The Environmental Stewardship Award

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 general 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 CCA. The national TESA recipient is announced during the CCA 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. For nomination and general information, please contact your provincial cattle association.

Meet the 2023 TESA Nominees

Each year, producers across Canada apply or are nominated for The Environmental Stewardship Award (TESA) awarded by the Canadian Cattle Association. We invite you to learn more about this year’s nominees, who have been recognized at the regional level for their outstanding initiatives and contributions to sustainable production and environmental stewardship.

This Year’s Recipient

Wray Ranch

Calgary, AB – The Canadian Cattle Association (CCA) is pleased to announce Wray Ranch, located near Irricana, Alberta, as the recipient of The Environmental Stewardship Award (TESA) for 2023. Doug and Linda Wray, who own and operate Wray Ranch in partnership with their nephew, Tim Wray and his wife Joanne, are recognized for their focus […]

How to Nominate

All beef cattle operations in Canada are eligible to apply for The Environmental Stewardship Award (TESA). Beef producers interested in TESA can apply by filling out the application form found on this page.

Producers can either nominate themselves, another individual or be nominated by an organization. All methods are equally encouraged.

Past Recipients

For over 25 years, the Canadian Cattle Association has celebrated the care and commitment taken by Canadian producers to raise cattle, while protecting and preserving the environment. Meet our past recipients and read their sustainability stories.