CRTC and Canadian Communication Association award prize for academic research

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June 1, 2017 – Ottawa-Gatineau – Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC)

The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) today announced the winner of the CRTC Prize for Excellence in Policy Research. This year’s recipient is Simon Claus from Université du Québec à Montréal. He will be honored later today at the annual conference of Canadian Communication Association (CCA) in Toronto, Ontario.

Simon Claus is a PhD candidate in communication. Mr. Claus submitted a paper titled “Canadian broadcast policy: from Marconi to Netflix”, analyzing the Canadian telecommunications policy-making regime with a focus on CRTC’s policies to develop Canadian culture.

The winning paper will be published on the CRTC’s website. In addition, Mr. Claus will be invited to present his paper to CRTC Commissioners and other federal policy-makers later this year.


“This prize recognizes the important work of academic researchers to the information and communication policy field. Along with our partner, the Canadian Communication Association, the CRTC is constantly engaging with Canadian academics to gather information on trends and policy issues in the communication landscape. This award helps us build bridges with academia, researchers and policy-makers. Congratulations to this year's winner”

Jean-Pierre Blais, CRTC Chairman and CEO.

Quick Facts

  • The CRTC and the CCA launched the CRTC Prize for Excellence in Policy Research in June 2015 to encourage a new generation of researchers to contribute to Canada’s public policy development relating to information and communication.

  • Papers were reviewed by a selection committee of three CCA Executives and the CCA Vice-Chair. A CRTC representative participated as an observer.

  • This initiative fosters research that will contribute to Canada’s public policy development regarding information and communication.

  • The CRTC engages with stakeholders domestically and internationally to gather information on issues that will ensure Canadians have access to a world-class communication system.

  • Collaboration between decision-makers and researchers is essential to solving problems and fostering policy innovation.

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