Canadian Association of Insolvency and Restructuring Professionals

CAIRP Awards

Each year, CAIRP takes the time to recognize our volunteers and leaders for their outstanding contributions and significant impact to the profession. CAIRP’s Honours and Awards Committee accepts nominations up to March 31st each year, and reviews those nominated for the distinguished awards described below. The awards are announced at the CAIRP’s Annual General Meeting in early fall.



It is the mission of the CAIRP Honours and Awards Nominating Committee (HANC) to "promote professional recognition of CIRPs and CAIRP by identifying and nominating members to receive CAIRP honours and awards". Each year the HANC Committee accepts and reviews nominations for the distinguished awards described below:

New Member's Award of Merit

Oustanding Volunteer Award

Keith G. Collins Memorial Award

Fellow Chartered Insolvency and Restructuring Professional (FCIRP) Recipient Award

Honourary CIRP Award


New Member’s Award of Merit

The award is intended to acknowledge and distinguish those New Members who have obtained their CIRP within the past seven years and who have brought excellence to their profession through their leadership and achievements in various aspects of their personal and professional life. The New Member’s Award of Merit promotes CAIRP’s future leaders by encouraging newer members of the profession to demonstrate standards of best practice, excellence, integrity, innovation, dedication and balance. Candidates should clearly demonstrate their commitment to CAIRP’s core values and promote its members as the “Go-to Professionals” for expertise, information and solutions regarding insolvency and restructuring.


Recipients of the New Member’s Award of Merit will have demonstrated excellence and a special distinction in one or more of the following areas of service and achievement:

Volunteer Leadership in CAIRP

Volunteer leadership in service and achievement in contributing towards the advancement of CAIRP as a recognized leader in promoting professional excellence and adherence to ethical practise. To achieve this standard, the recipient will have honoured the values of the Association and participated in undertakings on behalf of the Association in one or more of the following areas: (i) education (through sponsorship, teaching and/or mentoring of articling associates, advancement and further development of the CQP program, oral board process, publication and/or other learning tools to advance knowledge); (ii) advocacy (through thought leadership, student outreach (including to academic institutions), stakeholder communication, global alignment and cooperation with foreign regulators (governing bodies) and aligned professional organizations (such as INSOL,TMA, ABI and others) and/or other media that promote a positive positioning of the Association amongst the key constituents of the insolvency and restructuring field); (iii) professional recognition (through public outreach and education, media outreach, promoting brand recognition and other endeavours at the instance of the Association that align with its core vision and values).

Volunteer Service in Other Community Organizations

Conspicuous volunteer leadership and achievement with charitable, civic, political, and other community-based organizations. To achieve this standard, the recipient will have: (i) demonstrated exceptional stewardship in advancing the interests of the enterprise in a manner consistent with its core vision and values; and (ii) promoted recognition of CAIRP and/or the professionalism associated with being a CIRP through demonstrated leadership, adherence to personal and professional values, and achievement of positive outcomes.

New Members Award of Merit Recipients:

2022-2023 Adam Boettger, CPA, CA, CIRP, LIT

2021-2022 Alana Orrell, CPA, CA, CIRP and Samuel Gignac, CPA,CIRP 

2020-2021 Patricia Marshall, CIRP and Kathleen Jacob, CIRP

2019-2020 Gillian Goldblatt, CPA, CA, CIRP

2018-2019 Daniel Budd, CIRP 

2016-2017 Sean Stack, CIRP 

2015-2016 Crystal Buhler, CGA, CIRP

2014-2015 Eric Sirrs, CIRP

2013-2014 Julie Mortreux, CPA, CIRP

Nomination Form for New Members Award of Merit


Outstanding Volunteer Award (OVA)

Established by the Executive Committee in 2008, the OVA is intended to acknowledge the fine work of individuals who have provided exemplary service to the Association, and to thank them for their contribution as a volunteer. The recipient may be recognized for a collected list of activities over a period of several years or alternatively, for their service related to one particular activity.  


The nominee may be a member or non-member of the Association.  The proposer must demonstrate that the nominee has:

  1. Provided exemplary service to the Association, through their volunteer service during one or multiple activities; OR
  2. Continuous service throughout their career, as could be recognized upon his/her retirement.   

