February 7, 2019

Canadian Stroke Congress Hnatyshyn Lecture 

Call for Nominations



The Hnatyshyn Lecture was established in 2003 in memory of Canada's twenty-fourth Governor General, Ramon J. Hnatyshyn, a founding board member of the Canadian Stroke Network (CSN), who died in 2002. Mr. Hnatyshyn was a strong advocate and supporter of stroke research.

The Hnatyshyn Lecture was the Canadian Stroke Network’s most prestigious annual lecture.  This lecture now falls under the leadership of the Heart & Stroke Foundation and takes place at the annual Canadian Stroke Congress (CSC) as a feature plenary session. Mr. Hnatyshyn’s wife, Gerda Hnatyshyn, attends the lecture when possible and gives a small ‘thank you’ speech following the lecture.

We now invite nominations for the 2019 Hnatyshyn Lecturer


Hnatyshyn Lecturer Award:

The Hnatyshyn Lecture is awarded to an individual who has made a significant and positive impact on health through his/her contribution to research, clinical care in any discipline, systems change and/or support for people with lived experience in the field of stroke in Canada; this contribution can be over a period of time or may be a significant innovation to systems, technologies, products, programs, or policies which have a demonstrated impact

  • The Hnatyshyn lecturer is awarded an opportunity to present a 45-minute talk at a feature plenary session at the Canadian Stroke Congress in the year of the award;
  • There is no monetary award for this lectureship;
  • The Hnatyshyn lecturer receives a letter of acknowledgement and congratulations signed by the CEO of Heart & Stroke and the Chair of the Canadian Stroke Consortium;
  • The Hnatyshyn lecturer will be promoted within CSC materials and on social media and included in the media release at congress.


Nominee Selection Considerations:  

  • Nominations are invited from all members of the stroke community.  
  • Nominees should be involved in stroke research, prevention, care, rehabilitation, recovery, systems or support for people with lived experience as a patient or caregiver in Canada;
  • Nominees should be individuals who have made significant and demonstrated contributions to research, clinical care, systems change and/or support for people with lived experience in the field of stroke in Canada;
  • Nominee’s personal attributes and accomplishments;
  • Nominees may be people who work and/or reside outside of Canada, provided their actions and contributions directly benefit stroke care and/or people at risk within Canada;
  • Nominee must be available to present their lecture at the Canadian Stroke Congress in the year they are selected.


Nomination Submission Process:

All nominations should be submitted in writing to Dr. Patrice Lindsay, Heart & Stroke Director, Systems Change and Stroke program (patrice.lindsay@heartandstroke.ca)

All nominations must include the following information to be accepted: 

Name of nominee, professional designation (if applicable)

Current role and affiliations 

Brief statement of the attributes and accomplishments of the nominee that would demonstrate their eligibility and worthiness for this award (max 200 words)


Due date for submission: February 24th, 2019