2016 SSHRC Impact Award Winners

The five annual SSHRC Impact Awards recognize the highest achievements in social sciences and humanities research, knowledge mobilization and scholarship supported by SSHRC.


2016 Gold Medal

Claudia Mitchell

Claudia Mitchell

Claudia Mitchell is a professor in the Department of Integrated Studies in Education, Faculty of Education, at McGill University. Her passion is social justice, as shown by her work over the past two decades aiding youth around the world, in places such as South Africa, Rwanda, Russia and Ethiopia.

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2016 Insight award

James Waldram

James Waldram

James Waldram is an internationally renowned medical anthropologist whose scholarly work is seen as the gold standard of knowledge about Indigenous/First Nations health and healing. In fact, he is regarded as a pioneer in Aboriginal research in Canada.

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2016 Connection award

John Willinsky

John Willinsky

A professor at Stanford University’s Graduate School of Education, John Willinsky obtained his PhD in sociology of education at Dalhousie University. He is also a part-time professor in publishing studies at Simon Fraser University through the Public Knowledge Project (PKP), which he directs.

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2016 Partnership award

Ajay Heble

Ajay Heble

Partnerships form the basis of Ajay Heble’s work. Whether it’s mentoring and training hundreds of students at universities across Canada, fostering the collaboration of 30 community organizations to spark social change or founding the Guelph Jazz Festival, Heble’s creative thought makes him a visionary.

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2016 Talent award

Aaron Mills

Aaron Mills

The 2016 Talent Award winner, Aaron Mills, is a bear clan Anishinaabe from Couchiching First Nation, Treaty #3 Territory, and from North Bay, Robinson-Huron Treaty Territory. He’s a lawyer (JD, University of Toronto; LLM, Yale University) but most of his legal knowledge now comes from his research and his relationships with elders and the land.

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