Western Economics professor John Whalley joined his fellow 2012 Canada Council Killam Prize Winners at the first Killam Prize Symposium held Tuesday, Nov. 20 at Rideau Hall.
The symposium, entitled How do we find things out? What are the ideal conditions for discovery?, was hosted by David Johnston, Governor General of Canada. Presented by CBC Radio in collaboration with the Killam Trusts and the Canada Council for the Arts, the discussion will be broadcast on CBC’s Ideas with Paul Kennedy on Friday, Nov. 30 on CBC Radio 1. Kennedy moderated the event.
The Killam Program presents five $100,000 awards annually to outstanding Canadian scholars working in the humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, health sciences and engineering in recognition of career achievements. These awards, among Canada’s most distinguished research awards, are made possible through the Killam Trusts by a bequest of Mrs. Dorothy J. Killam, and a gift she made before her death in 1965.
Whalley is Western’s fourth Killam recipient since the awards’ inception in 1981. Other winners have included Maurice A. Bergougnou, Engineering, 1999; Alan G. Davenport, Engineering, 1993; and Henry J.M. Barnett, Health Sciences, 1988.
Other 2012 winners include Jean Grondin, Université de Montréal, Humanities; Geoffrey Hinton, University of Toronto, Engineering; Louis Lepage Taillefer, Université de Sherbrooke, Natural Sciences; and Mark A. Wainberg, Jewish General Hospital, McGill University, Health Sciences.