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.

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

 Nominations will open April 2020

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 Abstract Awards
 Helene Hudson Lectureship  Criteria March 22
 Clinical Lectureship  CriteriaMarch 22
 Chapter Poster Award  Criteria  
 Achievement Awards
Lifetime Achievement Award  Criteria August 15
Rising Star Award   Criteria July 15
Distinction Award  Criteria July 15
Award for Excellence in Reviewing Peer Reviewed Manuscripts for CONJ  Criteria July 15
Award for Best Manuscript in CONJ  Criteria July 15
Excellence Awards
 Boehringer Ingelheim Oncology Nurse of the Year Award  CriteriaJuly 15
Pfizer Awards of Excellence - Clinical Practice, Education, Research and Leadership  Criteria July 15
Amgen Award for Innovation in Oncology  Patient and Family Education   Criteria July 15
Kidney Cancer Canada Award (open to 
 Criteria July 15
BD Commitment to Safety Award (open to

July 15

 Scholarships and Grants
Nursing Scholarships  Criteria  July 15
CNA Certification Scholarships  Criteria July 15
Travel Grants  Criteria NA
Student Travel Grants  Criteria NA
Research Grants  Criteria May 15


Boehringer Ingelheim Oncology Nurse of the Year Award Timeline
Nominations Open January 20, 2020
 Nominations DeadlineJuly 15, 2020
 ROE Committee Reviews  July-August, 2020
 Award NotificationsAugust 2020


All Other Awards Program Timeline
Nominations Open  April 9, 2020
 Nominations Deadline July 15, 2020
 ROE Committee Reviews   July-August, 2020
 Award Notifications  August 2020

The Recognition of Excellence Committee consists of:

Karen Janes (Chair), BC
Joy Tarasuk, NS
Colleen Campbell, ON
Lori Butts, NS
Catherine Fox, AB
Kassie Nguyen, ON
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: June 25, 2020

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