University of Saskatchewan

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U of S Food Researchers Honored with New Governor-Generalís Award

Alfred Slinkard
June 30, 2010

Two University of Saskatchewan researchers have been recognized with the Governor-Generalís Award in Celebration of the Nationís Table for their efforts to improve the quality, variety and sustainability of food ingredients.

The new award, presented last week at a Rideau Hall ceremony, is intended to inspire Canadians to think differently about what they buy, eat and drink. The U of S received two of the 11 2010 awards which highlight the connection in food research and production from farm to table.

ďThe U of S is very proud of these two outstanding agricultural researchers whose work underscores why food and bioproducts for a sustainable future is one of our distinguishing signature areas of research,Ē says U of S Vice-President Research Karen Chad.

Alfred Slinkard was cited for his innovative research over several decades at the U of S Crop Development Centre, work that has paved the way for Canada to become a major exporter of peas and lentils and has helped made Saskatchewan a world centre of excellence for research, production, value added-processing and marketing of pulse crops. As professor emeritus, Slinkard continues his food research into developing spice crops.

Ricky Sze Ho Lam, a U of S masterís student, is cited as ďone of the new generation of outstanding food researchers in Canada.Ē He has published two peer-reviewed articles on his research and is currently working with supervisor Michael Rogers on the food applications of edible oils and fats using the Canadian Light Source synchrotron.

The award celebrates those who contribute original, imaginative and forward-thinking ideas, products, and techniques that will improve quality of life in Canada. The award was developed after consultation with researchers and people working in all aspects of food service and production, ranging from farmers, fishers and hunters, to chefs, cheese makers, and winemakers. The nomination and adjudication process is overseen by an advisory committee of experts from across the country.

Each award recipient receives a lapel pin and a framed certificate bearing the heraldic shield of the Governor Generalís Award in Celebration of the Nationís Table.

For further information on this award, visit: For more information about the world-renowned U of S Crop Development Centre, visit:


For more information, contact:

Kathryn Warden
Director, University Research Communications
(306) 966-2506

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