Prix Hommage



The Prix Hommage of the Ordre des dentistes du Québec, awarded since 2007, recognizes the exceptional contribution by one of its members to the development of the profession, in keeping with the Order’s mandate to promote dental health and public protection. It is in the form of a blown glass sculpture evoking the different materials used in dentistry, including gold, porcelain and titanium, and symbolizing both the future and excellence .


 







Prix Hommage 2018

ELIGIBILITY
Candidates must hold a permit from the Ordre des dentistes du Québec.

CANDIDATES’ QUALIFICATIONS

More specifically, candidates must:

  • have made a significant and sustained contribution to continuing improvement in the quality of dentistry;
  • display an ethical attitude and a keen of professionalism;
  • be deeply motivated by a drive for competence and excellence;
  • show a sincere concern for public health and well-being; and have participated in professional activities, or in the work of committees or other local or provincial bodies.

2018 NOMINATION
The nomination file must include :

WHO CAN SUBMIT A NOMINATION?
An individual dentist, a group or an organization.

SUBMITTING NOMINATIONS
The person proposing a nomination must submit the Nominations file to the ODQ Prix Hommage selection committee no later than April 15, 2018.

HOW IS THE RECIPIENT CHOSEN?

The selection committee studies all the nominations and makes a recommendation to the ODQ Board of Directors.

Nomination Form


INFORMATION

Prix Hommage selection committee
Telephone : 514 875-8511 or 1 800 361-4887
Email: natalie.seguin@odq.qc.ca

 

2017 Recipient - Dr. Denis Forest 

Dr. Denis Forest: unflagging commitment to the profession and a major contribution to advancing knowledge in dentistry

Dr. Forest holds a bachelor’s degree in biology-chemistry and a doctorate in dentistry, and was one of the first Quebec dentists to specialize in oral medicine. He taught at the Université de Montréal from 1965 to 2004 and is now a retired Emeritus Professor. Over the years he played a decisive role in transforming the Faculty of Dental Surgery into a Faculty of Dentistry.


Dr. Forest has collaborated on many books and numerous scientific papers. In particular, he co-authored a textbook on oral medicine that is still used in many francophone faculties of dentistry. He is an internationally renowned speaker, and contributed to expanding knowledge in dentistry as Editor-in-Chief of the Journal de l’Ordre des dentistes from 1985 to 2008.

Since 1996, he has been the Director of the Journées dentaires internationales du Québec (JDIQ). The event is one of the largest dental conventions in North America, attracting over 12,000 participants every year. His role in organizing the JDIQ earned him recognition as an Emeritus Ambassador of the Palais des congrès de Montréal.


During his career Dr. Forest has been honoured with the Ernest-Charron award from the Université de Montréal, the Samuel Charles Miller Lecture Award from the American Academy of Oral Medicine, the Distinguished Service Award from the Canadian Dental Association, the Mérite award from the Québec Interprofessional Council and the silver medallion from the City of Paris. He received an honorary PhD in dentistry from Université Laval, and was also honoured at the 110th anniversary celebrations of the Université de Montréal Faculty of Dentistry, in 2014. In addition, he is a Fellow of the Académie dentaire du Québec, the International College of Dentists and the Pierre Fauchard Academy.

The Prix Hommage, awarded since 2007, recognizes the exceptional contribution by an ODQ member to the development of the profession. As this year’s recipient, Dr. Forest received a piece of art evoking different materials used in dentistry, i.e. gold, porcelain and titanium, and symbolizing both the future and excellence.


2016 Recipient - Dr. Michel Bonin

Dr. Michel Bonin

The Ordre des dentistes du Québec awarded its 2016 prix Hommage to Dr. Michel Bonin on May 28, at the gala evening as part of the Journées dentaires internationales du Québec, the Order’s annual convention.

A pioneer in pediatric dentistry

A true pioneer and recognized leader in pediatric dentistry, Dr. Bonin has devoted his practice to children with special needs, including disabled children, those with developmental delays and autistic children. Over a successful career spanning more than 40 years, Dr. Bonin has managed to create bonds between the different parties in the medical community so that his young patients can benefit from comprehensive, adapted treatment.

Dr. Bonin earned his doctorate in dentistry from the Université de Montréal in 1972. He went on to specialize in pediatric dentistry at the University of California in Los Angeles (UCLA), and also brought back a certificate from the institute of neuropsychiatry at that institution.

