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Awards / Prix

CSA Award Winners / Détentaires des prix de la SCS

The Canadian Sociological Association was proud to honour our 2014 award recipients during the Annual Banquet and Award Ceremony held at the University of Brock in St. Catharines, Ontario.

For further information on the CSA awards, including nomination procedures, selection committees, and calls for nomination, click on the following links.

Pour de plus amples informations à propos des prix décernés par la SCS, incluant les critères d'égibilités, les comités de sélection, et les appels de nomination, suivant les liens ci-dessous :


2014 Award Recipients

Angus Reid Applied Sociology Award /Prix sociologie appliquée de Angus Reid

Rick Helmes-Hayes from the University of Waterloo (right) presents the award to Martin Cooke (left).

Dr. Martin Cooke is this year’s winner of the Angus Reid Applied Sociology Award. He is jointly appointed to the Department of Sociology and the School of Public Health and Health Systems at the University of Waterloo.  

Dr. Cooke’s first employment, with Indian Affairs and Northern Development, set the stage for 15 years of collaboration with a number of government departments—including INAC (now AANDC), the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, the Ontario Ministry of Community and Social Services, and the Department of National Defence. He has also worked in collaboration with a number of First Nations. Recently, he proposed a partnership with the Métis Nation of Ontario to deal with Healthy Weights intervention, designing a project evaluation program based on surveys and focus groups.

Cooke’s impact on public policy is evidenced by his keynote address to the Premier of Ontario and Cabinet on the topic of population aging and life-course friendly policies. He also appeared before the House of Commons Standing Committee dealing with the issue of obesity among Aboriginal children.

Evidence of his scholarship and his active collaboration with colleagues, Aboriginal communities, and government departments appears in his long list of journal articles (18), technical reports (19), and book chapters and proceedings (14). The vast majority of these (71% to be precise) are either single-authored or have Martin Cooke as their first author. This scholarship has been supported by a large number of research grants, acquired by Cooke as an individual or in collaboration with others.

Dr. Cooke has undertaken policy-related work dealing with a wide range of Aboriginal issues (e.g. migration/mobility, obesity, child-bearing, the well-being of older Registered Indians, measures of community well-being, gender equality, needs assessment, and labour force/education/income dynamics). Significantly, he modified the UN Human Development Index to allow for the measurement of well-being among First Nations in Canada.

Although most of Martin Cooke’s scholarship or “applied sociology” deals with Aboriginal issues, his work is not limited to that field. He has also studied the return to work after childbirth among Canadian women, the duration and dynamics of social assistance use among lone mothers, work among single mothers, labour force participation among older workers (in six countries), the measurement of military community well-being, the labour market trajectories of IT workers, labour force ageing and skills shortages, equity practitioners dealing with women in the academy, and the effects of breastfeeding and smoking during pregnancy on Body Mass Index (BMI).

The Angus Reid Award recognizes Dr. Martin Cooke as a distinguished scholar and applied sociologist having tremendous impact on public policy.


Angus Reid Applied Sociology Award /Prix sociologie appliquée de Angus Reid - Student Recipient

Kristen Desjarlais-deKlerk, a doctoral candidate at the University of Calgary, is this year’s winner of the student component of the Angus Reid Applied Sociology Award. She is in the third year of her doctoral program with a tentative dissertation title of Supportive Transitions and Health: A Mixed Methods Study of Homeless Persons and Street Exits.

Kristen is a superb student who has already won 29 academic awards and honours and has three peer-reviewed publications.She is a natural leader among graduate students and is the Chair of the Sociology Graduate Students Caucus.

Prior to entering the doctoral program at the University of Calgary, she worked for three years at the Mustard Seed homeless shelter. She continues to volunteer at one of the downtown shelters, assisting with program evaluation and client satisfaction surveys. In addition, she works with the Calgary Catholic Immigration Society as an employment workshop facilitator.

She has applied her impressive array of qualitative and quantitative research skills to the study of: communications in doctor-patient interactions in urban and rural clinics; geriatric assessment using telehealth vs usual practice; lawyers’ well-being and distress; physical and mental health of the homeless and formerly homeless; graduate student satisfaction; and faculty salary equity.

