CANO/ACIO recognizes some of the outstanding achievements of Canadian oncology nurses through an awards program that is managed by the recognition of excellence committee and supported by a range of corporate sponsors.

Unless otherwise noted, awards are presented at the annual CANO/ACIO conference. Previous recipients of each award can be found in the past winners page.

Congratulations to all of the 2018 Award Winners

  • CANO/ACIO Lifetime Achievement Award – Tracy Truant, Vancouver, BC
  • CANO/ACIO Rising Star – Lauren Cosolo, Toronto, ON
  • CANO/ACIO Award of Distinction – Anne Plante , Greenfield Park, QC
  • CANO/ACIO Nursing Scholarship Award – Samantha Scime, Toronto, ON
  • CANO/ACIO CNA Scholarship Award – Danielle Moch, Red Deer, AB
  • CANO/ACIO CNA Scholarship Award – Jagbir Kaur, Vancouver, BC
  • Helene Hudson Lectureship Award Sponsored by Amgen – Anne Katz, Winnipeg, MB
  • Clinical Lectureship Award Sponsored by Merck – Kristen Haase, Saskatoon, SK
  • CANO/ACIO Research Awards – Anita Mehta, Montreal, QC and Brenda Peters-Watral, Winnipeg, MB
  • Award for Excellence in Reviewing Peer Reviewed Manuscripts for CONJ - Allison Pedersen, Winnipeg, AB
  • CANO/ACIO Award for Best Manuscript in CONJ 2017-2018 - Partenariat entre patients, leaders en soins infirmiers et chercheurs : résultats d’une stratégie web de transfert des connaissances pour planifier le congé d’hôpital et faciliter les transitions au cours des soins oncologiques - Authors: Hélène Lefebvre, RN PhD, Isabelle Brault, Odette Roy, Marie-Josée Levert, Dan Lecocq, Maryse Larrivière, Michelle Proulx, en collaboration avec André Myre, Caroline Plante, Claudine Tremblay, Hélène Lauzon, Irène Leboeuf, Janique Beauchamp, Johanne Déry, Karine LeBreton, Louise Patenaude, Luther Germain, Maryse Carignan, Nadia Madalena, and Robin Gagnon
  • Amgen Award for Innovation in Oncology Patient & Family Education – Karey McCann, Edmonton, AB
  • BD Commitment to Safety Award - Amanda McKinley, Edmonton, AB and Jennifer  Anderson, Calgary, AB
  • Boehringer Ingelgeim Oncology Nurse of the Year - Robin Morash, Carp, ON
  • Kidney Cancer Canada Award – Nesan Bandali, Toronto, ON
  • Pfizer Award of Excellence in Nursing Clinical Practice - Jennifer Deering, Toronto, ON
  • Pfizer Award of Excellence in Nursing Education – Jennifer Newton, Ottawa, ON
  • Pfizer Award of Excellence in Nursing Leadership – Jennifer Smylie, Ottawa, ON
  • Pfizer Award of Excellence in Nursing Research – Anna Santos Salas, Edmonton, AB
  • Pfizer Award of Excellence in Nursing Research – Martine Puts, Toronto, ON

To view the recording of the Awards of Excellence Ceremony, click here.

The Awards Program will re-open in April 2019.

CANO/ACIO members who meet the criteria may apply or be nominated for the following awards:


 Abstract Awards
 Helene Hudson Lectureship  Criteria  Nominations   closed 
 Clinical Lectureship  Criteria  Nominations   closed 
 Chapter Poster Award  Criteria  Nominations   closed 
 Achievement Awards
 Lifetime Achievement Award  Criteria  Nominations   closed
 Rising Star Award   Criteria  Nominations   closed
 Distinction Award  Criteria  Nominations   closed
 CONJ Editor's Award of Excellence  Criteria  
Excellence Awards
 Boehringer Ingelheim Oncology
 Nurse of the Year Award
 Criteria  Nominations   closed
 Pfizer Awards of Excellence - Clinical Practice, Education, Leadership and Research  Criteria  Nominations   closed
 Amgen Award for Innovation in Oncology   Patient and Family Education   Criteria  Nominations   closed
 Kidney Cancer Canada Award (open to 
 Criteria  Nominations   closed
 BD Commitment to Safety Award (open to
 Criteria  Nominations   closed
 Scholarships and Grants
 Nursing Scholarships  Criteria   Nominations   closed
 CNA Certification Scholarships  Criteria  Nominations   closed
 Travel Grants  Criteria  Nominations   closed
 Student Travel Grants  Criteria  Nominations   closed


 Awards Program Timeline
Nominations Open  April 2019
 Nominations Deadline  June 30, 2019
 ROE Committee Reviews   July-August, 2019
 Award Notifications  August 2019

The Recognition of Excellence Committee consists of:

Karen Janes (Chair), BC
Joy Tarasuk, NS
Lisa Henczel, BC
Michelle Renaud, ON
Colleen Campbell, ON
Lori Butts, NS
The Recognition of Excellence Committee focuses on recognizing and valuing all members of CANO/ACIO by not only their individual efforts to achieve excellence but also by their efforts as a group of nurses working in a variety of health care setting across Canada who excel in providing cancer care.

The Terms of Reference of the Recognition of Excellence Committee can be downloaded here.

Please contact CANO/ACIO Head Office for Recognition of Excellence Committee inquiries -

Last Updated:  November 7, 2018

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