Robert Zed Young Health Leader Award

Please note that the awards nomination campaign will launch on October 1, at which time the online nomination form and the nomination template (Section A and B) will become available.

The Award

The Robert Zed Young Health Leader Award is presented to a Canadian healthcare leader who has demonstrated leadership in the effectiveness and sustainability of Canada’s health system. The winner will receive an etched glass trophy. Should the future permit us to return to an in-person event, the recipient will also receive paid travel and accommodations to attend the College’s Honouring Health Leadership event, and a complimentary registration to the National Health Leadership Conference.



Nominations are invited for leaders, age 40 or younger and must satisfy the following criteria:

  • be a member of the College;
  • has, in the last 5-10 years, shown leadership growth and advancement in their healthcare career;
  • demonstrates potential for senior healthcare leadership positions in the future, in any area of health services, including public health, health prevention, health promotion, acute care, long term care, rehabilitation, mental health and drug dependency services, national, provincial or local health organizations, health charities, private sector health organizations or any related area; and
  • has demonstrated outstanding vision and leadership through a project, program, publication, community involvement, philanthropy, or other activity that has resulted in measurable improvements within their organization and/or within the health system.



Nominations must be made by a member or a chapter.

We are asking nominators to submit their nomination in two sections. Section A, which is to be submitted via our online form by November 30, is a 250-word summary. The summary should touch on the eligibility criteria and illustrate why you feel that the candidate should win this award. The summaries will be reviewed by the selection committee and a short list of top contenders will be formed. Those on the shortlist will be asked to complete Section B of the nomination. Section B is due on February 1.

Selection Committee

2020 Recipient: Mehdi Somji, CHE


Mehdi Somji is an exceptional leader with a record of accomplishment for delivering many impactful initiatives that have improved and continue to improve the health system, including iPlan – a Central LHIN wide digitalization of discharge planning practices, Humber’s Elderly Assess and Restore Team (HEART), and a SMART Discharge program.

Mehdi reflects the values of compassion, professionalism and respect, and is known for his strong leadership and collaborative approach. He employs an open-door policy and is frequently connecting with leaders within and outside Humber River Hospital sharing knowledge, providing mentorship and guidance, and using each encounter as a learning opportunity.

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Past Recipients

Please see our past recipients listed below. Full biography's are available in our Celebrating Leading Practices booklets.

2020 - Mehdi Somji CHE

2019 - Nicholas Mitchell

2018 - Carrie Jeffreys CHE

2017 - Lindsay Peach CHE

2016 - Jeremy Stevenson

2015 - Reece Bearnes CHE

2014 - Sarah Padfield CHE

2013 - Amy Porteous

2012 - Jennifer Duff

2011 - Emily Gruenwoldt Carkner