Kirsten Desjarlis-deKlerk believes in serving the public or her community and does so with passion, commitment, and exceptional research skills.


Best Student Paper / Meilleure Communication Étudiante
Linda Gerber, Chair of the Awards Committee (right),  presents the award to Sarah Wilkins-Laflamme (left).

The winner of the Best Student Paper Award for 2014 is Sarah Wilkins-Laflamme, PhD Candidate (Oxford University) for her paper “How Unreligious are the Religious ‘Nones’? Religious Dynamics of the Unaffiliated in Canada and the West.” This paper was presented during the CSA-SCS Conference in the session “Sociology of Religion II: Difference, Diversity, and Institutions.”

Sarah’s paper on the religious ‘nones’ was selected from among 32 submitted this year—up from 11 last year. The quality and strength of these papers lead one of the Awards Committee members to say, “It leaves me with the feeling that the future of Canadian sociology is in the hands of some very talented young practitioners.”

Religious ‘nones’—the people who declare “no religion” when asked about religious affiliation on surveys—make up an increasingly large proportion of Canada’s population. Despite the fact that rates of non-affiliation in Canada increased from 11 to 24% over twenty years (to a high of 44% in British Columbia), few scholars have studied the religious ‘nones’ in depth. Are they really as unreligious as their name suggests?

Sarah used data from the Canadian General Social Survey and the International Social Survey Programme to address the question of religiousity among the unaffiliated from a comparative perspective—across Canada, its provinces, and a large number of Western countries.

Her analysis of religious practices and beliefs among the unaffiliated, by province, yields some fascinating results. As you might expect, the predicted probability of monthly attendance at religious services is low among the unaffiliated. But the probabilities of yearly attendance, weekly personal practices, and especially the claim that beliefs are important in their daily lives were much higher. Comparing Canada’s provinces, Sarah found that the predicted probability of beliefs being important—among the religious ‘nones’, that is—ranged from 29% in Quebec to 41% in Saskatchewan. However, when she took age into account, she found that, among younger people, both institutional and personal religious indicators are in decline. When the Post-Boomer birth cohorts claim no religious affiliation, they are very likely to claim no personal religious practices or beliefs as well.

This is only a tiny glimpse into a highly sophisticated, complex, thorough, wide-ranging and beautifully written paper by Sarah-Wilkins-Laflamme.


Canadian Review of Sociology Best Article Award / Prix du meilleur article de la review canadienne de sociologie

The  recipient of the CRS/RCS Best Article Award for 2014 is Dr. Hester Vair of the University of New Brunswick for her article, "The Discourse of Balance: Balance as Metaphor and Ideology,” published in the May, 2013 issue of the Canadian Review of Sociology. The selection committee, after considering several excellent articles, agreed that this article best met the award criterion of making “an outstanding contribution to the advancement of sociological knowledge." The article draws from in-depth interviews with 21 working mothers to explore women’s experiences in accommodating responsibilities associated with work and motherhood. Dr. Vair’s analysis focuses especially on how study participants characterize and respond to competing demands and commitments, articulated through a discourse that emphasizes “balance.” By focusing on the personalized sense of obligation to balance or juggle these demands, working mothers are reinforcing a liberal individualist ideology that obscures contradictions between structural factors signified in important dimensions of work and motherhood. This article is an especially fitting choice for best article in the year that we mark the 50th anniversary of the establishment of the Canadian Sociological Association. The article is informed by the very rich analysis offered through critical feminism and feminist political economy literature which represents some of the most significant contributions that Canadian scholarship has made within the discipline over the past half-century. Congratulations to Dr. Vair!


Early Investigator Award / Prix jeune chercheur
Neil McLaughlin, Chair of the Research Advisory Subcommittee (right), presents the award to Mark Stoddart (left).

