Constance Backhouse awarded arts prize
Professor Constance Backhouse of the University of Ottawa, a Law Society emeritus bencher, has been awarded the Molson Prize for Social Sciences by the Canada Council for the Arts for 2015.
The Molson Prizes, worth $50,000 each, are awarded annually to two individuals: one in the arts, and one in the social sciences and humanities. Noted author M G Vassanji was awarded the arts prize for 2015.
The prizes are funded by an endowment from the Molson Foundation, and are administered by the Canada Council for the Arts in collaboration with the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC). They reward and encourage contributions to Canada’s cultural and intellectual heritage and have, in the past, been awarded to a wide range of individuals, from poets, visual artists and musicians, to philosophers, economists and historians. See the full list of past recipients.
Professor Backhouse has won many awards and honours throughout her career, including the Order of Canada (2008), the Order of Ontario (2010), the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal (2012), and the Governor General’s Award in Commemoration of the Persons Case (2013).