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14 February 2019

The Medico-Legal Society of Toronto Award

The nominations for the MLST 2019 Award are now open. Deadline: Friday, March 15.

Download the Nomination instructions and PDF form HERE

The Medico-Legal Society of Toronto Award was created to recognize the outstanding contributions made by members of the Medical, Legal or Scientific community.  Members of the Medico-Legal Society are invited to nominate a suitable candidate for the award.

Criteria

The Medico-Legal Society Award is the highest expression of esteem which the Society can convey and is intended to honour those members of the Medical, Legal or Scientific community who have made a significant contribution to their profession as well as either the Society or the community at large and whose contributions are consistent with the values of the Society.

Each year the Society alternates between the legal and medical professions, this year we are seeking suitable candidates from the medical field.

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Previous Recipients

William Carter 2018

Dr. Laura Hawryluck 2017

Philippa G. Samworth 2016

Dr. Grant Farrow 2015

W. Niels Ortved 2014

Barry W. Malcolm 2013

John R. Carlisle 2012

Charles H. Tator 2011

Joseph Colangelo 2010

William O. Geisler 2009

Brian Brock 2008

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Notes

Members of the Medico-Legal Society of Toronto are invited to nominate a person to receive this award. No more than one candidate is eligible to receive the award in any fiscal year for the Society. There is no obligation or requirement for the Society to make an award in any fiscal year. If a suitable candidate is identified, the Executive Committee will make a recommendation to Council who may, at their sole discretion, make a final decision by a majority vote as to whether an award will be given in that fiscal year and if so who the recipient of the award will be.

Any award will be presented at the Annual Dinner of the Society. The award shall be a plaque or other appropriate award approved by Council of the Society.

30 May 2018

The Medico-Legal Society of Toronto is pleased to announce that William Carter is to be the recipient of the 2018 Medico-Legal Society Award. This award is the highest expression of esteem which the Society can convey and is intended to honour those members of the Medical, Legal or Scientific community who have made a significant contribution to their profession as well as either to the Society or the community at large, and whose contributions are consistent with the values of the Society.

William (Bill) Carter graduated from Queen’s University in 1971 with a BA (Hons) in International Politics & Economics. In 1975 he received his LL.B from the University of Toronto and, in 1977 was called to the Bar of Ontario and commenced the practice of civil litigation and administrative law with Borden & Elliot, the Toronto constituent of the national firm later known as Borden Ladner Gervais LLP (BLG) formed in 1999. 

While Bill spent his early practice years engaged across the spectrum of civil cases, he and colleagues Rino Stradiotto, Dan Ferguson, Mike McKelvey, John Morris and Daphne Jarvis (all MLST stalwarts) began to concentrate in hospital-based medical negligence litigation leading to the formation of the Health Law Group (HLG) which, in the ensuing 30 years has grown to national prominence in the field.  Bill’s leadership, collegiality and mentoring have been hugely enjoyed by health leaders and legal colleagues both within and beyond BLG. 

In addition to numerous high-exposure civil trials and appeals, Bill has been counsel for parties with standing at the Commission of Inquiry into Health Information (the Krever Inquiry) and the Commission of Inquiry into Pediatric Forensic Pathology (the Goudge Inquiry). In 1987, the Law Society of Upper Canada (LSUC) certified Bill as a Specialist in Civil Litigation. In 2007, he became a Certified Specialist in Health Law.

Bill’s contribution to the medico-legal community includes: teaching ‘Trial Practice’ at Osgoode Hall Law School for many years; serving as an elected Bencher of the LSUC; membership on the Mt. Sinai Hospital Ethics Committee and extensive lecturing and pubic-speaking about civil and professional accountability in the health sector. Bill has also served on Council of the MLST for a number of terms.

Community service has extended to: board membership and Chair of Safe Kids Canada; board member & a Governor of the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair and, membership on the Ontario Judicial Council.

Following his retirement from BLG at the end of 2017, Bill joined the Healthcare Insurance Reciprocal of Canada (HIROC) as Legal Counsel.

10 April 2017

The Medico-Legal Society of Toronto is pleased to announce that Dr. Laura Hawryluck is to be the recipient of the 2017 Medico-Legal Society Award.  

MLST Award 2017 Announcement

5 April 2016

The Medico-Legal Society of Toronto is pleased to announce that Philippa G. Samworth is to be the recipient of the 2016 Medico-Legal Society Award.

MLST Award 2016 Announcement

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