2019 CRPA Award Winners / Lauréats 2019 de l’ACRP
Jeff Dovyak, who was CRPA president at the 2019 conference, presented awards to the following recipients (left to right): Jing Chen, Tony Waker, Joe Cortese, and Ali Shoushtarian / Jeff
Richard V. Osborne Founders’ Award
The recipient of the 2019 Richard V. Osborne Founders’ Award was Dr. Jing Chen, Radiation Protection Bureau, Health Canada.
The award honours CRPA’s first Founders’ Award recipient, our founding president, Dr. Richard V. Osborne. It recognizes outstanding contributions that enhance the reputation of the association and raise its profile as an important organization in radiation protection, or promote the benefits of membership in the association and encourage participation in association activities.
Dr. Chen is a member of CRPA’s International Liaison Committee. The committee’s mandate is to promote CRPA internationally and to create or maintain liaisons with foreign and international organizations with goals or objectives similar to CRPA. Her many contributions to the following organizations have enhanced CRPA’s reputation nationally and internationally.
Over the years, Dr. Chen has fostered collaborations between CRPA and several national or international organizations, such as the Canadian Association of Radon Scientists and Technologists (CARST), Federal Provincial Territorial Radiation Protection Committee (FPTRPC), and Chinese Society of Radiation Protection (CSRP). She has represented Canada on committees or working groups of the United Nations Scientific Committee on the Effects of Atomic Radiation (UNSCEAR), Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), and World Health Organization (WHO).
She worked on the Canadian Naturally Occurring Radioactive Materials (NORM) Working Group of FPTRPC, the OECD Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA) Expert Group on Radiological Protection Science (EGRPS), and the Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme (AMAP) working group assessment of radioactivity in the Arctic. She was one of the experts who contributed to the development of WHO’s Management of Radioactivity in Drinking-Water. Dr. Chen joined the Canadian delegation to UNSCEAR in 2011, was an alternate representative from 2014 to 2017, and has been the Canadian representative since 2018.
Dr. Chen is a consulting editor of radiation protection dosimetry and a member of the editorial board of the Radiation and Environmental Biophysics journal and an international associate editor of the Radiation Environment and Medicine journal.
Dr. Chen has been a research scientist with Health Canada since 2001. Prior to that, she worked in the Institute of Radiation Biology at the GSF-National Research Center for Environment and Health in Germany; the Environment, Safety, and Health Division at Los Alamos National Laboratory in the United States; and Bubble Technology Industries Inc., Chalk River, Canada. She has published 180 scientific papers and has received a number of awards, including the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal from the Governor General of Canada in 2012.
Distinguished Achievement Award
The recipient of the 2019 Distinguished Achievement Award was Dr. Tony Waker, professor, Faculty of Energy Systems and Nuclear Science, University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT).
Dr. Waker is also the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) / University Network of Excellence in Nuclear Engineering (UNENE) Industrial Research Chair in Health Physics and Environmental Safety at UOIT.
Prior to joining UOIT, he was a senior scientist and manager in radiation biology and health physics at the Chalk River Laboratories of Atomic Energy of Canada Limited.
The Distinguished Achievement Award is presented for outstanding contributions in the field of radiation protection. Recipients must have received recognition from peers, either nationally or internationally, for major accomplishments or significant contributions to the knowledge, practice, or advancement of the radiation protection profession.
Dr. Waker has earned worldwide recognition for his work on experimental radiation measurement techniques and its application in neutron therapy (microdosimetry), which deals with the measurement of charged particle energy deposition in tissue equivalent volumes ranging in size from nanometres to micrometres. Microdosimetry is employed to improve our understanding of the relationship between radiation energy deposition, the resulting biological effects, and the appropriate quantities to be used in characterizing and quantifying radiation quality.
His research also focuses on measurement and quantification of radiation quality for cellular, subcellular, and molecular systems for high linear energy transfer (LET) radiation and low-energy X-rays and beta particles; neutron activation analysis and neutron monitoring; and radiation detector development for radiation protection dosimetry.
