Awards Overview

Our formal awards and recognition program celebrates individuals who have inspired, empowered and lent their passion to promote and elevate the dietetics profession. Every year, we recognize the extraordinary achievements and remarkable contributions of our members at our annual conference.
Through our member and student awards program, we recognize achievements in all areas of practice from clinical, community, research, education, entrepreneurship and more.  We also acknowledge and award long standing members who have demonstrated outstanding contributions to the profession over their career.

To nominate or be nominated for an award, you must be a DC member. The Awards Nomination Period opens October 1, 2019.  The deadline for nominations is January 31, 2020.  You can read more about the awards, past winners and the nomination criteria and forms for each individual award below.  

To submit an award application form, click here.  (Members only.  You will need to login to continue the application process).

Board of Directors awards

These award winners are selected by a committee of members on the Board of Directors and signify exceptional career achievements.

Ryley-Jeffs Memorial Award

The Ryley-Jeffs Memorial Award (formerly the Ryley-Jeffs Memorial Lecture Award) is the highest recognition that the Board of Dietitians of Canada can bestow on a DC member.  It is named in honour of two Canadian pioneers in the dietetic profession, Kathleen Jeffs and Violet Ryley.The Ryley-Jeffs Memorial Award is an opportunity to recognize a DC member who exemplifies the ideals of dedication to the profession and who has a proven ability to chart new directions in the field of dietetics. The recipient delivers the public Memorial Lecture at the annual DC National Conference and a synopsis of the lecture is published in the fall issue of the Canadian Journal of Dietetic Practice and Research
2019 recipient - Dr. Laurie Wadsworth
Previous Award Recipients

2020 Award Criteria and Procedures

Emeritus Membership Award

Emeritus membership is the highest level of recognition that DC can bestow upon a retired DC member who has made meritorious contributions throughout their career. The Board of Directors bestows this permanent designation to retired members of DC in appreciation of the contribution they have made to the advancement of dietetics during their career. This honour may be granted to more than one person in any given year and need not be awarded in any given year. The recipient is provided with a pin of recognition during the Awards Ceremony held during the National Conference. Emeritus members are exempt from the payment of annual membership fees.
2019 Emeritus Member Award winners

2020 Award Criteria and Procedures

Honorary Patron Award

Honourary Patron is the highest level of recognition that DC can bestow upon a person who is not a member of the dietetics profession. This award recognizes an individual who through innovation, discovery, or exceptional promotion of dietitians has helped to advance the profession. 
The 2019 Honourary Patron Award winner

2020 Award Criteria and Procedures

Association Awards – Recognizing the achievements of members in all areas of practice

DC Fellowship

This designation is available to members who have demonstrated outstanding professional growth and contributions through educational and professional enhancement, career achievements, initiative, innovation and leadership in dietetics. 
2019 Recipients
Full list of DC Fellows

2020 Award Application and Information document
2020 Fellowship Application Form

Member Recognition Awards 
These award winners are recognized for their volunteer efforts, professional expertise and achievements that contribute to the advancement of the profession. Members nominate their colleagues for awards in four different areas of excellence: Leadership, Innovation, Education and Association Catalyst.
Association Catalyst 2019
Education 2019
Leadership 2019

2020 Award Criteria and Procedures document
2020 Application Form

PEN® Achiever Award (Canada)

This award is available to members who demonstrate leadership in evidence-based practice through significant or ongoing contributions to the PEN: Practice-based Evidence in Nutrition® system.
2019 recipient 
Previous recipients

2020 Award Criteria and Procedures document
2020 Nomination Form 


International Travel Award for Novice Researchers 
This award supports the participation of two novice researchers at the International Congress of Dietetics, which convenes once every four years. DC will support two novice researchers with successful abstract submissions to the ICD Congress in South Africa in 2020.

2020 Award Criteria and Procedures

Student and Internship Awards – Recognizing the future of dietetics 

Student Awards

The Student Awards recognize academic excellence. Each award recipient is provided with cash prize and support to attend the DC National Conference.
2019 recipients

2020 Undergraduate Award Criteria and Procedures Document

Judy Van Tilburg Memorial Bursary

This Bursary recognizes the critical importance of networking to further one’s career by providing two bursaries to support registration and participation at the DC annual conference for members currently enrolled in an accredited internship or practicum program.
2019 recipient
**This award will not be offered in 2020**

Morgan Awards

In honour and memory of the late Susan Morgan (formerly presented by the Canadian Foundation for Dietetic Research) this award recognizes the personal achievement of a dietetic intern or practicum student for a research project. 
2019 recipients
Previous award recipients

2020 Award Application Guide
2020 Award Reference Form

DC Networks Student Scholarships

The DC Student Network in partnership with many other DC Networks is pleased to provide student members of DC with the opportunity to experience the DC National Conference. Attending the conference is a great way to network with professionals, learn about new research in the field, and to develop your professional toolkit. 
2019 recipients

2020 Scholarship Information 


We invite members to nominate their colleagues and recognize the valuable contributions they make to the dietetics profession. 
Updated October 16, 2019