OVA Recipients 

2022-2023 Simone Carvalho, CPA (US, Colorado), CA (India), CIRP, LIT and Vanessa Allen, CIRP, LIT

2021-2022 Bridget van Wyk, CPA, CA, CIRP and Bonnie Bryan, CIRP

2020-2021 Sheri Aberback, CFE, CIRP; Brad Newton, CBU, CPA, CA, CIRP and Mike Braga, MBA, CIRP

2019-2020 Michelle Grant, CIRP; Noel Andrews, CFE, CIRP; Virginie Comtois, CIRP

2018-2019 Lee Close, CPA,CA, CMC, CIRP; Naida Kornuta, CIRP; Stephan Moyneur, CIRP; Colleen Craig, FCIRP and André Bolduc, CPA, CA, CIRP   

2017-2018 John Frederick Delo, CMA, BA, CIRP; Craig Andrew Munro, CA, B.Sc., CIRP and Matthew Golding, CPA, CMA, CIRP

2016-2017 Catherine Hristow, CPA, CMA, CIRP 

2015-2016 Bruce Clarke, Q.C. and Jennifer McCracken, CIRP

2014-2015 Lynn DeLaBarre, CPA, CIRP, Carol McGran, CPA, CIRP and Brenda M. Wood, CIRP

2013-2014 Derrick J. Hutchens, CIRP  

2012-2013 Brenda Wood, CIRP and David Wood, CIRP

2011-2012 Apolonia D'Sa, CIRP

2010-2011 Uwe Manski, FCPA, FCIRP, Geoff Orrell, CIRP and Jean-Daniel Breton, CPA, FCIRP

2009-2010 Perry Krieger, MBA, CIRP

2008-2009 Angela Pollard, CMA, FCIRP and Robert (Bob) Fontaine, FCIRP (ret.)

Should you wish to recommend a recipient, please email your nominating letter to ATTN: Honours and Awards Nominating Committee,

Keith G. Collins Memorial Award

Keith G. Collins FCIRP, served as the President of CAIRP (then known as the Canadian Insolvency Association), from 1980 – 1981. He died in 2006 at the age of 71.  Keith was a gentleman and a professional.  He was respected within the profession and the community for his integrity, courtesy and commitment.  Both the Canadian Association of Insolvency and Restructuring Professionals and the Institute of Chartered Accountants recognized his contributions by awarding him Fellowships, their highest honour.

In 2007, CAIRP created the Keith G. Collins Memorial Award, in order to recognize Keith as a role model who others in the profession, or aspiring to join the profession, should follow.


This award will be presented periodically to members of the Association who have held their CIRP for a minimum of 5 years and are pursuing their careers in Insolvency and Restructuring. Worthy recipients will have demonstrated that they are following in the footsteps of Keith G. Collins.  The award will recognize the qualities associated with the Chartered Insolvency and Restructuring Professional (CIRP) mark.

Nominees for the award should exhibit the following characteristics:  

  • Integrity  
  • Courtesy  
  • Professionalism  
  • Respected by their peers  
  • Respectful of others  
  • Unpretentious  
  • Committed to the profession  
  • Willingness to share knowledge  
  • Community service  

Keith G. Collins Memorial Award Recipients

2022-2023 Jean-Daniel Breton, CPA, FCIRP, LIT 

2021-2022 Guylaine Houle, BCL, FCIRP

2020-2021 André Bolduc, CPA, CA, CIRP

2019-2020 Marla Adams, CPA, CA, CIRP and Craig Munro, CPA, CA, CIRP

2018-2019 Joe Healey, CPA, CA, FCIRP and Laura Ryback, CPA, CA, CIRP 

2017-2018 Timothy Alder Carson, CIRP (ret.)

2016-2017 No recipient

2015-2016 Ian Penney, CPA, CIRP

2014-2015 Carl Ritchie, CIRP (ret.) and Andrea Yandreski, CPA, CIRP

2013-2014 Stanley J. Ruthen, CIRP (ret.)

2011-2012 Michael Thomas Cheevers, CPA, CBV, CFE, CIRP

2010-2011 Rob Deniset, CPA, CIRP (ret.)

2009 -2010 Walter MacKinnon, CPA, CIRP (ret.)

2008-2009 David Bromwich, CIRP

Keith G. Collins Memorial Award Nomination Form


Fellowship Award

The Fellowship is the highest honour the Association can bestow on a member.   

Criteria for election as a fellow

Nominee for the award should exhibit the following characteristics (supported by examples):  

  1. Has given distinguished services to the Association 
  2. Has brought distinction to the profession in the pursuit of his/her career 
  3. Has promoted the CIRP Designation – and used it throughout his/her career 
  4. Has had continuous involvement with the Association throughout his/her career 
  5. Has been recognized by his/her peers for his contribution
  6. The nominee could also have made a significant contribution to the field of Canadian Insolvency Practice.  