After completing his specialization, Dr. Bonin held the position of Assistant Professor in Pediatric Dentistry at UCLA from 1974 to 1976. He also headed the university’s mobile clinic, treating underprivileged patients from California and Mexico. When he returned to Quebec in 1976, he started his private practice in Sainte-Geneviève, an area that is now part of the Île-Bizard–Sainte-Geneviève borough.

A recognized teacher

At the same time, he worked as a pediatric dentist at the Montreal Children's Hospital from 1976 to 2013 and helped train dentistry students at the Université de Montréal and McGill University. He also served as a consultant for various organizations, sharing his recognized approaches for managing physically, intellectually and medically compromised patients.

Dr. Bonin served as the dental co-ordinator for the Centre de réadaptation Lisette-Dupras from 1976-2013 and sat on the board of the West Island Association for the Intellectually Handicapped. Over the course of his career he has given some twenty talks on pediatric dentistry in Canada and in California.

Since 2007, the Prix Hommage has been presented to recognize the exceptional contribution by an ODQ member to the development of the profession. As the recipient of the 2016 Prix Hommage, Dr. Bonin received a piece of art evoking different materials used in dentistry, i.e. gold, porcelain and titanium, and symbolizing both the future and excellence.


2015 Recipient - Dr. Arto Demirjian

Dr. Arto Demirjian

The Ordre des dentistes du Québec awarded its 2015 Prix Hommage to Dr. Arto Demirjian at the meeting of the ODQ Board of Directors on May 22. Dr. Demirjian was also honoured by his peers at the Annual General Meeting, in conjunction with the Journées dentaires internationales du Québec.

Since 2007, the Prix Hommage has been presented to recognize the exceptional contribution by an ODQ member to the development of the profession.

Dr. Demirjian is known as an exacting scientist, an exceptional teacher and a tireless researcher. He holds a doctoral degree in dentistry from the Université de Montréal (1959) and a Master’s in human anatomy from the University of Toronto (1961). A Professor Emeritus with the Université de Montréal Faculty of Dentistry, he helped train some 4,000 Quebec dentists over the years and directed the theses and dissertations of 29 graduate students. He was also Chair of the University’s Department of Stomatology from 1995 to 1999 and assistant to the Dean in computerizing the Faculty between 1996 and 2000.

One of his outstanding achievements was the creation in 1966 of a human growth research centre, which he directed until 1986. The centre brought together professionals from different disciplines and conducted a 20-year longitudinal study of the physical growth and neuromotor development of Quebec children from birth to late adolescence. The data collected were published in the form of height and weight curves, a first in Quebec. They are still used at CLSCs and pediatric clinics in the province and throughout the world as a tool for comparing populations.

His research related to the assessment of dental maturity led him to design a system that has become a global standard. In the 1990s, he published a number of innovative interactive CDs for teaching head and neck anatomy.

Over the course of his career, Dr. Demirjian has authored eight books and chapters and 170 papers, on his own or in collaboration with others, in addition to giving some one hundred lectures in Canada and abroad. He served as President of the Académie dentaire du Québec and of the ODQ Foundation. From 1966 to 1972, he was a member and Chair of the research council of the Canadian Dental Association.

Dr. Demirjian has received many distinctions, including the Advil-Micheline-Blain award, in 2004, from the Network for Oral and Bone Health Research. He was also honoured at the 110th anniversary celebrations of the Université de Montréal Faculty of Dentistry, in 2014.

He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of England (1997) and the American College of Dentists (1998) and an Alumnus of Distinction of the University of Toronto Faculty of Dentistry (1999).

It should also be noted that a scholarship has been awarded every year since 1997 by the Université de Montréal Faculty of Dentistry thanks to a donation by Sona and Arto Demirjian.

As the recipient of the 2015 Prix Hommage, Dr. Demirjian received a piece of art evoking different materials used in dentistry, i.e. gold, porcelain and titanium, and symbolizing both the future and excellence.


2014 Recipient - Dr. Guy Boisclair

Dr. Guy Boisclair

On May 24, the Ordre des dentistes du Québec awarded its 2014 Prix Hommage to Dr. Guy Boisclair at the Soirée du président, part of the des Journées dentaires internationales du Québec and sponsored by RBC Royal Bank. Since Dr. Boisclair could not attend, the award, presented by Dr. Barry Dolman, was accepted on his behalf by Dr. Christian Fortin.

Dr. Boisclair was chosen as this year’s recipient for his sustained and remarkable commitment to promoting oral health. He holds a Doctor in Dental Medicine degree and a specialization in dental public health from the Université de Montréal, and practised privately for several years before joining the Quebec department of health and social services and the Trois-Rivières community health department as a professional.

