Ivan Silver Innovation Award

Dr. Ivan Silver has provided leadership and mentorship for many who have chosen to pursue an academic career in the area of CPD. From 2002 to 2009 he served as Director of the Centre for Faculty Development in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto. Dr. Silver was the Vice-Dean, Office of Continuing Education and Professional Development from 2005-2011 before taking on the role of Vice-President of Education at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) He has been visionary in promoting a broad definition of CPD to include improvements in professional and health care team behaviour, quality improvement, and health care outcomes. The Ivan Silver Innovation Award is intended to honour Dr. Silver’s contribution to the field of CPD.

This award recognizes an innovative CPD initiative developed and delivered by a University of Toronto faculty member or team that has demonstrated an impact on health professionals’ performance or improved health outcomes. Innovation in CPD can encompass innovation in content, program delivery, or feedback/demonstration of impact. More broadly, it implies a new and/or better way of addressing a problem or gap or effecting a change in outcome or impact.

Award Criteria

  • Demonstrated excellence in innovative practices in CPD (including evidence of effective needs assessment)
  • Demonstrated excellence in learner engagement and active learning
  • Demonstrated fulfillment of program objectives
  • Equity, diversity and inclusion are addressed in one or more of the following: needs assessments, course objectives, subject/content, intended audience
  • Evidence of effective evaluation strategies and outcome measures
  • Demonstrated impact of program


  • This award is selected annually for programs that took place in the previous academic year. For example, the nomination process held in November 2022 will recognize programs or conferences that took place from July 1 2021 to June 30 2022
  • If innovative work pertains to a specific program, it must have occurred in the previous academic year
  • Nominated programs or conferences must have been accredited through UofT CPD

Required Submission Documents

  • Executive summary and letter of nomination (can be combined or separate documents) that addresses the award criteria, explains the impact of the nominated program/conference and includes the nominator’s reasons for supporting the nomination
  • Program/Conference information dossier that includes:
    • Copy of or live link to the program/conference agenda
    • Needs assessment process and data on which the program/conference was developed
    • Documentation of planning committee members
    • Statement of program objectives
    • Description of how the program is innovative (eg., innovative teaching methods; subject/content; program delivery)
    • Statement of learning outcomes if relevant (may be addressed in objectives)
    • Data on learning outcomes (eg., data demonstrating changes in knowledge, behaviours, attitudes; feedback data stating proposed changes to practice by participants)
    • Evaluation/outcome data
    • Participant comments
  • Please refer to Terms of Reference for further details.

All above documents must pertain to the current CPD program submitted for nomination.

Award value


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Awards Deadline

Deadline for nominations for the previous academic year is November 30 (If November 30 falls on a weekend the deadline will be the following working day).


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