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Awards / Prix

CSA Award Winners / Détentaires des prix de la SCS

The Canadian Sociological Association was proud to honour our 2013 award recipients during the Annual Banquet and Award Ceremony held  in Victoria, British Columbia.

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 :

  1. The Angus Reid Applied Sociology Award /Prix des praticiens Angus Reid/de sociologie appliquée
  2. Best Student Paper Award / Prix de la meilleure communication étudiante
  3. Canadian Review of Sociology Journal Best Article Award / Prix du meilleur article de la review canadienne de sociologie
  4. Early Investigator Award /Prix jeune chercheur
  5. John Porter Award / Prix de John Porter
  6. Outstanding Contribution Award / Prix de la contribution remarquable
  7. Outstanding Graduating Sociology Student Award /Prix d’excellence des étudiants diplômés en sociologie
  8. Outstanding Service Award / Prix de service remarquable


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


Doug Baer (University of Victoria) presents the Practitioner award to Jacqueline Quinless (University of Victoria).

It is a great honor to present the Angus Reid Practitioner of Sociology Award to Jacqueline Quinless, an exceptional applied social researcher and emerging scholar, whose professional efforts are widely respected throughout the wider social science research community for the commitment and expertise she brings to her work both as a sociologist and as an advocate for increased awareness of community-identified issues and advancing human welfare in Canada.

Jacqueline is currently enrolled in a PhD program in Sociology at the University of Victoria and is focusing on Aboriginal well-being. Her academic background in sociology and her applied experience has enabled her to published high quality research studies with a public policy focus for federal, provincial and municipal levels of government as well as Aboriginal organizations and communities on a variety of issues. The majority of Quinless’ articles and reports have been disseminated in peer reviewed journals, government publications, shared at conferences and used as supporting empirical documentation to assist researchers and policy makers in their attempts to further their understanding of the issues and achievements of Aboriginal people in Canada.

During her 10 year tenure with Statistics Canada, Jacqueline played a management role within Advisory Services and was also part of the “Gathering Strength Initiative” for the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples.  In this role she was responsible for teaching applied statistical research courses in the area of research design methods, data collection and statistical analysis at the community level to numerous Aboriginal groups throughout western and northern Canada. In 2000 and again in 2004, Jacqueline was the recipient of the Statistics Canada Employee Recognition Award from the Assistant Chief Statistician of Canada for an exceptional and distinguished contribution to the effectiveness of Statistics Canada.

She is also the principle owner Quintessential Research Group Inc, a social research and statistical consulting firm based in British Columbia and has lectured in sociology at Camsoun College on Vancouver Island for the past 9 years. Jacqueline constantly surprises me in the extent to which she has been able to establish connections with the very communities in which she intends to engage in research, and the manner to which she works with community members to ensure the research is mutually respectful and beneficial.  Jacqueline is widely respected among both the academic and non-academic research and Aboriginal community for the commitment and dedication she has made over the past 15 years, which have advanced human welfare in Canada, our national statistical system as well as elevated the discipline of Sociology as a whole.



 Erin Gibbs Van Brunschot (University of Calgary) presents the Student Practitioner Award to Prabhjote (Jyoti) Gondek (University of Calgary).

It is my pleasure to present the student component of the Angus Reid Practitioner of Sociology Award to an outstanding candidate from the Department of Sociology at the University of Calgary, Jyoti Gondek.

First as a Masters student and now as a doctoral candidate in our department, Jyoti Gondek has defined a type of engagement like few others have. While there is much University talk of late regarding “community engagement” – ensuring that communities understand what we do, why we do it and how, in our case, Sociology can work for communities – this is the kind of Sociology that Jyoti has always undertaken. Her concerted effort to “bring sociology to the people” has resulted in a number of commissioned reports that introduce a sociological perspective to the communities and organizations that have been fortunate enough to have her insight and help. Jyoti’s efforts have recently been recognized in her appointment as Citizen-at-Large for the Calgary Planning Commission – a testament to her success at community and civic engagement.

