Congratulations to the CAP-ACP 2020 Award Recipients!
Fri, 26 Jun 2020

Congratulations to the CAP-ACP 2020 Award Recipients!

Over the years, the Canadian Association of Pathologists (CAP-ACP) has honoured a number of Laboratory Physicians, Laboratory Technicians and Pathologists Assistants through our Awards Program.

It is with great enthusiasm that we announce the 2020 award recipients


Distinguished Service Award
Emina Emilia Torlakovic, MD, PhD, FCAP

Distinguished Service Award
Awarded in recognition of a CAP-ACP member who has contributed significantly to the development of the CAP-ACP as a truly representative association of all laboratory disciplines in Canada.

Emina Emilia Torlakovic, MD, PhD, is the Division Head - Hematopathology and Professor, College of Medicine at the University of Saskatchewan. She is a Diplomate of the American Board of Pathology in Anatomical and Clinical Pathology and Hematopathology. She has authored over 100 peer-reviewed manuscripts and also published author of book/book chapters. She led several national and international published guidelines in the field of immunohistochemistry and is also a co-author of ASCO/CAP guidelines for ER/PR testing in breast cancer. Dr. Torlakovic is a founding member of NordiQC, as well as the International Society for Immunohistochemistry and Molecular Morphology (ISIMM). She is the Chair of the Canadian Association of Pathologists’ National Standards Committee for High Complexity Laboratory Testing and also co-directs cIQc. She has widely lectured in the field of quality assurance as well as in hematopathology. She is also internationally recognized for her seminal work in and discovery of sessile serrated adenoma.

Junior Scientist Awards

Junior Scientist Award
Offered by the Canadian Association of Pathologists-Association canadienne des pathologistes (CAP-ACP) to recognize meritorious scientific work, experimental or non-experimental, in the field of Pathology by a young investigator. The award has two categories, “clinical” and the “basic science”. Up to one award, in each category, will be awarded each year.

Junior Scientist Clinical Award
David Schaeffer, MD, FRCPC

Dr. Schaeffer is an associate professor in the Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine at University of British Columbia and the Head of the Division of Anatomic Pathology at Vancouver General Hospital (VGH) where he practices as a gastrointestinal pathologist. Dr. Schaeffer obtained his medical degree from the Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz, Germany. After a residency program in Anatomical Pathology in Vancouver he completed his gastrointestinal pathology fellowship at Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto. Dr. Schaeffer is a co-director of Pancreas Centre BC and also heads the Gastrointestinal Biobank (GIBB) at VGH. He has an active research program focusing predominately on translational research in colonic and pancreatic cancer.

Junior Scientist Basic Science Award
Dominique Trudel, M.D., Ph. D., FRCPC

Pathologist, clinical assistant professor, researcher (CRCHUM) Pathology and Cellular Biology, University of Montreal Institut du cancer de Montréal, Montreal University and CRCHUM

Key words: Prostate Cancer, Ovarian Cancer, Histology, Prognosis, Intraductal Carcinoma of the Prostate, Biomarkers, Immunohistochemistry, immunofluorescence, Raman spectroscopy, Raman microscopy, Imaging Mass Spectrometry.

Leadership In Education Award
Penny Barnes MD, FRCPC

Leadership In Education Award
This award was established in December 2012 at the joint suggestion of the Awards Committee, the Continuing Professional Development Committee and the Pathology Education Section to recognize a member who has shown leadership in education in the CAP-ACP.
Dr. Penny Barnes received her Medical Degree at Memorial University of Newfoundland. She began postgraduate training Internal Medicine at Western University, and then completed Anatomical Pathology residency at Dalhousie University. She pursued subspecialty training in Breast Pathology at the University of Nottingham, UK. She is an Associate Professor in the Department of Pathology at Dalhousie University and staff pathologist at the Queen Elizabeth II Health Sciences Centre, Halifax, Nova Scotia. Her clinical and academic interests include breast pathology, cytopathology, quality assurance for immunohistochemistry and clinical-pathologic correlation research. She is co-chair of the CAP-ACP Annual Residents’ Review Course Committee, a member of the Nova Scotia Breast Screening Program Advisory Council and of the CAP-ACP National Standards Committee for High Complexity Testing.

Leadership in Patient Safety and Quality Assurance Award
Katherine A. Chorneyko, MD, FRCPC

Leadership in Patient Safety and Quality Assurance Award

This award was established by the Section of Patient Safety and Quality Assurance in 2013 to recognize a member who has shown leadership in patient safety and quality assurance in the CAP-ACP.

Dr. Kathy Chorneyko is a pathologist and medical laboratory director at Brant Community Healthcare System and West Haldimand Hospital.

Trained in anatomical and general pathology, she has worked in both academic and community laboratory environments. She is a former Royal College examiner in Anatomical Pathology, and past president of Brant County Medical Association and the Ontario Association of Pathologists (OAP).

