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.
|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
|2005||Dr. Larry Ohlhauser|
|2004||Dr. Ernest Skakun|
|2003||Dr. Ian Bowmer|
John W.B. Barr, M.D.
|2000||Dr. John Baumber|
|1999||Dr. Michel Bérard|
Dr. Dennis Kendel received his medical degree, with distinction, from the University of Saskatchewan in 1971. He practised family medicine from 1972 to 1986. During this time, he served as President of the Medical Staff at St. Paul’s Hospital and President of the Saskatchewan Medical Association.
Dr. Kendel was appointed Registrar of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Saskatchewan (CPSS) in 1986, a position he held until 2011. He was President of the Federation of Medical Regulatory Authorities of Canada from 1989 to 1991 and of the Medical Council of Canada for the 1993–1994 term. He has also served on the governance boards of many provincial and national health organizations and is currently a member of the Boards of the Health Quality Council of Saskatchewan and the Health Council of Canada.
During his 21 years on the Medical Council of Canada, Dr. Kendel held the positions of member and Vice-Chair of the Legislation Committee, and Chair of the Finance Committee from 2005 to 2010. He has also been chairing the History and Archives Committee since 2004.
Throughout his career, Dr. Kendel has shown a strong commitment to helping other physicians develop leadership competencies and skills. For his role in fostering physician leadership, Dr. Kendel received the CPSE Excellence in Medical Leadership Award in 2010.
He also received several other awards and honours including the Saskatchewan Order of Merit, the Saskatchewan Centennial Medal, the Saskatchewan Health Care Excellence Award, the CPSS Distinguished Service Award and the Saskatchewan College of Pharmacists Award of Merit.