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

Jack P. Blaney Award for Dialogue

Now accepting nominations for the 2015/16 Jack P. Blaney Award for Dialogue
Deadline January 15, 2015 at 4pm (Pacific Standard Time)

Nomination Package (MS Word)


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 from the fields of international diplomacy & conflict resolution, climate solutions, intercultural interpretation and civic engagement.

Far more than a simple ceremony, the Blaney award supports SFU’s mandate to be Canada’s most community-engaged research university through the delivery of programming designed to achieve meaningful impact and tangible outcomes. The Centre for Dialogue establishes partnerships with organizations suitable to assist in the development and execution of programming, as well as to sustain involvement after the award. Past examples of award outcomes include staging workshops to build community capacity, engaging stakeholders to create participatory research and hosting global announcements.

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 related programming opportunities. Recent Blaney Awards have collectively generated over 7,000 participant hours of in-person programming and have attracted significant media attention.

The award is supported by an endowment fund established in September 2000 by friends and colleagues to honour Jack P. Blaney, SFU President Emeritus. Dr. Blaney saw the need for a dedicated facility to promote and support dialogue for citizens with diverse views to find a path to positive action.

Past Recipients and Award Programs

  • Reconciliation with Chief Robert Joseph

    The 2014 Jack P. Blaney Award for Dialogue recognized Chief Robert Joseph for his tireless work to renew relationships among Canada’s Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal peoples. Chief Joseph is a Hereditary Chief of the Gwawaenuk First Nation, Ambassador for Reconciliation Canada, and Special Advisor to Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission, among other distinctions.  read more

  • Twelve Days of Compassion with Karen Armstrong

    The 2012 Jack P. Blaney Award for Dialogue recognized Karen Armstrong for a lifetime of outstanding achievement advancing understanding about world religions and promoting compassion as a way of life. Ms. Armstrong is the founder of the Charter for Compassion, a document that applies shared moral priorities to foster greater global understanding. read more

  • Widening the Circle with Liz Lerman

    The 2009 Jack P. Blaney Award for Dialogue recognized Liz Lerman for "a lifetime of outstanding leadership, creativity, and dedication to melding dialogue with dance." A choreographer and interdisciplinary artist, Ms. Lerman's honors include a 2002 MacArthur "Genius Grant" Fellowship. Her work has been commissioned by the Lincoln Center, Harvard Law School, and Kennedy Center, among others. read more

  • CSR and the Right to Health with Mary Robinson

    The 2005 Jack P. Blaney Award for Dialogue was presented to Mary Robinson for outstanding courage, leadership and commitment to dialogue. Ms. Robinson is one of the world’s leading advocates for human rights, having served as the President of Ireland, UN High Commissioner on Human Rights, and Executive Director of "Realizing Rights: The Ethical Globalization Initiative." read more

  • Environmental Sustainability with Maurice Strong

    The 2002 Jack P. Blaney Award for Dialogue was presented to leading environmentalist Maurice Strong. Mr. Strong served as Secretary General of the 1972 United Nations Conference on the Human Environment and the 1992 Rio Environmental Summit, as well as the first Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). read more