Inventory of Major Canadian Awards

Canada Gairdner Wightman Award

The Canada Gairdner Wightman Award is given to a Canadian who has demonstrated outstanding leadership in medicine and medical science. Agency relevance: CIHR

Nominations for 2020, must be received by October 1, 2019.

Recent Canadian winners:

  • 2019: Connie Jean Eaves

  • 2018: Frances A. Shepherd

  • 2017: Antoine M. Hakim

  • 2016: Frank Plummer

  • 2015: Janet Rossant, University of Toronto

  • 2014: Salim Yusuf, McMaster University

  • 2013: James C. Hogg, University of British Columbia

  • 2012: Lorne Babiuk, University of Alberta

  • 2011: Michael Hayden, University of British Columbia

  • 2010: Calvin Stiller, University of Western Ontario

  • 2009: David Sackett, McMaster University

  • 2008: Alan Bernstein

  • 2007: No award given

  • 2006: Allan R. Ronald, University Manitoba



CIHR Gold Leaf Prizes

The CIHR Gold Leaf Prizes are among the highest honours that can be bestowed on an individual or team for excellent in health research and its translation into benefits for Canadians. The prizes cover achievements across all pillars of research (biomedical, clinical, health services and policy, and population and public health) and are awarded every two years. CIHR presents a Gold Leaf Prize to a researcher in each of the following categories: Discovery, Impact, Outstanding Achievements for an Early Career Investigator and Transformation. Agency relevance: CIHR

Canadian winners:

  • 2018: Tak Wah Mak, University Health Network (Discovery); Deborah Cook, McMaster University (Impact); Tracie O. Afifi, University of Manitoba (Outstanding Achievements by an Early Career Investigator); Erin Michalak, University of British Colombia (Transformation: Patient Engagement)

  • 2016: John Dick, University Health Network (Discovery); British Colombia Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS (Impact); Gregory Steinberg, McMaster University (Outstanding Achievements by an Early Career Investigator); Charlotte Loppie, University of Victoria (Transformation: Patient Engagement)

Prior to 2016, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) awarded Canada’s Health Research of the Year to an outstanding Canadian researcher who had demonstrated a high degree of innovation, creativity, leadership and dedication in health research. Agency relevance: CIHR

Recent Canadian winners:

  • 2013: Gordon H. Guyatt, McMaster University

  • 2011: Paul Kubes, University of Calgary

  • 2010: Clyde Hertzman, University of British Columbia

  • 2009: Michael Boyle, McMaster University

  • 2009: Nahum Sonenberg, McGill University

  • 2008: Michael Hayden, University of British Columbia

  • 2008: Peter Tugwell, University of Ottawa

  • 2007: Francis A. Plummer, University of Manitoba

  • 2007: Peter A. Singer, University of Toronto

  • 2006: Robert Hancock, University of British Columbia



Prix Galien - Canada Health Research

The Prix Galien is the most prestigious award in the field of Canadian pharmaceutical research and innovation. Referred to as the Nobel Prize of pharmaceutical research, it recognizes the efforts and achievements of pharmaceutical research and development. Agency relevance: CIHR

Recent Canadian winners:

  • 2017: Ernesto Schiffrin

  • 2016: Philip F. Halloran

  • 2015: John Kelton and Theodore Warkentin, McMaster University

  • 2014: Brett Finlay

  • 2013: Francis A. Plummer, University of Manitoba

  • 2012: Robert E. W. Hancock, University of British Columbia

  • 2011: Pieter Cullis, University of British Columbia

  • 2010: Julio Montaner, University of British Columbia

  • 2009: Donald Weaver, Dalhousie University

  • 2008: Daniel Drucker, University of Toronto

  • 2007: Michael Hayden, University of British Columbia

  • 2006: Harold Jennings, National Research Council Canada



Canadian Cancer Research Alliance Awards

The Canadian Cancer Research Alliance (CCRA) awards recognize contributions to cancer research in Canada. Recipients awarded in the the following areas: Exceptional Leadership in Cancer Research; Outstanding Achievements in Cancer Research; and Distinguished Service to Cancer Research. First award made in 2011. Agency relevance: CIHR

