The five 2009 Killam Prizes winners will be announced at a news conference which will be held on Monday, May 11, at 10:30 a.m., at McGill University Life Sciences Complex in Montreal.The winners will be introduced and will be available for interviews afterwards.
The Killam Prizes, worth $100,000 each, are awarded annually to distinguished Canadian scholars in the fields of health sciences, natural sciences, engineering, social sciences and humanities. One prize of $100,000 is awarded each year in each of the five fields. These prizes are Canada’s most distinguished annual awards for outstanding career achievements in these fields.
Date: Monday, May 11
Time: 10:30 a.m.
Location: McGill University Life Sciences Complex, Bellini Building,
3649 Promenade Sir William Osler, Montreal
Members of the media wishing to attend the news conference must RSVP by contacting April Yorke at 613‑566-4414 or 1-800-263-5588, ext. 4133 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The names of the winners, together with biographical information and downloadable images, will also be posted on the Canada Council website at www.canadacouncil.ca at 11 a.m. on May 11.
The Killam Prizes were inaugurated in 1981 and financed through funds donated to the Canada Council 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. When the Canada Council was created in 1957, its mandate was to support both the arts and scholarly research; although this changed with the creation of separate research councils, the Canada Council retained responsibility for the Killam program. The Killam Fund at the Canada Council was valued at approximately $64.6 million as of March 31, 2008. The Killam Trusts, which fund scholarship and research at four Canadian universities, a research institute and the Canada Council, are valued at approximately $400 million.