Canada Council for the Arts

The Killam connection to the Canada Council is twofold. When Izaak Walton Killam died purposely intestate in 1955, it was because he had a “gentleman’s agreement” with the government of the time that half of his estate would be used to further the arts in Canada. Half of the original endowment used to create the Canada Council came directly from Mr. Killam.

After Mrs. Killam’s death she bequeathed additional funds to allow for the Killam Research Fellowships (program launched in 1967) to support outstanding scholars  to carry out their groundbreaking projects.

The Canada Council Killam Prizes followed in 1981 and are among Canada’s most prestigious prizes for careers in research. To this date, two Killam Prize recipients have been awarded a Nobel Prize: Arthur B. McDonald (Physics, 2015) and John C. Polanyi (Chemistry, 1986).

Killam Awards at the Canada Council for the Arts

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