Please Note: To ensure that all the relevant information to the process has been gathered, the proposer and/or the seconder should contact the nominee’s business associates, assistant, and if deemed appropriate, his/her spouse.   

The President and Chief Operating Officer of the Association shall review each nomination form prior to its submission to the Honours and Awards Nominating Committee. The President shall inform the proposer and seconder if any amendments have been made to the nomination form.  

Fellow Chartered Insolvency and Restructuring Professional (FCIRP) Recipients

2022-2023 André Bolduc, CPA, CA, FCIRP, LIT

2021-2022 Marla Adams, CPA, CA, FCIRP and Tim Carson, FCIRP (ret.)

2020-2021 Craig Munro, CPA, CA, CIRP

2019-2020 Colleen Craig, CPA, CA, FCIRP and Joe Healey, CPA, CA, FCIRP

2018-2019 Chantal Gingras, FCIRP; Robert Hunt, CPA, CA, FCIRP

2016-2017 Paul Casey, CPA, CA, FCIRP 

2015-2016 Leanne Salyzyn, FCIRP

2013-2014 David A. Johnson, CGA, FCIRP and David A. Howe, CPA, CMA, FCIRP

2012-2013 Kevin Brennan, CPA, FCIRP, Chair 2009-2011 and Jean-Daniel Breton, CPA, FCIRP

2010-2011 Douglas G. Collins, CGA, FCIRP, Angela K. Pollard, CMA, FCIRP and Alan H. Spergel, CPA, FCIRP, Chair 2007-2009

2009-2010 Robert J. Fontaine, FCIRP (ret.) and Claude Gilbert, CPA, FCIRP, IAS.A, Chair 2005-2007

2007-2008 Derek G. Cramm, CMA, FCIRP

2006-2007 William (Bill) A. Courage, CPA, FCIRP, Chair 2003-2005

2005-2006 Bryan Tannenbaum, CPA, FCIRP

2004-2005 Larry Prentice, CPA, FCIRP, Chair 2001-2003, 2015-2016 and Mark Rosen, LLB, FCIRP

2003-2004 Donna L. Collins, FCIRP

2002-2003 Guylaine Houle, BCL, FCIRP, Chair 2011-2013 and Peter D. Wedlake, LLB, FCIRP, Chair 1999-2001

2000-2001 Craig G. Bushell, FCIRP and Robert O. Sanderson, CPA, FCIRP (ret.), Chair 1997-99

1998-1999 Ralph Peterson, CPA, FCIRP (ret.), President 1996-97 and Charles J. Zizzo, FCIRP (ret.)

1997-1998 Paul Bertrand, FCIRP • Paul Goodman, FCA, FCIRP (ret.), John D. Hobbs, FCIRP, Martin A. Linsley, FCA, FCIRP and  Gilles Savard, FCIRP (ret.)

1996 – the first 17 Past Chairs of the Association: L. Claude Mercure, CPA, FCIRP (ret.), 1979-80 • Keith G. Collins, FCIRP, 1980-81 • Ian K. Strang, FCA, FCIRP (ret.), 1981-82 • C. Garth MacGirr, FCA, FCIRP (ret.), 1982-83 • Donald J. Henfrey, FCA, FCIRP (ret.),1983-84 • Gary F. Colter, FCA, FCIRP (ret.), 1984-85 • John J. Swidler, BCL, FCPA, FCIRP, 1985-86 • Beverley Fowler, CPA, FCIRP (ret.), 1986-87 • Alan G. Driver, CPA, FCIRP (ret.), 1987-88 • George B. Lomas, FCA, FCIRP, 1988-89 • Terry McMullen, FCA, FCIRP (ret.), 1989-90 • Jean-Guy Daoust, FCIRP, 1990-91 • J. Alan MacKinnon, FCA, FCIRP (ret.), 1991-92 • Uwe Manski, FCPA, FCIRP, 1992-93 • William Drake, FCIRP, 1993-94 • Gilles Campeau, CPA, FCIRP (ret.), 1994-95 • Stephen H. Barnes, FCIRP (ret.), 1995-96

FCIRP Nomination Form


Honourary CIRP Award

This award is presented to non-members of the Association who have made a substantial contribution to the Association and to the field of Canadian Insolvency Practice.

Honourary CIRP Award Recipients

2022-2023 Gail Fayerman, MBA, CPA, CIRP (Hon.)

2006-2007 Dr. Janis Sarra, BA, MA, LLB, LLM, SJD, CIRP (Hon.)

1998-1999 Ralph T. Neville, CIRP (Hon.)

1996-1997 Norman H. Kondo, BA, JD, CIRP (Hon.) 

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