The Canadian Institute of Public Health Inspectors and the Environmental Health Foundation of Canada announce the availability of the Len Hiebert award.  This annual award of $250 is presented to a student or team of students conducting a research project in each of the five accredited public health inspection programs in Canada.

Len Hiebert, CPHI(C) was born in 1923 in Winkler, Manitoba, raised in Alberta, and moved to Ontario where he joined the Royal Canadian Air Force during WWII. In 1945 Len received his Certificate in Sanitary Inspection (Canada) and started a long and dedicated career in public health, first in Ontario and then in British Columbia. Wherever he was located Len always took an active role in his community. He was a member of the Vancouver Magic Circle, Royal Canadian Legion, Canadian Public Health Association, the B.C. Government Retired Employees Association, and the Canadian Institute of Public Health Inspectors, to name but a few. His key contribution to CIPHI was as the editor of “The Canadian Sanitarian” which he renamed the ”Environmental Health Review”. During his 7 years as editor, he switched to a full sized page, added more photos, more technical articles and a bright professional cover. Len became a one-man army handling the preparation, paste-up, advertising, and mail-out himself. Following his term as editor of the EHR, Len was appointed Editor of the B.C. Branch newsletter, the “B.C. Page”, for a further 9 years.

Len Hiebert was well recognized for his contribution to the public health inspection profession and his community:

  • 1984 awarded the Member of the Year Award by the B.C. Branch, CIPHI
  • 1988 received the Order of St. John from the Lieutenant Governor of B.C.
  • 1990 awarded Life Membership in CIPHI for an outstanding lifetime of contribution to public health and CIPHI
  • 2001 received a recognition plaque from CIPHI for over 50 years of membership

The Len Hiebert award is given to encourage student participation in research leading to publication in the Environmental Health Review.  Each of the five schools offering the public health inspection program selects a student or a team of students that has been involved in a research project during the academic year, to receive the $250 award. 

To view research papers click on the Projects Page – Student Research.










Denny Huang,
British Columbia Institute of Technology
Determination of Factors Associated with Tuberculosis Knowledge Scores and Evaluating Personal Preparedness in the Metro Vancouver Population

Rachel Schmidek,
Concordia University College of Alberta
Characterization of Environmental Fate of Gemfibrozil, the Active Ingredient in Medication Used to Treat High Cholesterol

Brenda Greene,
Cape Breton University
Isolation & Identification of Salmonella from Foods

(Ryerson University did not participate for the 2011/2012 period)

(First Nations University of Canada did not participate for the 2011/2012 period)