ACFD announces the 2021 National Dental Teaching Award to Dr. Christophe Bedos of the Faculty of Dentistry at McGill University.

Christophe Bedos is an Associate Professor at McGill University Faculty of Dentistry, and Co-Director of the RSBO (Quebec oral and bone health research network). His teaching content and approach for undergraduate and graduate students and the broader professional and public communities is highly innovative. Furthermore, his teaching is not just focused on the immediate learning outcomes of students and other learners but on promoting a paradigm shift in the way we teach dentistry and the way dental care is provided in our communities. Christophe’s work focuses on a model of “social dentistry” that aims to promote a discussion of patient-centred care and a focus on those sectors of society that are least able to access care for a range of reasons. He relies on transformative learning theories and uses visual arts and the humanities in his courses. Among his innovations, in his role as Co-Director of the Reseau de recherche en sante buccodentaire et osseuse, he has initiated the use of cartoons to translate research findings to the public and professions. His vision for dental education stipulates that dental schools should:

  1. Adopt biopsychosocial training frameworks to replace the dominant biomedical perspective.
  2. Increase the weight of “structural competencies” (social dentistry) and embed them into all aspects of the curricula.
  3. Use transformative learning approaches to critically reflect on social phenomena.
  4. Offer transdisciplinary learning in partnerships with medical and non-medical schools.
  5. Tirelessly promote humanistic values and social justice.

ACFD announces the 2021 Distinguished Service Award goes to Dr. John O’Keefe who is the Director, Knowledge Networks, Canadian Dental Association (CDA).


John O’Keefe is known very well for the multiple forms of knowledge translation and integration into practice he has led for many years at the CDA. Over many years, John has worked tirelessly as a liaison between academia and the world of practicing and organized dentistry. Having had his feet in all these elements of the profession, he is very aware of how important it is to enable communication and understanding between researchers and teachers and dentists and dental organizations in Canada to enable the best dental care to be delivered to Canadians. The world of academic dentistry in Canada owes John an enormous debt of gratitude for all his efforts on this front over many years.

Among the very long list of activities John engages in are:

  • He is responsible for developing the CDA Oasisonline clinical decision support initiative. This initiative is comprised of two elements: CDA Oasis Live (live broadcasting and social media outreach), Oasis Discussions (answering the clinical questions of dentists).
  • Editor in chief of ca,the peer-reviewed journal of the CDA (Indexed in Journal Citation Reports, Medline & Science Citation Index).
  • Responsible for publishing CDA Essentials magazine in English & French.
  • Managing a team comprised of 7 full-time staff, one half-time contractor, and a legion of relationships within and beyond the Canadian dental profession.
  • Directly involved in outreach to advertisers and industry representatives.
  • Member of the senior staff group.
  • Chief staff resource to the Canadian Dental Association Future of the Profession Task Force(2016-2018)
  • Chief staff resource to the Canadian Oral Health Roundtable (2015 to the present). This annual event (except for pandemic interruptions) brings together representatives of over 30 organizations from the oral health sector, the broader health sector, and beyond.


2020 Pacific Dental Conference

The 2020 Pacific Dental Conference was held in Vancouver, BC on March 5th to 7th, 2020.

ACFD awarded their Distinguished Service and National Teaching Awards.

From left to right ACFD President  Dr. Andrea Esteves, Dr. Zul Kanji, Dr. Ed Yen and UBC Dean Dr. Mary MacDougall.

The ACFD 2020 National Teaching Award goes to Dr. Zul Kanji of the University of British Columbia, Faculty of Dentistry. Zul was appointed Director of the Dental Hygiene Degree Program at UBC in 2015 and has done a remarkable job renewing the curriculum with a rigorous competency mapping exercise, implementing interprofessional education and publishing and presenting his work at conferences and in peer-review journals. He serves on national and international dental hygiene educational committees and is a leader in dental hygiene education in Canada and internationally.

The ACFD 2020 Distinguished Service Award goes to Dr. Ed Yen of the University of British Columbia, Faculty of Dentistry. Ed has had, and continues to have a remarkable career participating in and leading a broad range of elements of the dental profession nationally and internationally. During his career, and among many leadership positions, Ed has been Dean of the Faculty of Dentistry at UBC, President of the Canadian Association of Dental Research, President of the Canadian Association of Orthodontists, Chair of the postgraduate orthodontic program directors’ committees in both Canada and the USA, and has also served as President of ACFD. Ed has been recognized with several significant awards, including the British Columbia Dental Association Distinguished Service Award in 2002, the Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Toronto in 2008 and the Honorary Alumnus Award from UBC.

