organization now, we want to recognize those working in and contributing to Canada in the fields of hyperbaric/diving medicine, safety, and research and science.

Awards need not be given out every year.

Michael Lepawsky Award

Ken LeDez, presenting the first Michael Lepawsky Award to Michael Lepawsky, October 20, 2011, with George Harpur and Ron Nishi

Michael Lepawsky's Bio

Ron Nishi Award

Ron Linden, presenting the first Ron Nishi Award to Ron Nishi, October 17, 2012

Ron Nishi's Bio

Jim Wilson Award

Jim Wilson with the first James H. Wilson Award, with Ron Linden and Bill Bateman, October 15, 2011.

Jim Wilson's Bio

Dr. Michael Lepawsky Award

Presented to a Physician demonstrating Leadership and Excellence in Hyperbaric Medicine in Canada.

2019 Dr. Ken LeDez
2014 Dr. David Harrison

Ron Nishi Award

For Outstanding Contribution to Research and Science related to Diving and Diving Safety.

2019 Dr. Ken LeDez
2014 Bruce Cameron, PhD

James H. (Tug) Wilson Award

For Outstanding Technical Contribution by an Associate Member

2019 Sherri Ferguson
2015 Jocelyn Boisvert, CHT
2014 Martin Necpal, BA, CHT

The Best Scientific Abstract Presentation Award

Presented to the best scientific abstract presented at the CUHMA Annual Scientific Meeting.
This award takes into consideration both the scientific merit of the abstract in addition to the quality of the presentation. 
The award is a complimentary one year CUHMA membership.

2021 Adele Khavari, PhD; Michael Smith Laboratory, University of British Columbia.