She has been involved with Path2Quality for many years, contributing to a number of initiatives including both the Standards2Quality and Work2Quality documents.

Dr. Chorneyko is an anatomical pathology immunohistochemistry assessor for the Institute for Quality Management in HealthCare (IQMH) program, and an Ontario Laboratory Accreditation assessor. She works with the Canadian Society for Medical Laboratory Science (CSMLS) as a cytology exam panel member.


Lloyd A. Kennedy Pathologists' Assistant Award
Ryan Healey

Lloyd A. Kennedy Pathologists' Assistant Award

The award was initially established in 2007; in 2010 it was renamed to commemorate Lloyd A. Kennedy and his devotion to PAs in Canada. Lloyd was well known and respected throughout the medical community, having contributed over 30 years of dedicated service in pathology at the Kingston General Hospital and Queens University.  Lloyd held the position of Past Chair of the Executive Committee and was also an active member of the AAPA.  He was chosen as the Pathologists’ Assistant of the year in 2009. Lloyd Left us peacefully on January 13, 2010 at the age of 56

The Lloyd A. Kennedy Pathologists' Assistant Award is funded by the Department of Pathology and Molecular Medicine at Queen’s University and Kingston General Hospital.

The award is presented to a Pathologists’ Assistant in good standing, in recognition of their outstanding contributions to continuing professional development in the area of medical laboratory practice.

Ryan was born and raised in Central and South America before moving to Canada as a child.  He grew up in a small town in Saskatchewan and completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Regina.   Shortly after moving to Calgary, he completed a Medical Laboratory Technology equivalency certification and subsequently spent 6 years working as a MLT in Flow Cytometry.  Ryan graduated from the second year of the University of Calgary Pathologists’ Assistant program in 2015 – while it was still a thesis-based Master’s degree.  His thesis entitled “Laboratory Testing for Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia” focused on improvements in flow cytometry laboratory utilization in order to better triage testing and minimize healthcare costs.  His thesis research led to publications in the journals Leukemia Research and Leukemia and Lymphoma.  After graduation, Ryan obtained board certification as a Pathologists’ Assistant through the American Society for Clinical Pathology and obtained PA certification through the CCCPA.  He was hired (and is presently employed) as a Pathology Scientist with Calgary Laboratory Services (now Alberta Precision Laboratories) and was appointed Clinical Lecturer with the University of Calgary MDPA program.  Ryan is a fellow of the American Association of Pathologists’ Assistants and serves as the AAPA student liaison for the U of C MDPA program.  He currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Canadian Certification Council of Pathologists’ Assistants as Chair of the Appeals and Recertification Committee.  Ryan has been extensively involved with the development of a competency maintenance program within the CCCPA.  Ryan enjoys all things “PA” and looks forward to seeing continued progress towards the establishment of a robust Pathologists’ Assistant profession in Canada.  Outside of the PA profession, Ryan enjoys spending time with his best friend and wife of almost 10 years, Candice, and their Labrador retriever, Luna.  He enjoys mountain sports, travel, sci-fi novels, smoking meat, home renovations, and time spent on the water while vacationing in central BC. 



Medical Technologist/Technician Award for
Continuing Professional Development
Kimberly Ingalls

Medical Technologist/Technician Award for Continuing Professional Development

This award was established for Medical Laboratory Technologist/Technician in Pathology (Histology, EM, Genetics, Immunohistochemistry, Cytology) or Hematology, in recognition of outstanding contribution to continuing professional development in the area of medical laboratory practice.  The recipient will have demonstrated significant contributions to continuing professional development of medical laboratory personnel through one of the following:

  • Instructing CPD courses in their area of expertise
  • Development of CPD programs locally, regionally, nationally or internationally.

Kim is the Technical Specialist for microscopy at QEII Health Sciences Centre, and is heavily involved in professional development of laboratory technologists and post-graduate medical trainees. Her duties and accomplishments:


  • Technical Specialist in Microscopy
  • Co-chair of Nova Scotia hematology operational committee
  • Instrumental in developing provincial proficiency program for peripheral blood morphology (Lorna Pearce
  • Proficiency Program)
  • Developed provincial SOP for peripheral blood morphology review
  • Developed SOP for Lorna Pearce Proficiency program
  • Oversees and adjudicates the Lorna Pearce Proficiency Program
  • Oversees yearly competency assessments in Nova Scotia Health Authority (NSHA) Central Zone, for microscopy
  • Oversees weekly interesting morphology case rounds for microscopy service in NSHA Central Zone


