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Dr. Charles Tator - 2020 Order of Hockey in Canada Honouree


  • World-renowned expert on concussion and spinal cord injuries, particularly in sports
  • Long-time advocate for safety in minor hockey in Canada
  • Work in combatting concussions in hockey is significant, if not at times controversial
  • Efforts to reduce spinal cord injuries suffered in hockey have been exemplary
  • Director of the Canadian Sports Concussion Project at Toronto Western Hospital


  • Born on August 24, 1936 in Toronto, Ont.
  • Currently a professor in the department of surgery at the University of Toronto
  • Sits on the board of directors of Parachute Canada, an injury-prevention charity
  • Founded ThinkFirst Canada, an organization that educates young people about safety, in 1992
  • Chairman of neurosurgery division at the University of Toronto from 1989-99
  • Neurosurgeon-in-chief at Toronto Western Hospital from 1985-88
  • Neurosurgeon-in-chief at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre from 1974-84
  • Became a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada in 1969
  • Received his master’s degree and PhD from the University of Toronto in 1965
  • Graduated from the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto in 1961


  • Inducted into Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame in 2017
  • Invested as an Officer of the Order of Canada in 2017
  • Inducted into the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame in 2009
  • Inducted into the Terry Fox Hall of Fame in 2003
  • Invested as a Member of the Order of Canada in 2000

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