CANADIAN SOCIETY OF FORENSIC SCIENCE AWARDS
Awards Committee Chair: Dr. Amarjit Chahal
Awards Committee Chair: Dr. Amarjit Chahal
Please see below for award descriptions and how to apply.
The Derome Award is the Society’s most prestigious award. It was first established in 1991. The award was created in honour of Dr. Wilfrid Derome who was a pioneer in forensic science. In 1910, Dr. Derome was appointed Professor of Legal Medicine and Toxicology at the University of Montreal and became head of the Laboratory of Notre Dame Hospital. In July 1914, Dr. Derome founded the first governmental forensic science laboratory in North America in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, now called the Laboratoire des Sciences Judiciaires et de Médecine Légale. He acted as the Director of the lab until his death in 1931. He testified as a Medical Expert and a Ballistic Expert to the Crown in many legal cases during his career and was the first to testify in many fields.
In 1922, he became the first Expert in North America to testify in front of the Court on the determination of ethyl alcohol in the blood. In 1926, Dr. Derome invented the microspherometer which can reveal the marks left on the surface of bullets fired from a firearm for the purpose of identification and allowed the presentation of scientific evidence in Court for the first time in ballistics. In 1929, the Montreal laboratory was visited by J. Edgar Hoover, from the FBI, in order to plan the foundation of the FBI laboratory.
A Derome Award Recipient is a member of the Society in good standing who has advanced forensic science through outstanding leadership and/or by developing new techniques or principles which have gained widespread use in the profession.
Written nominations or suggestions are asked to be sent to the Chair of the Awards Committee.
The Lucas Award is named after Doug Lucas MSc, Dsc (Hon), a former Director of the Centre of Forensic Sciences in Toronto. Doug retired in 1994 following 37 years of service, 27 as the Centre’s Director. His scientific background was in Toxicology and Chemistry with particular emphasis on alcohol, fire investigation and explosives. He has published over 30 papers and chapters on a variety of forensic science topics.
Doug also has been active with several professional associations and is a past president of the Canadian Society of Forensic Sciences, the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, the International Association of Forensic Sciences, and the American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors (ASCLD). With ASCLD, he was involved in the development of an international forensic proficiency testing program in the late 1970s and with the establishment of the ASCLD/LAB accreditation program in 1982.
Post-retirement, Doug has continued his association with the proficiency testing program as an
advisor and has served as a consultant internationally to forensic laboratories, primarily with respect to management and/or quality assurance issues. This included serving on a five member international "Blue Ribbon Scientific Panel" in support of an eighteen month investigation by the Office of the Inspector General in the US Department of Justice of allegations of misconduct and improper practices by staff of the FBI Laboratory. From December 1998 to December 2003, another major activity involved serving as a member of a three person international "Peer Review Panel" advising the Judicial Tribunal for the "Bloody Sunday Inquiry" into the tragic events of January 30, 1972 in Londonderry, Northern Ireland in which thirteen civilians were killed and fourteen seriously wounded by gunshots during a
confrontation with the British army. Since 2003 a Doug has been associated with a major investigation by the Northern Ireland Police Service, the Omagh Bombing of August 1998 in which 29 people were killed by an IRA bomb. Since January of 2005, Doug has been serving as a scientific advisor to the Independent Investigator examining serious problems in the Houston Police Department Crime Laboratory and Property Room.
The Lucas Award is intended to recognize respected members who have served the Society and a field of forensic science.
Distinguished Service Award
The Distinguished Service Award recognizes members who have given freely of their time and talents to the Society over a period of several years.
CSFS Memorial Award
The purpose of the Memorial Award is to posthumously commemorate the contributions to forensic science in Canada of Society members who have passed away. This is done by providing travel assistance to current members of the Society to participate in the scientific programs at the annual meetings of the CSFS.
H. Ward Smith Award
The purpose of the H. Ward Smith Award is to commemorate the contribution to forensic science in Canada of the late Dr. H. Ward Smith (first Director of the Centre of Forensic Sciences in the Province of Ontario) by providing travel assistance to members of the Canadian Society of Forensic Science to participate in the scientific programs of the International Association of Forensic Sciences. To achieve this, H. Ward Smith Fund was established, and the interest earned by the Fund may be awarded to the author of the best paper or papers worthy of presentation at any international meeting as judged by the Awards Committee.
Rita Charlebois Award
The Rita Charlebois Award is intended to provide financial assistance to a deserving candidate(s) to attend Scientific Meetings. Scientists and others engaged in the field of forensic alcohol and/or other drug examination, including analyses, metabolism, effects, interpretation, and interrelationships with other substances are eligible to apply. Other investigators whose work is deemed to be sufficiently relevant to the broad field of forensic toxicology (such as alcohol or other drug effects on driving or piloting vehicles), may also be considered for this award. Presentation of a scientific paper is not a requirement.
CSFS Education Award
To promote the field of forensic science, the Canadian Society of Forensic Science offers an annual Award valued at up to $1,000.00 to a deserving university undergraduate or graduate student who is pursuing training in one of the areas of forensic science. Application forms are available from the Canadian Society of Forensic Science Office, and must be received by April 1st of each year.
Certificate of Merit
This Award consists of a printed certificate suitably inscribed with the specific action or contribution for which it is presented. The primary purpose of this Award is to recognize publicly, to thank and to appreciate any persons who have worked "beyond the call of duty" for the benefit of the Society.