2015 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.


2015 Gold Medal

Janet Werker

Janet Werker

The University of British Columbia’s Janet Werker is an internationally-acclaimed scientist whose transformative work reshaped the study of spoken language. One of the world’s leading developmental psychologists, she is Canada Research Chair in Psychology and director of UBC’s Infant Studies Centre. Colleagues and students alike know her as a world-class researcher, outstanding teacher and valued mentor.

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2015 Insight Award

David Lyon

David Lyon

David Lyon, 2015 Insight Award winner, is one of the world’s foremost thinkers on surveillance and personal data processing. As a research chair and director of the Surveillance Studies Centre at Queen's University, Lyon pioneered the study of surveillance, drawing critical attention to the implications of life in a “surveillance society.”

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2015 Connection Award

Stephen Gaetz

Stephen Gaetz

York University’s Stephen Gaetz, winner of the 2015 Connection Award, is an influential researcher whose foundational work on homelessness has shaped government policy and practice, both in Canada and internationally.

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2015 Partnership Award

Susan McGrath

Susan McGrath

York University’s Susan McGrath, winner of SSHRC’s 2015 Partnership Award, is a dynamic research leader of global stature. Her consistent success over the past decade in forging innovative partnerships revolutionized the fields of refugee studies and forced migration.

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2015 Talent Award

Jeremy Schmidt

Jeremy Schmidt

2015 Talent Award winner Jeremy Schmidt is an expert in water management, ethics and environmental governance. A past Banting Fellow at Dalhousie University, Schmidt currently teaches at Carleton University.

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