Trudeau Foundation Awards $2.25 Million to 15 Canadian Scholars

    MONTREAL, June 19 /CNW/ - The Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation today
expanded its growing community of thought leaders by awarding fifteen Trudeau
Scholar prizes worth up to $150,000 each to a new group of outstanding
Canadian doctoral students. Above and beyond the prize money, Trudeau
Foundation Scholars receive individual mentoring from highly accomplished
professionals in their field of study and become part of a strong network of
policy researchers and practitioners.
    "Trudeau Scholars consistently break new ground by tackling issues of
public policy, human rights and citizenship that impact us all," said Roy L.
Heenan, Chairman of the Board of the Trudeau Foundation. "The 2007 Trudeau
Scholars have the creativity, ideas and scholarly track record to affect
change locally, nationally and even globally."
    With research foci ranging from the environmental health risks for waste
collectors to the relationships between parents who adopt foster children to
ways to create and encourage female leaders in the community, the Trudeau
Scholars will develop their ideas into deep scholarly work with the goal of
enhancing society's understanding, practices and policies.

    The 2007 Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation Scholars:

    -  Alexander Aylett (Geography, University of British Columbia) is
       examining municipal environmental policy to find synergies between
       environmental, social and economic goals.

    -  Sherri Brown (Political Science, Simon Fraser University) is
       researching the model of global private-public partnerships aimed at
       increasing access to HIV/AIDS-related pharmaceuticals.

    -  Elaine Craig (Law, Dalhousie University) will study the principle of
       "universal" human rights, and why different cultures have not, to
       date, found significant commonality in their interpretations.

    -  Laura Crawford (English & Film, University of Alberta), through
       British and American fiction, will explore how transgender people fit
       into a public space previously reserved for conventional men and

    -  Jessica Dempsey (Geography, University of British Columbia) questions
       the viability of market-based environmental conservation; can
       societies "trade" conservation to neutralize one species loss by
       saving another?

    -  Sarah Kamal (Communication & Media Studies, The London School of
       Economics) will investigate post-Taliban Afghanistan and the local
       media's role in negotiating gender equality.

    -  Kristi Kenyon (Political Science, University of British Columbia) is
       exploring persecution on the basis of HIV status, including the
       intersection between health, human rights and forced migration.

    -  Joshua Lambier (English Literature, University of Western Ontario)
       will explore the genesis of modern human rights discourse by focusing
       on the Romantic era in literature.

    -  Jennifer Langlais (Law, Harvard University) is studying cultural
       diversity and equality, and will examine methods of satisfying the
       different needs of both the vulnerable and the stronger members of
       certain ethnic and religious minorities.

    -  Myles Leslie (Criminology, University of Toronto) is studying the
       public and institutional risk factors that influence how coroners and
       investigators determine which deaths require investigation, public
       inquest or remedial legislation.

    -  Leah Levac (Interdisciplinary, University of New Brunswick) is
       researching how adolescent women can become community leaders against
       negative social conditions, such as income inequality and illiteracy,
       which can negatively impact their health.

    -  Jason Morris-Jung (Environmental Studies, University of California,
       Berkeley) is currently researching the social and political struggles
       over natural resources and environmental conservation in Southeast

    -  Emily Paddon (International Relations, University of Oxford) studies
       UN-authorized intervention around the world and how UN forces can both
       thwart belligerents and protect civilians.

    -  Geneviève Pagé (Social Work, Université de Montréal) focuses on the
       relationship between parents who adopt children in youth protection
       and foster care situations.

    -  Kate Parizeau (Geography, Environment & Health, University of Toronto)
       investigates the environmental and health risks directed at waste
       collection workers in Buenos Aires during such tasks as curbside waste
       gathering and recycling.

    (Full biographical information and photos are available upon request.)

    "The 2007 Trudeau Scholars have already amassed an impressive level of
academic success, and our hope is that these prizes will help them realize
their potential to become leading national and international figures in their
areas of expertise," said P.-G. Forest, President of the Trudeau Foundation.
    Created in 2003, the Trudeau Foundation Scholarship programme awards
doctoral scholarships in the social sciences and humanities to Canadian
citizens and landed immigrants pursuing full-time doctoral studies in Canada,
and exceptionally to Canadians pursuing full-time doctoral studies at foreign
institutions. The Foundation annually awards up to 15 exceptional students
$35,000 per year for three years, plus up to an additional $15,000 annually
each to support research-related travel. Trudeau Scholars are each paired with
a Trudeau Mentor, an outstanding professional who pursues policy analysis and
implementation in his or her daily work.

    About the Trudeau Foundation

    The Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation funds outstanding scholars who
conduct research in crucial societal issues, and creates opportunities for
dialogue and multidisciplinary collaboration across organizations and
disciplines under four key themes: Human Rights and Social Justice,
Responsible Citizenship, Canada and the World, and Humans in their Natural
Environment. Since being established in 2002, the Foundation has granted over
100 major awards to top researchers and highly accomplished individuals, in
Canada and abroad. For more information visit

For further information:

For further information: Catharine Marion/Josh Cobden (English),
Environics Communications, (416) 920-9000; Alida Alepian/Yvon Desautels
(French), Capital-Image, (514) 739-1188

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