CCHL Distinguished Leadership Award


Please note that the awards nomination campaign will launch on October 1, at which time the online nomination form and the nomination template will become available.

The new Distinguished Leadership Award was introduced for the first time during the 2018 National Awards campaign. This new award combines the best aspects of two previous awards - the  College Award for Distinguished Service and the College Honourary Life Member Award - to create a recognition that will showcase an outstanding senior leader for their contributions to the health system, and to the College.

Nominations will be accepted exclusively from the College’s past chairs of the Board of Directors; College Fellows; Chapter Chairs and past recipients of the College Award for Distinguished Service and the College Honourary Life Membership Award. Previous recipients of the College Award for Distinguished Service and the College Honorary Life Membership Award are eligible to receive the CCHL Distinguished Leadership Award.


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2019 Recipient: John King, CHE

John King spent his 40+ year career in senior leadership positions in Saskatchewan, Alberta and Ontario, serving in Executive Leadership roles as well as Assistant Deputy Minister of Health. A long-time member of the College, John served on the CCHL Board of Directors as a representative of Alberta and of Ontario, reaching the penultimate position of Board Chair in 2010.

John has long been an advocate of personal development and has shaped the direction of not only individuals, but of organizations and systems through his efforts. He has received numerous awards including the Trudeau Medal from the University of Ottawa, and the Mentorship and Honorary Life member awards from CCHL. John retired in November 2012 and is currently involved in consulting activities in the healthcare industry.

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Past Recipients

Please see our past recipients listed below. Full biography's are available in our Celebrating Leading Practices booklets.

2019 - John King CHE

2018 - Dianne Doyle FCCHL


Past College Award for Distinguished Services Recipients 

2017 - David Weger

2016 - Alice Kennedy FCCHL

2015 - Donna Towers CHE

2014 - Mark Neskar CHE

2013 - Maura Davies FCCHL

2012 - Don Desjardins

2011 - Bonnie Adamson FCCHL


Past College Honourary Life Member Recipients

2017 - Pat Coish-Snow CHE

2016 - Mark Neskar CHE

2015 - Bonnie Adamson FCCHL

2014 - Elma Heidemann FCCHL

2013 - John King CHE

2012 - Robert Smith FCCHL

2011 - Clifford Nordal FCCHSE, FACHE