Canadian Public Relations Society & Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Celebrate Post-Secondary Communications Excellence with New Industry Award

TORONTO, June 1, 2016 /CNW/ - The Canadian Public Relations Society (CPRS) and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) jointly presented three post-secondary institutions with the first-ever SSHRC Award of Excellence. École nationale d'administration publique (ENAP), Trent University and Sheridan College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning are the 2016 recipients of the award. Representatives from all three institutions accepted their award during the Awards Gala on the final night of the World Public Relations Forum in Toronto on May 31.

"Research in the social sciences and the humanities helps Canadians better understand who we are, where we have been, and where we are going. I applaud this year's winners of the inaugural SSHRC Award of Excellence for communicating so successfully the value and importance of this rich and dynamic array of disciplines to the broader general public," said Ted Hewitt, President, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council.

This award recognizes the communications efforts of post-secondary institutions in promoting the benefits and impacts of social sciences and humanities research. Social sciences and humanities research is used by people across Canada to innovate, improve our quality of life and build prosperity.

"The SSHRC Award of Excellence recognizes how communications can make important social sciences and humanities research accessible to each of us, ultimately improving our understanding of each other and our quality of life," added Kim Blanchette, National President of CPRS. "CPRS offers its congratulations to this year's award recipients who truly represent excellence in public relations practice."

The SSHRC Award of Excellence has three categories based on institution size which is determined by the number of enrolled full-time students. More information on the winning submissions, A+ Le bulletin d'information de l'ENAP; Trent University's #TrentHumanities Week; and Brantwood – Creating and celebrating the largest production of immersive, site-specific musical theatre in Canadian history, may be found online

The SSHRC Award of Excellence was one of several noteworthy public relations and communications management awards presented at World Public Relations Forum. 

About CPRS

Founded in 1948, the Canadian Public Relations Society (CPRS) is a not-for-profit organization whose members are engaged in the practice, management or teaching of public relations. Members work to maintain the highest standards and to share a uniquely Canadian experience in public relations. CPRS is a federation of more than 1,800 members across 14 Member Societies based in major cities or organized province-wide.  For more information, visit our website:


The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) is the federal research funding agency that promotes and supports postsecondary-based research and research training in the humanities and social sciences. By focusing on developing Talent, generating Insights and forging Connections across campuses and communities, SSHRC strategically supports world-leading initiatives that reflect a commitment to ensuring a better future for Canada and the world. Created by an act of Canada's Parliament in 1977, SSHRC reports to Parliament through the Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada.

SOURCE Canadian Public Relations Society

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For further information: Karen Dalton APR, CAE, Executive Director, CPRS National,, 416-239-7034; Christopher Walters, Director of communications, Social Sciences and Humanities Council,, 613-992-4283

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