Killam Prizes

Killam Prizes

Among Canada’s most prestigious prizes for careers in research

These prizes recognize the career achievements of eminent Canadian scholars and scientists actively engaged in research, whether in industry, government agencies or universities.

5 prizes of $100,000 are awarded each year (1 prize in each of the fields of humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, health sciences, engineering).

5 prizes of

$100,000 are awarded each year

2017 Winners

John Borrows

John Borrows

Social Sciences

University of Victoria

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Law is not only proclaimed and enforced by parliaments and courts. It is a human activity. We all play a role in its development and application, for good or for ill.

W. Ford Doolittle

W. Ford Doolittle

Natural Sciences

Dalhousie University

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For some reason, I am not afraid to be wrong, only to be boring.

Thomas Hurka

Thomas Hurka

Humanities

University of Toronto

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Philosophers want the world to be rule-governed, but the things that matter to us in life and give us pleasure are often highly accidental.

Julio Montaner

Julio Montaner

Health Sciences

University of British Columbia

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If anything helped me to move forward in my career, it was the curiosity to look behind every open door.

Molly Shoichet

Molly Shoichet

Engineering

University of Toronto

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Sometimes it feels like everything we do is risky as we’re trying to use engineering and chemistry to answer questions in biology... Without fear, we begin to answer these questions and achieve success.

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This award reflects the hard work and ideas from of a community of undergraduate, graduate and postdoctoral fellows and researchers, academic and industrial colleagues, quite a few are here today. I wish you could all be up here at the podium too.

Dr. Elizabeth Edwards (Engineering, 2016) at the award ceremony at Rideau Hall

Dr. Elizabeth Edwards - Engineering, 2016

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