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2012 Killam Prizes Ceremony

May 14, 2012

Governor General to Award 2012 Killam Prizes
to Canadian Scholars

OTTAWA—His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, will present the 2012 Killam Prizes to five eminent Canadians during a ceremony at Rideau Hall, on Tuesday, May 15, 2012, at 6:00 p.m.

The Canada Council for the Arts, which administers the Killam Program, announced the names of the 2012 laureates earlier this year: 

  • Mr. Jean Grondin, Université de Montréal – Humanities
  • Mr. Geoffrey Hinton, University of Toronto – Engineering
  • Mr. Louis Lepage Taillefer, Université de Sherbrooke – Natural Sciences
  • Mr. Mark A. Wainberg, Jewish General Hospital, McGill University – Health Sciences
  • Mr. John Whalley, University of Western Ontario – Social Sciences

The Governor General, along with Mr. George T. H. Cooper, Managing Trustee of the Killam Trusts, and Mr. Simon Brault, Vice-Chair of the Canada Council for the Arts, will deliver brief remarks.

About the Killam Prizes
The Killam Prizes are awarded annually for the outstanding career achievements of Canadian scholars in health sciences, engineering, humanities, natural sciences and social sciences. These awards were inaugurated in 1981, through a donation by Mrs. Dorothy J. Killam, in memory of her husband, Izaak Walton Killam. The prizes were created to honour Canadian scholars and scientists actively engaged in research, whether in industry, government agencies or universities. For more information on the Killam program, please visit


Media wishing to cover this event are asked to confirm their attendance with the Rideau Hall Press Office and must arrive at the Princess Anne entrance no later than 5:45 p.m. on the day of the ceremony.

Media information:

Julie Rocheleau
Rideau Hall Press Office

Mireille Allaire
Canada Council for the Arts
1-800-263-5588 or 613-566-4414, ext. 4523

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