Award-Winning Researchers & Innovators

The receipt of prestigious national and international honours by U of T researchers is an important benchmark of excellence. Despite comprising only 7% of Canada’s professorial faculty, U of T researchers have secured a dominant share of prestigious honours.

Percentage of major international and national awards and honours awarded to U of T faculty (2006-2015), as a proportion of all awards to Canadian university researchers.


Data Sources: VPRI, based on individual agency website. Updated November 2016.


We work closely with our academic divisions to support nominations for prestigious prizes and develop nomination strategies, collect and manage institutional award and honours data, inform the University community of opportunities for nominations, and celebrate the many successes achieved by U of T faculty.

Our goal is to ensure that faculty are informed about and considered for all available honours and awards related to their particular discipline as well as prestigious international awards and the growing number of innovation awards.

Meet some of our award winning faculty



Stephen Cook wins BBVA Frontiers of Knowledge Award

Professor Emeritus Cook was given the BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Award in the Information and Communication Technologies category in recognition of having “a dramatic impact in all fields where complex computations are crucial” and pushing frontiers by posing radically innovative questions leading to new knowledge.

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Keren Rice wins Pierre Chauveau Medal

Professor Rice received the Pierre Chauveau Medal in recognition of her distinguished contribution in theoretical phonology, theoretical morphology, language description and indigenous-community linguistics.

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Ato Quayson wins Top Urban History Association Prize

Professor Quayson was awarded the Urban History Association’s top prize in the international category for his book Oxford Street, Accra: City Life and the Itineraries of Transnationalism (2014, Duke University Press).

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Vito Forte wins Manning Innovation Award

Dr. Forte received the Manning Innovation Award for developing and commercializing the OtoSim, a simulated ear teaching tool that is helping medical students worldwide learn how to more accurately diagnose ear conditions before they practice on patients.

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Canada Research Chairs

Our CRC researchers come from a diversity of disciplines and study an enormous range of subjects, from electoral law to data sciences, metaphysics to population genomics, macroeconomics to environmental engineering, demonstrating the breadth and depth of research at UofT.

The Canada Research Chairs (CRC) program has enabled U of T to attract and retain the best and most promising researchers from around the world. CRC holders:

  • conduct research that improves our depth of knowledge and quality of life,
  • strengthen Canada’s international competitiveness, and
  • train the next generation of highly skilled people through student supervision, teaching, and the coordination of other researchers’ work.

In the last two re-allocations (2013 and 2015), U of T gained 17 new Chairs, for a current total of 255 – the largest number of any university in the country, and 82 more than any other university.

The CRC allocation is also an important indicator of our success in generating Tri-Agency funding (i.e., CIHR, NSERC, SSHRC, and the Networks of Centres of Excellence), as the allocation reflects our market share of that funding.

Meet some of our CRC researchers



Elodie Passeport

Canada Research Chair in Environmental Engineering and Stable Isotopes
Using water samples collected from the field or laboratory experiments, Passeport and her team use stable isotope analysis to trace the path and eventual fate of environmental contaminants. They also build and test innovative water treatment systems that could eliminate harmful substances from the environment to protect water resources.

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Daniel Bender

Canada Research Chair in Cultural History and Analysis
Bender looks for new connections and directions in how we study the lives of ordinary working people, focusing on a clear core question: how have ordinary people and their local communities experienced a globally connected world.

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Patrick Gunning

Canada Research Chair in Medicinal Chemistry
Gunning is working with Stat5, a protein that plays a key role in many cancers, to determine if it can serve as an effective vehicle for a gentler, more targeted chemotherapy drug.

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