Awards, Grants & Bursaries

Golden Hands Award

The late David Lamb was one of the pillars on which the Canadian Academy of Manipulative Therapy was built. A contributor to Grieve’s Modern Manual Therapy, David was a world-renowned manual therapist, serving as a member of the Standards Committee for the International Federation of Manipulative Therapy (IFOMPT) between 1972 and 1976 and was its Chair from 1976 to 1990. He also served on the IFOMPT Membership Committee since 1992. From 1977 until 1996 he lectured extensively and conducted courses on all levels of manual across the globe. The Golden Hands Award of the National Orthopaedic Division is given in honour of David Lamb to an exceptional orthopaedic physiotherapist that exemplifies the commitment to our profession in manual therapy, education, mentorship and research.

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Previous Golden Hands Award winners include:

The Physiotherapy Foundation of Canada

The Physiotherapy Foundation of Canada (PFC) is a nationally registered charitable organization that improves the quality of life for Canadians by sponsoring research which advances the treatment techniques, knowledge and skills of Canadians 13,000 physiotherapists. There are a series of research grants available to researchers, clinicians, and students alike. To get an application form please visit their website:

Bert Chesworth Research Honorarium

Bert Chesworth is an Associate Professor in the School of Physical Therapy (PT) at Western University, where he also obtained his PT degree and doctoral degree in epidemiology and biostatistics. He completed his FCAMPT qualifications in 1989 and his PhD in 2000. Following this he joined the Ontario Joint Replacement Registry and worked with technical and field personnel to develop the registry database and electronic data collection protocol. Bert has 20 years of clinical experience in orthopaedic physical therapy in both public and private health care settings. He has taught in the professional physical therapy program at Western, as well as undergraduate students, supervisory duties with graduate students, clinical instruction of physiotherapists through post-graduate continuing education manual therapy courses and more recently with the online component of the Master of Clinical Science Program at Western. Bert’s research interests include musculoskeletal rehabilitation outcomes, total hip and knee joint replacement, hip fracture and manual therapy.

The Bert Chesworth Research Honorarium (BCHR) was named in honour of Bert Chesworth, the first person to achieve both FCAMPT and PhD credentials. It was created to assist Orthopaedic Division (OD) members to attend conferences and/or symposia at which they will present their own research in poster or presentation formats. In turn, successful applicants will provide original contributions to the Orthopaedic Division Review (ODR). The BCRH will thus support all points of the OD Mission; recipients will be enabled to attend conferences and promote Canadian physiotherapy research while all Orthopaedic Division members will benefit through education and practice advice provided in the ODR.

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Lynn Chapman Mentorship Award

This Award was initiated in 2016 to honour the late Lynn Chapman, an outstanding physiotherapist who passed away in 2015. It was realized by her peers, and the Orthopaedic Division of Canadian Physiotherapy Association (CPA), that she was an outstanding leader, who did much for the profession locally and nationally.

The purpose of the Orthopaedic Division Lynn Chapman Mentorship Award aims to recognize physiotherapists who, through their inspiration and support, are actively engaged in the mentorship of other physiotherapists and have made outstanding and special contributions to orthopaedic manual physiotherapy. If you know and would like to nominate a Physiotherapist for this Award, please contact for nomination details and criteria.

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Lynn Chapman Award winners:

Other awards and bursaries

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