November 28, 2012

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CALGARY BASED MAX BELL FOUNDATION AWARDS $160,000 FOR NEW IDEAS ON CANADIAN HEALTH, EDUCATION AND ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY

Max Bell Foundation announced four $40,000 grants today, made to a group of policy leaders spanning the private sector, academy and media – a special initiative that ranks among the year’s most substantial commitments to celebrating excellence and innovation in thinking about Canadian public affairs.

The grants were made to consultant Michael Cleland, professors Benjamin Levin and Anthony Masi, and journalist André Picard. Over the next year, each will contribute one of The 40th Anniversary Max Bell Essays and Lectures, with events to be held in Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto, and Vancouver. Produced in partnership with the Literary Review of Canada, this series will highlight novel solutions from each winner to some of the country’s most pressing policy challenges:

  • Michael Cleland (Principal, Cleland Dunsmuir Consulting Ltd.), on saving the environment by managing energy demand.
  • Benjamin Levin (Professor and Canada Research Chair, OISE), on building K-12 schools that learn and grow with their communities.
  • Anthony Masi (Professor and Provost, McGill University), on riding the digital sea-change in higher education.
  • André Picard (health reporter and columnist, The Globe and Mail), on fostering grassroots breakthroughs in Aboriginal health.

As Max Bell Foundation’s Senior Program Officer Allan Northcott explains, “these grants honour and contribute to the work being undertaken across the country by thousands of charities in the policy areas of education, environment, and health and wellness.” “We’re delighted to partner with The Max Bell Foundation on this anniversary project,” says the LRC’s Co-Publisher Helen Walsh, “which reflects our increasing work to bring the same lively, informed discussion about Canadian ideas that we feature in the magazine to life off the page, right across the country.”

About Max Bell Foundation: Max Bell was an athlete, McGill Alumnus, oilman, newspaper publisher and philanthropist.  The foundation that bears his name was established in 1972 with a gift from his estate valued at $17 million. Since then, under the stewardship of its Directors, the Foundation has made hundreds of grants to charities across Canada totalling more than $75 million.

About the LRC: Published since 1991, the award-winning Literary Review of Canada (LRC) is the country’s leading forum for discussion and debate about books, culture, politics and ideas. The LRC runs lively reviews of Canadian books – as well as the occasional international title of interest to our readers – and essays by some of the country’s most thought-provoking writers.

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