Emerging Leadership Award

*NEW* The Emerging Leadership Award, presented by Animal Health Canada, is intended for emerging leaders in One Health or One Welfare who are in the first 10 years of their professional career. Through their work in animal agriculture, in either industry or government roles, recipients model collaboration, and inclusive behaviour. Recipients of this award must have demonstrated a commitment to farmed animal health and welfare through organizational involvement, research, extension, policy development, program delivery or any other area that advances animal agriculture.

  • This award is open to individuals involved in both government and non-government organizations.
  • Nominations may be made by individuals, governments or organizations and must be
    • made before the deadline included in the call for nominations, and
    •  using the accompanying application form.



Leaders are motivational and have not just ideas but accomplishments. Leadership can be measured by impact, such as:

  • Involvement in industry or professional boards and committees
  • Active participation and leadership on industry and industry/government committees focused on animal health and welfare
  • Demonstration of creating impact through influence
  • Demonstration of innovative solutions in research, policy, program delivery or farming which enhance animal health and welfare


Commitment is the state or quality of being dedicated and engaged to a cause or activity. It can be demonstrated by:

  • Continuing commitment to the enhancement of animal health and welfare throughout career
  • Long standing career with multiple influences
  • Commitment to collaborative approaches and continuous improvement

Collaboration and Inclusion

Collaborative leadership is a practice where specific effort is made to effectively connect, engage and work with a diverse group of sectors, governments and stakeholder representatives to guide policy and program development. This can be demonstrated by:

  • Encouraging the sharing of information within and between teams and exploring different perspectives on common issues to support discussion
  • Proactively reaching out to impacted stakeholders on specific work areas to increase transparency, inclusion and the connection of ideas
  • Demonstration of inclusive leadership behaviours such as supporting and leading diverse teams, identifying bias in decision-making or policies and practices, and actively supporting positive behaviours through effective communication and conflict resolution