Seeking health care innovators, leaders

Recipients of the Ronald Duhamel Innovation Fund Award include Dr. Sanjiv Dhingra, who received the 2019 award in recognition of his research into cardiac regeneration and tissue engineering. 

April 11, 2022 

Innovation and leadership take many forms – especially during times of crisis and rapid change. We’ve all seen our peers rise to challenges on behalf of patients and one another.  

Does a colleague come to mind?  

Nominate them for the Ronald Duhamel Innovation Award! 

For nearly two decades, this annual award honouring the late St. Boniface Member of Parliament and Senator Ronald Duhamel has supported innovation and leadership in the advancement of health care at St. Boniface Hospital.  

In 2022, the award, including an honorarium of more than $12,000, will once again honour a St. Boniface Hospital employee demonstrating these qualities. 

The 2021 Duhamel Award recipient, Katie North, has been a Registered Nurse at St. Boniface Hospital for more than 10 years. She has led numerous process-improvement projects with a focus on her passion: environmental stewardship in health care. Katie is not only pursuing this interest professionally but also academically: she has completed her Master of Nursing degree and is on the road to her PhD. She used the award money toward tuition. 

Distinguished list

As a Duhamel Award recipient, Katie North joined a distinguished list including top researchers, clinicians, and care providers within the St. Boniface Hospital community. 

Stephen Jones, Director of the Youth BIOlab at the St. Boniface Hospital Albrechtsen Research Centre was the recipient of 2011 award. 

“There are so many people at St. Boniface Hospital who bring creative approaches to complex challenges, and the Duhamel Award recognizes the significant effort it takes to create change,” Jones said. 

“Whether it’s for research, patient care or moving the organization forward, this award is a great way to share our colleagues’ accomplishments with the entire St. Boniface community.” 

To submit a nomination 

Provide a letter (around 500 words) describing how your nominee has demonstrated innovation and leadership to advance healthcare at St. Boniface Hospital. Send your submission to Natalie Domienik, Executive Administrator, St. Boniface Hospital Foundation at [email protected]. Deadline is Friday, May 6, 2022.