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.

The Canada Council for the Arts awards 5 Killam Prizes of $100,000 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

2019 Winners

Yoshua Bengio

Yoshua Bengio

Natural Sciences

Université de Montréal

It’s important to find the balance between trusting one’s intuition and vision (even if other people don’t), and taking into account the experimental observations and opposing arguments other people can bring.

Andre Blais

André Blais

Social Sciences

Université de Montréal

Research is a privilege—and it’s great fun. It requires a mix of curiosity, discipline, skepticism, respect and admiration for the students and collaborators you work with.

Keith W. Hipel

Keith W. Hipel

Engineering

University of Waterloo

Persevere at achieving your heart’s desire with the goal of benefitting others and success will naturally follow.

Stephen W. Scherer

Stephen W. Scherer

Health Sciences

University of Toronto

I teach that a discovery is not simply a eureka moment, but instead a process where you capture a glimpse of nature exposed, convince your peers of what you saw and demonstrate utility. Eureka on its own is merely an observation.

Lynne Viola

Lynne Viola

Humanities

University of Toronto

The aim of the humanities in undergraduate education is to create critically thinking citizens capable of sustaining our democratic institutions.

Winning the Killam Prize was an enormous honour for me and my team—it reflects how together we can answer questions and solve problems at the intersection of engineering and medicine, with the ultimate goal of improving human health.

Molly Shoichet (2017 Killam Prize Winner, Engineering)

Molly Shoichet