Jyoti’s CV indicates that her research interests are urbanization, urban-rural hybridity, urban development, stakeholder relations, public engagement and corporate social responsibility. In many ways, these substantive interests could be subsumed under the larger category of “bridging” and/or “transferring” the sometimes-wide-divide between the “real world” and academia. As the principal of her own research firm, Tick Consulting, Jyoti’s efforts to bring Sociology to a range of community stakeholders has worked to reaffirm the relevance of sociology for a public that can only benefit from what sociology has to offer.

Jyoti is like the publicist that the discipline of Sociology increasingly needs. We are fortunate to have her in our immediate midst at the University of Calgary, but Jyoti’s contributions serve all sociologists exceptionally well.  


Best Student Paper / Meilleure Communication Étudiante

Patrizia Albanese (Ryerson University) presents the award to Matt Patterson

 BSPA The winner of the Best Student Paper Award for 2013 is: Matt Patterson, PhD Candidate, Sociology (University of Toronto) for his paper “Constructing a Sense of Place: Global and Local Sensibilities in Iconic Architecture.”  The paper was presented during the CSA-SCS Conference within the session titled “Landscapes in Transition: Commodification and the Erosion of Place.”

Matt Patterson’s paper examines a situation where place became a topic of public debate: the architectural expansions of two eminent museums in Toronto. Tracing the cultural and spatial references used by museum leaders to plan and community members to evaluate the projects, Patterson demonstrates the existence of two distinct “geographic sensibilities” held by each group. While museum leaders tended to look to international landmarks for precedents, community members focused primarily on spatial elements within the immediate environment. He explains the development of these sensibilities with reference to each group’s social position and their associated experience of space. His analysis advances our understanding of the “accomplishment of place” by identifying how notions of place are formed cognitively and used to guide social actions, including major urban development projects.


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

Terry Wotherspoon (University of Saskatchewan) presented and accepted the award on behalf of David Zarifa

CRSAThe recipient of the CRS/RCS Best Article Award for 2013 is David Zarifa of Nipissing University, for his article, "Persistent Inequality or Liberation from Social Origins? Determining Who Attends Graduate and Professional Schools in Canada's Expanded Postsecondary System,” published in the May, 2012 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." This article is both timely and well-integrated into the long-standing tradition of research on status attainment and social mobility that has been significant for the development of Canadian sociology as well as in comparative literature. In his article, David Zarifa analyzes data from the Statistics Canada National Graduates Survey and follow-up survey to determine the impact that family background has, in relation to other factors, on participation in graduate studies and professional schools. While concluding that social origins remain important in influencing graduate and professional school participation, the article also reveals that undergraduate experiences can also play a role in influencing subsequent pathways for students from various backgrounds. The article points to a number of important issues that warrant future consideration, and is worthy of attention among researchers working in several fields in and beyond the discipline. The article continues the strong foundation established with the introduction and presentation of the first award presented one year ago.


Early Investigator Award / Prix jeune chercheur

Tracey L Adams (University of Western Ontario) presents the award to Catherine Corrigall-Brown

EIACatherine Corrigall-Brown sets a very high standard as the first recipient of the CSA Early Investigator Award.  Dr. Corrigall-Brown was educated at the University of Victoria (BA), the University of Western Ontario (MA), the University of California, Irvine (PhD) and she completed a post-doc at the University of British Columbia.  She is currently an Assistant Professor at the University of Western Ontario.  Dr. Corrigall-Brown has published a ground-breaking book Patterns of Protest: Trajectories of Participation in Social Movements (Stanford University Press, 2012) that broadens our conceptualization of movement participation using an innovative life-course theory stressing persistence, transfer, abeyance and disengagement.  She has published extensively in the leading journals in sociology, including Social Forces, Sociological Perspectives, Mobilization, and the Canadian Review of Sociology.  Further, in 2012 she was awarded a major SSHRC Insight Grant to conduct a multi-method comparative study of environmentalist activists and organizations in Canada, the US, Germany, France and the UK.  Dr. Corrigall-Brown’s work is rich, detailed, empirically grounded and theoretically ambitious, and  has already made an impact on a variety of fields including political sociology, identity, mass media, environmental policy, indigenous movements, and social movements more broadly.  She is an emerging leader in sociology both in Canada and internationally.