Congratulations to both Drs Zul Kanji and Ed Yen of the Faculty of Dentistry at UBC.

Posted April 30, 2020.

2019 ACFD Biennial Conference

The 2019 ACFD Biennial Conference was held in Vancouver. BC on June 16th to 18th, 2019

The topic of the conference was “Discovering Scholarship and Research in Academia” in conjunction with the annual IADR Conference held June 19th to 22nd.

Dr. Chris McCulloch received the inaugural CADR-ACFD National Research Award at the conference dinner.

Dr. Paul Allison (ACFD President), Dr. Chris McCulloch, Dr. Patrick Flood (CADR President)

Dr. McCulloch has published over 295 peer-reviewed papers, with over 9,500 citations. His scholarly accomplishments can be noted by his h-index, which is an incredible 61. He has obtained over $55,000,000 of research funding over his career.

Dr. McCulloch is an internationally recognized leader in extracellular matrix biology with 32 years as an independent basic researcher. He combines in-depth knowledge of the fundamental biology of the extracellular matrix with long-standing expertise in clinical periodontology. He is a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Matrix Dynamics and was the Director of the CIHR Matrix Dynamics Group for 15 years. He has made major contributions to the support and leadership of graduate teaching in the Faculty of Dentistry at the University of Toronto, in part as his role of Director of the CIHR Strategic Training Initiative in Health Research on Cell Signaling and Mucosal Immunity for 7 years.

During this time period he was directly involved in the support and training of over 35 PhD students. He currently has over 75 graduate students being trained in his laboratory. His research integrates cell biology, clinical periodontology and cell mechanics. Using state-of-the-art methods, he has made fundamental contributions to our understanding of cell-matrix communication in health and diseases; including heart disease, periodontal diseases and fibrosis. He has tremendous expertise in approaching long-standing scientific problems with fresh approaches which have lead, for example, to the development of the first automated periodontal probe, cell and transgenic mouse models of disease, quantitative microscopy, the very early employment of randomized controlled trails for treatments of periodontitis and the patenting of three inventions from his lab.

He plays a central role in the conduct and leadership of Toronto’s Faculty of Dentistry research enterprise.


L to R – Drs. Daniel Haas, Blaine Cleghorn, Paul Allison, Anne Charbonneau, Patrick Flood, Andrea Esteves, Marie Dagenais, Steven Patterson, Joanne Walton

2019 Gies Awards

The ADEAGIies Foundation Board of Trustees has selected the ACFD as the winner of the 2019 William J. Gies Award for Innovation in the category of Public-Private Partner. This wonderful honor acknowledges the countless hours and collaboration on behalf of the ACFD Academic Affairs Committee, in particular, Drs. Anne Charbonneau, Marie Dagenais, Sylvie Morin and Joanne Walton that were spent on the creation of the document “ACFD Educational Framework for the Development of Competency in Dental Programs”. We are very proud to receive this honor, which will formally be presented in Chicago March 18th, 2019 in tandem with the ADEA Annual Session.
We are doubly proud to announce that McGill University, Faculty of Dentistry has also been selected for a 2019 Gies award for Vision – Academic Dental Insitiution.
This award recognizes the outstanding work at McGill’s Faculty of Dentistry to provide care for underserved groups in Montreal, while at the same time promoting innovative approaches to improving access to dental care for these groups. In McGill’s program students and residents learn about working with vulnerable groups in the community and undertake initiatives to better serve them as well as perform research to promote more effective care for these groups

Left to right – Drs. Lamont MacNeil, Daniel Haas, Paul Allison, Rick Valachovic

2019 ADEA Annual Session – Chicago

Drs. Paul Allison and Daniel Haas through their commitment to ADEA, have enhanced the collaboration among dental educators in the United States and Canada.
At the March 2019 ADEA Annual Session in Chicago, they both received  the “Chair of the ADEA Board of Directors Citation” for this work.


International Federation of Dental Anaesthesiology Societies presents Dean Daniel Haas with the Horace Wells Award 

First Canadian to be awarded the Federation’s highest recognition

At the International Federation of Dental Anaesthesiology Societies (IFDAS) conference in Nara, Japan, dean Daniel Haas was presented with that society’s highest recognition: the Horace Wells Award. Dean Haas is the first Canadian to receive this recognition, which honours international accomplishment in the field of anaesthesiology in dentistry.

“I am deeply honoured by this international recognition,“ said dean Haas in a statement. In his acceptance remarks, the dean noted the importance of global collaboration to advance research and education in anaesthesia in dentistry.

