CMBES Lifetime Achievement Awards


The CMBES recognized two Society members who have made outstanding contributions to the field of biomedical engineering with Lifetime Achievement Awards. The awards were presented at the World Congress in Toronto, June 2015.


Dr. Monique Frize

moniquefrizeMonique Frize received a B.A.Sc. degree (Electrical Engineering) from the University of Ottawa in 1966. From 1967 to 1969, she was an Athlone Fellow for post-graduate studies in the United Kingdom where she received a M.Phil. degree in Electrical Engineering (Engineering in Medicine) from the Imperial College of Science and Technology in London. In 1986, she received an MBA degree from the Universite de Moncton and a Ph.D. degree from the Erasmus Universiteit in Rotterdam in 1989.

She worked as a clinical engineer at Hopital Notre-Dame in Montreal (1971-79), before being appointed as Director of the Regional Clinical Engineering Service in Moncton, New Brunswick. In 1989, she was appointed the first holder of the Nortel-NSERC Women in Engineering Chair at the University of New Brunswick and a professor of Electrical Engineering. In 1997, she was appointed Professor in the Department of Systems and Computer Engineering at Carleton University and Professor in the School of Information Technology and Engineering at the University of Ottawa. She is a long time member of CMBES, and has been active on other professional societies, including as the first Chair of the Division of Clinical Engineering for the International Federation of Medical and Biological Engineering (IFMBE).

Dr. Frize has received many honours and awards for her work in support of Women in Engineering and her work in Biomedical Engineering research and education. These awards include an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Ottawa (DU; 1992); a Ryerson Fellowship (June 1993); an Honourary Doctorate in Science (DSc) from York University (1994); and an Honourary Doctorate in Engineering (DEng) from Lakehead University (1995). She was inducted as a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering in 1992. And in 1993, she was made an Officer of the Order of Canada, in recognition of being "well-known in the field of biomedical engineering” and for being "a role model and an inspiration for women seeking careers in science”. In 1995, she received the Second Historical Professional Achievement Award (jointly with Dr. Michael Shaffer) from the American College of Clinical Engineers.

Dr. Frize is an accomplised writer who has published several books on biomedical engineering and on the historical role of women in science and engineering. Her titles include Health Care Engineering, (2011) and Ethics, Research Methods and Standards in Biomedical Engineering (2012); and The Bold and the Brave: A History of Women in Science and Engineering (2009), and Laura Bassi and Science in 18th Century Europe (2013).

Dr. Frize has been a tremendous role model who has helped to shape the biomedical engineering profession, both here in Canada, and throughout the world.


Dr. Morris (Mickey) Milner


Dr. Mickey Milner received the B.Sc. (Eng) (1957) and Ph.D. (1968) degrees, in Electrical Engineering, from the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa, where he initiated a biomedical engineering research program. He first came to Canada in 1967 to spend a sabbatical leave at the National Research Council. Since then, he has held academic positions in South Africa, the United States and Canada, including an academic appointment at the University of Toronto, where he has served as the Deputy Director for the Institute of Biomaterials and Biomedical Engineering (IBBME) and Chairman, Rehabilitation Medicine. He is now Professor Emeritus at IBBME.

In 1987, Dr. Milner joined Bloorview Kids Rehab as Director and VP Research in Rehabilitation Engineering. He served as director of the Ontario Rehabilitation Technology Consortium which linked rehabilitation facilities, academic centres, consumers, and manufacturers to commercialize assistive technologies. Over 12 years, 33 assistive devices were commercialized and 10 start-ups initiated. He served with distinction for more than 30 years on the CSA Technical Committee on Technology for Persons with a Disability and on the Subcommittee on Electrical Aids for the Physically Handicapped. He has been a member of the CSA's Board of Directors and the Standards Policy Board, and has served on the Minister of Industry's Advisory Committee on Assistive Devices and Persons with Disabilities. He was the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Health Technology Exchange, where he was instrumental in attracting an investment of $21.4M for the benefit of the medical and assistive technology sector in Ontario. He continues to act as a consultant in medical and assistive technologies.

Throughout his illustrious career, he has produced 65 refereed publications, one book, 3 book chapters, 155 conference presentation/publications, 31 research reports, and one patent.

He has received prestigious awards, including the Engineering Medal, Professional Engineers Ontario, induction into the Terry Fox Hall of Fame, an Honorary Doctorate of Science, Queen's University, Kingston (2004), and the 2007 CSA John Jenkins Award. He is a Fellow of the Canadian Medical and Biological Engineering Society and of RESNA.

“This individual’s unwavering resolve, combined with his gentle persuasion, has made him a champion for the development of standards that continue to help improve the lives of persons with disabilities. Thanks to his efforts, the world in which we live has been greatly enriched as persons of all abilities are able to join together in a more inclusive society.”