The 2013 John Porter Book Award / Le Prix du livre John Porter

Jim Frideres (University of Calgary) presents the award to Lesley Wood


Direct Action, Deliberation, and Diffusion: Collective Action after the WTO Protests in Seattle. Cambridge University Press 2012

Lesley Wood (York University) examines the tactical diffusion (or lack of diffusion) by protestors after the famed WTO protests in Seattle. She examines in comparison groups of like-minded protestors in New York City and Toronto. She carefully considers the factors that influence protestors to adopt, modify, or reject protest tactics.

 From her nomination letter submitted by Dr. Howard Ramos:

In the tradition of John Porter, Wood's analysis is meticulous, tracking a cluster of protest tactics used in Seattle and their diffusion across six organizations and movements in two cities and two countries. To do such analysis for just one organization in just one city would be difficult enough, but to effectively do this a number of organizations and in two contexts is commendable.

Her research is likewise an ideal example of the power of comparative analysis and interviewing activists. The cases are chosen carefully to see how movements and organizations that access similar information, but in differing socio-political and historic contexts, react to the same critical event. Wood also accessed on the ground activists in both cities and effectively translates their insights to a political sociological audience. In doing so, she offers an empirical test of current theories of diffusion of repertoires of mobilization and action.

 Wood's command of the theoretical literature on diffusion is exceptional, citing not only the most contemporary works in the area, but also integrating them with classic research by long held luminaries to offer her own original insights.

The Porter award committee felt that this book was both theoretically and empirically rich. It represents the best of what the Porter Award should stand for: it is both deeply Canadian, building its theory from the empirical landscape of Canada, and broadly global in its scope, offering lessons that are applicable to sociology as a discipline. This book reflects the best traditions of Canadian sociology.


Outstanding Contribution Award / Le prix de contribution remarquable

Patrizia Albanese (Ryerson University) presented the award to John Myles


This award provides recognition of outstanding scholarly contributions, and is awarded to scholars at an advanced stage in their career, with a well-established record of multiple contributions throughout their career.

Professor John Myles from the University of Toronto is this year's recipient whose record is outstanding. Over the course of his career, Dr. Myles has produced a truly impressive body of work, both in terms of volume and of publishing in high-quality outlets. This body of work includes a number of reprints and translations, which also testifies to its impact.

Professor Myles’ work has been influential in the sociological community in Canada and internationally, and has resonated across disciplines and in both academic and policy settings.

He has advanced sociological knowledge in the field of social inequalities, social policies and the welfare state.  One committee member wrote that “his scholarly scope and reach are broad and international; his CV records many contributions over a long period and his reference letters [from prominent scholars] are exceptionally positive and enthusiastic.”

The numerous awards he has previously received are a testament to the exceptional nature of his scientific contribution, originality, excellence and diversity of involvement.  Our decision to give the Outstanding Contribution Award to Dr. John Myles is based on his truly exceptional record of scholarship over his 40+ year career as an academic in Canada and the US.


Outstanding Service Award / Prix de service remarquable

Jane Ursel (University of Manitoba) presents the award to John Goyder (University of Waterloo) at the banquet and Katja Neves (Concordia University) who was unable to attend.


The Outstanding Service Award for 2013 has been presented to two incredibly hard working and committed Executive Committee Members, John Goyder (President 2010-2011) and Katja Neves (Treasurer and Election Officer 2008-2012).  

John's skills in project management, human resources, and communication lead the association on a renewed path to enhance member service and satisfaction.  As a result, our association has seen an overwhelming increase in membership and Annual Conference participation since 2010.   

Katja implemented revenue generating along with cost saving measures to stablize the association's financial situation.  Updating the record keeping and reporting procedures has ensured accountability and transparency for the Executive Committee and membership.


Many thanks to John and Katja for their dedication to the association!