The Donner Prize - The Award for the Best Book on Canadian Public Policy

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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.

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 for complete rules regarding eligibility and submission procedures.

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