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Dr. James Leake is retiring in June 2008. We would like to take this opportunity to recognize his contribution to Dental Public Health. Please join us for a:

A Celebration of Dental Public Health in Canada

June 19, 2008: 8:30 - 4:30 PM

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Dec 12, 2007 

James Leake a long-time member of CAPHD has been elected president of the Royal College of Dentists of Canada.  Dr. Leake serves as professor and discipline head, Community Dentistry, Department of Biological and Diagnostic Sciences, Faculty of Dentistry, University of Toronto.  He directs the specialty training program in dental public health and teaches in both the undergraduate and graduate programs at the Faculty.  He previously worked as dental director for Ontario health units in Middlesex-London (1970-75) and East York (1980-99); and as executive director of dental services for the Province of Manitoba (1975-1980). 

Dr. Leake has authored or co-authored over 70 peer-reviewed publications and continues to investigate issues around the oral health of First Nations people, fluoridation, oral health policy and access to care.  He has served as a consultant to the Federal Government’s First Nations and Inuit dental health program, and internationally for the Pan American Health Organization and governments in Dominica and Barbados.  He is a past president of both the Ontario Society of Public Health Dentists and the Ontario Public Health Association.  In 2004, he was awarded the Canadian Association of Public Health Dentistry’s Distinguished Service Award and, in 2006, an Honorary Life Membership by the Ontario Public Health Association.


Earlier NEWS:

OPHA honours public health visionaries at Annual Conference

Cornwall, October 25, 2006 - The Ontario Public Health Association (OPHA) will proudly honour two of its own during the OPHA Annual Conference Cooperation, Collaboration, Synergy: A Foundation for Public Health. This year’s conference is co-hosted by the Eastern Ontario Health Unit and is being held in Cornwall. 

Dr. James Leake and Fran Perkins will receive their awards at a special Awards Dinner on Thursday, October 26. Dr. Leake will receive the OPHA Life Membership Award and Ms. Perkins will receive the Honorary Membership Award. The Life Membership Award recognizes an outstanding contribution to OPHA and the Honorary Membership Award honours the recipient’s outstanding contribution to public health in Ontario. This year, both recipients have made outstanding contributions to both OPHA and broader public health in the province.

Dr. Leake was first elected to the OPHA Board of Directors in 1980 when OPHA had no office, management or financial controls, and was instrumental in guiding OPHA to becoming a strong voice for public health in Ontario by developing the organization’s first budget and financial reporting system. Dr. James Leake is President of the Royal College of Dentists of Canada, as well as being an author and Professor and Head of Community Dentistry at the University of Toronto.

 Fran Perkins has had a 35 year career as a public health advocate, activist and change agent who worked at the local, provincial, national and international levels, and was at the forefront of Canada’s pioneering role in the global health promotion movement. She is currently Coordinator of the International Health Promotion Unit of the Centre of Health Promotion at the University of Toronto.

 “We are extremely proud to honour Dr. James Leake and Fran Perkins this year,” said Dr. Garry Aslanyan, President of OPHA. “Both recipients are highly deserving of these – and many other – honours, as both have advanced public health and the OPHA in numerous ways.” 


Dr. Steve Patterson inducted as a Fellow of the International College of Dentists

Dr. Steve Patterson (Right) being presented with a Fellowship in the International College of Dentists by Canadian ICD President Dr. Mike Suzuki.

Dr. Steve Patterson was recently inducted as a Fellow of the International College of Dentists (ICD) at the Canadian Section meeting held on August 25, 2006 in St. John’s, NL. Approaching its 80th anniversary, the ICD is a leading honorary dental organization dedicated to the recognition of outstanding professional achievement and meritorious service and the continued progress of the profession of dentistry for the benefit of all humankind.

Acceptance into the ICD occurs through nomination by peers and screening of qualifications by as many as 25 Fellows and signifies that one has brought honour to the profession through devoted service and high ethical behaviour


Dr. Barry Maze inducted as a Fellow in the Pierre Fauchard Academy

Dr. Barry Maze (Right, with his wife Dorothy) was Awarded a Fellowship in the Pierre Fauchard Academy at the PFA annual meeting in August, 2006.

Dr. Barry Maze was awarded a Fellowship in the Pierre Fauchard Academy at the academy's annual meeting in St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador in August, 2006

The Pierre Fauchard Academy, an international organization, invites those individuals to Fellowship who have notably contributed to the advancement of the dental profession in one or more ways, such as Clinical Practice, Research, Education, Public Service, Literature, or Journalism, and service to the Profession.  Fellowship in the Pierre Fauchard Academy is by invitation only.

The objectives of the Pierre Fauchard Academy are to monitor the publication of dental literature, encourage the exchange of scientific knowledge, foster the advancement of scientific and professional standards, recognize and honour outstanding contributors to the art and science of Dentistry and to encourage the improvement of oral health by disease prevention and control.


Dr. John O'Keefe selected as president of the American Association of Dental Editors.

The 2006–07 AADE Board (l. to r.): Dr. John O’Keefe, AADE president, Mr. Detlef Moore, AADE executive director, Dr. Mike Maihofer, AADE president-elect, Dr. Howard Bookman, AADE past-president, Ms. Patty Reyes, AADE vice-president, and Dr. Fred Bremner, AADE secretary/treasurer. Absent: Dr. Mike Nash, AADE newsletter editor.

The American Association of Dental Editors (AADE) selected JCDA editor-in-chief Dr. John O’Keefe as its 75th president during its annual meeting held in Las Vegas in October. Dr. O’Keefe, who has been at the helm of JCDA since 1997, becomes the fourth Canadian to hold this office.

“I feel very honoured to be elected to this position,” says Dr. O’Keefe. “While the AADE is small numerically, it has close links to much bigger organizations and is very important to the advancement of the dental profession.”

The AADE was chartered in 1931 and is composed of people specifically interested in improving communication within the dental profession and in elevating the standards of dental journalism. The organization is committed to the establishment and encouragement of responsible editorial policy.  

Member publications represent national dental associations, component societies, dental specialty groups, alumni, dental auxiliary, student and commercial publications. Editors or publication staff members interested in joining AADE or learning more about the organization can consult the AADE website at

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