Tuesday, March 6, 2018 - 7:30 PM
Panel Discussion: Special Event

Innis Town Hall Theatre

2 Sussex Avenue
University of Toronto, St. George Campus
Toronto M5S 1J5
Cost: FREE with RSVP


Join the Canada Council for the Arts for this special anniversary event featuring acclaimed winners of the Killam Prize. In an insightful panel discussion, three of Canada’s leading researchers will address the importance of creativity and imagination in the field of research, and the societal impact of their work in today’s world.

The event is moderated by Paul Kennedy, Host of CBC Radio Ideas.


Dr. John Borrows, Lawyer specializing in indigenous legal rights, University of Victoria

Dr. Victoria Kaspi, Astrophysicist and director of the McGill Space Institute, McGill University

Dr. Molly Shoichet, Biomedical engineer and Ontario’s Chief Scientist, University of Toronto

Please RSVP here.

A reception will follow.

Organized in partnership with:

Killam Trusts

International Festival of Authors (IFOA)

University of Toronto

CBC Radio Ideas


  • John Borrows

    John Borrows, B.A., M.A., J.D., LL.M. (Toronto), Ph.D. (Osgoode Hall Law School), LL.D. (Honours., Dalhousie) FRSC., is the Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Law at the University of Victoria. His publications include Recovering Canada; The Resurgence of Indigenous Law (Donald Smiley Award for the best book in Canadian Political Science, 2002), Canada's Indigenous Constitution (Canadian Law and Society Best Book Award 2011), Drawing Out Law: A Spirit's Guide (2010), Freedom and Indigenous Constitutionalism (2015) all from the University of Toronto Press. John is Anishinaabe/Ojibway and a member of the Chippewa, Nawash First Nation in Ontario.

  • Victoria Kaspi

    Victoria Kaspi has made important contributions to the understanding of the universe, with major discoveries throughout her career in the study of rapidly spinning compact neutron stars called pulsars. She holds a Canada Research Chair and the Lorne Trottier Chair in Astrophysics and Cosmology at McGill University, where she is also Associate Dean of Research and Graduate Education at the Faculty of Sciences. Her international stature in the field of Astrophysics is demonstrated by the long list of recognitions and awards she has accumulated, including the US Annie Jump Cannon Award, the Rutherford Medal from the Royal Society of Canada, and the Prix Marie-Victorin, Quebec’s highest honour for scientists. Notable for her ability to convey her work clearly, she has made appearances on shows such as CBC’s Quirks and Quarks and Radio-Canada’s Les années lumières

  • Paul Kennedy

    Paul Kennedy has been the host of Ideas since 1999. Paul's interests encompass the environment, sport, travel, food, music, art and biography. His work engages what he describes as, "the core curriculum of contemporary culture." In the course of his work, he has travelled across Canada, throughout North America, to Europe, Asia and the Middle East. He has won national and international recognition for his work, including an ACTRA award for best Canadian radio documentary for a program called, War on the Home Front, co-authored with Timothy Findley; the B'nai Brith Media Human Rights Award for a series called, Nuremberg on Trial; an Armstrong Award presented by Columbia University. Paul has a BA from Queen's University, an MLitt from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland. He did post-graduate work at the University of Toronto where he studied with Marshall McLuhan.

  • Molly Shoichet

    Molly Shoichet holds the Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Tissue Engineering at the University of Toronto, and is Senior Advisor on Science & Engineering Engagement to President Gertler. She has published over 500 papers, patents and abstracts, and given over 350 lectures worldwide in the fields of regenerative medicine, tissue engineering and drug delivery. She currently leads a laboratory of 30 and has graduated 162 researchers. The only person to be a Fellow of Canada’s three National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Health Sciences, she is the L’Oreal-UNESCO For Women in Science Laureate, North America for 2015. She holds the Order of Ontario, is a University Professor, and a Foreign Member of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering. She graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1987) and the University of Massachusetts, Amherst in Polymer Science and Engineering (1992).