2008: J. Fraser Mustard, C.C., O.ONT, F.R.S.C.
Following the completion of his MD in Toronto in 1953, Dr. Mustard began his distinguished research career during his PhD studies at Cambridge where he focused on the role of blood platelets in cardiovascular disease. This research continued for ten years at the Blood and Vascular Disease Research Unit in Toronto and during this time the inhibitory effect of aspirin on platelet function was demonstrated.
Platelets remained the focus of his research after he moved to McMaster University in 1966 where he recruited many international scientists who helped to establish McMaster as a major center for thrombosis research. As a founding member of its medical school he was deeply involved in developing its innovative problem-based program of medical education that has been adopted as a model around the world.
In 1982 Fraser Mustard changed his career path and took on the challenge of establishing the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research [CIAR], serving as its president for 14 years. To create this “institute without walls” Fraser brought together distinguished investigators from across Canada and around the world to carry out research in interdisciplinary teams exploring significant scientific and social challenges.
Fraser Mustard’s many accomplishments have relied on his outstanding ability to establish connections, networks and interdisciplinary research. Those who have worked with him are awed by his energy, vision, insight, and leadership ability.
Fraser Mustard heads the Founders’ Network, involving more than 1000 individuals with whom he made connections as he developed and arranged funding for the CIAR programs. Currently, his primary mission is emphasizing the crucial importance of a child’s experiences in the first six years of life. In 1999 he co-authored the Early Years Study on early learning with specific community recommendations. In 2002 he set up the Council for Early Child Development and Parenting and has become a tireless advocate nationally and internationally of the importance of early brain development for health, behaviour, learning, and quality of life.
Throughout his career, Fraser Mustard influenced health policy in Canada by serving on many federal and provincial committees, councils and royal commissions. He has received many awards and honorary degrees, including the Gairdner International Award, the Canada Council Izaak Walton Killam Memorial Prize, and the William J. Dawson Medal of the Royal Society of Canada. He is a Companion of the Order of Canada and a Laureate of the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame.
2016 Summer Conference
The Canada Project
Identity, Citizenship, and Nationhood in a Changing World
August 5-7, 2016
The YMCA Geneva Park Conference Centre, Orillia, ON