2023 CGA Morris Gold Award Presented at CGA Canada Annual Meeting
October 18, 2023
The Morris Gold Award is presented periodically to an individual within the compressed gas industry to recognise outstanding and long term contributions, leadership, and participation to the compressed gas industry and CGA Canada.
This award was established in 2001 and was originally named the CGA Canada Recognition Award. In 2002, the award was renamed in honour of Morris A. Gold, of Hydro-Flex Canada, who was an active and passionate member of the Compressed Gas Association from 1979 to 2001. Morris was Chair of CGA Canada in 1985 and served on the CGA Board of Directors, representing Hydro-Flex, from 1988 through 1999. Morris was the only Canadian member on the CGA Board of Directors and, during this time, used his Board status to champion CGA Canada causes and efforts. Morris never hesitated to mentor junior association members and always promoted the importance of CGA work both in Canada and the U.S.
Morris Gold was the unofficial CGA photographer at CGA events, preserving the personal side of CGA work, as well as the important historical facts. Due to Morris’ significant CGA contributions, he was granted honorary lifetime membership in December 2001.
The Morris Gold Award was presented to Alice Chen of VitalAire at the banquet held at the CGA Canada Annual Meeting in Toronto, Ontario Canada, September 12 & 13, 2023.
Alice has been involved in CGA committee work for 20 years. She has participated as both Chair/Vice Chair and voting member on several CGA Committees including:
- Canadian Medical, Food & Beverage Gases and Equipment Committee (2019 – 2021)
- Canadian Health, Safety, and Environment Committee
- Medical Gases Committee; and
- various Expedited Work Process (EWP) Committees
Alice has led and been a key member on task forces for these committees, including those regarding:
- Health Canada’s Regulatory Modernization Framework;
- Unique Device Identification (UDI) System for Medical Devices in Canada; and
- Separate U.S. Food and Drug Administration Regulations for Medical Gases
She is currently active in 13 work items under other CGA committees, ranging from the development of publications addressing medical devices to working on efforts to engage with Health Canada to address issues related to medical gases.
Alice’s active role and perseverance in navigating both U.S. and Canadian regulatory and technical issues over two decades is greatly valued by CGA and its members. These words only begin to tell the story of an esteemed colleague who is respected and appreciated by all with whom she interacts. Her ability to see the many facets of any given discussion and to work towards consensus makes her a valued resource. CGA is privileged to have Alice Chen as a trusted colleague and friend – she is well deserving of receiving this esteemed award.