Canadian Society of Forensic Science

The Canadian Society of Forensic Science (CSFS) is a professional association aimed at maintaining professional standards and promoting and enhancing the study and stature of forensic science. Membership in the society is open internationally to professionals with an active interest in the forensic sciences.

Canadian Society of Forensic Science/La Société Canadienne des Sciences Judiciaires
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FormationOctober 16, 1953; 65 years ago (1953-10-16)
PurposeProfessional non-profit organization for forensic science
HeadquartersOttawa, Ont.
Region served
Canada, international
Official language
English, French
Cecilia Hageman
Main organ
Executive Committee



The CSFS was founded on October 16, 1953 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.[1] The founding members were William Wallace Sutherland, Charles George Farmilo, James Alexander Churchman, Blake B. Coldwell, and Leo Levi.[2] The society officially became a non-profit corporation on April 10, 1963 with the signing of the Letters Patent under the authority of the Companies Act.[3]

Present structureEdit

The CSFS has an Executive Committee consisting of elected Officials and a Board of Directors. In addition there are several standing and special committees, including Awards, Finance, Membership, Nominating, Publication, Accreditation, Alcohol Test, Constitution, Drugs and Driving, and Informatics/Education.

The CSFS is further organized into sections representing diverse areas of forensic science, as follows:

There are six types of membership in the society: Regular, Fellow, Emeritus, Provisional, Associate and Student. As of 2009, the society had 590 members of all types.[4]


The society publishes the peer-reviewed, quarterly Journal of the Canadian Society of Forensic Science. It is devoted to the publication of original papers, comments, and reviews in all branches of forensic science, as well as other matters of forensic interest ( e.g., social sciences, law enforcement and/or jurisprudence). Abstracts from 1995 to the present are available online at the CSFS website.


The society holds a professional conference and Annual General Meeting. The location and specific dates vary each year.


The society gives out the following awards:

  • Rita Charlebois Award, to provide financial assistance to a deserving candidate(s) to attend scientific meetings
  • CSFS Memorial Award, to posthumously commemorate the contributions to forensic science in Canada of society members who have died
  • CSFS Education Award, an annual award for promoting the field of forensic science
  • The Derome Award, to honour those individuals who had been active in the establishment of the profession in Canada
  • H. Ward Smith Award, to commemorate the contribution to forensic science in Canada of the late H. Ward Smith.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ The History of the Canadian Society of Forensic Science, CSFS Journal, June 1978, Vol. 11, No. 2.
  2. ^ "Biographical Sketches of Founding Members". The History of the Canadian Society of Forensic Science. Archived from the original on 2011-07-06. Retrieved December 23, 2010.
  3. ^ Journal of the Canadian Society of Forensic Science, Vol 37, No 1, March 2004, p. iii.
  4. ^ 2009 Membership Report, CSFS

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