Award celebrates the best in Canadian business writing
TORONTO, May 12 /CNW/ - The winner of this year's National Business Book
Award is Ezra Levant for his book, Ethical Oil: The Case for Canada's Oil Sands, published by McClelland & Stewart Ltd. The announcement was made this
afternoon at a luncheon in Toronto, hosted by co-sponsors PwC and BMO
In his book, Levant tackles a global issue that has an overwhelming
impact on Canada and its place in the world. He argues that, although
our society has become addicted to oil, Canada's oil sands are among
the most ethically produced commodities in the world. Revealing myths
about the country's oil sands, Levant further examines the issues
around protecting the environment and the role of the media.
Ever provocative and controversial, Levant provides an alternative
perspective on the development of Canada's oil sands. He addresses the
alleged hypocrisy in Canada's production of "dirty oil" by highlighting
how Canada's overall "ethical" profile far exceeds that of other
oil-producing nations - such as Saudi Arabia and Sudan - based on
political democracy, government regulations, respect for human rights
and freedom of the press.
Now in its 26th year, the National Business Book Award celebrates Canadian
business-related writing, published in Canada, in English or French.
The award has come to be recognized as one of Canada's most prestigious
literary awards. Co-sponsored by PwC and BMO Financial Group, the
National Business Book Award honours the winning author with a $20,000
"After 25 years, PwC continues to recognize and celebrate Canadian
talent in the business writing and publishing community," says Gino
Scapillati, National Managing Partner, PwC. "The range of book
submissions this year truly demonstrates and reflects what is occurring
in the business world and what is top of mind. This year, the economy
and sustainability are recurring themes."
"There was no shortage of great-quality business books this year and we
are very proud to be involved in supporting and honouring Canadian
business writers," says Richard Rudderham, Executive Vice-President and
Head of Human Resources, BMO Financial Group. "These finalists are
skilled academics, authors and economic experts who offer insight and
direction on current issues influencing the business world."
The National Business Book Award jury is chaired by Roger Martin, Dean,
Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto. The panel includes:
Jane Cooney, Founder, Books for Business; William Dimma, Chairman
Emeritus, Home Capital Group, Inc.; Peter Mansbridge, Chief
Correspondent, CBC Television Network; Deirdre McMurdy, Adjudicator;
and The Honourable Pamela Wallin, Senator.
Ezra Levant, a native of Calgary, is a lawyer, journalist and public
activist. He is the author of three other books and is currently host
of The Source on Sun News Network.
The finalists for this year's National Business Book Award include:
Sheila McLeod Arnopoulos, Saris on Scooters: How Microcredit Is Changing Village India, published by Dundurn Press Toronto.
Richard Florida, The Great Reset: How New Ways of Living and Working Drive Post-Crash
Prosperity, published by Random House Canada.
David Orrell, Economyths: Ten Ways Economics Gets It Wrong, published by John Wiley & Sons Canada, Ltd.
The National Business Book Award winner for 2010 was Jeff Rubin for his
book Why Your World is About to Get a Whole Lot Smaller: Oil and the End of
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For more information or to arrange interviews, please contact:
Mary Ann Freedman
Freedman & Associates Inc. for National Business Book Award
Phone: (416) 868-1500