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Outstanding Service to the Profession of Clinical Biochemistry

This award recognizes outstanding contributions by a Fellow of the Academy who advances the standards and recognition of Clinical Biochemistry as a Health Care Profession and thereby advances the professional objectives of the Academy.

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2023 Winner

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Winner Statement

Curtis Oleschuk, PhD, FCACB, FABFT

CACB is pleased to announce that Dr. Curtis Oleschuk will be receiving the 2023 CACB Award for Outstanding Service to the Profession of Clinical Biochemistry. This award recognizes an individual who has made unique and significant contributions to laboratory medicine.

Dr. Curtis Oleschuk is currently Service Chief of the Clinical Biochemistry at Kingston Health Sciences Centre and is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Pathology and Molecular Medicine at Queen’s University.

Dr. Oleschuk received his PhD in Pharmacology and Toxicology from Queen’s University in 2004, finished Post-Doc Fellowship in Clinical Chemistry at McMaster University in 2006. He is certified in Clinical Chemistry by the Canadian Academy of Clinical Biochemistry and is a Fellow of the American Board of Forensic Toxicology.

Dr. Oleschuk has been practicing as a Clinical Biochemist for 17 years and as a Forensic Toxicologist for over 7 years. His skill set is diverse and has included laboratory workflow expertise in addition to method development in specialized testing using liquid chromatography and mass spectrometry. He has worked passionately to find ways the laboratory can help in managing the opioid crisis in working within Manitoba in advocating for early warning programs in addition to co-chairing ToxLRN as pan-Canadian initiative aimed to leverage both clinical and forensic toxicology data and collaborations with important stakeholders both provincially and federally.

He is also passionate about the critical role that Clinical Biochemists in delivery of laboratory medicine and has worked alongside Clinical Biochemist colleagues in raising awareness of the role of Clinical Biochemists to the public in addition to working with industry stakeholders in the development of LabCANDx, an initiative aimed to raise the profile of all aspects of laboratory medicine. Beyond this advocacy, Dr. Oleschuk has worked within the walls of Clinical Biochemistry as chair of CACB Certification Committee with the aim of increasing the integrity of the exam process. Finally, Dr. Oleschuk has recently built and is now teaching an undergraduate course, Biochemical Pathology within the Department of Pathology and Molecular Medicine, Queen’s University with the goal of early teaching future medical colleagues on the important aspects of laboratory medicine.

In addition to the involvement with many CSCC and CACB committees, Dr. Oleschuk has also been volunteering with Canadian Standards Association, Clinical and Laboratory Standards Institute, and International Federation of Clinical Chemistry. He has published ~20 peer-reviewed papers and 30 abstracts.

Congratulations, Curtis.

Past Winners

2023 Curtis Oleschuk
2022 Cheryl Tomalty
2021 Peter Kavsak
2020 Robert W. Moore
2019 Eleftherios P. Diamandis
2018 Sheila Boss
2017 Mary-Ann Kallai Sanfaçon
2016 Edward Randell
2015 Qing Meng
2014 Thomas Dembinski
2013 Nathalie Lepage
2012 Christine Collier
2011 John Krahn
2010 Wolfgang Schneider
2009 Donald C. Greenway
2008 Vijaylaxmi Grey
2007 Bernard Vinet
2006 Stephen Hill
2005 Andrew Lyon
2004 Khosrow Adeli
2003 David Parry
2002 Patricia Collins
2001 Raymond Lepage 2001
2000 Peter Bunting 2000
1999 Robert E. Hill
1998 Matthew McQueen
1997 Roger Sanfaçon
1996 Paul Desjardins
1995 Douglas G. Gornall
1994 Allan G. Gornall
1993 Morris Pudek (1st recipient)

Terms of Reference

  1. The Award shall be presented annually, but if in the opinion of the Board of Directors of the Academy no suitable candidate is available in any year, the Award shall not be made.
  2. The Award shall be accompanied by a framed certificate and an honorarium in the amount of $1,500.00 donated by Siemens Canada Limited.
  3. The recipient of the Award is not usually expected to give an address or give a paper, but the Award and the reading of the citation shall usually be made at the Annual Conference of the CACB. A representative of the Company shall be invited to participate in the presentation.
  4. No formal nomination procedure is specified but members of the Academy may propose suitable candidates to the Board of Directors through the Head Office of the Academy. Proposals may be solicited annually in the Newsletter of CSCC.