Killam Prizes

Killam Prizes

Among Canada’s most prestigious prizes for careers in research

The Canada Council Killam Prize recognizes and celebrates our most inspiring scholars and thought leaders.

The Canada Council for the Arts awards five Killam Prizes of $100,000 each year (one prize in each of the fields of humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, health sciences, engineering).

Five prizes of

$100,000 are awarded each year

2021 Winners

Michel Bouvier

Michel Bouvier

Health Sciences

Université de Montréal

“My work has shed light on the action of hormones, neurotransmitters and many drugs. It has also led to the development of new tools and concepts that have a direct impact on the development of new, safer and more effective therapies for several clinical indications.”

Stephen Gill

Stephen Gill

Social Sciences

York University

“By seeking to enrich global research, intellectual life and policy analysis, I strive to offer critical concepts that address contemporary questions of power, inequality, justice, health and sustainability—and in so doing bring acclaim to Canada as a hub of innovative thinking in global affairs.”

Gilbert Laporte

Gilbert Laporte

Engineering

HEC Montreal

“I have made many contributions that have improved the lives of Canadians, such as work schedules for police, firefighters and factory workers; the greenhouse gas-reducing impact of electric vehicles in road transport; and the City of Edmonton’s current electoral boundaries set in 2009.”

Arthur Ripstein

Arthur Ripstein

Humanities

University of Toronto

“The role of a philosopher in a free society is not to serve as a special sort of expert, giving detailed instructions on policy issues. Philosophy has the less visible but more important role of helping ordinary citizens make sense of the legitimate uses of political power.”

Douglas Stephan

Douglas Stephan

Natural Sciences

University of Toronto

“My discovery and elaboration of “Frustrated Lewis Pairs” (FLPs) dislodged the long-held dogma that industrial catalysts hinge on the chemistry of metals. This has unveiled metal-free catalyst technologies, opening new avenues for the greening of a broad range of processes.”

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HighLight

Video Portraits of the 2020 Killam Prize Winners

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The Killam Prize introduced my work related to Indigenous legal traditions to a wider audience. Indigenous peoples’ own laws have implications for contemporary communities and Canada more generally. Receiving a Killam widened the circle of interest in my research.

Dr. John Borrows (2017 Killam Prize Winner, Social Sciences)

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