Members of the Medico-Legal Society of Toronto are invited to nominate a person to receive this award. No more than one candidate is eligible to receive the award in any fiscal year for the Society. There is no obligation or requirement for the Society to make an award in any fiscal year. If a suitable candidate is identified, the Executive Committee will make a recommendation to Council who may, at their sole discretion, make a final decision by a majority vote as to whether an award will be given in that fiscal year and if so who the recipient of the award will be.
Any awards will be presented at the Annual Dinner of the Society. The award shall be a plaque or other appropriate award approved by the Council of the Society.
The Medico-Legal Society of Toronto Award is the highest expression of esteem which the Society can convey and is intended to honour those members of the medical, legal or scientific community who have made a significant contribution to their profession as well as either the Society or the community at large, and whose contributions are consistent with the values of the Society.
Each year the Society alternates between the legal and medical professions, this year we are seeking suitable candidates from the medical field.
THE MLST DR. GRANT FARROW AWARD
The MLST Dr. Grant Farrow Award was created by the Medico-Legal Society of Toronto in honour of Dr. Grant Farrow. The award recognizes a young or mid-career member of the Society for outstanding contributions to the Society, their profession, or the community at large.
The Dr. Grant Farrow Award is granted in honour of Dr. Farrow’s contributions to the Society. Dr. Farrow was a long-standing member of the Society and renowned urological surgeon and teacher. He exemplified the best traditions of the Society including professional excellence, civility, and collegiality between the medical and legal professions.
The Award will be bestowed every two years but may be awarded annually at the discretion of the Society if there are suitable nominations. The Award will alternate between medical and legal professionals. It will be awarded at the Society’s Annual General Meeting and will include a bottle of fine wine in recognition of Dr. Farrow’s love for Bordeaux wines and wines in general.
The professional must be a member of the Medico-Legal Society and be in good standing for a minimum period of two years. The professional must be in their early or mid-career. It shall be in the discretion of the Awards Committee to decide whether a professional is mid-career, with this being loosely defined as the first half of the professional’s career. The understanding is that the MLST Award has been traditionally awarded to a senior professional, whereas the Dr. Grant Farrow Award will be awarded to a more junior professional. Nominations will be put forth by the members of the Society and must have a description of the contribution made by the nominee, which are in keeping with the Society's objective for the Award. Nominations for the Award should be received six months before the event, and voting completed five months before the event. An Award Committee consisting of five members of the Council or the Executive will convene and vote on the nominees put forward for the Award. The nominated recipient will be acknowledged and will receive the Award from the Society at the Society’s Annual General Meeting.
THE MLST PHILIPPA SAMWORTH AWARD
The Medico-Legal Society of Toronto Philippa Samworth Award was created to recognize outstanding contributions made by members of the medical, legal or scientific community. Members of the Medico-Legal Society are invited to nominate a suitable candidate for the Award.
The MLST Philippa Samworth Award will recognize an MLST member for sustained superb dedication and commitment to the Society, and to its objectives of advancing medico-legal knowledge for the benefit of both the medical and legal professions, and in the interests of patients, clients, and justice. There is no obligation or requirement for the MLST to confer the Award in any fiscal year. The Award shall be presented with a special plaque at the Annual General Meeting. The recipient of the Award will receive free access to all programs/events of the MLST over the twelve months following conferral of the Award.
For the first time in its history, the MLST has created an award in honour of one of its members from the legal community. This member has earned a stellar reputation over many years in the insurance defence and personal injury bar as a fierce advocate for her clients. She is known for her razor-sharp mind, her enthusiastic passion for justice and fairness, and her untiring willingness to share her knowledge with her colleagues – both plaintiff and defence. Her countless contributions to the MLST are unmatched by any member, as is her outstanding dedication and commitment to the Society for over a decade.
Candidates will be vetted by the Awards Committee. If a suitable candidate is identified, the Awards Committee will make a recommendation to Council who may, at its discretion, make a final decision by a majority vote.
"What we love about this organization is that it is a forum for intelligent discourse on these issues in an environment where none seek any personal recognition. It is not an expensive organization to belong to. It is risk-free and benefit-rich and we feel lucky to have been a part of it, both personally and professionally, over many years."
Brian J.E. Brock and Philippa G. Samworth
Recipients of the Medico-Legal Society Award