Jack Gerrow to receive CDA Distinguished Service Award

April 4, 2017

Dr. Jack Gerrow, NDEB Executive Director and Registrar will be presented with the Canadian Dental Association’s (CDA) Distinguished Service Award at a ceremony in Ottawa on April 21, 2017.

Prior to joining the NDEB as Executive Director and Registrar in 1994, Dr. Gerrow split his time between private practice and academic dentistry as a professor at Dalhousie University’s Faculty of Dentistry. While teaching with Dalhousie University, Dr. Gerrow pursued a Masters of Education and has since been the recipient of numerous teaching awards including the Association of Canadian Faculties of Dentistry’s Distinguished Service Award, the W.W. Wood Award for Teaching Excellence and Dalhousie University Award for Teaching Excellence.

Dr. Gerrow’s passion for education led him to his current role with the NDEB where he has spent the last 24 years. As Executive Director and Registrar, Dr. Gerrow has worked with colleagues to establish and maintain the national certification process for general dentistry in Canada, and develop the Competencies for Beginning Dental Practitioners in Canada. He has also worked with other international Boards, Councils and Committees to improve their evaluation processes, and has been an active supporter of the ADEA and ADA in their pursuit of change to dental licensure in the United States.

Dr. Doug Mackey, NDEB President, speaks highly of Dr. Gerrow and his contributions to organized dentistry, crediting him with enhancing the NDEB’s reputation internationally as a leader in competency based testing and as an administrator of valid and reliable examinations.

The CDA Distinguished Service Award may be given to a dentist or other person to recognize either an outstanding contribution in a given year, or outstanding service over a number of years. It may also recognize outstanding contributions to the dental profession at the academic level, corporate level, specialty society, council, commission or committee level.