He has served on both national and international committees concerning radiation measurement and effects. In 2015, Dr. Waker was recognized for his teaching efforts when he received the Canadian Nuclear Society Education and Communication Award for “significant efforts in improving the understanding of nuclear science and technology among educators, students, and the public.”
Dr. Waker recently published a technical book, Microdosimetry: Experimental Methods and Applications, intended for use in medical, radiation, and health physics courses. He is also a long-time CRPA supporter. Not only does he attend the annual CRPA conferences, he also sends health physics students to the conferences to share their research applications with the radiation protection community.
He has a BSc in applied physics from London South Bank University, United Kingdom, and a PhD in radiation physics from London South Bank University, United Kingdom, and the Joint Research Centre in Ispra, Italy.
Meritorious Service Award
The recipient of the 2019 Meritorious Service Award was Joe Cortese, radiation safety officer, British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT).
The award recognizes significant services provided either to the association or to the radiation protection community in general.
Cortese is a long-standing member of CRPA, whose attitude of “we can make this work” has led him to join multiple CRPA committees at the same time. Not only is he the current chair of the Nominations Committee (with the frustrating job of finding candidates for election year after year), he also serves on the Professional Development Committee and the Membership Committee.
Cortese was also the chair of the Local Organizing Committee for the 2014 CRPA conference in Vancouver and is currently contributing to the joint International Commission on Radiological Protection (ICRP) / Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) / CRPA conference, to be held in Vancouver in 2020.
He has a BSc in physics from the University of British Columbia and a diploma in nuclear medical technology from BCIT. Cortese achieved his CRPA(R) status in 2010.
In addition to his responsibilities at BCIT, Cortese is a nationally recognized, well-respected radiation safety trainer and a private consultant who travels across Canada talking about radiation safety.
Raymond G. Ilson Leadership Award
The recipient of the 2019 Raymond G. Ilson Leadership Award was Ali Shoushtarian.
The award honours CRPA Founders’ Award recipient and past president Raymond G. Ilson. It is presented to a CRPA member who has demonstrated or shows promise of leadership and has made a significant contribution to the radiation protection profession.
Shoushtarian, as a forward-thinking and active member of the CRPA board of directors, has demonstrated leadership in the radiation protection profession and in the association. He leverages his large network to create partnerships to advance CRPA’s mission. Here are some examples:
- Inviting Grade 6 students to the 2019 CRPA conference as part of a new outreach session — Science Day at the CRPA!
- Creating a partnership with the Canadian Association of Radon Scientists and Technologists to strengthen education.
- Contributing to the success of the Ottawa Hospital Radiation Safety Program through innovation and best practices (e.g., leading the implementation of the radon awareness and measurement program and creating a monthly compliance report).
- Developing a new program in the interest of radiation protection of the public and workers.
As part-time editor of the International Radiation Protection Association (IRPA) Bulletin, he encourages CRPA members to get involved with the International Commission on Radiological Protection (ICRP) and IRPA activities.
Shoushtarian obtained an Honours BSc in biochemistry from the University of Ottawa and a graduate certificate in forensic science from Mount Royal University. His knowledge of radiation management has been acquired through years of experience as a user in a research environment and his later transition into the professional realm of radiation safety.
He spent six years as the radiation safety officer at the University of Ottawa overseeing operational procedures of approximately 50 research laboratories. Currently, he is a senior radiation safety specialist with the Ottawa Hospital; his portfolio includes monitoring the radiation safety of the departments of clinical nuclear medicine and the hospital’s research laboratories.
The beginning of his relationship with CRPA in 2006 coincided with his entry into the field of radiation safety. Over the years, he has brought value to the organization through networking and information sharing. For example, he was a key member of the Local Organizing Committee for the 2011 CRPA conference in Ottawa and co-chair of the committee for the 2019 conference in Ottawa. As a member of the board of directors (2014–2018), he was instrumental in revamping the corporate membership structure of CRPA.