Emerging Leadership Award

Emerging Leadership Award

Purpose Of The Award

This award recognizes an individual who has demonstrated extraordinary leadership early in their career, making outstanding and innovative contributions to promote orthopaedic/musculoskeletal physiotherapy.

This individual would display exemplary leadership qualities including initiative, enthusiasm, creativity, commitment, humility, integrity, mentorship, respect, engagement, and collaboration.  These attributes could be evidenced by participation in Orthopaedic Division committee work, professional service to advance and advocate for orthopaedic/musculoskeletal physiotherapy or being an ambassador promoting the vision, mission, and values of the Orthopaedic Division of CPA.

VISION: “A community inspiring excellence in musculoskeletal physiotherapy.”

MISSION: The Orthopaedic Division of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association is committed to excellence in musculoskeletal physiotherapy to improve health outcomes. Our members develop reflective practice, advanced clinical reasoning, and integration of evidence. We achieve this by offering evidence-informed courses and internationally accredited education, access to best practice resources and, opportunities to network with and learn from peers and experts.

VALUES: Community, Member-centred, Excellence, Sustainability, Integrity and Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

Nomination Procedure

Nominations may be made by a current member of the CPA. All nominations are confidential between the nominator(s) and the Awards Committee.

The nomination must include:

  1. Two letters of recommendation, none of which shall exceed 1000 word-count.
  2. One of the nominators must be identified as the primary nominator.
  3. In order for the Candidate to be successful in the nomination process, the letters must outline the uniqueness of the individual, how they meet the criteria for the award and must provide supporting evidence of the nominee’s contributions to advancing orthopaedic/musculoskeletal physiotherapy and the vision and mission of the Orthopaedic Division and the physiotherapy profession.
  4. Curriculum Vitae of the candidate.

Criteria For Selection

  1. The nominee must be a member in good standing of the Orthopaedic Division of CPA for at least 3 years and no more than 8 years from graduation as a licensed physiotherapist.
  2. Candidates shall have demonstrated exemplary leadership attributes and values and a significant contribution to orthopaedic/musculoskeletal physiotherapy including, but not limited to:
  • Advancing innovative initiatives
  • Advocating for the profession
  • Inspiring individuals and groups to accomplish mutual goals
  • Exhibiting an openness to new ideas
  • Demonstrating high standards of integrity and fairness
  • Communicating with honesty, active listening, reflection, and openness
  • Including diverse perspectives in development of new ideas and problem solving
  • Aligning actions and decisions with the Orthopaedic Division’s strategic plan – vision, mission, values, and direction

Selection Of Candidate

The Orthopaedic Division Awards Committee will select the recipient.

Form Of Award

A physical award and certificate will be selected by the Awards Committee and Orthopaedic Division Executive.


The Award will be presented annually at the Orthopaedic Division Annual Symposium or Annual Meeting.

Download The Nomination Form