2018 Award Winners

The following awards were presented at the 2018 banquet dinner.


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.

The 2018 recipient was Dr. Eugene Janzen from the University of Calgary.

From left: Andrea Brocklebank, BCRC executive director; Ryan Beierbach, BCRC chair; Eugene Janzen; Bob Lowe, Bear Trap Feeders; and Reynold Bergen, BCRC science director. Photo courtesy BCRC

Read more about Dr. Janzen’s accomplishments here.

As stewards of a vast portion of the Canadian landscape, Canada’s beef cattle producers play a significant role in protecting and enhancing the environment. They continuously strive to improve existing stewardship conservation practices to create a sustainable future – always farming for tomorrow.
Since 1996, TESA has recognized producers who go above and beyond standard industry conservation practices and set positive examples for other cattle producers and the public. At the local level, a producer receives provincial recognition for their outstanding contributions. These recipients move forward as nominees for national recognition from the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA). The national TESA recipient is announced during the semi-annual meeting at the Canadian Beef Industry Conference. Each nominee exemplifies significant innovation and attention to a wide range of environmental stewardship aspects in their farm operation. Such innovations extend beneficially to areas far beyond their land, including water, wildlife and air.


Alberta Beef Producers 2018 Environmental Stewardship Award Recipients Ian and Carman Murray, Shoestring Ranch, Acme, AB

Saskatchewan Stock Growers Association 2018 Environmental Stewardship Award Recipients

Blain and Naomi Hjertaas, Hjertaas Farm, Redvers, SK

Manitoba Beef Producers 2018

The Environmental Sustainability Award Recipients Brian and Sonja Harper, Circle H Farms, Brandon, MB

Beef Farmers of Ontario 2018 Environmental Stewardship Award Recipient Sandra Vos, owner of a grass-fed beef operation in Paris, ON

Nova Scotia Cattle Producers

On behalf of Maritime beef producers, 2017 Nova Scotia Federation of Agriculture’s Environmental Stewardship Award Recipient Larry and Pat Ward, Willow Pond Farm, Middle Musquodoboit, NS


The winner of the 2018 Environmental Sustainability Award went to Brian and Sonja Harper, Circle H Farms, Brandon, MB

From left: Scott Dickson, MNP; Sonia and Brian Harper, Circle H Farms; Duane Thompson, Chair CCA Environmental Committee.

Read more about Sonia and Brian’s purebred cow-calf operation and their animal and land management practices.

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