Killam Selection Committee

Peer assessment: Fundamental to our decision-making process

The Killam Selection Committee is comprised of distinguished scholars from a range of disciplines. Its members are appointed by the Canada Council for the Arts, taking into account:

  • the recommendations of specialists in the Canadian and international academic and research communities; and
  • fair representation of various scholarly disciplines (humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, health sciences and engineering), gender, generations, Canada’s two official languages, Indigenous Peoples and the cultural and regional diversity of Canada.

The members serve for a three-year term, and each year approximately one-third of the committee is refreshed.

The committee meets twice a year to select both the fellowship and prize winners:

  • First round in late September: sub-committees choose finalists
  • Second round in January: full committee chooses recipients

We are committed to equity in all our activities, including the administration of our prizes and awards.

You can find the Canada Council’s policy on disclosure of peer assessment committee members on the Canada Council for the Arts website.

The committee members spend a great deal of time sifting through the submissions to latch on to their essence. The diverse backgrounds of the members help to smoothen out biases. Everyone has their own observations of what constitutes leading edge research, need and merit. But at the end of the deliberations, there is surprisingly good consensus.

Patrick Selvadurai, Killam Selection Committee Member 
William Scott Professor and James McGill Professor, Department of Civil Engineering and Applied Mechanics, McGill University

Please contact us for more information or to express your interest in being part of the Killam Selection Committee.