Medical Council of Canada

Dr. Louis Levasseur Distinguished Service Award

Dr. Louis Levasseur Distinguished Service Award

The Dr. Louis Levasseur Distinguished Service Award is presented annually to a Council, staff or Committee member of the Medical Council of Canada (MCC), past or present, or to a person whose collaboration has contributed in an extraordinary manner to the vision and mission of the MCC.

This award is named for the former Chair of the Central Examination Committee, Dr. Louis Levasseur, who for 26 years personified an unwavering commitment to the objectives of Council. He embodied the qualities and accomplishments that precisely characterize both the activities and type of person this award is intended to honour.


Nominations may be made by past or present members of the MCC, members of its constituent bodies or staff. The nomination letter and two letters of reference from individuals who are knowledgeable of the MCC’s vision and mission and of the contribution of the candidate to those ends must be submitted electronically to no later than May 1 of the current year.

The nomination letter must outline in point form:

  • the nature of the nominee’s contributions
  • the impact of the nominee on the MCC and its mission and vision
  • how the nominee’s achievements/activities have promoted the mission and vision of the MCC


2019 Recipient

Mr. Yves Lafortune

Yves Lafortune is Director of the Evaluation Bureau of the MCC since 2011. He leads the teams responsible for the development, production, delivery, administration, analyses and reporting of results of the MCC examinations: National Assessment Collaboration (NAC) Examination, Medical Council of Canada Qualifying Examination (MCCQE) Part I and the MCCQE Part II.

Yves joined the MCC in March 2005 as Manager of the Medical Council of Canada Evaluating Examination (MCCEE) which was designed to assess the medical knowledge of International Medical Graduates wishing to practice medicine in Canada. Yves led the project to convert the paper and pencil examination administered in eight international and five domestic test centres to a computer-based exam. The computer-based MCCEE was introduced in November 2008 and offered in 500 test centres located in more than 80 countries.

Yves has 40 years’ experience in developing, validating and maintaining competency-based licensure and certification testing programs. He was responsible for a number of national registration/licensure and certification assessment programs, including the Canadian Registered Nurse Examination, Canadian Practical Nurse Registration Examination and the Canadian Nurses Association Certification program.

Yves has also worked with several organizations in producing translated/adapted versions of test instruments and in establishing equivalence between professional/occupational requirements across a variety of regions, provinces, and countries.

Yves holds a BA in Psychology, a B.Ed. and a M.Ed. from the University of Ottawa.


Past Recipients

2019 Mr. Yves Lafortune
2018 Ms. Nancy MacBeth
2017 n/a
2016 Dr. Jeffrey Turnbull
2015 Dr. Oscar Casiro
2014 Dr. Georges Bordage
2013 Dr. Ramses Wassef
2012 Dr. Dennis Kendel
2011 Dr. W. Dale Dauphinee
2010 Dr. David Blackmore
2009 Dr. Thomas Maguire
2008 Dr. Gordon Page
2007 Dr. Jacques Étienne Des Marchais
2006 n/a
2005 Dr. Larry Ohlhauser
2004 Dr. Ernest Skakun
2003 Dr. Ian Bowmer
2002 Charles Fremont Scott, Q.C.
2001 Major General John W.B. Barr, M.D.
2000 Dr. John Baumber
1999 Dr. Michel Bérard