Harry C. Rowsell Award
Call for Nominations
2023 NOMINATIONS ARE NOW OPEN!
Timeline for the Award
- Deadline to submit nominations: February 28, 2023 at 11:59 p.m. (EST)
- Notification to winner: April 3, 2023
- Notification to all nominees and nominators: April 6, 2023
- Presentation of award: by May 4, 2023
Award Criteria and Eligibility
To be eligible for the Harry C. Rowsell Award for Outstanding Service to the CCAC, nominees must have made an outstanding contribution to the goals of the CCAC and have advanced the ethical care and use of animals in Canadian science through dedication, competence, exceptional performance, excellent service, and/or ingenuity. This award is open to anyone working in the field of animal care and use in science, including (but not limited to) laboratory animal technicians, scientists, researchers, and veterinarians.
The winner will be announced through the CCAC’s digital media channels and will attend the CCAC National Workshop for the presentation of the award, where they will be expected to say a few words. If the workshop is held in person, the ceremony will be photographed and the photos from the event will be used in materials such as the CCAC annual report, communiqués to CCAC stakeholders, and on the CCAC website.
Past winners and active members of the CCAC Secretariat or the CCAC Board of Directors are not eligible for this award. While a nominee can only win the award once, nomination packages for previous candidates may be resubmitted if they meet all award criteria. Self-nominations are also accepted. In exceptional circumstances, more than one award can be attributed in a given year.
Nominations will be accepted in both French and English. Each nomination package must include:
- a completed nomination form;
- a biography of the nominee, focusing on relevant skills and accomplishments; and
- a letter of support for the nomination (2-4 pages), which should include a statement outlining the specific nature of the contributions that the nominee has made, and how these contributions relate to the mandate, mission, and values of the CCAC.
Please note that all documentation must accompany the completed nomination form. Complete nominations packages must be sent by email only to in PDF format.
The CCAC will review each nomination package to determine whether it contains a completed nomination form, a biography, and a letter of support. All eligible nomination packages will then be reviewed by the Harry C. Rowsell Award Task Force, which is comprised of the chair and vice-chair of the board, a representative from the Secretariat, and one member each from the Standards, Assessment and Certification, and Public Affairs and Communications committees.
This task force is responsible for reviewing the candidates submitted for award consideration and recommending a winner to the board. Submissions will be evaluated based on content and merit, and nominations must demonstrate a strong contribution to the CCAC and to the ethical care and use of animals in Canadian science. Once the board has approved the nominee, the winner and the nominator will be notified by the Secretariat; all other nominees and nominators will be contacted shortly thereafter.
Presentation of the Award
The winner will be announced through the CCAC’s digital media channels and will attend the presentation of the award at the CCAC National Workshop, where he will be expected to say a few words (2-5 minutes). If the event is held in person, it will be photographed and photos from the event will be used in materials such as the CCAC annual report, communiqués to CCAC stakeholders, and on the CCAC website.
The Harry C. Rowsell Award for Outstanding Service to the CCAC will consist of a personally engraved gift.
If the workshop is held in person, the winner's accommodation and travel will be paid for by the CCAC. This includes a one-night hotel stay, a one-day per diem, and a round-trip flight or train fare. Should the winner wish to extend their stay, all additional expenses will be borne by the winner.