The research committee of the Canadian Sociological Association is pleased to award the second annual Early Investigator Award to Dr. Mark Stoddart of Memorial University.  Since  receiving his PhD from the University of British Columbia in 2008, professor Stoddart has emerged as a major scholar in environmental sociology as well making contributions to the study of social movements, media, sports and Canadian society.  

Mark's most important contribution to date is surely his impressive scholarly monograph Making Meanings out of Mountains published by the University of British Columbia Press in 2012. A model example of the Canadian Sociological Imagination,  Making Meaning out of Mountains exposes and critically interrogates the environmental ambiguity at the core of modern skiing, based on extensive multi-method research and an innovative use of Latour's actor network theory and Haraway's concept of the cyborg.  Always historical with a keen eye for place and local context, Stoddart interviewed 45 skiers in the Whistler and Nelson areas and undertook an impressive textual analysis of the discourse of resorts, environmental groups, First Nation websites and regional and national newspapers.  The meaning of mountains is not fixed nor one-dimensional, but is negotiated and contested, as resorts promote themselves through ecologically oriented images of animals and wilderness and First Nations and environmental activists challenge this discourse as something that hides the ways skiing often takes place on Indigenous land and damages the environment.  A master ethnographer and observer of both space and people, Dr. Stoddart moves beyond the social theories he uses and the ethical commitments that clearly motivate him to explore in a nuanced and insightful way how skiers themselves both grapple with and reflect these contradictions. And he manages to do all this with engaging and clear prose.  Making Meansing out of Mountains It is a tour de force of a Canadian environmental sociology that will help us think about our relationship to nature, land and outdoor sports in new ways.

This is not the last major work we will read penned by Mark Stoddart, as he has already published 19 articles and book chapters, has received nearly $150,000 of research funding, has been mentioned in the Annual Review of Sociology in its overview of cutting edge work in environmental sociology.  He has published in Human Ecology Review and Organizations and Environment, two influential environmental journals, in Social Movement Studies and Research in Social Movements as well as the Canadian Journal of Sociology.  One of the key strengths that is evident throughout all Dr. Stoddart's publications is a disciplined concern with methodological rigour.  As Dr. Rima Wilkes wrote in her nominating letter for the award, "Dr. Stoddart shows a mastery of data analytic techniques," having worked with and innovatively combined "media text data, qualitative interview data, field observation data, as well as network panel survey data."  Karen Stranbridge, the former head of the Memorial Sociology department and Liam Swiss also from Memorial, sums things up nicely:  "For a junior scholar not even six years out of his PhD, Dr. Stoddart's record of research scholarship and activities is truly impressive….  Dr. Stoddart will have a significant impact on the fields of sociology with which he engages and, at the same time, reshape our understanding of the communities of Newfoundland and Labrador, to Nova Scotia's Tobeatic wilderness, to BC's Jumbo Pass, and even to the level of global climate change." For all these reasons, please join with Janet Siltanen,  Sylvia Fuller and myself on behalf of the Research Committee of the Canadian Sociological Association to congratulate Dr. Stoddart for winning the 2014 CSA Early Investigator Award.


The 2013 John Porter Book Award / Le Prix du livre John Porter
Jim Conley, Chair of the John Porter Award Committee (right) presents the award to James Kennedy (left).

 On behalf of the committee members, I'm delighted to present this year's award to Dr. James Kennedy for his book, Liberal nationalisms: Empire, State and Civil Society in Scotland and Quebec. Dr. Philippe Couton, who nominated Liberal nationalisms wrote, "The book is very elegantly written, the research is rich and carefully presented, and the conceptual framework is complex and current." Members of the committee were impressed by Kennedy's deft handling of his historical sources, and by his insightful sociological interpretations. His book explains differences between the turn of the 20th century "liberal nationalism" of the Young Scots and the "liberal nationalism" of the Ligue nationaliste by characteristics of state and civil society (especially religion), and the relations of Scotland and Quebec to the British empire. It is both a strong contribution to the sociology of nationalism, and a distinguished sociological contribution to the understanding of Canadian and Quebec society, about a perennial issue for both.

