Program overview : :

EXTRA™  Fellowship Awards

The EXTRA program sponsors the Naimark Fellow Award and the Rochon Award for each graduating cohort.

The Naimark Fellow Award

The Naimark Fellow Award recognizes professional excellence among health service leaders in Canada, as demonstrated by outstanding achievements in the EXTRA program.

The award was established in 2004 in recognition of Arnold Naimark, MD, the founding chair of HEC’s board of trustees. Arnold Naimark, MD, demonstrated commitment and leadership in the health, academic, community, and private sector at the local, national, and international levels. These achievements are widely honoured, as are the understanding, compassion and humour he exemplified. 

Process and selection

One Naimark Fellow is awarded in each graduating cohort. The current cohort nominates the award winner before graduation based on the criteria: 

  • Outstanding commitment and contribution to program objectives. 
  • Marked achievement of the core competencies. 
  • High engagement in the learning process as demonstrated by collaboration, shared learning, and lively exchange with peers and faculty. 
  • Active participation in and outside the classroom.
  • Support to colleagues in the program.

The award is presented with a monetary prize and certificate.   

The Rochon Award

The Rochon Award is presented to the EXTRA fellowship team whose improvement project will best improve population health and demonstrates early readiness for spread.

The award was established in 2017 in recognition of Jean Rochon, MD, the inaugural chair of the EXTRA Advisory Committee. Jean Rochon, MD, is credited with many reforms and modernizations of health and social services in Quebec before joining the World Health Organization to continue building bridges in healthcare internationally.  His integrity, humility and leadership in public health and quality improvement form part of his legacy.

Process and selection

One Rochon Award is awarded to one team in a graduating cohort. EXTRA’s faculty and coaches, along with HEC’s leadership, nominate a team for the award before graduation based on the criteria:

  • Outstanding commitment and contribution to program objectives. 
  • Commitment to meaningfully improve the health of the population. 
  • Improvement project demonstrates early readiness for spread. 
  • Demonstrates perseverance and creative problem-solving in support of quality improvement. 
  • Fosters innovative and bold leadership. 
  • Strong ability to engage in collaborative learning.  
  • Exemplary relationship-building with other teams in the cohort.

The winning team receives a certificate and a monetary award to support the spread of their improvement project and/or to promote and profile their improvement through knowledge products. 

Past Winners

  • Cohort 17 winners (learn more about the winners)
    • The Naimark Fellow Award:
      • Julien Clément, MD, Surgeon and Assistant Director of Professional Services and Medical Affairs, CHU de Québec – Université Laval
    • The Rochon Award:
      • EXTRA fellowship team sponsored by CISSS Montérégie-Est
        • Andréanne Audet, Interim Coordinator, General Psychosocial Services, CLSCs, FMGs and crisis services
        • Annie Mongrain, Administrative Director, Crisis Services, CISSS de la Montérégie-Est 
        • Christine Lobe, Advisor, CISSS de la Montérégie-Est 
        • Robert James Borris, Assistant Director, Mental Health and Addiction Programs, CISSS de la Montérégie-Est