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.
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 Lecture Award
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 Jeff and Violet Ryley.The Ryley Jeffs Memorial Lecture 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
Emeritus Membership Awards
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
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
Association Awards – Recognizing the achievements of members in all areas of practice
DC Fellow Awards
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.
Full list of DC Fellows
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
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.
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.
**Not available this year. Look for application criteria for 2020 congress, coming soon**
Student and Internship Awards – Recognizing the future of dietetics
The Student Awards recognize academic excellence at the undergraduate and post-graduate levels. Each award recipient is provided with cash prize and support to attend the DC National Conference.
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.
In honour and memory of the late Susan Morgan, and 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.
Previous award recipients
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.
We invite members to nominate their colleagues and recognize the valuable contributions they make to the dietetics profession. The nomination period will open in the fall.
Updated May 27, 2019