He sits on many committees and has been involved in many research projects concerning both youths and seniors. He has published columns on dental health in many regional media and defended a number of causes, such as fluoridating drinking water, distributing milk in schools and prohibiting the sale of soft drinks there.

An ODQ Director representing the Mauricie–Bois-Francs region for nearly 25 years, Dr. Boisclair also served as Secretary of the Mauricie Dental Society for more than 30 years. In particular, he was in charge of Oral Health Month in the Mauricie and Centre-du-Québec regions for 25 years.

Dr. Boisclair is a member of the Ordre de La Vérendrye, the highest distinction awarded by the city of Trois-Rivières, and also received Awards of Merit from the Québec Interprofessional Council in 2007 and the Quebec provincial public health association (ASPQ) in 2008. In addition, he received the Lieutenant-Governor’s Seniors Medal in 2011, in recognition of his commitment, determination and positive influence in the community.


2013 Recipient - Dr. Denys F. Ruel

Dr. Denys F. Ruel

On May 26, Dr. Barry Dolman, President of the Ordre des dentistes du Québec (ODQ), presented the Order’s 2013 Prix Hommage to Dr. Denys F. Ruel at a special President’s evening to be held in conjunction with the Journées dentaires internationales du Québec.

Caring for vulnerable patients Dr. Denys F. Ruel was chosen to receive the 2013 Prix Hommage because of his continuing commitment to prevention and oral health promotion and his remarkable work with the most vulnerable members of society.

Dr. Ruel holds a Doctor in Dental Medicine (1983) degree and a specialized graduate diploma in public dental health (2004) from the Université de Montréal. He was in private practice until 2011, and then joined the dental clinic of the Centre Jeunesse de Montréal. For over 10 years now, with the help of dentistry students, he has been offering dental care for homeless youths and HIV-positive patients served by the Jeanne-Mance CSSS.

A member of the Association des chirurgiens dentistes du Québec and the Canadian Dental Association (CDA), Dr. Ruel is also a clinical teaching assistant and lecturer at the Université de Montréal. He has received numerous awards, including the Oral Health Promotion Award from the CDA, in 2006. He has contributed to many scientific articles dealing in particular with dental health among seniors and homeless young people.

Since 2007, the Prix Hommage of the Ordre des dentistes du Québec has been awarded to recognize the exceptional contribution by an ODQ member to the development of the profession, in keeping with the Order's mandate to promote dental health and public protection. As the recipient of the ODQ’s 2013 Prix Hommage, Dr. Ruel received a blown glass sculpture evoking the different materials used in dentistry, including gold, porcelain and titanium, and symbolizing both the future and excellence.

2012 Recipient - Dr. Jacques Valiquette

Dr. Jacques Valiquette
On May 27, the Ordre des dentistes awarded its 2012 Prix Hommage to Dr. Jacques Valiquette, member of the Canadian Dental Association, the Association des prosthodontistes du Québec and the Association of Prosthodontists of Canada, and Fellow of the Académie dentaire du Québec.

Dr. Valiquette received this distinction as a tribute to his remarkable contribution to the development of prosthodontics in Quebec. He is recognized for his professionalism, devotion and great generosity, and as an outstanding clinician and exceptional teacher who has helped to improve the quality of care for patients deformed by illness or suffering from severe atrophy of the jaw.

Dr. Valiquette began his career in 1963, not long after graduating with his degree in dentistry from the Université de Montréal. Right from the start, he had to treat patients deformed by cancer or cleft palates calling for maxillo-facial prostheses. This experience prompted him to specialize in maxillo-facial prosthodontics at the University of Texas.

When he returned to Quebec in 1969, he founded the Centre de prosthodontie maxillo-faciale at Hôpital Notre-Dame, and devoted the next ten years to treating disfigured patients from all over Quebec.

He then decided to devote himself to the cause of edentulous patients with severe jaw atrophy. In addition to developing an original approach for manufacturing prostheses in the laboratory, he set up a professional development course on complete dentures to share his experience with his colleagues and encourage them to treat edentulous patients.

The Prix Hommage of the Ordre des dentistes du Québec, awarded since 2007, recognizes the exceptional contribution by one of its members to the development of the profession, in keeping with the Order’s mandate to promote dental health and public protection. It is in the form of a blown glass sculpture evoking the different materials used in dentistry, including gold, porcelain and titanium, and symbolizing both the future and excellence.

