Governor General of Canada

Governor General of Canada

October 06, 2011 10:24 ET

Media Advisory: Governor General to Award 2011 Killam Prizes to Canadian Scholars

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Oct. 6, 2011) - His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, will present the 2011 Killam Prizes to five eminent Canadians during a ceremony at Rideau Hall, on Tuesday, October 11, 2011, at 6:00 p.m.

The Canada Council for the Arts, which administers the Killam Program, announced the names of the 2011 laureates earlier this year:

Professor Gilles Brassard, Université de Montréal – Natural Sciences
Dr. Michael Hayden, University of British Columbia – Health Sciences
Professor Keren Rice, University of Toronto – Humanities
Dr. Lotfollah Shafai, University of Manitoba – Engineering
Professor Mark P. Zanna, University of Waterloo – Social Sciences

The Governor General, along with Mr. George T. H. Cooper, Managing Trustee of the Killam Trusts, and Mr. Luc LaRochelle, member of the board of the Canada Council for the Arts, will deliver brief remarks.

About the Killam Prizes

The 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 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.

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