Award Winners

2019 SAC Award Winners

Speech-Language & Audiology Canada is pleased to recognize the following award winners.

For more information about SAC’s Awards and Recognition Program, please visit this page

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Award 2019 Winners
Mentorship Award Janine Verge, AuD, Aud(C)
CJSLPA Editor's Award A Systematic Review of the Effectiveness of Hearing Technologies on Speech Perception Outcomes for People with a Severe-to-Profound High-Frequency Hearing Loss
Mathieu Hotton, Ph.D.
François Bergeron Ph.D.
National Clinical Certification Exam Award Martine Schlagintweit, Aud(C)
Peter T. Cahill, S-LP(C), Reg. CASLPO
Jessica Davidson, M.Sc.(A), S-LP(C)

Mentorship Award

Mentorship Award Awarded to an SAC member or associate who has significantly influenced or contributed to the clinical training and/or professional development of a student(s) or colleague(s) in speech-language pathology or audiology, either as a clinical supervisor, a mentor or academic faculty. Nominees demonstrate unique and outstanding individual achievements in the area of mentorship, have contributed to the development of others and have served as a role model for students and colleagues within the profession.

Janine Verge, AuD, Aud(C)
Dr. Janine Verge has worked as an audiologist at the Nova Scotia Hearing and Speech Centres for the past 20 years. She obtained her B.Sc. (Psychology) at Mount Saint Vincent University, her M.Sc. (Audiology) from Dalhousie University and her AuD from AT Still University. Janine won the 2009 NSHSC Advocacy Award, the 2013 NSHSC Dr. N. Barrie Coward Continuing Educational Award and the 2017 NSHSC Outstanding Performance Award. She served as president of the Speech and Hearing Association of Nova Scotia from 2010-2013 and is in her second term as a board member of the Canadian Academy of Audiology. Janine is an adjunct professor at the School of Communication Sciences and Disorders and lecturer at both the School of Physiotherapy and the Division of Otolaryngology ─ Head and Neck Surgery at Dalhousie University. She co-founded the CAA National Vestibular Special Interest Group and the Dalhousie Hearing Aid Assistance Program. Janine is also a regular contributor and editor of an on-going column in the Canadian Audiologist called, ‘Issues in Accessibility.’

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CJSLPA Editor’s Award

Recognizes the best paper published in the Canadian Journal of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology in the previous calendar year. SAC membership is not a requirement.

Read the winning paper:

“A Systematic Review of the Effectiveness of Hearing Technologies on Speech Perception Outcomes for People with a Severe-to-Profound High-Frequency Hearing Loss”


Mathieu Hotton, PhD
Mathieu Hotton is a clinical audiologist at the Centre Intégré universitaire en santé et services sociaux (CIUSSS) de la Capitale-Nationale, located in Québec City. He holds a Master’s degree in audiology from the Université de Montréal, obtained in 2001, and a PhD in experimental medicine from the Université Laval, obtained in 2017. He is presently pursuing a postdoctoral fellowship with Jean-Pierre Gagné at the Institut universitaire de gériatrie de Montréal. He is also an adjunct professor at the Université Laval (Rehabilitation Department). Mathieu is a clinical researcher primarily interested in the application and effectiveness of new technologies and rehabilitation approaches for hearing-impaired people. During his doctoral training, he worked on the effectiveness of frequency-lowering hearing aids and electric acoustic stimulation cochlear implants for adults with a severe-to-profound high-frequency hearing loss. Mathieu’s current postdoctoral research focuses on the patient’s needs assessment in audiology
François Bergeron PhD

Professor François Bergeron obtained his doctoral degree in biomedical sciences, option audiology, at the University of Montreal in 1997. He completed his postdoctoral studies in health technology assessment in Montreal at McGill University,the Agency for Health Technology Assessment (AETMIS) and at the National Agency for Accreditation and Evaluation in Health (ANAES) in Paris.
His involvement in the field of ear implants dates back to 1987 when he joined the emerging team of the Quebec Cochlear Implant Program. He is currently the Scientific Director of the program. François is also a researcher at the Center for Interdisciplinary Research in Rehabilitation and Social Integration (CIRRIS) in Quebec City. He has presented his work in many international scientific conferences and is regularly published in scientific journals. The Immersion 360 system is the result of one of François’s initiatives.
François holds a full professor position at the Université Laval in the speech and language pathology Master's program, of which he is a founding member. He is currently working on a project to launch a new Master's program in audiology at Université Laval.

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National Clinical Certification Exam Award

Awarded to the SAC member in each profession who attains the highest score on the clinical certification exam during the previous calendar year.

Exceptionally, in 2018 two members scored the highest score on the Clinical Certification Exam – Speech-Language Pathology.

Martine Schlagintweit, Aud(C)
Martine Schlagintweit is a recent graduate of the University of British Columbia’s Master of Audiology and Speech Sciences program. She is passionate about helping people communicate better through her chosen profession of audiology.
As an audiologist with Broadmead Hearing Clinic, Martine shares her enthusiasm for hearing aid technology and aural rehab with her clients, collaborating with them to achieve their optimal hearing health.
When she is not working, you will find Martine walking her dog on one of Vancouver Island’s many trails, kitesurfing, or skiing.
Peter T. Cahill, S-LP(C), Reg. CASLPO
Through his experiences documenting Central American sign languages, Peter became interested in the profession of speech-language pathology as a way to better support communicative minorities. He completed his clinical and research Master’s degree at Dalhousie University (2018) as part of the Child Language Lab. His research program focused on exploring new assessment techniques for child language, particularly in the area of complex syntax. Peter is currently serving a council of six First Nations in northwestern Ontario as a role-emerging speech-language pathologist in a transdisciplinary developmental clinic with occupational and physiotherapy. His caseload focuses on preschool speech and language and school-aged complex needs. In this position, he has become convinced of the need for further communication disorders research using population-based and epidemiological methodologies to better guide clinical practice. Peter hopes to pursue this interest in the near future through involvement in population-based research. Short term, his aspiration is to see a polar bear from a safe distance during his travels to the Hudson Bay coast.
Jessica Davidson, M.Sc.(A), S-LP(C)
Jessica grew up in Milton, Ontario. In 2016 she graduated from the University of Guelph with a Bachelor of Arts and Science, specializing in Psychology and Neuroscience. At the University of Guelph, she volunteered with campus organizations to support international students through events such as social activities and language workshops. She also participated in the Ontario/Rhône-Alpes exchange program to study in Lyon, France. Jessica completed her Master’s in Speech-Language Pathology at McGill University, graduating in 2018. One of her achievements at McGill was helping to organize World Voice Day events in Montreal where, alongside other McGill S-LP students, she provided education on voice disorders and vocal health screenings to the public. She is currently working as a speech-language pathologist with Riverside School Board. Having worked with children of diverse abilities in a variety of contexts including summer camps, ESL programs, and S-LP student placements, Jessica has developed a passion for helping children and their families to achieve their communication goals. She looks forward to continuing to explore this profession.

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