Dr. Mike (Zhi) Gao2019
Andrew Adams, CALA President & CEO presented Dr. Mike (Zhi) Gao the Serge Villard Award during CALA's 31st AGM, held virtually on April 30, 2020. Every year, this award is presented to an assessor who has made a special contribution. In 2020, CALA recognized Mike as a noteworthy recipient.
Mike holds a Ph. D. in chemistry from Nankai University and is the Manager, Quality Assurance System at EPCOR in Edmonton, Alberta. Mike started volunteering as a CALA assessor in 2006, and since then he has performed 43 assessments; for 20 of these assignments, Mike has taken on the responsibility and extra workload of a Lead or sole assessor. The CALA accreditation team enjoys working with Mike! He is pleasant and always willing to help out where he can, be it on an assessment or doing a presentation at the biennial assessor training. Feedback from laboratories and co-assessors alike reflect a knowledgeable, diligent, thoughtful, kind person. We are proud to have Mike represent CALA when he’s on assessments, and are very proud to honour him with this well-deserved award.