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Rotman Professor Wins a 2016 Killam Prize from the Canada Council for the Arts.

April 18, 2016

Toronto, ON – An economist at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management is the recipient of a prestigious award from the Canada Council for the Arts.

Dan Trefler, a professor of business economics who holds the J. Douglas and Ruth Grant Canada Research Chair in Competitiveness and Prosperity, will receive a Killam Prize for his exceptional career achievement in the field of social sciences.

This awards program is funded by a private endowment from the Killam Trust, which supports creativity and innovation through research and higher learning. Four other Canadian professors will receive awards for their works in the fields of humanities, engineering, natural sciences, and health sciences. The Killam Prizes were created to honour eminent Canadian scholars and scientists actively engaged in research.

“Professor Trefler is an incredibly gifted scholar whose research on international trade, innovation and competitiveness is having far-reaching impact. His deep insight and advice to graduate students, fellow researchers, public policymakers and business leaders has enriched the Rotman community, Canada and the world,” says Tiff Macklem, Dean of the Rotman School.

Prof. Trefler is an internationally respected trade economist, known for his ground-breaking contributions to public policy formation in Canada. His research has been instrumental in the design and pursuit of trade agreements that promote productivity, innovation and investment while minimizing the harmful effects on workers through unemployment and wage effects. He holds a joint appointment with the Department of Economics at the University of Toronto. Prof. Trefler is also a senior research fellow at the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research, a research fellow at the C.D. Howe Institute and an advisor to the Institute for Competitiveness & Prosperity. He sits on the board of the Ontario Task Force on Competitiveness, Productivity, and Economic Progress.

Prof. Trefler, along with the other winners, will be presented with their awards at a ceremony at Rideau Hall in Ottawa on May 3.

Further information on the Killam Prizes is available online.

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