Governor General of Canada

Governor General of Canada

November 15, 2013 10:18 ET

Media Advisory: Governor General to Host the 2nd Annual Killam Prize Symposium at Rideau Hall

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Nov. 15, 2013) - His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, will host the 2nd Annual Killam Prize Symposium at Rideau Hall on Monday, November 18, 2013, at 7 p.m. The topic of the symposium will focus on the following questions: "What do you see in everyday life that others do not see? What is significant but most of us are missing it?"

The Governor General will open the symposium by speaking about the importance of seeing discoveries from different perspectives, as well as the way Canadians can continue to work together to push the limits of scientific research in our country.

The host of CBC's "Ideas," Paul Kennedy, will moderate the one-hour discussion with the 2013 Canada Council's Killam Prize winners, five of Canada's top research scholars:

  • Dr. Lorne A. Babiuk, University of Alberta - Health Sciences

  • Dr. John McGarry, Queen's University - Social Sciences

  • Prof. Witold Pedrycz, University of Alberta - Engineering

  • Prof. Richard Peltier, University of Toronto - Natural Sciences

  • Dr. Paul Thagard, University of Waterloo - Humanities

The 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 29, 2013. For more information, please visit

Additional information on this year's laureates can be found on the Canada Council for the Arts' website at

About the Killam Prizes

The Canada Council 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, 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 program, 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.

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