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 June 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


2020 Recipient

Dr. Karen Shaw

After completing her MD at the University of Saskatchewan in 1983, Dr. Karen Shaw was a general practitioner for a number of years in private practice and at the Student Health Clinic on the campus of the University of Saskatchewan. She was introduced into the world of medical regulation when she was elected as a Councilor of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Saskatchewan (CPSS) and served as President in 1998.

Dr. Shaw worked for the CPSS in a contract position working within the complaints process for several years, before being named Deputy Registrar in 2001. She held that position until she became the Registrar on July 1, 2011, a position which she still holds. In addition to being involved in the regulation of Medicine at the provincial level, Dr. Shaw has been involved at the national level with the Federation of Medical Regulatory Authorities of Canada (formerly known as the Federation of Medical Licensing Authorities of Canada) as a member at large, President elect and as President (2002), and presently as a Board Director. She currently serves as a member of Council of the Medical Council of Canada and served as President for three years, from 2016 to 2019.

Dr. Shaw was a member of the Steering Committee of the National Assessment Collaboration Practice-Ready Assessment project for internationally trained family physicians, internists and psychiatrists. This project has influenced the integration of internationally trained family physicians in the province through the Saskatchewan International Physician Practice Assessment program.

Dr. Shaw has an interest in physician health issues, and quality improvement practices as they relate to maintaining competency throughout a physician’s career.


Past Recipients

2020 Dr. Karen Shaw
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 Mr. Charles Fremont Scott, Q.C.
2001 Major General John W.B. Barr, M.D.
2000 Dr. John Baumber
1999 Dr. Michel Bérard