2011 Recipient - Dr. Paul Germain

Dr. Paul Germain
On May 28, the Ordre des dentistes du Québec awarded its 2011 Prix Hommage to Dr. Paul Germain. In doing so the Order wished to recognize this great humanitarian’s work to promote oral health and greater access to dental care, both here, among the most underprivileged, and elsewhere in the world, through Dentistes Sans Frontières, the co-operative organization he co-founded.

After earning his degree in dentistry in 1962, Dr. Germain opened a private practice in Verdun, where he is still working today. Some years later, he was hired as a Lecturer at the Université de Montréal Faculty of Dentistry. In 1996, he joined the advisory committee on the teaching of dental hygiene at Collège Maisonneuve, and remained a member until 2004.

Elected as a Director of the Association des chirurgiens dentistes du Québec (ACDQ) in 1985, he later served as a Counsellor on the Executive Committee several times. Since 1998, he has also been serving as a Director of the Société de Services Dentaires. In 2006, he was made a lifetime member of the ACDQ in recognition of his commitment to his colleagues. In 2010, the Pierre Fauchard Academy awarded him a Certificate of Merit for distinguished service, and in 2011, he was made a Fellow of the Académie dentaire du Québec.

In 1999, Dr. Germain co-founded Dentistes Sans Frontières (DSF), affiliated with the international co-operation organization Terre Sans Frontières. He has since been pursuing his commitment to this humanitarian cause with an impact extending beyond our borders, both as a member of the DSF Executive Committee and on the missions he has undertaken since the founding of the organization, in particular in the Honduras.

Through his continuing commitment to teaching, Dr. Germain has contributed to improving the skills of future dentists, and hence the quality of dentistry in general. His contribution to professional activities and his devotion to his patients for close to 50 years are eloquent evidence of his professionalism.

The Prix Hommage of the Ordre des dentistes du Québec recognizes the exceptional contribution by one of its members to the development of the profession, in keeping with the Order’s mandate to promote dental health and public protection.

As the recipient of the 2011 Prix Hommage of the ODQ, Dr. Germain received a blown glass sculpture evoking the different materials used in dentistry, including gold, porcelain and titanium, and symbolizing both the future and excellence.

2010 Recipient - Dr. Jean-Paul Lussier

Dr. Jean-Paul Lussier
On May 29, the Ordre des dentistes awarded its 2010 Prix Hommage to Dr. Jean-Paul Lussier, as recognition by his peers of his exceptional contribution to the development of the profession. Dr. Lussier, a Professor Emeritus, was Dean of the Faculty of Dentistry of the Université de Montréal for 17 years. He devoted most of his career, over a period of nearly six decades, to teaching dentistry and contributing to advances in the dental profession.

Dr. Lussier earned his Doctorate in Dental Surgery in 1942 and a Master of Science in 1952 from the Université de Montréal, and a PhD from the University of California in 1959. A graduate of Harvard Business School (1974), he also holds honorary PhDs from McGill University (1972) and Université Laval (1995). In addition to his duties as Dean of the Faculty of Dentistry of the Université de Montréal, Dr. Lussier was a very active member of a number of scientific organizations, including the Council on Education of the Canadian Dental Association, the Dental Research Committee of the Conseil national dentaire du Canada, the Medical Research Council of Canada, the Conseil de la recherche en santé du Québec, the World Health Organization and the International Association of Dental Research.

Dr. Lussier devoted more than half of his lengthy career to teaching and administration at the Université de Montréal, where he was Assistant Professor in the Physiology Department of the Faculty of Medicine (1946-1952), Associate Professor (1954-1958), Vice-Dean and Academic Director of the Faculty of Dental Surgery (1957-1962), Full Professor (1958-1983), Director of the Department of Preventive and Community Dentistry of the Faculty of Dental Surgery (1965-1975) and Dean of the Faculty of Dental Surgery (1962-1979). He also chaired the Commission des sciences de la santé from 1979 to 1983.

Dr. Lussier was the co-founder and President of the Association of Canadian Faculties of Dentistry, of the Académie dentaire du Québec and the Advisory Committee of the Réseau thématique de recherche en santé buccodentaire of the Fonds de la recherche en santé du Québec. He was also a Governor of the College of Dental Surgeons of the Province of Quebec and was mandated by the Ordre des dentistes du Québec to organize the Estates General of the dental profession in Quebec in 1991.

In the late 1990s, Dr. Lussier was a member of the roundtable on workforce planning in dentistry in Quebec, and responsible for studying the professional workforce in oral and maxillofacial surgery in Quebec.