Outstanding Contribution Award / Le prix de contribution remarquable
Linda Gerber, Chair of the Awards Committee (right) presents the award to Pamela Sugiman (left).

Dr. Pamela Sugiman, of Ryerson University, is this year’s recipient of the Outstanding Contribution Award—in recognition of innovative, insightful and influential scholarship as well as service to her university, the discipline of sociology, and the wider community of working men and women, trade unions, and the National Association of Japanese Canadians.


Professor Sugiman’s first published article—dealing with sales clerks—was written as an undergraduate student. Following that, her dissertation was published by U of T Press as Labour’s Dilemma: The Gender Politics of Auto Workers in Canada, 1937-1979. Labour’s Dilemma, the first major study to document the birth of working class feminism and feminist trade unionism in Canada, was nominated for two book awards. Twenty years later this book remains in the curricula of college, university, and labour education programs throughout North America.

Arguably, Dr. Sugiman’s most important scholarly contribution is her more recent work on memory, oral history, and the internment of Japanese Canadians during the Second World War. She conducted 75 oral history interviews with second generation—i.e. Canadian-born—Japanese Canadians who had been interned, most of them as young children. This painstaking work yielded ten peer-reviewed articles or chapters as well as a book manuscript in progress: The Mutable Past: Japanese Canadians and Memories of the Internment. This impressive body of scholarship deals with the inter-related themes of gender, the experience of historical racism, and historical memory. Sugiman recognizes the fallibility of memory and makes that fallibility itself the subject of sociological analysis. This innovative work places her at the cutting edge of oral history analysis and makes her an expert in this area—one who is recognized across a wide range of disciplines including sociology and history.

Pamela Sugiman’s contribution to our discipline includes long-term involvement with the CSA. Since 1991, she has presented papers, organized and chaired sessions, and organized or facilitated plenary sessions. She has served on numerous committees and, from 2006 to 2009, assumed the roles of president-elect, president, and past-president of the CSA. During this period, she was instrumental (with Drs. Monica Boyd and Roberta Hamilton) in writing the documents and presenting our bid to bring the ISA World Congress to Toronto this year. While Yokohama won that competition, the initial bid laid the groundwork for our success in bringing the ISA to Toronto in 2018.

Her stellar research and publication record, her passionate concern for issues of social justice, her service to a number of non-academic communities and associations, her dedication to teaching and student supervision, as well as her contributions to the discipline of sociology make Pamela Sugiman a worthy recipient of the Outstanding Contribution Award.


Outstanding Service Award / Prix de service remarquable
Patrizia Albanese, CSA President 2013-2014 (right), presents the award to Luc Boyer (left).

Outstanding Service Award was created as an internal Service Award in recognition of those who have made exceptional service contributions to the Association.

This year, the CSA Executive unanimously agreed to present the award two outstanding CSA members who went above and beyond what was expected of them in the service of the association.

We have heard from many of you about how much more accessible and useful the CSA website is. It is thanks to Luc Boyer, our first communications officer--the first of our two award winners tonight.

The reasons for the nomination are countless, but can be summarized in the concerted effort that Luc made in modernizing the CSA web site and was one of the key people who played a role in turning the state of this organization around. He worked tirelessly to bring the CSA into the 21st century, and for this and the many other things you have done for the association, we thank you!


Dr. Guay has been a long-time member and active participant in the Canadian Sociological Association. He is recognized, in particular, for his outstanding service as on behalf of the Canadian Review of Sociology, to which he reinforced his expressed commitment to see that the journal published “the best papers in our discipline” by regular and frequently intensive contributions to the journal’s activities. Throughout the period that Dr. Guay served as a Consulting Editor for the journal, his contributions exceeded the expectations normally held for members of the Editorial Board. He was singled out for special recognition year after year in the annual report by the journal’s editor for his exemplary contributions, particularly with respect to the review and preparation of French language manuscripts. Dr. Guay, through these contributions, integrated his scholarly interests and expertise in areas of urbanization, ecological sustainability and environmental sociology with active service to the discipline as a whole. He is a worthy recipient of the CSA Outstanding Contribution Award.