  • Teaches Nova Scotia College of Medical Laboratory Technologists (NSCMLT) students in peripheral blood, body fluid, and bone marrow morphology
  • Teaches all new microscopy technologists in peripheral blood, body fluid, and bone marrow morphology
  • Teaches all new hematopathology residents in peripheral blood body fluid, and bone marrow morphology
  • Teaches all new general pathology residents in peripheral blood body fluid, and bone marrow morphology
  • Teaches all new hematology fellows in peripheral blood body fluid, and bone marrow morphology
  • Teaches all new anatomical pathology residents in bone marrow morphology
  • Orients all new residents and hematopathology staff to the NSHA Central Zone laboratory information system
  • Gives monthly peripheral blood review sessions for Lorna Pearce Proficiency


  • Developed educational posters on peripheral blood leukocyte and body fluid morphology that are now distributed by CellaVision


  • Organized Maritech 2018 (Halifax, NS)
  • Presented at the 2018 CellaVision Nordic User Conference (Lund, Sweden)
  • Presented at LABCON 2011 (Halifax, NS)
  • Presented at 2013 Lorna Pearce Hematopathology Symposium (Halifax, NS)
  • Presented at 2017 Lorna Pearce Hematopathology Symposium (Halifax, NS)
  • Presented at 2019 Lorna Pearce Hematopathology Symposium (Halifax, NS)
  • Regular attendee at NSCMLT Annual General Meetings


  • Attended 2017 ISLH meeting (Honolulu, Hawaii), as first author on a study showing hematology patients on G-CSF and/or certain chemotherapy have falsely elevated automated IG values per Sysmex XN analyzer: “Ingalls, K., Conrad, D.M., Cheng, C., Shawwa, A., Couban, S., Sadek, I. 2017. Automated immature granulocyte counts are falsely elevated in patients treated with rituximab or G-CSF. XXX International Symposium on Technical
  • Innovations in Laboratory Hematology. May 4-6, Honolulu, HI.” Research poster presented at Pathology Research Day, 2016, Dalhousie University (Halifax, NS): “Ingalls K, Conrad, D.M., Cheng, C., Shawwa, A., Couban, S., Sadek, I. 2016. Falsely elevated immature granulocyte counts in patients treated with Rituximab or G-CSF. Pathology Department Research Day. May 5, Dalhousie University, Halifax, NS.”

PA Section Distinguished Service Award
Sanowar Hossain

PA Section Distinguished Service Award

Established in 2018 and presented to a member of the CAP-ACP PA section as a mark of recognition, of significant contributions and outstanding devotion, to the development of Pathologists’ Assistants, as a truly representative Section (for all PAs) in Canada.

Sanowar is a certified Pathologists’ Assistant working in the Anatomic Pathology department for more than 13 years. Foreign-trained medical graduate from Bangladesh and did a College Certificate (AEC) on Biotechnology Laboratory Technician at Dawson College, Montreal.  Started his career at Jewish General Hospital in Montreal in 2006. Since 2015, has been working as a Pathology Scientist in Alberta. Involved with the PA section of CAP-ACP from 2008 and was the organizing committee chair for the 2010 annual conference, chair of the membership committee of the PA section of CAP-ACP and right now, I am the director of the Initial Applications Review Committee for The Canadian Certification Council of Pathologists’ Assistants. It took many years and effort of several dedicated PAs from all over Canada to be where we are today. I feel privileged and honored to be a part of this journey. I have a certificate in Laboratory Quality Management and mid-level leadership development. I also have training in lean management. I am currently enrolled in the Human Resource Certificate course at Simon Fraser University. 


William Boyd Lectureship
David Lebrun, MD, FRCPC

William Boyd Lectureship

The William Boyd Award is the most prestigious lectureship of our association and pays attribute to an outstanding Canadian pathologist. Dr. Boyd was at the forefront of research, a great educator, an effective and an excellent diagnostic pathologist and a man for great enduring human strength. These attributes inspire us through lectureships which recognize fellow pathologists who have and are continuing in these great traditions.  This Award was established in 1981 to honour the memory of Dr. William Boyd and recognizes the contribution to Laboratory Medicine of a senior member of the CAP-ACP. 

Dr. David LeBrun obtained his M.D. from Queen's University in 1984. He completed residency in anatomical pathology at the University of Toronto in 1990 then moved to Stanford University where he underwent postdoctoral training in lymphoma diagnosis and, as a Research Fellow of the Medical Research Council Canada, in experimental research pertaining to molecular mechanisms of leukemogenesis. He has held a faculty appointment in the Department of Pathology and Molecular Medicine at Queen's University since 1994 and holds the rank of Professor. He conducts correlative and mechanistic research on lymphoma and acute lymphoblastic leukemia. His research has been supported by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, the Canadian Cancer Society Research Institute, the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Canada, the Cancer Research Society and the Ontario Institute for Cancer Research (OICR). Dr. LeBrun serves as the senior consultant in lymph node pathology for the Southeastern Ontario region and is Leader of the Ontario Molecular Pathology Research Network at OICR.