Recent Canadian winners:

  • 2017: Elizabeth A. Eisenhauer (Exceptional Leadership), Marco A. Marra and John C. Bell (Outstanding Achievements) and Eduardo L.F. Franco (Distinguished Service)

  • 2015: Morag Park (Exceptional Leadership), Nahum Sonenberg and Joseph L. Pater (Outstanding Achievements) and Michael F. Evans (Distinguished Service)

  • 2013: Victor Ling, University of British Columbia (Exceptional Leadership), John Dick, University of Toronto (Outstanding Achievements) and Bob McDonald, author and science journalist (Distinguished Service)

  • 2011: Philip E. Branton, McGill University (Exceptional Leadership); Anthony Pawson, University of Toronto (Outstanding Achievements); Andre Picard, author and journalist (Distinguished Service)



Gerhard Herzberg Canada Gold Medal for Science and Engineering

The NSERC Herzberg Medal is awarded annually for both the sustained excellence and overall influence of research work conducted in Canada in the natural sciences or engineering. Agency relevance: NSERC

Recent Canadian winners:

  • 2018: Lewis Kay, University of Toronto

  • 2017: Jeff Dahn, Dalhousie University

  • 2016: Victoria M. Kaspi, McGill University

  • 2015: Axel Becke, Dalhousie University

  • 2014: No award given

  • 2013: W. Ford Doolittle, Dalhousie University

  • 2012: Stephen Cook, University of Toronto

  • 2011: W. Richard Peltier, University of Toronto

  • 2010: Geoffrey Hinton, University of Toronto

  • 2009: Gilles Brassard, Université de Montréal

  • 2008: Paul Corkum, University of Ottawa

  • 2007: John Polanyi, University of Toronto

  • 2006: Richard Bond, University of Toronto



Killam Prizes

The Killam Prizes are awarded annually to distinguished Canadian scholars in the fields of health sciences, natural sciences, engineering, social sciences and humanities. One prize of $100,000 is awarded each year in each of the five fields. These awards are intended to honour eminent scholars actively engaged in research in Canada and are designed to encourage continuing contribution to scholarly research in Canada. These awards are among Canada's most distinguished research awards. Agency relevance: NSERC, CIHR, SSHRC.

Recent Canadian winners:

  • 2020: Cecilia Benoit, University of Victoria, Social Sciences; Sarah Carter, University of Alberta, Humanities; Alan Evans, McGill University, Health Sciences; Edward H. Sargent, University of Toronto, Engineering; Barbara Sherwood Lollar, University of Toronto, Natural Sciences.

  • 2019: Yoshua Bengio, Université de Montréal, Natural Sciences; André Blais, Université de Montréal, Social Sciences; Keith W. Hipel, University of Waterloo, Engineering; Stephen W. Scherer, University of Toronto, Health Sciences; Lynne Viola, University of Toronto, Humanities.

  • 2018: André Gaudreault, Université de Montréal, Humanities; Vladimir C. Hachinski, Western University, Health Sciences; Walter Herzog, University of Calgary, Engineering; James L. Pinfold, University of Alberta, Natural Sciences; Janet Werker, University of British Columbia, Social Sciences.

  • 2017: John Borrows, University of Victoria, Social Sciences; W. Ford Doolittle, Dalhousie University, Natural Sciences; Thomas Hurka, University of Toronto, Humanities; Julio Montaner, University of British Columbia, Health Sciences; Molly Shoichet, University of Toronto, Engineering.

  • 2016: Axel Becke, Dalhousie University, Natural Sciences; Isabelle Daunais, McGill University, Humanities; Elizabeth A. Edwards, University of Toronto, Engineering; Steven A. Narod, University of Toronto, Health Sciences; Daniel Trefler, University of Toronto, Social Sciences.

  • 2015: David M.R. Bentley, Western University, Humanities; Vijay K. Bhargava, University of British Columbia, Engineering; Victoria M. Kaspi, McGill University, Natural Sciences; Donald J. Savoie, Université de Moncton, Social Sciences; D. Lorne Tyrrell, University of Alberta, Health Sciences.

