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Emerging Conservator Award

This award recognizes the dedication and outstanding potential of a future conservator or conservation scientist in Canada. Recipients of this award will be celebrated for their accomplishments and leadership demonstrated during their full time studies leading to a degree or diploma in any area of cultural property conservation or conservation science, or within five years of completing these studies.
Note that this award is now open to include Canadian students who have studied abroad and returned to Canada, where they are making outstanding contributions.


The award consists of a certificate, a $499 gift, and free registration for the CAC Conference and Banquet at which the award is presented (recipient’s choice, year of nomination or following year). If the recipient of the Award is not able to attend either Conference, no cash compensation for registration and banquet fees will be offered.

The name of the Award recipient and a description of his or her achievements will be announced at the CAC Conference Banquet and published in the September issue of the CAC Bulletin in the year of nomination or the following year, at the discretion of the recipient.


Nominees must:

  • be Canadian citizens or landed immigrants
  • be members in good standing of the CAC
  • be enrolled full-time in a recognized Canadian post-secondary conservation or conservation science training program, OR
  • have graduated within the past five years from a recognized Canadian or international post-secondary conservation or conservation science training program
  • have demonstrated outstanding effort and accomplishments during the course of their studies at a recognized training program in Canada as demonstrated by academic performance and contributions, or potential contributions to the field of cultural property conservation
  • have shown leadership among peers
  • demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of the ethics and ideals expressed in the CAC/CAPC Code of Ethics and Guidance for Practice

An individual may receive this Award only once.

Nomination Procedure

Nominations for this award may be submitted by a professor or program coordinator of the educational institution at which the student is enrolled or by an internship or employment supervisor. The nominator is responsible for informing the nominee and ensuring the accuracy of the information provided.

The nomination package will consist of:

  • completed nomination form
  • one letter of support for the nomination (Note that persons supporting nominations do not have to be members of the CAC)
  • a curriculum vitae for the person
  • any other supporting documentation


Eligible nominations will be adjudicated by the CAC Grants & Awards Committee and one member of the Canadian Association for Emerging Conservators, with decision by consensus. The Board of Directors of the CAC will approve their recommendations.

Deadlines and Decision

Nomination packages must be received at the address below by January 31. The Grants & Awards Committee will recommend a recipient to the CAC Board of Directors by April 1. The final decision on the award rests with the CAC Board of Directors, and will be made by May 1 of the year of the award.

Please note that the details regarding this award may change to reflect procedural improvements, budget changes, etc. Please check the CAC website for the most recent information regarding this award.

If you have any questions or comments about this program, please contact:

CAC Grants and Awards Committee