Medical Groundbreakers

Posted on Oct. 05, 2020 by Canada Post in Latest Stamps

Issue date: September 10, 2020

These five commemorative stamps celebrate six groundbreaking physicians and researchers: Drs. Bruce Chown, Julio Montaner, Balfour Mount, M. Vera Peters, James Till and Ernest McCulloch.

One of the few world leaders in eliminating deadly rhesus (Rh) disease, Dr. Bruce Chown, O.C., MC (1893-1986) established the Winnipeg Rh Laboratory in 1944. His team’s research paved the way for the development and licensing of a protein injection for mothers-to-be that has saved the lives of countless newborns.

Research led by Dr. Julio Montaner, O.C., O.B.C. (b. 1956) has helped transform HIV/AIDS from a fatal disease to a manageable condition with a near-normal life expectancy. He pioneered Treatment as Prevention®, which has the potential to end the HIV/AIDS epidemic worldwide.

Considered the father of palliative care in North America, Dr. Balfour Mount, O.C., O.Q. (b. 1939) advocated for a whole-person approach to care. In 1975, he founded the world’s first comprehensive palliative care service based in a teaching hospital – at the Royal Victoria Hospital in Montréal.

Dr. M. Vera Peters, o.c. (1911-93) revolutionized cancer treatment, showing that Hodgkin lymphoma, then considered fatal, could be cured with radiation therapy. She also showed that for early breast cancer a lumpectomy combined with radiation is as effective as a radical mastectomy – the routine treatment at the time.

Dr. James Till, O.C., O. Ont. (b. 1931) and Dr. Ernest McCulloch, O.C., O. Ont. (1926-2011) transformed the world’s understanding of tissue renewal by confirming the existence of stem cells. Their work has important implications for the treatment of many intractable medical conditions.

This issue salutes these remarkable individuals and the many other healthcare professionals and scientists who have devoted their lives to creating a healthier world – including those working tirelessly to develop diagnostics, treatments and preventions to help respond to the COVID-19 situation.

“This enduring tribute to Canadian health heroes honours their groundbreaking work and brings more awareness to their contributions and discoveries,” said Lissa Foster, Executive Director of the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame. “We can all be immensely proud of the global impact of these pioneering Canadians and our country’s contributions to health, here and in the world.”

