SSHRC Impact Award winner honoured with 2021 Governor General’s Innovation Award

May 5, 2021 – SSHRC congratulates 2020 Connection Impact Award winner Jackie Dawson, whose team has been awarded a 2021 Governor General’s Innovation Award for their project Arctic Corridors and Northern Voices: Governing Marine Transportation in the Canadian Arctic.

This prestigious award recognizes the team’s exceptional work in exploring the human dimensions of environmental change in Canada’s Arctic. Engaging in extensive outreach and community collaboration across the North, the team was able to merge economic, environmental, political, local and Indigenous knowledge and data to develop shipping models and digital mapping techniques that encourage sustainable development.

“We are delighted to see the further recognition Dr. Dawson and her team have received for their outstanding work,” said Ted Hewitt, president of SSHRC. “Their collaborative and interdisciplinary research reflects a significant contribution to informing policy and decision-making, drawing from a richness of data sources and a diversity of Indigenous and western knowledge systems.”

In November, Dawson won SSHRC’s Connection Impact Award, which recognizes an outstanding SSHRC-funded initiative that facilitates the flow and exchange of knowledge within and/or beyond the research community. She is the Canada Research Chair in Environment, Society and Policy at the University of Ottawa.

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