The Canadian Football League (CFL) has honoured Dr. Robert McCormack, Professor Emeritus with UBC Department of Orthopaedics, with a Hugh Campbell Distinguished Leadership Award in recognition of his exemplary service in establishing and maintaining the league’s health and safety protocols during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Since 2006, the Hugh Campbell Distinguished Leadership Award has been to presented to Canadian football players, coaches and executives who have demonstrated great leadership and made significant contributions to the league.
It was a team effort. We all look forward to the days when COVID does not dominate our discussions, and we can spend more time on the other health and safety issues that affect the sport.— Dr. Robert McCormack
Dr. McCormack specializes in athletic injuries and cares for athletes at the university, national, and professional levels. He is medical director of the BC Lions and chief medical officer of the Canadian Football League since 2011. He is chief medical officer for the British Columbia Hockey League and medical director for the Canadian Premier League. He served as medical director for the Curling Canada bubble in 2021 and chief medical officer for the Canadian Olympic Committee from 2005 to 2019. The 2021 Tokyo Summer Olympics was his tenth Olympic Games as part of the Canadian medical team.