Library and Archives Canada and LAC Foundation Announce 2020 LAC Scholar Awards Recipients

News release

Tuesday, March 10, 2020 – Ottawa, Ontario – Library and Archives Canada (LAC) and the LAC Foundation are excited to announce the distinguished 2020 recipients of the second annual LAC Scholar Awards.

The Library and Archives Canada Scholar Awards, co-presented by the LAC Foundation and LAC, with the generous support of the Awards’ Founding Sponsor Air Canada, recognize the outstanding contribution of Canadians who have dedicated their lives to the creation and promotion of our country’s cultural, literary and historical heritage.

The recipients of the 2020 LAC Scholar Awards are:

  • Margaret Atwood, poet, novelist, literary critic and essayist
  • Roch Carrier, novelist and author
  • Charlotte Gray, historian, author and biographer
  • Serge Joyal, former senator, art collector and philanthropist
  • Terry O’Reilly, broadcast producer and radio personality

The awards ceremony will be held on Wednesday, April 22, 2020, at LAC’s 395 Wellington Street location in downtown Ottawa.


“I would like to congratulate these incredible Canadians who have demonstrated the power of arts and heritage activities in our society. They have created works that defined a generation of Canadians and contributed significantly to arts, cultural and social service organizations."

The Honourable Steven Guilbeault, Minister of Canadian Heritage

“LAC is delighted to recognize these outstanding scholars for their contribution to our nation’s heritage and the enormously positive impact they have had on our rich and diverse culture. We also thank the LAC Foundation for their generous support of this initiative and for their efforts in further enhancing LAC’s programs.”

Leslie Weir, Librarian and Archivist of Canada

“We applaud our 2020 LAC Scholar Awards recipients, and we are proud to engage in this exciting initiative with LAC. LAC is the home of Canada’s historical and cultural treasures, and this vast national collection is a magnificent tribute to our past, and a foundation of knowledge on which to build our future. In addition to supporting LAC’s mission, the Foundation’s goal is to enhance the visibility of LAC and to position it as a creative force in our cultural environment.”

Jacques J.M. Shore, Chair of the LAC Foundation


Richard Provencher
Media Relations
Library and Archives Canada
613-894-7509 (cell)
819-994-4589 (office)

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