2017 CRPA Award Winners / Lauréats 2017 de l’ACRP
Richard V. Osborne Founder’s Award
Jeff Dovyak, RNMT, CRPA(R)
Corporate Radiation Safety Officer, Winnipeg Regional Health Authority
Jeff Dovyak has been a member of CRPA since 2004 and is a member of the Canadian Association of Medical Radiation Technologists (CAMRT), an association for medical radiation safety officers and health physicists. Jeff has been a nuclear medicine technologist for over 20 years, and his understanding of the principals of radiation protection was rewarded when he was appointed radiation safety officer (RSO) for the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority in 2003 and then, in 2006, the corporate RSO managing multiple sites within the Winnipeg Health Authority.
He has served the regulated community in his capacity as RSO by helping to bridge the gap between practical applications of radiation protection and the regulated expectations for nuclear medicine departments. He often brings forth solutions and guides fellow RSOs, both in the nuclear medicine field and in other industries with elements relating to radiation protection.
Jeff’s has been very involved within CRPA since he joined the association in 2004. He has presented many talks on implementing radiation safety programs and procedures, often challenging standard practices in emergency management.
After challenging the CRPA(R) exam at its inaugural sitting in 2005, Jeff joined the Registered Radiation Safety Professionals Registration (RRSP) subcommittee to help promote and manage the examination process, which he continues to do to this very day. In 2008, Jeff became the first Western Provinces’ representative on the RRSP committee. He has served three terms. He was the chair of the Registration Examination subcommittee and is now chair of the RRSP committee.
Jeff joined the Board of Directors and served as a director from 2011 to 2013. He became president elect in 2013 and then president in 2014. Jeff was a key member of the By-Laws Committee during his presidential term and helped the association transition from the old standing By-Laws to the new regulations for not-for-profit corporations.
He also spent a year on the Rules committee before chairing the local organizing committee for the Winnipeg conference held in 2015.
Currently, Jeff sits as a CRPA(R) member of the CRPA-CNSC Working Group, which was developed following a recommendation by of the RRSP committee. The working group facilitates collaborative information sharing between the regulator and the licensed community. Jeff provides endless feedback on ongoing challenges affecting regulated parties and how legislative changes will affect businesses.
Jeff has played a huge role in enhancing the reputation of the association, promoting the CRPA as well as the CRPA(R) and its merits, and encouraging participation in association activities and recruiting members from the field of nuclear medicine. Jeff will continue this pursuit as he takes another term as president elect in 2017.
It is for these reasons, and his commitment to the CRPA and profession, that he is worthy of the 2017 Richard V. Osborne Founders’ Award.
Distinguished Achievement Award
Ed Waller, PhD, CHP
Professor, NSERC/UNENE Industrial Research Chair in Health Physics and Environmental Safety, Faculty of Energy Systems and Nuclear Science, UOIT
One of the world’s leading radiation experts, Edward Waller is a professor in the Faculty of Energy Systems and Nuclear Science at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT) and one of UOIT’s founding faculty members. He has been a Natural Sciences and Engineering and Research Council of Canada (NSERC) and University Network of Excellence in Nuclear Engineering (UNENE) industrial research chair in health physics and environmental safety since 2008.
Edward’s research focuses on nuclear safety and safeguards to secure nuclear radiation sources, including counterterrorism measures, emergency responses, and environmental effects associated with nuclear power plants in Canada. In the area of health physics, Edward conducts risk-based analyses of radiation exposure and investigates ways to ensure exposure is as low as reasonably achievable. His research also explores the impact of low doses of radiation on non-human species. A prominent five-year delegate with the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) working group investigating radiation bioeffects and countermeasures, Edward has been researching radiological dispersal devices and their effects for more than 15 years.
Edward developed and patented a novel radiation triage mask to rapidly identify and assist with treatment strategies for those who have been internally exposed to radioactive isotopes generated by dirty bombs. The patented radiation triage mask determines the type of exposure and amount inhaled, allowing first responders to quickly establish a course of treatment and save lives.
Edward is part of an international research team designing a novel sensor for an improved landmine detection system, an invention that is currently being used in countries where landmines are prevalent. He is the first Canadian academic delegate appointed to United Nations Scientific Committee on the Effects of Atomic Radiation and works closely with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).
He joined UOIT in 2003 as an associate professor, was appointed professor in 2009, and was named associate dean of Graduate Studies in 2011. In 2015, Ed served as interim dean of Graduate Studies, then interim dean of Faculty.
Before joining UOIT, Edward spent 15 years with Science Applications International Corporation dealing with threat assessment, health physics, and applications of radiation.
Edward Waller has dedicated his career to protecting the safety and security of Canadians by innovating ways to reduce the threat of radiation exposure from nuclear disaster. We proudly nominate Dr. Ed Waller for the 2017 Distinguished Achievement Award.