Meet our recent prize winners in the arts and social sciences

Meet our recent prize winners in the arts and social sciences

Posted 25 June 2015 by Prizes section
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The Canada Council is delighted to announce award winners in the arts, social sciences and humanities. These prizes, created through endowments and partnerships, have a combined value of $300,000.

  • With the Canada Council for the Arts Molson Prize, we recognize lifetime achievements of artists and scholars whose work brings new insights and understanding to Canadians.
  • The Victor Martyn Lynch-Staunton Award winners are innovative, risk-taking artists representing a diverse range of artistic practices. They are selected from applicants to our Grants to Individuals Programs. 
  • The John G. Diefenbaker Award funds a German scholar to visit Canada to research, teach and advance knowledge in a particular field.

The winners are:

Canada Council for the Arts Molson Prize

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This prize is administered by the Canada Council for the Arts in partnership with the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC).

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada

Constance Backhouse
Molson Prize winner in the social sciences and humanities

University of Ottawa nominator and president Allan Rock says Constance Backhouse is “a trailblazer in areas of gender and race discrimination.” A 2008 Killam Prize winner and distinguished Ottawa University professor, Backhouse has helped people obtain justice within the legal system through her research, published works and as an adjudicator.

M G Vassanji
Molson Prize winner in the arts

M G Vassanji is the author of seven novels, two collections of short stories, a travel memoir about India, a memoir of East Africa, and a biography of Mordecai Richler. His many awards include the Giller Prize for fiction (twice), the Governor General's Literary Award for nonfiction and the Harbourfront Festival Prize.

Victor Martyn Lynch Staunton Award

Hervé Desbois
Writing and Publishing

Hervé Desbois is the author of poetry, short stories, a biography on impressionist painters and three young adult fiction novels. He also recently published his first novel for adult audiences entitled La vie entre parenthèses, a humorous and thoughtful story of the life of a couple.

Ame Henderson

Ame Henderson is an Associate Artist with Public Recordings, a collaborative operation that conjoins artistic research, performance creation, learning, and publication. In 2014, Henderson was artist-in-residence at the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) where her project rehearsal/performance investigated AGO’s history of live performance.

Mathieu Latulippe
Visual Arts

Mathieu Latulippe’s multidisciplinary artistic practice explores, with humour and fantasy, mythological sources and cultural perceptions that form the basis of our present-day identity. He has just returned from a Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec residency in Switzerland where he researched the relationships between esthetics, medicine, nature and landscape. 

Judd Palmer

Judd Palmer is a writer and illustrator and one of the founders of the Old Trout Puppet Workshop, a Calgary-based collective-creation group that makes puppet shows for adults and children as well as films and sculptures; they also sometimes design sets, costumes and playgrounds. 

M. NourbeSe Philip

M. NourbeSe Philip is a poet, essayist, novelist and playwright. She is author of five books of poetry, three collections of essays, short and long fiction. Her most recent work is book-length epic poem Zong!, which engages with the law, history and memory. 

John Korsrud

John Korsrud is a composer, bandleader and trumpeter and has just released his 5th CD, Crush and is currently producing Riot, a multi-media show based on the 2011 Vancouver hockey riots. His band Hard Rubber Orchestra has created operas, new music ice shows and television specials.

Myriam Yates
Media Arts

Myriam Yates is a videographer who looks at the evocative power of unique places with relatively minimalist shots. She explores their transient or historical dimensions while anchoring them in contemporary life.

John. G. Diefenbaker Award

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Reinhard Pekrun

Psychology professor from the Ludwig-Maximilians Universität in Munich, Reinhard Pekrun will stay at the University of Manitoba to collaborate with Canadian scholars to advance research on the role emotions play in learning, memory processes and cognitive performance.

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