Annual Achievement Award

The Canadian Heart Failure Society (CHFS) Annual Achievement Award was created in 2016 to recognize a member who has made significant contributions to the academic, research, or clinical scopes of heart failure.

A call for nominations will go out to all CHFS members annually with a closing date of early-May.

Eligibility Criteria

  1. Although the recipient is usually expected to be a member of the CHFS, if nominated, exceptions can be considered at the discretion of the Nominations and Awards Committee.
  2. Particular consideration will be given to contributions towards advancement of heart failure issues in Canada.

Selection Criteria

Nominations must include (and will be judged by) the following: 

  1. two letters of recommendation from CHFS members in good standing to support each nomination; and 
  2. a 1-2-page Biography of the nominee.

Award Prize

The award will be presented at the CHFS Annual General Meeting. The winner will receive an honorary crystal award.  


2023 Annual Achievement Award Recipient 

Haissam Haddad, MD, FRCPC, FRCP Edn, CCPE

Dr. Haddad received his B.Sc. from Tichreen University in Syria in 1980 and graduated from Medical School at Tichreen University in 1983. Following a family medicine practice in Syria, Dr. Haddad immigrated to Canada and trained in Internal Medicine at Dalhousie University and successfully completed his Cardiology training at the University of Alberta.

In July 1997, Dr. Haddad joined the Division of Cardiology, Queen Elizabeth II Health Sciences Centre, Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia and was Medical Director of the Heart Transplant Program and Director of the Cardiac Rehabilitation Program.

In September 2001, Dr. Haddad joined the University of Ottawa Heart Institute, serving as professor of Medicine, Division of Cardiology. He also served as the Director of the Heart Failure Program, and Medical Director of Heart Transplant Program from 2001 to 2014. He was also an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Systems and Computer Engineering at Carleton University in Ottawa from 2003 to 2016. Read more


Annual Achievement Award Recipients

2023    Haissam Haddad (Saskatoon, SK) 
2022    Serge Lepage (Sherbrooke, QC)
2021    Karen Harkness (Toronto, ON)
2020    Estrellita Estrella-Holder (Winnipeg, MB)
2019    Heather Ross (Toronto, ON)
2018    Jean Rouleau (Montréal, QC)
2017    Peter Liu (Ottawa, ON)
2016    J. Malcolm O. Arnold (London, ON)