University of Toronto 2007 Awards Gala Honorees of Distinction

March 24, 2007


The Honourees of Distinction for 2007 are:

Sir Ian Gainsford 6T0 of London, England, who received his DDS with honours at the University of Toronto through the addeundum year program. He returned to England where he has made outstanding contributions in medical and dental education. He was Dean of King’s College School of Medicine and Dentistry from 1988-1997 and has advised the Secretary of State for Health on dental matters. He is an honourary member of the American Dental Association, has served on District, Area and Regional Health Authorities, was first chair of the General Dental Council specialist training advisory committee, has assumed leadership roles in a number of non-dental, community organizations and as author, teacher and advisor was appointed a Knight in 1995.

Dr. Gerald Halbert 5T8 of Toronto, Ontario who was honoured as a member of the Order of Canada in 2001 which “recognizes a lifetime of outstanding achievement, dedication to the community and service to the nation”. Inspiring others with his selfless actions, he has distinguished himself through his many volunteer and fundraising activities. A dedicated leader, Dr. Halbert has helped to raise funds and to establish several research chairs at the University of Toronto and the University Health Network and has
been instrumental in raising funds for major hospital and health related campaigns. He has given his time as an advisor on committees for the Faculty of Dentistry as well as the University of Toronto and is presently on the Governing Council of the University of Toronto and was one of the 175 key leaders in the U of T Great Minds Campaign. SportSmart Canada and Think First Canada have also benefited from his wisdom and commitment.

Dr. Nicky Leung 8T4 of Vancouver, British Columbia recently received the Humanitarian Merit Award from B.C. Dental Association. His charitable efforts have taken him all over the world acting as a short-term volunteer dentist for many third world countries. Dr. Leung has served as a dentist in orphanages in China, India, Ukraine, Romania, Peru, Ecuador, the South Pacific, and areas near Chernobyl. He has emphasized serving patients with physical challenges in the third world, Peru, Romania, and China as well as serving as a clinical instructor for the Village Doctor Program offered by the Christian Medical and Dental Society. At home in Vancouver, Dr. Leung provides complimentary dentistry to the Vancouver homeless.

Guylaine McCallum of Ottawa, Ontario is V.P. of Sales and Marketing for Septodont, Canada and is the Past President of the Dental Industry Association of Canada (DIAC), holding portfolios of Strategic Planning and Regulatory Affairs. Early in her career Ms. McCallum was instrumental in establishing a local dental assisting program for the Hull and Gatineau areas and was, herself, one of its first graduates, later teaching in the same program. She has also provided volunteer leadership in both educational services and cultural events in her community. In 2005 she was awarded the Special Friend of Canadian Dentistry Award by the Canadian Dental Association and in 2006 received their Certificate of Merit. She has also been a strong supporter of the Faculty of Dentistry both personally and professionally.

The 2007 “Awards of Distiction” Gala will be held at The Granite Club, in Toronto, on March 24th, 2007. For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit: can also call 416-979-4940 or 1-800-743-3788 or contact the University via e-mail at: