Canada Council for the Arts Awards the 2014 Killam Prize to Canada’s Top Scholars and Scientists

Professor D.R. Fraser Taylor, Carleton University


The Canada Council for the Arts has recently awarded the Killiam Prize to five Canadian Scholars and Scientists who have pushed boundaries in their respected fields.  Each winner has been awarded $100,000, made possible through the Killiam Trust fund. This fund, among other scholarly contributions, awards those prominent Canadian scholars and scientists that are actively engaged in research. Ottawa’s own Dr. Fraser Taylor from Carleton University was among the prestigious recipients. The winners are:

D.R. Fraser Taylor, Social Sciences

D. R. Fraser Taylor is the Director of the Geomatics and Cartographic Research Centre at Carleton University. Professor Taylor’s new theoretical construct cybercarophtray, an enhanced forum of multimedia mapping has deepened understanding of socio-economic issues.

Sajeev John, Natural Sciences

Sajeev John is a Professor of Physics at the University of Toronto. His groundbreaking work in light localization has earned him an international reputation.  A pioneering theoretician of photonic in band gap (PBG) materials, Professor John’s work is leading to exciting possibilities in the fields of physics, chemistry, engineering and medicine.

Andreas Mandelis, Engineering

Andreas Mandelis is the Professor of Engineering at the University of Toronto and a leading scientist and engineer in the field of diagnostic applications of lasers. His work in establishing the fields of diffusion-wave and photoacoustic sciences and technologies has led to advancements in diagnostic instrumentation for manufacturing, optoelectronics, biosensors and biomedical imaging.

J.R. (Jim) Miller, Humanities

J.R. (Jim Miller) is the Canada Research Chair in Native-Newcomer Relations and a Professor of History at the University of Saskatchewan. Professor Miller’s research and insights on the way Aboriginals, particularly First Nations, have been affected by the federal government have encouraged national discussion and awareness regarding these issues.

Francis (Frank) Plummer, Health Sciences 

Frank Plummer is a Distinguished Professor at the University of Manitoba, Chief Scientific Officer of the Public Health Agency of Canada, and the Director of the National Microbiology Laboratory Winnipeg. Investigating transmissions rates of HIV among heterosexual women in Kenya, Professor Plummer discovered new and effective HIV prevention strategies that have been adopted worldwide.