Nomination Details for the Jack P. Blaney Award for Dialogue

Why Nominate

Far more than a simple ceremony, the Jack P. Blaney Award for Dialogue includes short programming in Canada that builds upon the recipient’s work. Past award programs have engaged thousands of participants through the hosting of international announcements, book launches, capacity building workshops, participatory research and more.

Through the award programming we hope to:

  • Honour the recipients and their excellence in the use of dialogue
  • Provide platforms to support and further the recipient’s work
  • Communicate the role of dialogue in creating systemic change
  • Serve communities to leave legacies of relationships, networks and opportunities

Nomination Details

We are no longer accepting nominations for the 2024/25 year. 

Selection Criteria:

  • Demonstrated excellence in the use of dialogue to increase mutual understanding
  • Global significance of their work in addressing complex and profound public issues
  • Related programming opportunities

* Although the award has been historically awarded to a single individual, nominators may suggest teams of individuals whose collective work warrants recognition.

Further Details

How to Nominate

We are not accepting nominations at this time.  

Inquiries: SFU Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue,

Selection Committee's Statement on Anti-Racism

The Selection Committee commits to the continued learning that this moment in history demands of us. The committee will apply an anti-racist, justice and equity lens throughout the selection process, meaning that we will identify and challenge structures and practices that perpetuate harm. In reviewing nominations, the selection committee will use an intersectional lens to consider the layered social context through which nominations are submitted and positioned. All programming associated with the award will be structured to create reciprocity in relationships with the recipient(s) and participating communities.

Selection Committee Members

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Submission Guidelines

The Jack P. Blaney Award for Dialogue Selection Committee will consider public nominations for the 2023/24 recipient, in addition to internally identified nominees.

Completing a full nomination form is not mandatory to suggest potential recipients, but completion of the full nomination form will increase the likelihood the nominee will be fully considered. We welcome nominees from all geographic locations and backgrounds, including youth.

We ask that all nominations be succinct and provide links or references to secondary resources to help the Selection Committee evaluate the suitability of the candidate. The Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue reserves the right to perform independent research when evaluating nominations.

Nominees should demonstrate excellence in the use of dialogue to increase mutual understanding or advance complex public issues. Dialogue is a concentrated conversation among equals. Through dialogue many voices, stories, perspectives, and experiences come together with a spirit of curiosity and an openness to be changed and identify shared solutions. Instead of sides, dialogue has a center.