The Albert S. Barber Award was instituted in 1982 to recognize outstanding contributions to the advancement of the philosophy and practice of Co-operative Education in Canada. The award honours Dr. Albert (Bert) S. Barber, the “Father of Co-operative Education in Canada,” who played a major role in paving the way for the promotion and advancement of Co-operative Education in Canada. As a proponent of the co-operative concept, Dr. Barber consulted with universities and colleges across the country and abroad, leading to the introduction of Co-operative Education programs at many educational institutions.
The Research Award was instituted in 1989 both to recognize significant contributions by the Canadian Association for Co-operative Education (CAFCE) members to scholarly research in Co-operative Education, and to encourage such research. The award was renamed the Dr. Graham Branton Research Award in 1996, in his memory.