Throughout its history, what has made the Canadian Paediatric Society (CPS) unique among similar organizations is its relentless advocacy to ensure that children and youth have access to the best possible care.

The CPS established the Victor Marchessault Advocacy Award to honour individuals or organizations who have made outstanding contributions to Canada’s children and youth at the local, provincial, or national level. Presented every two years, this award recognizes the diverse ways that Canadians help make life better for children and youth.

The award is presented during the CPS Annual Conference. The recipient is awarded a commemorative plaque and a $1,000 prize. Recipients also receive a complimentary one year membership to the CPS.

Congratulations to HALO Director Dr. Mark Tremblay on being the 2018 recipient of the Victor Marchessault Advocacy Award!

About the 2018 Recipient

Dr. Mark Tremblay is recognized globally as a leader in the promotion of healthy active living for children. He has spent the last 10 years leading the development of physical activity guidelines for children including the first ever 24-hour movement guidelines integrating physical activity, sedentary behavior, and sleep. In 2005, he founded Canada’s Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Youth, which has since been replicated by multiple countries.

Dr. Tremblay is currently the Director of Healthy Active Living and Obesity Research (HALO) at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario Research Institute and a Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Ottawa. He is a Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine, Chair of the Active Healthy Kids Global Alliance, Chair of the Canadian Physical Activity Guidelines Committee, and Founder of the Sedentary Behaviour Research Network. Dr. Tremblay has published more than 350 scientific papers and book chapters in the areas of childhood obesity, physical activity measurement, exercise physiology, sedentary physiology and health surveillance.

Dr. Tremblay’s most productive work has resulted from his 29-year marriage to his wife, yielding four wonderful children.