He is a Fellow of the American College of Dentists, the International College of Dentists, the Royal College of Dentists of Canada and the Académie dentaire du Québec and an honorary Fellow of the Academy of Dentistry International. He was honoured by the American Academy of Dental Medicine (1957), the Alpha Omega Fraternity (1962) and the Académie Pierre Fauchard (1989). He is an honorary member of the Canadian Dental Association and the Association des dentistes en santé communautaire du Québec, and received the Award of Merit from the Québec Interprofessional Council in 1996.

In 2000, the Réseau de recherche en santé buccodentaire et osseuse created an award in his honour, the Prix Jean-Paul-Lussier, to salute the exceptional contribution by a student to the advancement of the profession and to the development and improvement of oral medical care.

Over the course of his career, Dr. Lussier produced over one hundred reports, articles, briefs and presentations on subjects ranging from dental care to fluoridation, the reform of the dental curriculum, dental education and research.

The Prix Hommage recognizes the exceptional contribution by an ODQ member to the development of the profession, in keeping with the Order’s mandate to promote dental health and public protection. As the recipient of the 2010 Prix Hommage, Dr. Lussier received a blown glass sculpture evoking the different materials used in dentistry, including gold, porcelain and titanium, and symbolizes both the future and excellence.

2009 Recipient - Dr. Jean-Marc Brodeur

Dr. Jean-Marc Brodeur
A native Montrealer, he earned his Doctorate in Dental Surgery from the Université de Montréal in 1971, and went on to do a Master’s degree in Community Health there in 1978. He then did a post-doctoral internship in Epidemiology in Paris, before returning to the Université de Montréal to complete his PhD thesis on oral health in the elderly.

After serving as Assistant Professor in the Social and Preventive Medicine Department at the Université de Montréal for four years, Dr. Brodeur worked as an Associate Professor in Dental Public Health and Assistant Director of the School of Dentistry at Université Laval.

In 1991, he returned to the Université de Montréal as Director of the interdisciplinary health research group, and then as Director of the Social and Preventive Medicine Department. He was involved in creating the oral health research network of the Fonds de la recherche en santé du Québec, and was its first Director. In 1995, Dr. Brodeur helped found the Association des dentistes spécialistes en santé dentaire publique du Québec, and was its first President.

Dr. Brodeur also earned a diploma as a specialist in dental public health from the ODQ in 1990. He is a Fellow of the Académie dentaire du Québec and the Académie dentaire internationale, and in 2007 was presented with the Advil–Micheline-Blain award for his exceptional contribution to the development and advancement of oral health and public health research in Quebec.

He has written some one hundred research reports and publications on assessing and monitoring oral health among Quebecers and the effectiveness of public dental health prevention programs.

2008 Recipient - Dr. Stéphane Schwartz

Dr. Stéphane Schwartz
Dr. Schwartz began practising dentistry in 1962, and has been interested in pediatric dentistry since 1972. She has chaired the Coalition de Montréal pour des dents en santé since 2003, and heads the Dentistry Department at the Montreal Children’s Hospital, which treats over 15,000 children a year. The Coalition is an initiative of the Montreal Children’s Hospital, and promotes water fluoridation as a way of halting the scourge of dental caries among Montreal children.

She is a Fellow of the Académie dentaire du Québec and the Royal College of Dentists of Canada, and has given over one hundred lectures, authored some forty articles and conducted about twenty research projects on pediatric dentistry. She has taught pediatric dentistry at McGill University since 1978, as an Associate Professor.

During her productive career, Dr. Schwartz has received a number of distinctions, including the W.W. Wood Award for Excellence in Dental Education in the Faculty of Dentistry, from McGill University in 1993, the Distinguished Service Award, from the Canadian Dental Association in 2002, and the Mead Johnson Medical Award of Excellence, from the Montreal Children’s Hospital in 2005. Just recently, the Council of Physicians, Dentists and Pharmacists at the Montreal Children’s Hospital of the McGill University Health Centre presented her with its 2008 Award of Merit for the body of her work.

2007 Recipient - Dr. Roland Baribeau

Dr. Roland Baribeau
This prestigious award is a tribute to Dr. Baribeau’s exceptional contribution to the development of the profession and improvement of dental care for Quebecers.

Dr. Baribeau was a founding member and President of the Association dentaire de la Province du Québec. He was the driving force behind water fluoridation in Trois-Rivières, and devoted a fifty-year career to caring for his patients.