The IFDAS conference is mounted every three years, and promotes the international exchange of knowledge, technology and research achievements in this discipline.

CADR/ACFD National Dental Research Award 

The Canadian Association for Dental Research (CADR) along with the Association of Canadian Faculties of Dentistry (ACFD) are pleased to recognize exceptional contributions to dental research at Canadian Universities through the creation of the inaugural CADR/ACFD National Dental Research Award. The award is open to any faculty member currently performing research who is a member of CADR in the year nominated and who holds a primary faculty position within a Canadian Dental Institution. The recipient of the award should demonstrate a significant contribution to the field to oral health research, exceptional knowledge of their field of study, an outstanding record of mentorship to trainees, and a profound effect on the current knowledge of an area relevant to oral health. This year, nominations for this award will be accepted up to November 1, 2018. The winner will receive a $2,500 prize and a certificate from the CADR and ACFD to be awarded each year at the CADR national or international meeting. The inaugural award will be given at the 2019 CADR/ IADR meeting in Vancouver, BC.

For further information on the award, as well as a nomination package, visit (

Only one nominee may be nominated from each dental institution.


2018 ACFD National Dental Teaching Award

Dr. Dieter Schönwetter was recognized for his exceptional contributions to dental education at Canadian Universities, at the University of Manitoba’s Welcome Reception at the ADEA Annual Session in Orlando, FL on March 18, 2018Dr. Dieter Schönwetter and Dr. Paul Allison – ACFD President

March 2018

Dr. Jack Gerrow won the ADEA Gies Award for Innovation – Dental Educator during ADEA Annual Session in Orlando

Dr. Daniel Haas, Dr. Jack Gerrow, Mrs. Jan Gerrow, Dr. Robert Loney

March 2018 – AGM

The ACFD Annual General Meeting was held in Vancouver, BC on Thursday March 8th, 2018


University of Manitoba launches master’s program in prosthodontics

A new three-year Master of Science degree program in Prosthodontics will be launched in August 2018 by the College of Dentistry in the Rady Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Manitoba.

The U of M, located in Winnipeg, is one of only three universities in Canada to offer a graduate prosthodontics degree.

The program will provide a strong foundation in classical prosthodontics, along with intensive training in state-of-the-art aesthetic dentistry, digital workflows, CAD/CAM technologies, dental microscopy, and placement and restoration of dental implants.

Strengths of the U of M program include a low instructor/resident ratio, well-balanced clinical and didactic programs with a critical approach to literature, and opportunities for clinical research.

The 36-month program, under the directorship of Dr. Igor Pesun, will lead to a Certificate in Prosthodontics combined with a Master of Science in Prosthodontics. Successful completion of the program will satisfy the formal training requirement for eligibility for the Royal College of Dentists of Canada and Canada Fellowship. Fellowship is required for licensure as a specialist in Canada. Graduates will also be eligible for the American Board of Prosthodontics certification examination.

The program has applied for accreditation by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of Canada.

The deadline for admission in August 2018 is October 1, 2017.

Click to learn more | Click to apply

Questions? Email: [email protected].

2017 ACFD Biennial Conference

The 2017 ACFD conference was held in Quebec City on June 12th to 14th, 2017 and was hosted by Université Laval.

The topic of the conference was “The Challenges and Opportunities of Implementing the ACFD Educational Framework for the Development of Competency”

Ms. Susan Matheson received the ACFD Distinguished Service award at the conference banquet, in honor of her long term dedication to the dental profession.

Dr. Paul Allison – ACFD President with Ms. Susan Matheson


Dr. Jim Lai received the 2017 ACFD National Dental Teaching Award for his professionalism, teaching abilities, and leadership in dental education.


 Dr. Paul Allison, ACFD President, Dr. Jim Lai and Dr. Daniel Haas, Dean-University of Toronto


Congratulations to our colleagues at Université de Montréal, University of Toronto, University of British Columbia and McGill for your work being highlighted as three of the top ten articles in the JDE during 2016 – see below.
It is great to see that Canadian dental academics are having a strong influence in the world of dental education.
Top Articles in the ADEA Journal of Dental Education: 2016

The following articles are in the top 10 ADEA Journal of Dental Education (JDE) editor’s picks of 2016, selected by the JDE Editor, Dr. Nadeem Karimbux. These articles are now available for free on the JDE website through February 15,

Influence of Experience and Training on Dental Students’ Examination Performance Regarding Panoramic Images. Daniel P. Turgeon and Ernest W.N. Lam. J Dent Educ 2016 80:156-164.

