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Donner Prize Announces the 2018/19 Shortlist

TORONTO, APRIL 2, 2019 – Ken Whyte, Chair of the Donner Canadian Foundation, today announced the shortlist for the 2018/2019 Donner Prize, the award recognizing the best public policy book by a Canadian.

“The Donner Prize jury has always selected books that are exceptional works of public policy research, writing and thinking from leading Canadian academics and writers,” said Mr. Whyte. “We are excited about the topics explored in this year’s shortlist. They will undoubtedly provoke debate and elevate the conversation in Canada. Policy affects us all, and books that probe hard questions and suggest guidelines and direction for the future become essential reading. We are fortunate to live in a country that celebrates rigorous thinking, and we honor this with the prestigious Donner Prize.”

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David Dodge, Jury Chair, stated that “The jury agreed that, in this age of news bubbles and sensationalist journalism, the purpose of the prize is even more critical – to encourage, and reward, the hard work of researching and writing about the policy dilemmas that we face as a society. Our shortlist reflects issues that are at the heart of public policy debates in Canada, or certainly should be, and that are also faced by many – Indigenous rights, income distribution, population growth, university governance, and the civilian oversight of policing. These books are shining models of the Donner Prize – relevant and important topics of Canadian public policy, based on sound and original research and analysis, and accessible to a general audience.”

The prestigious Donner Prize, founded in 1998, annually rewards excellence and innovation in public policy writing by Canadians. In bestowing this award, the Donner Canadian Foundation seeks to broaden policy debates, and make an original and meaningful contribution to policy discourse, all of which will contribute to an even stronger and more inclusive Canadian democracy.

The 2018/2019 shortlist titles were chosen from a field of 70 submissions. The winner receives $50,000 while each other nominated title receives $7,500. The 2018/2019 Donner Prize finalists are:

Indigenous Nationals, Canadian Citizens: From First Contact to Canada 150 and Beyond by Thomas J. Courchene (Institute of Intergovernmental Relations, Queen’s University)

Population Bombed! Exploding the Link Between Overpopulation and Climate Change by Pierre Desrochers and Joanna Szurmak (Global Warming Policy Foundation)

Basic Income for Canadians: The Key to a Healthier, Happier and More Secure Life for All by Evelyn L. Forget (James Lorimer & Company Ltd.)

University Commons Divided: Exploring Debate & Dissent on Campus by Peter MacKinnon (University of Toronto Press)

Excessive Force: Toronto’s Fight to Reform City Policing by Alok Mukherjee with Tim Harper (Douglas & McIntyre)

The winner of this year’s Donner Prize will be announced at an awards ceremony at the historic Carlu in Toronto on Wednesday May 1, 2019. The ceremony will be hosted by broadcaster Amanda Lang.

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Shortlisted authors and Jury Chair David Dodge are available for comment and interview.

For further information, please contact Sheila Kay
647-391-9829
Sheilakay814@outlook.com

Visit us at www.donnerbookprize.com

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JURY AND CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS ANNOUNCED FOR $50,000 2018/19 DONNER PRIZE


TORONTO October 10, 2018 – Ken Whyte, Chair of the Board of the Donner Canadian Foundation, today announced the official Call for Submissions for the 21st annual Donner Prize, the award for the best public policy book by a Canadian. “As the Donner Prize enters its 21st year, we are proud to continue to shape the dialogue around Canadian public policy,” says Whyte. “Our previous shortlisted and winning titles have examined the pertinent issues facing Canadians and it is our hope that authors have their ‘eye on the prize’ as they explore these issues in their treatises.” The winner of the Donner Prize will receive $50,000, and the other shortlisted titles will each receive $7,500.

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Mr. Whyte announced that Brenda Eaton, former Deputy Minister to the Premier of British Columbia, will join the jury this year. The jury, tasked with selecting the shortlist and the eventual winner of the 2018/19 Donner Prize, is chaired by David Dodge, the former Governor of the Bank of Canada and Chancellor of Queen’s University, and includes Peter Nicholson, Jean-Marie Dufour and Jennifer Jeffs. “The goal of the Donner Prize is to foster the exchange of ideas and add to current policy discourse, engaging with Canadians on these topics,” says Dodge. “In this spirit, we look forward in anticipation to receiving this year’s submissions.”

The Donner Canadian Foundation, one of Canada’s largest foundations, created the prize to honour the best public policy thinking, writing and research by a Canadian, and the role it plays in determining the well-being of Canadians. The 2017/18 Donner Prize went to Pat Meredith and James L. Darroch for Stumbling Giants: Transforming Canada’s Banks for the Information Age.

