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Ann Dale wins prestigious research award

Tuesday, May 28, 2013 - 9:28am
Susan Down

A leader in advancing sustainable communities and Royal Roads University Canada Research Chair, Ann Dale has won the Canada Council for the Arts Molson Prize for the Social Sciences. The award was announced today in Ottawa by the Canada Council.  Dale will receive the award June 5 at the upcoming Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences in Victoria.

Two Canada Council Molson Prizes, worth $50,000 each, are awarded every year to distinguished Canadians, one in the arts (to Ojibway author Richard Wagamese) and the other in the social sciences and humanities (to Ann Dale).       

In awarding the Molson Prize to Ann Dale, the selection committee described her as “one of Canada's foremost academics in sustainable community development, an activist within the environmental movement, and an innovator in environmental education and civic engagement.”

 “I am particularly delighted to receive this award because I have tried very hard to integrate the arts into my research,” said Dale. “Using visuals can be a powerful motivator for action in climate studies as people can’t ‘see’ the impact until it is too late.” Dale plans to use the funds to write a follow up to her award-winning book, At the Edge.  

 “We are so pleased that our Canada Research Chair Ann Dale is being celebrated nationally for her significant contribution to sustainable communities as well as her teaching and research mentorship,” said Allan Cahoon, president and vice-chancellor of Royal Roads University. “It’s a very competitive award, so it’s an honour for her to be chosen.”


Professor Ann Dale

Ann Dale, Canada Research Chair in Sustainable Community Development at Royal Roads University, is nationally and internationally recognized for her research in the field of community sustainability. As a former executive in the federal government and a founder of the National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy in 1988, her research on governance, innovation and community vitality is designed to provide useful knowledge to Canadian decision-makers.

Dale is committed to online conversations on critical public policy issues through her YouTube channel, HEADTalks . A community researcher, Dale leads MC3 , a research program studying climate change adaptation and mitigation, best practices and innovations in communities throughout BC. Dale is a member of the National Advisory Committee on Energy Efficiency, and was the founding research associate in residence for the Council of Canadian Academies, 2010-2011. She is also a board member of the World Fisheries Trust, a fellow of the World Academy of Art and Sciences and chair of the Canadian Consortium for Sustainable Development Research. Originally from Ottawa, she divides her time between Victoria and Ottawa.


Canada Council for the Arts Molson Prizes

Established in 1964, the prize is funded from the income of a $1 million endowment given to the Canada Council by the Molson Family Foundation and recognizes the recipients’ outstanding lifetime achievements and ongoing contributions to the cultural and intellectual life of Canada. The Canada Council administers the awards in co-operation with the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) and both winners were selected by a multi-sectorial peer assessment committee.

The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) is the federal agency that promotes and supports university-based research and training in the humanities and social sciences. Through its three funding programs Talent, Insight and Connection SSHRC enables the highest levels of research excellence in Canada and facilitates knowledge-sharing and collaboration across research disciplines, universities and all sectors of society.

Canada Council for the Arts news release.