Harry C. Rowsell Award for Outstanding Service to the CCAC

Nominations are now open!

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 animal ethics and care in Canadian science through outstanding dedication, competence, exceptional performance, excellent service, and/or ingenuity.

The winner is expected to attend the CCAC National Workshop Reception 2019 in Richmond, BC on May 24, 2019, at the expense of the CCAC, and to make a short presentation. The award ceremony will be photographed and those photos will be used by the CCAC 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. Nominees may only win once. However, previous nominees are eligible to reapply for the award. In exceptional circumstances, more than one award can be attributed in a given year.

Award Nomination

Nominations will be accepted in both French and English. Each nomination must include:

  • a completed nomination form;
  • a biography of the nominee, focusing on his/her related 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 nomination form. Nominations must be sent to the CCAC at in PDF format.

Deadline for Nominations

All nomination forms and supporting documents must be received by email by March 1, 2019 at 11:59pm EST.

All responses must be typed and in PDF format. Please send completed nomination packages to the CCAC at . Nominations will be accepted by email only.

Selection Process

The CCAC Secretariat will review each nomination to determine whether the nomination package contains:

  1. a completed nomination form;
  2. a biography; and
  3. a letter of support.

All complete nomination packages will then be reviewed by the Harry C. Rowsell Award Task Force, which is comprised of the CCAC Chair and Vice-Chair, a representative from the CCAC 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 CCAC Board of Directors. Submissions will be evaluated on content and merit, and nominations must demonstrate a strong contribution to the CCAC and to animal ethics and care in Canadian science.

Once the CCAC Board of Directors has approved the nominee, the winner and the person who submitted the nomination will be notified by the CCAC Secretariat. All other nominees and nominators will be contacted shortly thereafter.

Timeline for 2019 Awards

  • Deadline to submit nominations: March 1, 2019 at 11:59pm EST
  • Notification to winner: April 9, 2019
  • Notification to all nominees and nominators: April 20, 2019
  • Presentation of award: May 24, 2019

Presentation of Award

The winner is expected to attend the presentation of the Harry C. Rowsell Award for Outstanding Service to the CCAC, which will be held at the CCAC National Workshop Reception on May 24, 2019, in Richmond, BC. The winner will also be expected to say a few words (2-5 minutes) at the presentation. This event will occur the day prior to the CCAC National Workshop 2019.

The award presentation will be photographed and those photos 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 personal award, suitably inscribed. The recipient's name will also be engraved on the master plaque that currently hangs in the CCAC office.

The winner's accommodation and travel will be paid for by the CCAC. This includes a one-night stay in Richmond, BC, a one day per diem, and a round-trip flight or train. Should the winner wish to extend their stay to attend the CCAC National Workshop 2019 or for personal travel, all additional expenses will be borne by the winner.

Award History

Picture of Dr. Harry C. Rowsell

Dr. Harry C. Rowsell

The Harry C. Rowsell Award for Outstanding Service to the CCAC was named for the CCAC's founding executive director, who devoted his life to promoting optimal care for animals in Canadian science. Dr. Rowsell's deep personal commitment to the humane treatment of animals, and his belief in our ethical responsibility for their well-being, are evidenced through the many significant contributions he made during his career. In 1988, Dr. Rowsell was recognized as an Officer of the Order of Canada for his incalculable contribution to the establishment of ethically-based animal research, spearheaded by the CCAC.

For further information on the Harry C. Rowsell Award for Outstanding Service to the CCAC, please contact the CCAC at or 613-238-4031.