  • 2014: Sajeev John, University of Toronto, Natural Sciences; Andreas Mandelis, University of Toronto, Engineering; J.R. (Jim) Miller, University of Saskatchewan, Humanities; Francis Plummer, University of Manitoba, Health Sciences; D. R. Fraser Taylor, Carleton University,Social Sciences.

  • 2013: Lorne A Babiuk, University of Alberta, Health Sciences; John F. McGarry, Queen's University, Social Sciences; Witold Pedrycz, University of Alberta, Engineering; Richard Peltier, University of Toronto, Natural Sciences; Paul Thagard, University of Waterloo, Humanities.

  • 2012: Jean Grondin, Université de Montréal, Humanities, Geoffrey Hinton, University of Toronto, Engineering, Louis Taillefer, Université de Sherbrooke, Natural Sciences, Mark Wainberg, McGill University, Health Sciences, John Whalley, University of Western Ontario, Social Sciences.

  • 2011: Gilles Brassard, Université de Montréal, Natural Sciences, Michael Hayden, University of British Columbia, Health Sciences, Keren Rice, University of Toronto, Humanities, Lotfollah Shafai, University of Manitoba, Engineering, Mark P. Zanna, University of Waterloo, Social Sciences

  • 2010: Ellen Bialystok, York University, Social Sciences, R. Mark Henkelman, University of Toronto, Health Sciences, Ming Li, University of Waterloo, Engineering, Arthur McDonald, Queen's University, Natural Sciences, James Tully, University of Victoria, Humanities

  • 2009: Philippe Gros, McGill University, Health Sciences, Wagdi G. Habashi, McGill University, Engineering, François Ricard, McGill University, Humanities, John P. Smol, Queen's University, Natural Sciences, Ernest J. Weinrib, University of Toronto, Social Sciences

  • 2008: Constance Backhouse, University of Ottawa, Social Sciences, Sherrill E. Grace, University of British Columbia, Humanities, Frank C. Hawthorne, University of Manitoba, Natural Sciences, Peter St George-Hyslop, University of Toronto, Health Sciences, Michael V. Sefton, University of Toronto, Engineering

  • 2007: J. Richard Bond, University of Toronto, Natural Sciences, Robert E.W. Hancock, University of British Columbia, Health Sciences, Roderick A. Macdonald, McGill University, Social Sciences, Shana Poplack, University of Ottawa, Humanities, A.P.S. Selvadurai, McGill University, Engineering

  • 2006: Paul Corkum, National Research Council of Canada, Natural Sciences, Jean-Marie Dufour, Université de Montréal, Social Sciences, B. Brett Finlay, University of British Columbia, Health Sciences, Roderick I.L. Guthrie, McGill University, Engineering, Susan Sherwin, Dalhousie University, Humanities



Manning Innovation Awards

The Ernest C. Manning Awards Foundation has been recognizing and encouraging innovation in Canada since 1982. By means of a nomination, Canadians who have demonstrated recent innovative talent in developing and successfully marketing a new concept, process or procedure, may be eligible for one of these awards: Encana Principal Award ($100,000); David E. Mitchell Award of Distinction ($25,000); Innovation Awards (2 at $10,000). Mainly focused on industry innovators but some awards to university researchers. Agency relevance: NSERC, CIHR

Recent Canadian winners:

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Molson Prizes

Two prizes of $50,000 each are awarded annually to distinguished Canadians, one in the arts and the other in the social sciences and humanities. Established in 1964, the prize is funded from the income of a $1 million endowment given to the Canada Council by the Molson Family Foundation, the Molson Prizes encourage Canadians honoured with this distinction to continue contributing to the cultural and intellectual heritage of Canada. The Canada Council administers the awards in conjunction with the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council and assumes responsibility for choosing the winners. Agency relevance: SSHRC

Note: only SSH awardees listed

Recent Canadian winners:

  • 2018: Lynne Viols, University of Toronto

  • 2017: Kent Roach, University of Toronto

  • 2016: John McGarry, Queen's University

  • 2015: Constance Backhouse, University of Ottawa

  • 2014: Jean Grondin, Université de Montréal

  • 2013: Ann Dale, Royal Roads University (Victoria)

