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1st Annual Killam Prize Symposium

November 19, 2012

Governor General to Host the 1st Annual Killam Prize Symposium at Rideau Hall 

OTTAWA—His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada,  will host the 1st Annual Killam Prize Symposium at Rideau Hall on Tuesday, November 20, 2012 at 7 p.m. The topic of the symposium is“How do we find things out? What are the ideal conditions for discovery?”

His Excellency will open the symposium with remarks on the rapid pace of scientific discovery in our world today, and the timeless importance of keeping an open mind and thinking critically in uncovering new knowledge. The host of CBC’s “Ideas,” Paul Kennedy, will moderate the discussion with the 2012 Canada Council’s Killam Prize laureates, five of Canada’s top research scholars: 

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

The one-hour discussion will conclude with a question and answer period with the laureates and invited guests. The Killam Prize Symposium is presented by CBC Radio in collaboration with the Killam Trusts and the Canada Council for the Arts. The discussion will be broadcast on “Ideas” on CBC Radio 1 on Friday, November 30, 2012. For more information, visit

For more information about this year’s laureates, please visit the Canada Council for the Arts’ website at 

About the Killam Prizes
The Canada Council for the Arts 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 to the Canada Council for the Arts, 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 Prizes, please visit



Media wishing to cover the event must arrive via the Princess Anne Entrance no later than 6:45 p.m. on the day of the event.


Media information:

Marie-Ève Létourneau
Rideau Hall Press Office

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

Tara Wickwire
MT&L Public Relations Limited
Killam Trust


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