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The nomination period for the inaugural Dr. Peter B. R. Allen Lifetime Achievement in Health Award ends December 11, 2020.


The new Dr. Peter B. R. Allen Lifetime Achievement in Health Award recognizes the contributions Albertans have made to improve the health-care system and patient outcomes.

Eligible nominations are from across all care sectors, clinical backgrounds and designations, such as:

  • nurses who have provided, advocated and led improvements in care in emergency rooms or patient homes
  • doctors who have improved the way patients access care in their communities
  • health-care workers who have dedicated their lives to putting patients at the centre of their work with personalized, individual care, using cutting-edged techniques and advocating those techniques be made available to Albertans


This award recognizes the extraordinary efforts and achievements of an Albertan who has dedicated their life to improving the health and well-being of people in this province. Eligible nominees may come from diverse backgrounds across all health sectors, clinical professions and designations.

The nomination must demonstrate:

  • a strong connection to the medical community in Alberta and a demonstrable impact on the health of Albertans
  • a lasting impact of contributions throughout their career
  • demonstration of leadership that focused on empowering and uplifting those who work on their teams
  • mentorship of emerging members of Alberta’s health-care and/or life sciences sectors.


To be considered for the award, a nominee must be:

  • someone whose career in health spans more than 20 years
  • a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident, residing in Alberta with substantial roots in the province and deep appreciation for its nature and people

You cannot nominate:

  • yourself
  • someone who is deceased
  • an elected federal, provincial or municipal representative while they are in office

How to nominate

To nominate someone, read the guidelines and complete the form.

Step 1. Read the eligibility guidelines (above)

Step 2. Complete the nomination package

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Download and complete the Dr. Peter B. R. Allen Lifetime Achievement in Health Award nomination form (PDF, 608 KB).

Include the following documents in your nomination package:

  1. two letters of support from at least two people who know and support your nominee’s achievements
  2. the nominee’s resume

Step 3. Submit the nomination package

Email your nomination package to [email protected].

In the email subject line, put ‘Dr. Peter B. R. Allen Lifetime Achievement in Health Award Nomination.’

Include the nominee's last name in the file name of the attachments.

Nominee selection

After all nominations have been received, a selection panel, consisting of health-care leaders and experts, will review them. The panel will recommend a short list of candidates to the Minister of Health for final selection.

Award recipients

The recipient will receive an award recognizing their achievement and will be publicly announced.

About Dr. Peter B. R. Allen

Portrait of Dr. Peter Allen

This award is inspired by the achievements of Dr. Peter B. R. Allen, an Alberta neurosurgeon with almost 40 years of service.

Dr. Peter Baker Roderick Allen grew up in the small mining town of Coleman, in Alberta’s Rocky Mountains, where his lifelong passion for Alberta’s natural beauty and its hardworking people flourished. Inspired by his town’s doctor and surgeon, Dr. Allen attended the University of Alberta (U of A) and graduated with a Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) in 1956.

He began his surgical training at the U of A, winning the Royal College of Surgeon’s coveted Medal of Surgery in 1958 for work on liver disease. In 1960, Dr. Allen pursued a fellowship in neurosurgery at the famed Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. In 1963, he returned to Edmonton to start his neurosurgical practice and fulfil his goal of giving back to the people of Alberta. He pursued a rewarding career at the U of A until his retirement in 2001.

Family and colleagues remember Dr. Allen as a mountain of a man for his vision and determined leadership that built and nurtured relationships across different health professions. He became the Divisional Director of Neurosurgery in 1969 and started up the first formal training program in neurosurgery in Alberta under the auspices of the Royal College. He served as president of the Alberta and then Canadian Neurosurgical Societies, and was an examiner and then chairman of the Examination Committee in Neurosurgery for the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.

Dr. Allen was also vice-president, medical, at the U of A hospital. During his tenure from 1985 to 1990, he was instrumental in leading the work to build and open a modern and fully equipped neurosurgical intensive care unit that could provide Albertans with leading edge treatments. The unit was named after him in 2012.

Dr. Allen died in 2013.

It is noted that Dr. Allen’s greatest legacy was the great care he took in his surgical and clinical service in neurosurgery. A ‘surgeon’s surgeon’, he was a master in the operating room and a superb instructor. His judgement was legendary, and his rapport with patients, their families and coworkers of every type, unequalled. These skills live on in many professionals trained by Dr. Allen, who remember fondly not only his expertise, but also his kindness and generosity.

Dr. Allen had a natural affinity with people – no one was ‘ordinary’ to Peter. He listened closely, asked many questions, and showed interest in their passions, concerns and fears, seeing them as whole people rather than just patients with a neurosurgical condition he was called upon to treat.

This account of Dr. Allen’s accomplishments is provided courtesy of Dr. J. Max Findlay and Dr. Allen’s family.


Connect with the Ministry of Health about the award:

Hours: 8:15 am to 4:30 pm (open Monday to Friday, closed statutory holidays)
Phone: 780-427-0826
Email [email protected]

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