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Recognition Awards

CCAC Emerging Leader Award

CCAC Medallion


Emerging leaders play a crucial role in improving the welfare of animals in science. By bringing a fresh perspective to the ethical care and use of animals in science, these rising stars can advocate for the implementation of more robust animal welfare guidelines and best practices within institutions. They can also encourage transparency, rigorously enforce ethical standards, and establish protocols that prioritize the well-being and humane treatment of animals involved in scientific protocols. They represent the future of leadership in animal-based science and have the potential to drive positive change, innovation, and growth.

This award recognizes individuals with less than 10 years of experience in a leadership role in the field of ethical animal care and use, who have demonstrated exceptional growth in their levels of leadership, responsibility, sphere of impact, and contribution to both the ethical care and use of animals in science and to the CCAC.


  • Less than 10 years of experience in a leadership role in the field of animal care and use.
  • Made significant contributions to the goals of the CCAC and have worked to advance the ethical care and use of animals in Canadian science, including Three Rs practices.
  • Empowered and uplifted others within their institution and their field, including in the areas of equity, diversity, and inclusion.
  • Work in the field of animal care and use, including (but not limited to) scientists, teachers, veterinarians, animal care committee members, and laboratory animal technicians.

Previous nomination packages for this award may be resubmitted if they meet all criteria. Active or past members of the CCAC Secretariat, active members of the CCAC board of directors, and those who do not meet the stated criteria are not eligible for this award.

Each nomination package must include a completed nomination form and no more than five (5) pages responding to the nomination questions. All responses must be typed, in an 11-point font, and in PDF format.

The CCAC values diversity in experience, background, knowledge, cultures, and skills. We therefore encourage award nominations for all members of our community that meet the above criteria. Please send completed nomination packages to the CCAC at (nominations will be accepted by email only). All completed nominations must be received by email by March 31, 2024 at 11:59pm (EST).