Reaching Consensus on Essential Biomedical Science Learning Objectives in a Dental Curriculum.
Leandra Best, Joanne N. Walton, Judith Walker and HsingChi von Bergmann. J Dent Educ 2016 80:422-429.

Should PGY-1 Be Mandatory in Dental Education? Two Viewpoints. Vineet Dhar, Alison Glascoe, Shahrokh Esfandiari, Kelly B. Williams, Michelle R. McQuistan and Mark R. Stevens. J Dent Educ 2016 80:1273-1281

The JDE Editor recognizes that many articles deserve recognition based on the quality and scope of the studies published.
The 10 articles chosen are based on quality, topic areas and design of study, and they represent the diversity of articles published in the JDE.
About JDE: The Journal of Dental Education (JDE) is a peer-reviewed monthly journal that publishes a wide variety of educational and scientific research in dental, allied dental and advanced dental education. Published continuously since 1936 and internationally recognized as the premier journal for academic dentistry, the JDE publishes articles on topics such as curriculum reform, education research methods, innovative educational and assessment methodologies, faculty development, community-based dental education, student recruitment and admissions, professional and educational ethics, dental education around the world and systematic reviews of educational interest. The online version of the JDE is freely accessible to all ADEA members by subscribing online at

Dr. Charles Shuler wins IADR Distinguished Scientist Award

June 28, 2016

Dr. Charles Shuler, professor and dean of the Faculty of Dentistry, has won the 2016 Distinguished Scientist Award in Oral Medicine and Pathology from the International Association for Dental Research (IADR).

Dr. Charles F. Shuler

Dr. Charles F. Shuler

This award, one of the highest honours bestowed by IADR, recognizes Prof. Shuler, according to the organization’s news release, for his outstanding and sustained peer-reviewed research in three major areas: 1) development of the secondary palate; 2) characterization of molecular changes in oral cancer; and 3) characterization of the role of microbial biofilms in bisphosphonate related osteonecrosis of the jaws.

Moreover, the news release recognized Dean Shuler’s accomplishments with the following statement: “For nearly 30 years, the primary research focus of Shuler’s laboratory has been investigations of the control of fusion of the secondary palate. These studies have examined the medial edge epithelium (MEE) of the palatal shelves. He and a team of scientists in his lab identified the critical role of TGF-β3 in the process of palatal fusion and the expression of that molecule in the MEE. Their findings of the critical role of TGF-β3 in palatal fusion have been translated into clinical applications screening pregnant women and it has been shown that some isoforms of TGF-β3 are associated with increased incidence of cleft lip/palate in humans when the mother smokes while pregnant. Their studies continue to examine the mechanism of TGF-β3 during palatogenesis to identify specific targets for teratogenic molecules that are linked with craniofacial birth defects. Additionally, he has been involved in education research and several clinical research projects.”

The award was presented to Charles Shuler in absentia at the opening ceremonies of the IADR’s 94th General Session & Exhibition on June 22, 2016, in Seoul, Republic of Korea.

Canadian Dental Association Awards Past-President – Dr. Daniel Haas

ACFD Past-President and Dean of the Faculty of Dentistry at the University of Toronto, Dr. Dan Haas recently received this prodigious award from the CDA. At the CDA’s recent AGM Dan received the CDA Honorary Membership Award, which is given to an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to the dental profession, the dental community or the oral health of Canadians over a sustained period of time at the academic, corporate, specialty society, council, commission or committee level. An outstanding contribution at the national level shall be a principal consideration. The breadth and scope of achievement is a significant factor in determining this award.

Many know Dan and will agree that he thoroughly deserves this recognition from the broader dental community beyond academia. We, at ACFD, are very proud of Dan’s achievement and indeed of the contributions and achievements of all members of the dental academic community.

Paul Allison
President, ACFD

Dr. Alastair Nicoll, President of the Canadian Dental Association (L) and Dr. Daniel Haas, Past-President ACFD (R)
(photo credits – Mr. Greg Teckles)

2015 ACFD Biennial Conference

The 2015 ACFD Biennial Conference was held in Saskatoon. SK on June 13th to 15th, 2015.

The topic for the conference was “The Alphabet of Post Graduate Year Options: PGY1, AEGD, GPR, DF1….”

The ACFD Distinguished Service Award was presented to Dr. David Singer, posthumously

Mrs. David Singer receiving the Distinguished Service Award on behalf of her late husband.

(Dr. Daniel Haas – ACFD President, Mrs. David Singer, Dr. Blaine Cleghorn)