CAP-INO Medal for Outstanding Achievement in Applied Photonics

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The objective of this award is to recognize outstanding contributions in applied photonics. This prize is intended to acknowledge innovative applications of photonics to solve practical problems, leading to economic benefits (for example, the development of a new instrument based on photonics, devices that accomplish new functions, etc.). The innovation must be commercializable or, at the least, exploitable. The National Optics Institute (INO) and the Canadian Association of Physicists (CAP) introduced this biennial joint medal in 1998.

The medal is not limited to CAP members but the candidates’ research/instrumentation development should have been undertaken in Canada or in affiliation with a Canadian organization.


The final medal was awarded in 2022

2022 Winner

Hoi-Kwong Lo | University of Toronto

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Nomination Criteria                                        Nomination Procedure

  • The nominator must be a member of the CAP.
  • The nominee must be a member in good standing of the CAP or a Council-approved Canadian professional science society (see list below) in order to be nominated.
  • The nominee must have spent the major part (i.e. more than one-half) of their working career in Canada or must have made a major contribution to applied photonics after returning to a permanent position in Canada.

Although the CAP’s nomination system currently has an English-only interface, nominations may be submitted in either English or French.  The CAP is committed to ensuring that applications submitted in either official language are treated equitably. Furthermore, the CAP commits to ensuring that those evaluating awards will have a thorough understanding of the impact of bias to take it into account while reviewing nominations.

Council-approved Canadian professional science society

The nominee must belong to one of the following societies to be eligible for the CAP-INO Medal for Outstanding Achievement in Applied Photonics:

  • Association francophone pour le savoir (ACFAS)
  • Canadian Association of Physicists
  • Canadian Astronomical Society
  • Canadian Biophysical Society
  • Canadian Geophysical Union
  • Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society
  • Canadian Organization for Medical Physicists
  • Canadian Society for Chemistry