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2016 Killam Prizes

April 29, 2016

Governor General to Award 2016 Killam Prizes
to Top Canadian Scholars

OTTAWA—His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, will present the 2016 Killam Prizes to five eminent Canadian scholars during a ceremony at Rideau Hall, on Tuesday, May 3, 2016, at 6:00 p.m.

The Canada Council for the Arts, which administers the Killam Program, announced the names of the 2016 laureates in April: 

Axel Becke – Natural Sciences, Dalhousie University

Isabelle Daunais – Humanities, McGill University

Elizabeth Edwards – Engineering, University of Toronto

Steven Narod – Health Sciences, University of Toronto

Daniel Trefler – Social Sciences, University of Toronto

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

About the Killam Prizes
The Canada Council Killam Prizes were inaugurated in 1981 with a donation made by Mrs. Dorothy J. Killam in memory of her husband, Izaak Walton Killam. The prizes were created to honour eminent Canadian scholars and scientists actively engaged in research, whether in industry, government agencies or universities. The Killam Program at the Canada Council also includes the Killam Research Fellowships, which support scholars engaged in research projects of outstanding merit in the humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, health sciences, engineering and interdisciplinary studies within these fields. 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

Meredith Sharpe
Canada Council for the Arts
1-800-263-5588 or 613-566-4414, ext. 4166

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