On May 4th the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame inducted six renowned medical pioneers from across Canada to its membership. Located in London, the contributions of Hall of Fame Inductees have been extraordinary. As trailblazers in their respective fields, these experts underpin Canada’s role as a world-class leader in medicine and health sciences. Their work may be a single outstanding contribution or a career of notable achievements.
It is with a heavy heart that I note the passing of Professor Michael Bliss, a 2016 Inductee and an individual who left his indelible mark on Canada. An Officer of the Order of Canada, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and Professor at the University of Toronto for nearly 4 decades, Professor Bliss touched the lives of many, mine among them as I had the very good fortune of interviewing him as a journalist. Noted as “one of Canada’s leading intellectuals and historians” he was commended for bringing “a wealth of knowledge to Canada and the world”. His influence was, is and will continue to be lasting.