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Call for 2023 Awards Nominations closed on May 26, 2023! 

Nominated individuals must be current members of the Canadian Society of Animal Science

Nominations (except for Honorary Life Membership) must be accompanied with the following as electronic files (PDF or Word file(s) preferred):

  • Name, address, phone number, and email address of nominator(s).
  • Reason for nomination: Reason for nomination: state why this nominee is proposed (max 800 words Times new roman 10 pt single space).
  • CV of Nominee (include education, employment, service to the profession (books and papers published, courses and number of students taught, industry activities, consultations, overseas involvement, etc.), and honors and awards already held).
  • A summary suitable for incorporation into a citation if the nominee wins the award (maximum of 250 words).

For nominees for the Canadian Animal Industries award in extension and public service, letters of support from farm organizations on a local, provincial and/or national level are required.

Please forward all nomination documents to the CSAS Awards Chair via email:


Canadian Society of Animal Science Fellowship*

Description: This award represents the highest honour bestowed by the Society to members who have made an outstanding contribution in any field of animal agriculture. Recipients of this award are not eligible for any other CSAS award, except for the Honorary Life Membership.
Form: Recipients receive a $1000 cash award and a plaque.

2023 Award Recipient:

  • Kees Plaizier, University of Manitoba
  • 2023 sponsor: Canadian Science Publishing

Award in Nutrition or Meat Sciences*

Description: Awarded to CSAS members to encourage excellence in teaching, research or extension in the fields of nutrition and meat science at the provincial, federal or international level. Nominees previously awarded AIC or Canadian Society of Animal Science Fellowships are not eligible for this award, but the converse does not apply.
Form: Recipients receive a $1000 cash award and a plaque.

2023 Award Recipient:

  • Argenis Rodas-Gonzalez, University of Manitoba 
  • 2023 sponsor: Trouw Nutrition

Technical Innovation in Enhancing Production of Safe Affordable Food*

Description: This award recognizes excellence in technical innovation and teaching with emphasis in biotechnology, genetics, physiology, and animal behaviour. The award requires demonstration that the recipient contributed to the production of safe and affordable food of animal origin. CSAS and AIC fellowship recipients are ineligible.
Form: Recipients receive a $1000 cash award and a plaque.

2023 Award Recipient:

  • Chengbo Yang, University of Manitoba
  • 2023 sponsor: Semex Alliance

Canadian Industries Award in Extension and Public Service*

Description: This is awarded to a CSAS member in recognition of outstanding service to the animal industries of Canada in technology transfer, leadership and education in animal production. The recipient of the award may be employed in any sector of the Canadian animal industry. The contribution to advancement of education and technology transfer in animal agriculture in Canada must have been outstanding and sustained over time. The contributions must be distinct from those of research.
Form: Recipients receive a $1000 cash award and a plaque.

Not given in 2023 

Young Scientist Award

Description: Awarded in recognition of the achievements of new members of the research community. Presented to an individual who has demonstrated excellence in research in any area of animal science and who has held their PhD for a period not greater than seven years (or eight years in special circumstances) are eligible. Nominees previously awarded AIC or Canadian Society of Animal Science Fellowships are not eligible for this award, but the converse does not apply.
Form: Recipients receive a $1000 cash award and a plaque.

2023 Award Recipient:

  • Aline Remus, Agriculture and Agri-Fodds Canada (AAFC)
  • 2023 sponsor: Employees of Masterfeeds LLP, in memory of Shane Carson, Director of Nutrition

Honorary Life Membership*

Description: Awarded to CSAS members who have retired from active employment and who have been active members for a period of no less than ten (10) years immediately preceding retirement. Honorary Life Members cease to pay membership dues. The award is intended for members who have truly retired (age 65) and not for those who have retired only to assume another career or appointment.
Note: Nominations are not required for Honorary Life Membership (selection of recipients is based on the CSAS membership list; however, the Honors and Awards Committee would appreciate members identifying potential recipients).
Form: Certificate and complimentary membership in the Society (excluding journal access).

Not Given in 2023

 Refer to Nominate section and click on award name for past recipient lists


A number of awards are available to undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in Canadian universities in animal science-related programs.

CSAS Student Ambassadors

Our CSAS Student Ambassadors will enhance the visibility of our society to graduate students across Canada and increase the participation of our student members in society activities.   Award sponsored by the Canadian Society of Animal Science.

  • Western Canada Student Ambassador - Rachel Carey, University of Saskatchewan

CSAS Graduate Travel Fellowship

Description: $500 towards expenses for travel to the 2023 CSAS-ASAS Annual Meeting and Trade Show. Winners will receive the cash award during the CSAS awards night in Oklahoma.

  • Registered CSAS member.
  • Registered in M.Sc., Ph.D., or Postdoctoral program at a recognized Canadian university.
  • Registered and attending the 2022 ASAS-CSAS Annual Meeting and Trade show for the purpose of presenting data (oral or poster).

Application requirements:

  • Proof of membership (CSAS membership number) and student status (photocopy of valid student ID or attestation by supervisor/head of department).
  • Applicant’s abstract (version submitted) for oral or poster presentation during the meeting.
  • A justification letter (max. 500 words) describing the focus of the research to be presented at the meeting and the benefits that would be gained from attending the meeting.
  • A letter of recommendation (max. 400 words)from the applicant’s supervisor.
  • Supervisor should sign and confirm that the applicant fulfills all requirements.
  • Proof of registration is not required at time of application but will be required before funds are awarded. 

2023 Sponsored by Lakeland College, Olds College and Canadian Centre for Swine Improvement, Inc.

2023 Recipients:

  • Samla Cunha, University of Guelph
  • Sergio Lasso, University of Alberta

Graduate Student Poster Presentations

In recognition of the top three poster presentations during the Graduate Student Competition at the Annual Meeting. The award consists of a cheque for 1st $250, 2nd $150 and 3rd $100.
Sponsor: Canadian Science Publishing 

Graduate Student Oral Presentations

In recognition of the top three oral presentations during the Graduate Student Competition at the Annual Meeting. The award consists of a cheque for 1st $250, 2nd $150 and 3rd $100. 

CSAS Undergraduate Academic Achievement Award

Description: Awarded in recognition of superior academic achievement to an undergraduate student during the course of their studies in animal science-related program.
Eligibility: An undergraduate student who has demonstrated superior academic performance during their undergraduate studies and who is expected to graduate in the year of the award. A total of one undergraduate student recipient from each of the main agricultural faculties at Canadian universities (University of British Columbia, University of Alberta, University of Saskatchewan, University of Manitoba, University of Guelph, Université Laval, McGill University, and Dalhousie University). Nominations are received from the department in which the student is enrolled.
Form: Certificate, $100 cash award, and one-year complimentary membership in the Society, including journal access. 

2023 Sponsor:Lakeland College and Olds College

2023 Recipients:

  • Jasmine Bourque, Dalhousie University
  • Matthew Trefiak, University of Saskatchewan

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