Awards

2020 Award Recipients

CHRS Annual Achievement Award: Dr. Robert Sheldon

Dr Robert Sheldon received his PhD in Molecular Biology at the University of Colorado in 1973 and completed a postdoctoral fellowship with Sydney Brenner, then received an MD from the University of Toronto in 1981. He is a cardiac arrhythmia specialist and Professor of Cardiac Sciences, Medicine, and Medical Genetics at the University of Calgary, and among other roles was Senior Vice President Research, Alberta Health Services and Associate Dean Clinical Research, University of Calgary. He was on the Canadian Institutes of Health Research Governing Council and its committees for 9 years. He is a Fellow of the Heart Rhythm Society, Canadian Cardiovascular Society, and the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences.  His research program is in cardiovascular autonomic physiology and its disorders, among which is vasovagal syncope.  It has a strong translational orientation, aimed at understanding the causes of syncope, and developing simple, accessible, and effective approaches to its diagnosis, prognosis, and treatment. This was recognized by the Annual Achievement Award of the Canadian Cardiovascular Society in 2016 and the Lifetime Achievement Award of the Arrhythmia Alliance in 2018.
 

CHRS Magdy Basta Award: Dr. Adrian Baranchuk

Dr. Adrian Baranchuk, a native of Buenos Aires, Argentina, obtained his MD from the University of Buenos Aires in 1990. After qualifying in Internal Medicine and Cardiology (1995), he completed a Clinical Fellowship in Cardiac Electrophysiology (1997). In 2002 he immigrated to Spain for a Research Fellow. Dr. Baranchuk was appointed as a Clinical Fellow in Electrophysiology at McMaster University in September 2003. Dr. Baranchuk was appointed as an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Queen's University (2006), promoted to Associate Professor in 2010 and to Full Professor in 2016 (with Tenure). He has founded the EP Training Program in 2007.

He is a member of numerous editorial boards (Europace, Annals of Noninvasive Electrocardiology, etc) and reviewer of several journals. He is currently the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Electrocardiology. 

He has published more than 520 articles in well-recognized international journals (400 in Pubmed), 50 book chapters and presented more than 225 abstracts. He is the President of the International Society of Electrocardiology (ISE) for the period 2017-2019. He is currently serving as Canadian Vice President of the Interamerican Society of Cardiology (2017-2019).

He lives in Kingston, Ontario, Canada with his wife Barbara and his daughter, Gala.
 

CHRS Highest Rated EP Abstract Award: Dr. William McIntyre

William is a cardiologist and a native of Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada. He completed Medical School and Internal Medicine Residency at Queen's University and Adult Cardiology Residency at the University of Manitoba. He recently completed a fellowship in cardiac electrophysiology and pacing at McMaster University

William is an Investigator at the Population Health Research Institute where he is completing his PhD in Health Research Methods. He holds fellowship awards from Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) and the Canadian Stroke Prevention Intervention Network (C-SPIN). He holds research grants from the Canadian Cardiovascular Society (CCS) Atrial Fibrillation Awards Program and the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada.

William has published approximately 90 peer-reviewed articles. His current research program is investigating recurrence rates of Atrial Fibrillation Occurring Transiently with Stress (AFOTS). His research interests include atrial fibrillation - including screening and detection, cardiac devices and methods in randomized clinical trials.

He lives in Hamilton with his wife Kelsey and his dog Roary.

 

Dr. Robert Sheldon 

Dr. Adrian Baranchuk 

Dr. William McIntyre 

 

Annual Achievement Award

The Canadian Heart Rhythm Society (CHRS) Annual Achievement Award was created in 2012 to recognize Canadian CHRS members who have made outstanding contributions in their career within the cardiovascular heart rhythm field.

Eligibility Criteria

CHRS members are asked to nominate an individual:

  1. whose career has significantly aided the growth of and support to the heart rhythm field;
  2. is a member of the CHRS; although the recipient is usually expected to be a member of the CHRS, if nominated, exceptions can be considered at the discretion of the Nominations and Awards Committee in exceptional circumstances i.e.: retirement; and 
  3. has highly respected attributes relative to this award.

Selection Criteria

A nomination submission must include the following documents: 

  1. two letters of recommendation summarizing the candidate's highly respected attributes relative to this award; and 
  2. a 1-2-page Biography of the nominee.

Award Prize

The award will be presented at the Canadian Cardiovascular Congress (CCC) at the CCS Award Ceremony. The winner will receive the CHRS Crystal Award, as well as complimentary annual membership dues for the following year.

A call for nominations will go out to all CHRS members with a closing date of May 4.

 

Annual Achievement Award Recipients

2020    Dr. Robert Sheldon (Calgary, AB)
2019    Dr. Paul Dorian (Toronto, ON)
2018    Dr. Stanley Nattel (Montréal, QC)
2017    Dr. Anthony Tang (London, ON)
2016    Dr. Brent Mitchell (Calgary, AB)
2015    Dr. Charles Kerr (Vancouver, BC)
2014    Dr. George Wyse (Calgary, AB)
2013    Dr. George Klein (London, ON)
2012    Dr. Denis Roy (Montréal, QC)

 

Magdy Basta Award

The Magdy Basta Award was created in 2017 to recognize a CHRS member who has made great efforts to support the research of others. This could be through mentoring; enrollment in clinical trials, research education; grant assistance or other things that someone has done to forward Canadian research, without obvious benefit for themselves.

Eligibility Criteria

CHRS members are asked to nominate an individual:

  1. who has supported the research of others through mentoring, enrollment in clinical trials, research education, grant assistance,or other things that someone has done to forward Canadian research without obvious benefit for themselves;
  2. is a member of the CHRS; although the recipient is usually expected to be a member of the CHRS, if nominated, exceptions can be considered at the discretion of the Nominations and Awards Committee in exceptional circumstances i.e.: retirement; and
  3. has highly respected attributes relative to this award.

Selection Criteria

A nomination submission must include the following documents:

  1. two letters of recommendation summarizing the candidate's highly respected attributes relative to this award; and
  2. a 1-2-page Biography of the nominee. 

Award Prize

The award will be presented at the Canadian Cardiovascular Congress (CCC) at the CHRS Annual General Meeting. The winner will receive an honorary plaque.

A call for nominations will go out to all CHRS members with a closing date of May 1.

 

Magdy Basta Award Recipients

2020    Dr. Adrian Baranchuk (Kingston, ON)
2019    Dr. Benoit Coutu (Montreal, QC)
2018    Dr. Felix Ayala-Paredes (Sherbrooke, QC)
2017    Dr. Anthony Tang (London, ON)

 

Highest rated Electrophysiology Abstract by a Trainee Award

The CHRS Highest Rated Electrophysiology Abstract by a Trainee Award was created in 2012. Abstracts that are accepted for presentation at Canadian Cardiovascular Congress (CCC)  that are submitted to the CHRS EP Trainee Award will be considered; the trainee with the highest rated electrophysiology abstract will be selected as the winner. 

The award will be presented at the CCC at the CHRS Annual General Meeting. The winner will receive an honorary plaque.

 

Highest rated Electrophysiology Abstract by a Trainee Award Recipients

2020    William McIntyre (Hamilton, ON)
2019    Wenbin Liang (Ottawa, ON)
2018    Abhishek Bhaskaran (Toronto, ON)
2017    Adaya Weissler Snir (Toronto, ON)
2016    Sheng He
2015    Zhi Cui (Shanghai, China)
2014    Adam Herman (Vancouver, BC)
2013    Vern Hsen Tan (Singapore, China)
2012    Christian Steinberg (Montréal, QC)