MacNaught–Taillon Leadership Award in Health Policy, Health Information & Health Informatics
The MacNaught-Taillon (M&T) Award, awarded every three years, was established in 2008 to honour the outstanding and lasting contributions of Don MacNaught and Serge Taillon to the Canadian health care system. The award is accompanied by a bursary to support further training, research or education in health informatics and/or health policy that will be presented to an up-and-coming leader who will be designated at the discretion of the M&T Award recipient.
Beginning in the mid-1980s in the Health Information Division of Health Canada, Don and Serge worked side by side to contribute their leadership in a spirit of cooperation to initiatives such as the National Health Information Council and the National Health Information Task Force. Their vision, stamina and perseverance contributed significantly to the realization of the Canadian Institute for Health Information in 1994.
2017 M&T Award Winner
The 2017 award winner is Dr. Brian Postl, Dean of the Rady Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Manitoba. Dr. Postl is a recipient of the Order of Manitoba (2012) and a recognized builder in advancing health research capacity locally through the establishment of the Manitoba Centre for Health Policy. Nationally, Dr. Postl is a recognized leader, including serving as a Special Advisor to the Prime Minister on Wait Times, advocating for and serving as a mentor for others under the EXTRA Program, and embracing and promoting the LEADS leadership framework though CHLNet and the Canadian College of Health Leaders. He also oversaw the introduction of electronic medical records during his tenure as CEO of the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority. He is the former chair of the Canadian Institute for Health Information and a past Chair of the Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement. He is also a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences.
The Award is accompanied by a $1,000 bursary intended to support further training, research, or education of an emerging leader in evidence-informed health policy. Dr. Postl has designated the bursary to Deepa Singal, who is a PhD Candidate in the Department of Community Health Sciences. She has been trained at the Manitoba Centre for Healthy Policy (MCHP) to investigate population health and social issues pertaining to child and maternal health, using large administrative datasets. Deepa has received a number of national and provincial awards and grants for her work. Working alongside senior researchers at the MCHP, Deepa is establishing an advanced pharmaco-epidemiology program of research investigating the effects of various medications prescribed during pregnancy on offspring utilizing linkable data housed at MCHP.
2014 M&T Award Winner
The 2014 award winner is Leslie Roos, who is a Distinguished Professor in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Manitoba and a founding director of the Manitoba Centre for Health Policy. He is among the most highly cited Canadian scientists. Mr. Roos is particularly interested in the diverse uses of information-rich research environments. He is a fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences and a member of the Academy of Sciences of the Royal Society of Canada. He has been an associate of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research and a fellow of the Academy for Health Services Research and Health Policy. The Award is accompanied by a $1,000 bursary intended to support further training, research, or education of an emerging leader in evidence-informed health policy. Dr. Roos has designated the bursary to Elizabeth Wall-Wieler, a graduate student in Community Health Sciences at the University of Manitoba.
2011 M&T Award Winner
The 2011 award winner is Richard Alvarez (right), who was the President and CEO of Canada Health Infoway, where he demonstrated outstanding leadership in the area of expanding the use of electronic health records across Canada. The MacNaught-Taillon Award was presented to Mr. Alvarez at the 2011 Canadian Association for Health Services and Policy Research (CAHSPR) Annual Meeting in Halifax on behalf of the Justice Emmett Hall Memorial Foundation and CHLNet. His dedicated high potential, high performance mentee is Simon Hagens, Director Benefits Realization and Quality Improvement, Canada Health Infoway who received a $1,000 award to help him along his leadership journey.
The inaugural M&T Award was presented to Denis Protti at the 1st Annual Canadian Health Leadership Network Symposium (September 10-12, 2008, Montebello, Quebec). The bursary was awarded to Michael Bowen.