2012 Jack P. Blaney Award for Dialogue medallion for recipient Karen Armstrong

Jack P. Blaney Award for Dialogue

The Jack P. Blaney Award for Dialogue is presented to an individual who has demonstrated, internationally, excellence in the use of dialogue to further the understanding of complex and profound public issues.

Nominations are encouraged for global leaders applying dialogue to the core practice areas of Simon Fraser University’s Centre for Dialogue: International Diplomacy & Conflict Resolution, Climate Solutions, Intercultural Interpretation, and Civic Engagement. The next call for nominations is anticipated in Fall 2016.

Criteria used to select the recipient include:

  • The candidate’s demonstrated international excellence in the use of dialogue;
  • The importance of his or her work in addressing complex and profound public issues; and
  • The existence of compelling opportunities to achieve meaningful impact and tangible outcomes through the award’s associated programming.

Past recipients of the Blaney Award include Reconciliation Canada Ambassador Chief Robert Joseph, Charter for Compassion founder Karen Armstrong, dance choreographer Liz Lerman, former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Mary Robinson, and leading international environmentalist Maurice Strong.