CNS-SCN Fellow Distinction
A Fellow distinction is an honour that CNS bestows on an individual in recognition of exemplary achievement in the field of nutrition.
“CNS-SCN Fellow” is an exclusive professional distinction that recognizes exceptional service to both the Canadian Nutrition Society (CNS) as well as the broader nutrition profession, both within Canada and globally. The CNS-SCN Fellow designation is an honour bestowed upon a CNS member by their peers in recognition for outstanding contributions to nutrition science and/or practice.
CNS-SCN Fellows will be inducted during the CNS Annual Conference. They will receive use of FCNS-SCN designation, a recognition award, free CNS membership for one year, and one complimentary registration to the CNS-SCN Annual Conference and Awards Banquet where the recipient(s) will be honoured.
Nominations are open from November 1 to February 1 each year and accepted via the CNS Online Award Nomination tool (coming soon).
Eligibility Criteria & Adjudication
Nominations are submitted, reviewed and selected by other CNS members. A limited number of CNS-SCN Fellows will be awarded each year. The CNS Awards Committee, or other appointed reviewers, will review and score applications according to established criteria under the four domains listed below and make recommendations to the CNS Board of Directors. The Board of Directors will review the recommendations and make the final selection(s).
Must be a current “Active” or “Emeritus” member or member of at least one of its originating societies - Canadian Society for Clinical Nutrition (CSCN) or Canadian Society for Nutritional Sciences (CSNS) - for a minimum of 10 years.
- Demonstrate accomplishments and distinguished service in the field of nutrition in each of the four domains:
Contribution to CNS activities (past and present), such as service on a CNS committee, working group, etc.; presentations at CNS events; and authoring publications, guidelines, etc.
- Achievements in nutrition research (past and present) such as participation in research grants; oral presentation at conferences; and a strong publication record
Achievements in nutrition practice (past and present), such as education/mentorship of other nutrition professionals; and demonstrating major innovations in practice.
Contributions to the Canadian nutrition community through things such as published nutrition articles; teaching roles; as well as advocacy efforts, notable appointments, leadership and achievements in governing bodies.
- Recognition, reputation and credibility nationally and/or internationally within the nutrition sector.
The following individuals are not eligible to be nominated as a Fellow of CNS:
- Sitting Board members
- Industry partners
- Anyone in conflict with the CNS mandate and policies
Nominations will be open from November 1 to February 1 each year.
- Nominations may be made by any “Active” or “Emeritus” members of CNS.
- Student, Young Professional or Associate members are not eligible to nominate.
- Self-nomination is not permitted.
Nominations must include:
Completion of an online nomination form submitted by a nominator (an “Active” or “Emeritus” member) that outlines the reasons the individual is being nominated as it pertains to each of the four domains (maximum 1,000 words for each domain)
Letters of support from two current “Active” or “Emeritus” CNS members (Student, Young Professional or Associate members are not eligible to nominate) who can attest to why the candidate should receive a CNS-SCN Fellowship designation
- Nominee’s full curriculum vitae
Note: Of the nominator and two referees, at least one must be from a different institution than the nominee.