  • 2012: Keren Rice, University of Toronto

  • 2011: Peter Victor, York University

  • 2010: Linda Hutcheon, University of Toronto

  • 2009: L. Wayne Sumner, University of Toronto

  • 2008: Angus McLaren, University of Victoria

  • 2007: Paul Thagard, University of Waterloo

  • 2006: Henry Mintzberg, McGill University



The Social Science and Humanities (SSHRC) Impact Awards

The annual SSHRC Impact Awards recognize the highest achievements in social sciences and humanities research, knowledge mobilization and scholarship supported by SSHRC.



SSHRC Gold Medal for Achievement in Research

The SSHRC Gold Medal is its highest research honour. It is awarded to an individual whose leadership, dedication, and originality of thought have significantly advanced understanding in his or her field of research, enriched Canadian society, and contributed to the country's cultural and intellectual life. Value of $100,000. Agency relevance: SSHRC

Recent winners:

  • 2017: Katherine Lippel, University of Ottawa

  • 2016: Claudia Mitchell, McGill University

  • 2015: Janet Werker, The University of British Columbia

  • 2014: Beverley Diamond, Memorial University of Newfoundland

  • 2013: Barry Smit, University of Guelph

  • 2012: Shana Poplack, University of Ottawa

  • 2011: Constance Backhouse, University of Ottawa

  • 2010: Jim Miller, University of Saskatchewan

  • 2009: Jean-Jacques Nattiez, Universite de Montreal

  • 2008: Ian Hacking, University of Toronto

  • 2007: Margaret Lock, McGill University

  • 2006: Andree Lajoie, Universie de Montreal



Talent Award

The Talent Award is given to a SSHRC doctoral or postdoctoral scholar who maintains academic excellence, has a talent for research and knowledge mobilization and has demonstrated clear potential to be a future leader within and/or outside the academic sector.

Recent winners:

  • 2017: Claire Battershill, Simon Fraser University

  • 2016: Aaron Mills, University of Victoria

  • 2015: Jeremy Schmidt, Dalhousie University

  • 2014: Kirk G. Luther, Memorial University of Newfoundland

  • 2013: Hadley Friedland, University of Alberta



Insight Award

The Insight Award recognizes outstanding achievement arising from a research project funded partially or completely by SSHRC. It is given to an individual or team whose project has resulted in significant contribution to knowledge and understanding about people, societies and the world. The project's research outcomes must have led to demonstrable impact within and/or beyond the academic community.

Recent winners:

  • 2017: Lori Beaman, University of Ottawa

  • 2016: James Waldram, University of Saskatchewan

  • 2015: David Lyon, Queen's University

  • 2014: Thomas Lemieux, University of British Columbia

  • 2013: Marguerite MacKenzie, Memorial University of Newfoundland



Connection Award

The Connection Award recognizes an outstanding SSHRC-funded initiative to facilitate the flow and exchange of research knowledge within and/or beyond the academic community. It is given to an individual or team whose project has engaged the campus and/or wider community, and has generated intellectual, cultural, social and/or economic impacts.

Recent winners:

  • 2017: Karen Bakker, University of British Columbia

  • 2016: John Willinsky, Simon Fraser University

  • 2015: Stephen Gaetz, York University

  • 2014: Nico Trocmé, McGill University

  • 2013: Michael Geist, University of Ottawa



Partnership Award

The Partnership Award recognizes a SSHRC-funded formal partnership for its outstanding achievement in advancing research, research training or knowledge mobilization, or developing a new partnership approach to research and/or related activities. It is awarded to a formal partnership that, through mutual co-operation and shared intellectual leadership and resources, has demonstrated impact and influence within and/or beyond the social sciences and humanities research community.

Recent winners:

  • 2017: Carol Kauppi, Laurentian University

  • 2016: Ajay Heble, University of Guelph

  • 2015: Susan L. McGrath, York University

  • 2014: Wendy Craig, Queen's University

  • 2013: George Nicholas, Simon Fraser University

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