Weston Family Awards in Northern Research

About Weston Family Awards

Weston Family Awards in Northern Research

Since 2007, the Weston Family Awards in Northern Research (previously The W. Garfield Weston Awards in Northern Research) have provided unparalleled support to young scientists in Canada pursuing research in Canada’s North. Funded by the Weston Family Foundation (formerly The W. Garfield Weston Foundation), these annual awards are some of the most prestigious in the country for students pursuing a master’s degree, a doctoral degree or postdoctoral fellowship. Nearly 300 students have been selected to receive an award since the program’s inception, forming a community of Weston Family Northern Scientists who are at the forefront of northern scholarship and who are helping shape a better future for Canada and the world.

Weston Family Award winners undertake research projects across a broad spectrum of fields and disciplines in the natural sciences, including studies of northern ecosystems, biodiversity, flora and fauna, meteorology, oceanography, glaciology, geography and environmental studies.

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COVID-19: Information and resources

Given the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, travel restrictions to northern regions in Canada have been imposed to reduce the risk of transmission to vulnerable northern communities. While this is a critical step in ensuring the safety and well-being of all, many research permits have been suspended as a result and upcoming trips to northern regions for fieldwork, research, and community engagement have been cancelled or postponed. 

Below is a link to helpful resources and information compiled by ArcticNet regarding travel restrictions to northern regions and various regional updates. Please continue to consult local, provincial/territorial and federal websites and information from public health officials to stay up to date on the latest recommendations surrounding travel, research activities and public safety. 

Resources from ArcticNet: https://arcticnet.ulaval.ca/covid-19-update 

2021 competition

Congratulations to this year’s award winners:


  • Jérémie Boucher‐Fontaine, Université Laval
  • Madeleine‐Zoé Corbeil‐Robitaille, Université du Québec à Rimouski
  • Geneviève Degré‐Timmons, Université Laval
  • Celeste Kieran, Simon Fraser University
  • Alexandra Langwieder, McGill University
  • Erika Nissen, University of Windsor
  • Jessica Norris, McGill University
  • Stephen Paterson, Saint Mary’s University
  • Leah Pengelly, University of Manitoba
  • Tommy Pontbriand, University of Manitoba
  • Samuel Richard, Carleton University
  • Jaedyn Smith, University of Alberta
  • Hannah Thibault, University of Waterloo
  • Carissa Wasyliw, Memorial University of Newfoundland


  • Julia Baak, McGill University
  • Kayla Buhler, University of Saskatchewan
  • Émilie Desjardins, Université du Québec à Rimouski
  • Erika Hille, Queen’s University
  • Krystal Isbister, University of Alberta
  • Adam Kirkwood, Laurentian University
  • Camille Lavoie, Université Laval
  • Don‐Jean Léandri‐Breton, McGill University
  • Laura Neary, University of Waterloo
  • Enooyaq Sudlovenick, University of Manitoba


  • Marianne Falardeau‐Côté, Université Laval
  • Melanie‐Louise Leblanc, The University of British Columbia
  • Chantel Michelson, Acadia University

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Weston Family Prize

Weston Family Prize for Lifetime Achievement in Northern Research

At this point in time there are no plans to continue with the Weston Family Prize for Lifetime Achievement in Northern Research in its current form. Therefore, we are not accepting applications for the award this year.

Operating between 2011-2019, the Weston Family Prize for Lifetime Achievement in Northern Research recognized nine senior Canadian researchers who have made important contributions to the study and understanding of Canada’s North.

The prize was awarded based on nominations from other researchers in the field. It included a cash prize and support for a research fellow to pursue scientific research and field work, attend conferences/scientific meetings, and engage with Northern communities.

List of past prize winners: 

Contact us

For more information about the Weston Family Awards in Northern Research or the Weston Family Prize for Lifetime Achievement in Northern Research, please contact:

Daphne Wellman
Program officer
Tel: 613-563-1236 ext. 219

About Weston Family Foundation

At the Weston Family Foundation, more than 60 years of philanthropy has taught us that there’s a relationship between healthy landscapes and healthy people. That’s why we champion world-class health research and innovation with the same passion that we support initiatives to protect and restore biodiversity in our unique landscapes. We take a collaborative approach to philanthropy, working alongside forward-thinking partners to advance Canada and create lasting impacts. We aspire to do more than provide funding to enable others to find transformational ways to improve the well-being of Canadians.

Since the Foundation’s beginning, each generation of our family has taken an active role in our grant-making to spark new ideas, shepherd promising initiatives, and scale ambitious projects. With every advance, we move forward together.



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