The Canadian Physiotherapy Association's Centenary Medals of Distinction have been created to mark the Association's 100th Anniversary. The medal serves to recognize 100 individuals who have impacted physiotherapy from 1920 to 2020. These medals will be presented and the recipients will be recognized at the CPA's Congress 2021.

The awards will recognize leaders, role models, and innovators from those who are making impactful contributions early in their career to those who have made decades worth of contribution.

Nominations can be made here.


  • The nominee must be a past or present CPA member and can include those who are no longer living.
  • Members of the Past Presidents' Committee are ineligible, as they will be selecting the winners.
  • Nominators must be a CPA member or a member of one of the CPA's Components (i.e., CPA Branch, CPA Division, or CPA Assembly).
  • Members cannot nominate themselves.

Selection of Candidates

In addition to the submitted application, the selection committee will consider how applicants have demonstrated the CPA's Core Professional Values and will select the winners on their impact of the following:

  • On people
  • On research
  • On colleagues
  • On policy
  • On education
  • On perception
  • On practice
  • On access

Impact is not measured simply by the size of a contribution, but also by ingenuity, the depth of engagement, the influence of the contribution, and/or the esteem or honour the member has brought to the profession.

Nomination Process

Nominations must be made by either a CPA member or a member of one of the CPA's Components (i.e., CPA Branch, CPA Division, or CPA Assembly). All nominations are confidential between the nominator(s) and the CPA Past Presidents' Committee. Nominations must be submitted online no later than Sunday, February 28, 2021 at 23:59 p.m. EST. Award winners and primary nominators will be notified the week commencing April 1.

Nominations can be made here.

Notification of Winners

Winners and nominators will be notified after April 1, 2021 with a public announcement taking place in May at the CPA's Congress 2021.

The Award

The award winners will receive the following:

  • A Medal of Distinction and a certificate.
  • Their names will be published on the CPA's website and highlighted in the May-June 2021 issue of the Physiotherapy Practice magazine.
  • A press release will be issued celebrating the 100 recipients.
  • A social media campaign will also spotlight the recipients.