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Elmer S. Best Award

The Elmer S. Best Memorial Award, named in memory of the founder of the Pierre Fauchard Academy, was established by the Board of Trustees in 1962. It is awarded when the occasion is deemed proper by the Board and to no more than one recipient in any year. Recipients must be members of the dental profession from outside the United States who have made distinguished contributions of international significance to dentistry. This award is presented at a time and place mutually agreed upon by the recipient and the presenter. 


The 2022 Elmer S. Best Memorial Award Recipient

Dr. Lynn Tomkins

Region 6 Trustee Dr. Lisa Bentley presents the 2022 Elmer S. Best Award to Dr. Lynn Tomkins

As a graduate of the Faculty of Dentistry, University of Toronto, Dr. Lynn Tomkins took office as President of the Canadian Dental Association in April 2022. Dr. Tomkins is CDA 2nd female president in its 120 year history. She was first appointed to the CDA Board of Directors in 2015.

Dr. Tomkins has been involved in organized dentistry for many years, serving on numerous committees and task forces at the provincial and national levels and as President of the Ontario Dental Association. She is a fellow of the International College of Dentists, the Academy of Dentistry International, the American College of Dentists and the Pierre Fauchard Academy.

Dr. Tomkins is a clinical instructor at the University of Toronto Faculty of Dentistry and was in general practice dentistry in Toronto for over 35 years. When not practicing dentistry, Lynn and her husband Daniel enjoy theatre, skiing, scuba diving, hiking, canoeing and exploring Canada’s National Parks.


To Nominate A Dentist for the Elmer S. Best Award Click here for the Elmer S. Best Award Nomination Form

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