Prix Honneur 

 

The ODQ’s Prix Honneur is intended, in specific instances, to honour individuals who are not members of the Ordre, companies or non-profit organizations having distinguished themselves by making a significant contribution to the improvement of health among Quebecers, in consideration of the close relationship that exists between overall health and oral health.

 

2017 Recipient - Dr. André Martel

Dr. André Martel: leading the way in promoting collaboration between physicians and dentists

Dr. Martel holds a doctorate in medicine from Université Laval and a specialization in anesthesia from the Royal College of Canada and the American Board of Anesthesiology. Over the course of his career he worked at various healthcare institutions in Quebec, including the Jewish General Hospital of Montréal and the Montreal Children's Hospital. Among other positions, he was head of the anesthesia department at the Saint-Eustache hospital. 

In 1973, during his residency, Dr. Martel began collaborating with general dentists, pediatric dentists and oral and maxillofacial surgeons in private practice and offering services under general anesthesia.

In the early 1990s, he founded a general anesthesia clinic specifically for dental care, treating over 2,000 patients a year, mainly young children and disabled patients. A true humanitarian, Dr. Martel also worked in Cameroun for the Canadian International Development Agency from 1968 to 1971, and was part of a Doctors Without Borders mission to Rwanda in 1993.

Up until he recently retired, he practised anesthesia on more than 65,000 patients as part of dental treatments, and worked with some 100 dentists, making an exceptional contribution to Quebecers’ dental health by supporting collaboration between physicians and dentists. 

The Prix Honneur is intended, in specific instances, to honour individuals who are not members of the ODQ, companies or non-profit organizations having distinguished themselves by making a significant contribution to improving Quebecers’ health, given the close links between overall health and oral health. As this year’s recipient, Dr. Martel received a blown-glass sculpture.


2014 Recipient - M. Pierre Blain

M. Pierre Blain

The members of the ODQ Board of Directors are pleased to announce that this year’s Prix Honneur has been awarded to Mr. Pierre Blain, General Manager of the Regroupement provincial des comités des usagers, an organization founded to defend the rights of health and social services network users and to help improve the quality of services provided.

As soon as he took on this position in 2010, Mr. Blain launched Health and Social Services Network Users’ Rights Week, to make people aware of their rights in terms of health services, including dental health.

The ODQ wishes to salute his commitment to defending users’ rights and his contribution to improving the quality of services provided. It also wishes to recognize Mr. Blain’s remarkable contribution to the work of the Order’s committee on access to care, created in March 2013 to examine the issue of access to oral care in Quebec and find possible solutions to the problems identified.

Mr. Blain has been a volunteer for 35 years now, sitting on many boards of directors in the fields of health, the arts, gastronomy and tourism. He received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012 and the Quebec National Assembly Medal in 2013.


2013 Recipient - Mr. Jean-Pierre Léger

Mr. Jean-Pierre Léger

The members of the ODQ Board of Directors are pleased to announce that the Order’s very first Prix Honneur will go to Jean-Pierre Léger, President and CEO of Groupe St-Hubert. The award recognizes the business leader’s efforts to improve Quebecers’ health, in particular his decision to offer a smoke-free environment to St-Hubert customers starting back in 2005, long before it was a legal requirement.

While this decision seems self-evident today, it must be remembered that at the time it was controversial and quite daring. Mr. Léger’s courage reduced the exposure of Quebecers everywhere to second-hand smoke, a recognized health hazard.

The Order’s Prix Honneur, awarded for the first time this year, is intended to honour non-ODQ members, firms or non-profit organizations who have made an outstanding contribution to improving Quebecers’ health, in view of the close links between overall health and oral health. As the recipient of the 2013 Prix Honneur, Mr. Léger will receive a blown glass sculpture.

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