Award for Outstanding Research & Innovation

The Canadian Beef Industry Award for Outstanding Research and Innovation is presented by the Beef Cattle Research Council (BCRC) each year to recognize a researcher or scientist whose work has contributed to advancements in the competitiveness and sustainability of the Canadian beef industry. The award was established by the BCRC in 2015.


To be eligible, nominees must be Canadian citizens or landed immigrants actively involved in research of benefit to the Canadian beef industry within the past 5 years.  Benefit to the Canadian beef industry must be evident in a strong research program aligned with industry priorities, a demonstrated passion and long-term commitment through leadership, teamwork, and mentorship, involvement in ongoing education and training (where applicable), and active engagement with industry stakeholders. Areas of research pertaining to the beef industry may include:

  • agricultural economics
  • animal health and welfare
  • beef quality
  • environmental stewardship
  • feed efficiency
  • feed grains
  • food safety
  • forage and grassland production
  • genetic improvements
  • social license to operate
  • technology transfer
  • development of industry program(s)
  • other areas pertaining to the competiveness and sustainability of the Canadian beef industry


Nominations are welcome from all stakeholders of the Canadian beef industry. 

Nominations will be kept on file and re-considered for up to two additional years. In such cases, the nominator will be contacted and given the opportunity to revise the nomination.

Nominations are reviewed by a selection committee assembled by the BCRC, which is comprised of beef producers, industry experts and retired beef-related researchers located across the country.


Nominations for the annual award must be submitted to no later than May 1.

Letters of Support

In addition to the nomination form, a minimum of 3 letters of recommendation that reflect on the influence the nominee has had on Canada’s beef industry are also required. At least one letter should be from the scientific community (i.e. researcher or student) and at least one from an industry stakeholder (i.e. beef producer or staff from an industry organization excluding the Canadian Cattle Association and the BCRC). If a nomination is submitted by an organization, its staff are excluded from providing any of the corresponding letters of support. Letters should reference the nominee’s contribution to the competitiveness and sustainability of the Canadian beef industry through research, communication, and collaboration. Additional support documents are welcome.

Nomination Form


The recipient of the annual award is announced at the Canadian Beef Industry Conference.

Past Recipients