Stamp Specifications

Booklet of 10 stamps - Medical Groundbreakers
  • Product #: 414152111
  • Layout: Booklet of 10 stamps
  • Price: $9.20
  • Denomination: 5 x Permanent™ (domestic rate)
  • Design: Mike Savage, Dale Kilian | Signals
  • Photos: James Till – Fred Phipps, courtesy of University of Toronto Archives; Ernest McCulloch – Courtesy of University Health Network; foreground – Elise Jeffery, Sean Morrison. M. Vera Peters – Courtesy of Dr. Peters’ family; background – Dharam Ramnani, MD | WebPathology; foreground – University Health Network. Julio Montaner – Roger Mahler; background – Steve Gschmeissner | Science Photo Library. Balfour Mount – Christinne Muschi Photography. Bruce Chown – Courtesy of the University of Manitoba. Order of Canada insignia: Johanie Maheu | Rideau Hall; © Her Majesty The Queen in Right of Canada represented by the Office of the Secretary to the Governor General, 2017; reproduced with permission of the OSGG, 2020.
  • Dimensions: 38 mm x 30 mm
  • Printer: Colour Innovations
  • Printing Process: Lithography in 5 colours
  • Quantity: 130,000
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Official First Day Covers - Medical Groundbreakers - Bruce Chown
  • Product #: 414153131
  • Layout: Official First Day Covers - Bruce Chown
  • Price: $1.92
  • Denomination:Permanent™ (domestic rate)
  • Design: Mike Savage, Dale Kilian | Signals
  • Photos: James Till – Fred Phipps, courtesy of University of Toronto Archives; Ernest McCulloch – Courtesy of University Health Network; foreground – Elise Jeffery, Sean Morrison. M. Vera Peters – Courtesy of Dr. Peters’ family; background – Dharam Ramnani, MD | WebPathology; foreground – University Health Network. Julio Montaner – Roger Mahler; background – Steve Gschmeissner | Science Photo Library. Balfour Mount – Christinne Muschi Photography. Bruce Chown – Courtesy of the University of Manitoba. Order of Canada insignia: Johanie Maheu | Rideau Hall; © Her Majesty The Queen in Right of Canada represented by the Office of the Secretary to the Governor General, 2017; reproduced with permission of the OSGG, 2020.
  • Dimensions: 190 mm x 112 mm
  • Printer: Colour Innovations
  • Quantity: 2,000
  • Cancellation site: Winnipeg MB
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Official First Day Covers - Medical Groundbreakers - Julio Montaner
  • Product #: 414154131
  • Layout: Official First Day Covers - Julio Montaner
  • Price: $1.92
  • Denomination:Permanent™ (domestic rate)
  • Design: Mike Savage, Dale Kilian | Signals
  • Photos: James Till – Fred Phipps, courtesy of University of Toronto Archives; Ernest McCulloch – Courtesy of University Health Network; foreground – Elise Jeffery, Sean Morrison. M. Vera Peters – Courtesy of Dr. Peters’ family; background – Dharam Ramnani, MD | WebPathology; foreground – University Health Network. Julio Montaner – Roger Mahler; background – Steve Gschmeissner | Science Photo Library. Balfour Mount – Christinne Muschi Photography. Bruce Chown – Courtesy of the University of Manitoba. Order of Canada insignia: Johanie Maheu | Rideau Hall; © Her Majesty The Queen in Right of Canada represented by the Office of the Secretary to the Governor General, 2017; reproduced with permission of the OSGG, 2020.
  • Dimensions: 190 mm x 112 mm
  • Printer: Colour Innovations
  • Quantity: 2,000
  • Cancellation site: Vancouver BC
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Official First Day Covers - Medical Groundbreakers - Balfour Mount
  • Product #: 414155131
  • Layout: Official First Day Covers - Balfour Mount
  • Price: $1.92
  • Denomination:Permanent™ (domestic rate)
  • Design: Mike Savage, Dale Kilian | Signals
  • Photos: James Till – Fred Phipps, courtesy of University of Toronto Archives; Ernest McCulloch – Courtesy of University Health Network; foreground – Elise Jeffery, Sean Morrison. M. Vera Peters – Courtesy of Dr. Peters’ family; background – Dharam Ramnani, MD | WebPathology; foreground – University Health Network. Julio Montaner – Roger Mahler; background – Steve Gschmeissner | Science Photo Library. Balfour Mount – Christinne Muschi Photography. Bruce Chown – Courtesy of the University of Manitoba. Order of Canada insignia: Johanie Maheu | Rideau Hall; © Her Majesty The Queen in Right of Canada represented by the Office of the Secretary to the Governor General, 2017; reproduced with permission of the OSGG, 2020.
  • Dimensions: 190 mm x 112 mm
  • Printer: Colour Innovations
  • Quantity: 2,000
  • Cancellation site: Montréal QC
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Official First Day Covers - Medical Groundbreakers - M. Vera Peters
  • Product #: 414156131
  • Layout: Official First Day Covers - M. Vera Peters
  • Price: $1.92
  • Denomination:Permanent™ (domestic rate)
  • Design: Mike Savage, Dale Kilian | Signals
  • Photos: James Till – Fred Phipps, courtesy of University of Toronto Archives; Ernest McCulloch – Courtesy of University Health Network; foreground – Elise Jeffery, Sean Morrison. M. Vera Peters – Courtesy of Dr. Peters’ family; background – Dharam Ramnani, MD | WebPathology; foreground – University Health Network. Julio Montaner – Roger Mahler; background – Steve Gschmeissner | Science Photo Library. Balfour Mount – Christinne Muschi Photography. Bruce Chown – Courtesy of the University of Manitoba. Order of Canada insignia: Johanie Maheu | Rideau Hall; © Her Majesty The Queen in Right of Canada represented by the Office of the Secretary to the Governor General, 2017; reproduced with permission of the OSGG, 2020.
  • Dimensions: 190 mm x 112 mm
  • Printer: Colour Innovations
  • Quantity: 2,000
  • Cancellation site: Toronto ON
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Official First Day Covers - Medical Groundbreakers - James Till, Ernest McCulloch
  • Product #: 414157131
  • Layout: Official First Day Covers - James Till, Ernest McCulloch
  • Price: $1.92
  • Denomination:Permanent™ (domestic rate)
  • Design: Mike Savage, Dale Kilian | Signals
  • Photos: James Till – Fred Phipps, courtesy of University of Toronto Archives; Ernest McCulloch – Courtesy of University Health Network; foreground – Elise Jeffery, Sean Morrison. M. Vera Peters – Courtesy of Dr. Peters’ family; background – Dharam Ramnani, MD | WebPathology; foreground – University Health Network. Julio Montaner – Roger Mahler; background – Steve Gschmeissner | Science Photo Library. Balfour Mount – Christinne Muschi Photography. Bruce Chown – Courtesy of the University of Manitoba. Order of Canada insignia: Johanie Maheu | Rideau Hall; © Her Majesty The Queen in Right of Canada represented by the Office of the Secretary to the Governor General, 2017; reproduced with permission of the OSGG, 2020.
  • Dimensions: 190 mm x 112 mm
  • Printer: Colour Innovations
  • Quantity: 2,000
  • Cancellation site: Toronto ON
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