History of the Jack P. Blaney Award for Dialogue

The Jack P. Blaney Endowment Fund was established at Simon Fraser University in September 2000 by friends and colleagues to honour then-President Dr. Jack P. Blaney. Dr. Blaney’s leadership and vision were pivotal to the conception and building of the Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue, a unique physical space to convene dialogues on global issues and build consensus to resolve major conflicts. This international conference centre has helped to inspire a legacy of dialogue-based programming, both within the university and community-at-large.

The Endowment Fund supports the Jack P. Blaney Award for Dialogue and provides operating expenses to fund the presentation of the award every second year. The award includes a C$10,000 cash prize, international travel expenses for the recipient, an award presentation ceremony and acceptance speech, one or more public dialogue events organized by Simon Fraser University’s Centre for Dialogue in consultation with the award recipient and related program costs. All award programming and events normally occur in Vancouver, Canada.