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Date published: March 20, 2020

SSHRC announces 25 finalists for its annual research communication challenge

(Ottawa, April 7, 2017)—Today, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) announced the finalists for its 2017 Storytellers challenge.

SSHRC’s annual contest challenges postsecondary students from across the country to tell the story—in three minutes or 300 words—of how SSHRC-funded research is making a difference in the lives of Canadians. The top entries this year addressed a range of important issues, including big data, climate change, Indigenous knowledge, youth, food security and immigration. Their stories highlight how knowledge about the social sciences and humanities helps Canadians understand and improve the world around us.

"Social sciences and humanities research enhances our understanding of modern social, cultural, technological, environmental, economic and wellness issues, and helps us to thrive in complex and challenging times,” said SSHRC President Ted Hewitt. “Our finalists have done a masterful job, through the stories they’ve told, of enlightening and informing us on key issues, and have demonstrated communication skills that will serve them throughout their careers. Congratulations to our Top 25!”

The Top 25 finalists, representing 14 postsecondary institutions from across Canada, were selected from among nearly 200 entries by 24 expert judges from Canada and abroad. Each will receive a cash prize of $3,000 and will go on to compete in the Storytellers Showcase at the 2017 Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences, taking place from May 27 to June 2 at Ryerson University in Toronto.

Starting April 18, SSHRC will feature five finalists each week via its website and on social media. In addition, a list of honourable mentions can be found on the SSHRC YouTube channel.

Follow SSHRC’s Twitter feed and #SSHRCStorytellers to find out more about the campaign in the lead-up to the Storytellers Showcase at Congress 2017.


This year’s Top 25 finalists are (videos available in the language in which they were submitted):


Name Institution Title

Natalie Baird

University of Manitoba

Visualizing Changing Oceans: Inuit Knowledge and Participatory Video

Elise Boulanger

Vancouver Island University

Where is Here: Small Cities, Deep Mapping and Sustainable Futures

John Bryans

Concordia University

The Actor’s Dude Dilemma - a Modern Major General Parody

Amanda Chalupa

McGill University

Rebuilding community & the lives of child migrants

Cheryl Chan

University of Waterloo

Fish for our Future: Communities and Marine Conservation

AnneMarie Dorland

University of Calgary

Design Thinking and Design Doing: Creative Practice in Design Studios

Denise DuBois

University of Toronto

Voices of Youth: Friendship and Belonging from the Perspective of Youth with IDD

Audrey Dutilly

Université Laval

Développement des sons de la parole: regard sur les enfants négligés

Laura Fallon

Memorial University of Newfoundland

The use of inter-rater reliability in forensic psychology journals

Joseph Gagné

Université Laval

Voix de guerre

Andrea Gauthier

University of Toronto

How can we harness game design to promote learning?

Jenna Gilchrist

University of Toronto

Self-Compassion Protects Against Negative Emotions in Sport

Allison Gray

University of Windsor

The Intersection of Animal Abuse and Inter-Personal Violence

Abhilash Kantamneni

University of Guelph

Co-producing knowledge with communities to govern energy transitions

Myriam Lapointe-Gagnon

Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières

La narration au cœur du processus résilient chez les jeunes immigrants

Mimi Masson

University of Toronto

Spotlight on French-as-a-Second-Language teachers

Kathrina Mazurik

University of Saskatchewan

The Experiences of Canadian Young Adults Living at Home

Meagan McCardle

Memorial University of Newfoundland

Enhancing Youth Legal Literacy through Technology

Ayesha Mian Akram

University of Windsor

Closing the Employment Standards Enforcement Gap

Nadia Naffi

Concordia University

How Canadian Youth Construe their Role in the Integration and the Inclusion of Syrian Refugees

Amy Peirone

University of Windsor

Spousal Violence in Canada

Ali Sharifkhani

University of Toronto

Sectoral Shifts and Equity Return Predictability

Tammara Soma

University of Toronto

Closing the Loop: Food Waste and Consumption in Indonesia

Courtney Szto

Simon Fraser University

Changing on the Fly: Exploring Multiculturalism, Citizenship, and Hockey

Megan Wilson

University of Guelph

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