“It was a tremendous honour to be among the finalists for the 20th Annual Donner Prize. This was magnified by joining past winners who stimulated such important public policy discussions,” said Meredith and Darroch. Lynn Fisher, Vice-President of University of Toronto Book Publishing, the publishers of Stumbling Giants, said “We’re delighted that Pat Meredith and James L. Darroch’s provocative study of Canada’s banking industry has been selected as the recipient of the 2017/18 Donner Prize. It’s a tremendous honour for Pat and James as well as UTP. Such increased visibility benefits every author, researcher, reader and publisher with an interest in how today’s policy challenges will impact the future of our nation.”

The deadline for submissions for this year’s prize is November 30, 2018. The shortlist will be announced in Spring 2019, and the winner will be proclaimed at a gala dinner in Toronto in May 2019. See www.DonnerBookPrize.com for complete rules regarding eligibility and submission procedures.

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Erin Phelan, Communications Manager
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20th ANNIVERSARY DONNER PRIZE WINNER ANNOUNCED       


STUMBLING GIANTS: Transforming Canada’s Banks for the Information Age wins the $50,000 Prize

TORONTO May 15, 2018 – The winner of the 2017/18 Donner Prize was announced tonight by Ken Whyte, Chair of the Donner Canadian Foundation, in Toronto. The awards gala at The Carlu was hosted by broadcaster Amanda Lang.
Patricia Meredith and James L. Darroch were awarded the $50,000 Donner Prize for Stumbling Giants: Transforming Canada’s Banks for the Information Age published by Rotman-UTP Publishing, an imprint of University of Toronto Press.

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Meredith and Darroch outline how Canada’s big six banks survived the 2008 financial crisis by hewing to traditional and tested banking practices, making them a safe harbour at that time. However, as the modern global information economy continues to develop, the banks must confront their innovation crisis, or they will become increasingly irrelevant. In Stumbling Giants, Meredith and Darroch present a new vision for the Canadian banking industry that is a call to action for all interested stakeholders to work together in moving the banking system into the 21st century.In its deliberation, the Jury noted: “In this timely and original book, Meredith and Darroch argue that Canadian banks are ignoring the dramatic and disruptive effects of info-tech changes that are threatening their very existence. The book is a policy manifesto, developing a compelling case for the need for fundamental change from the branch-focused business model of current Canadian banking, to a model that conforms to the habits of the mobile-app era. The authors offer a cohesive set of recommendations to put Canadian banks on track to deal with the challenges and opportunities offered by the fintech age. This book will be of interest to the general reader given this sector’s significance, but it is essential reading for every financial sector manager, board member, and policy maker in Canada.”

The other nominated titles, each of which received $7,500, were:
Charte canadienne et droits linguistiques: Pour en finir avec les mythes by Frédéric Bérard (Les Presses de l’Université de Montréal)
Pushing the Limits: How Schools Can Prepare Our Children Today for the Challenges of Tomorrow by Kelly Gallagher-Mackay and Nancy Steinhauer (Doubleday Canada)
Governing Public-Private Partnerships by Joshua Newman (McGill-Queen’s University Press)
Too Critical to Fail: How Canada Manages Threats to Critical Infrastructureby Kevin Quigley, Ben Bisset and Bryan Mills (McGill-Queen’s University Press)

The winner of the Donner Prize was chosen from an impressive list of 78 submissions by a five-member jury: David A. Dodge (Jury Chair), Eva Busza, Jean-Marie Dufour, Jennifer Jeffs and Peter Nicholson. The Jury Chair commented on this year’s shortlist: “These books are shining exemplars of the Donner Prize – relevant and important topics of Canadian public policy, based on sound and original research and analysis, and accessible to a general audience. They cover the waterfront of issues specific to Canada and faced by most parts of the Western world.”

The Donner Prize, established in 1998, annually rewards excellence and innovation in Canadian public policy thinking, writing and research. In bestowing this award, the Donner Canadian Foundation seeks to broaden policy debates, increase general awareness of the importance of policy decision making and make an original and meaningful contribution to policy discourse.

Patricia Meredith and James L. Darroch, and the shortlisted authors, are available for comment and interview.

For further information, please contact:
Sheila Kay
Phone: 647-391-9829
E-mail: Sheilakay814@outlook.com
Visit us at www.donnerbookprize.com

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