The Donner Prize - The Award for the Best Book on Canadian Public Policy

A. Anne McLellan

The Honourable Anne McLellan joined Bennett Jones LLP after a distinguished career in federal politics, where she served four terms as the Liberal Member of Parliament for Edmonton Centre from 1993-2006. During her political career McLellan was Deputy Prime Minister of Canada, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, Minister of Health, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada and Minister of Natural Resources and Federal Interlocutor for Métis and Non-Status Indians. As Deputy Prime Minister, she chaired two Cabinet committees: the Operations Committee and the Security, Public Health and Emergencies Committee. She was appointed Distinguished Scholar in Residence at the University of Alberta's Institute for United States Policy Studies in July 2006 and currently is acting director of the Institute.

Wendy Dobson

Dr. Wendy Dobson is Co-director of the Institute for International Business in the University of Toronto's Rotman School of Management. She is a former Associate Deputy Minister of Finance in the Canadian government and a former President of the C.D. Howe Institute. She is also Vice-Chair of the Canadian Public Accountability Board, a director of the Canadian Ditchley Foundation, Senior Fellow at the Asia Pacific Foundation and member of the Advisory Committee of the Peterson Institute of International Economics. She participates actively in a number of international networks, including the Pacific Trade and Development Network (PAFTAD).

V. Peter Harder

Peter Harder is Senior Policy Advisor to Fraser Milner Casgrain LLP. Harder possesses a wealth of expertise in public policy as a result of his involvement at the centre of government decision making for over thirty years. Harder was the longest serving Deputy Minister in the Government of Canada. First appointed a Deputy Minister in 1991, he served as the most senior public servant in a number of federal departments including Treasury Board, Solicitor General, Citizenship and Immigration, Industry and Foreign Affairs and International Trade. At Foreign Affairs, he assumed the responsibilities of the Personal Representative of the Prime Minister to three G8 Summits (Sea Island, Gleneagles and St. Petersburg). In 2000, the Governor General presented Harder with the Prime Minister's Outstanding Achievement Award for public service leadership.

Robert Lacroix

Robert Lacroix holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Louvain (Belgium), and was a Professor in the Department of Economics at the Université de Montréal from 1970 to 2006. He has held various administrative positions at the University, including Chairman of the Department of Economics and Director of the Centre for Research and Development in Economics (CRDE). From 1987 to 1993, he served as Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences and from 1994 until 1998, he was President and Executive Director of CIRANO (Centre for Interuniversity Research and Analysis on Organizations). Dr. Lacroix served as Rector of the Université de Montréal from 1998 to 2005. Dr. Lacroix chaired the Board of Directors of the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada from 2001 to 2003, and is a is Member of the Order of Canada.

Denis Stairs

Dr. Stairs is a Professor Emeritus of Political Science at Dalhousie University, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and a past-President of the Canadian Political Science Association. The founding Director of the Centre for Foreign Policy Studies, he was Dalhousie's Vice President (Academic and Research) from 1988 to 1993. He is currently the Chair of the Board of Visitors of the Canadian Forces College, a Fellow of the Canadian Defence and Foreign Affairs Institute in Calgary, and a member of its Advisory Council, and an Officer of the Order of Canada.

Past Winners 2009


The Politics of Linkage: Power, Interdependence and Ideas in Canada-US Relations
by Brian Bow
UBC Press

Do Canada and the United States share a special relationship, or is this just a face-saving myth? Offering detailed accounts of four major bilateral disputes, The Politics of Linkage traces a history of US/Canadian relations and the post-war diplomatic culture.

Brian Bow is an associate professor of political science at Dalhousie University and co-editor of An Independent Foreign Policy for Canada? Challenges and Choices for the Future.


Who Owns the Arctic?: Understanding Sovereignty Disputes in the North
by Michael Byers
Douglas & McIntyre

In Who Owns the Arctic?, a leading Arctic expert and international lawyer explains the sometimes contradictory rules governing the Arctic and the disputes that still need to be resolved.

Michael Byers holds the Canada Research Chair in Global Politics and International Law at the University of British Columbia. He has led two projects for Arcticnet, a Canadian government-funded research consortium.

A Thousand Dreams: Vancouver's Downtown Eastside and the Fight for Its Future
by Larry Campbell, Neil Boyd & Lori Culbert
Greystone Books

A Thousand Dreams raises provocative questions about the challenges confronting not only Vancouver's Downtown Eastside, but most of North America's major cities and offers concrete, albeit controversial solutions that are needed urgently.

Larry Campbell was mayor of Vancouver from 2002 to 2005 and oversaw the establishment of North America's first legal injection site. He was appointed a Canadian Senator in 2005.
Neil Boyd is a professor and associate director of the School of Criminology at Simon Fraser University.
Lori Culbert is an award-winning journalist with the Vancouver Sun.

Branding Canada: Projecting Canada's Soft Power through Public Diplomacy
by Evan H. Potter
McGill-Queen's University Press

In offering the first comprehensive overview of the origins, development and implementation of the country's public diplomacy, Branding Canada offers policy advice on Canada's approach, and advances the thinking on public diplomacy.

Evan H. Potter is assistant professor in the Department of Communication, University of Ottawa.