Will Kymlicka, Professor of Philosophy and Canada Research Chair in Political Philosophy, has earned the Royal Society of Canada’s Pierre Chauveau Medal for his distinguished contribution to knowledge in the humanities.
From the Royal Society of Canada’s September 14th, 2021 press release: “Will Kymlicka is an exceptional, prolific scholar who has made exemplary contributions to the conceptualization of multiculturalism, citizenship and animal rights. Professor and Canada Research Chair in Political Philosophy, he is amongst the top 2-3 influential political philosophers in the English-speaking world. A common thread throughout his work is the need to rethink inherited ideas of social membership and political citizenship to recognize better the genuine diversity of contemporary societies.”
The Pierre Chauveau Medal was established in 1951 to honour the memory of Pierre J.O. Chauveau (1820-1890), FRSC, writer, orator, educator, Canadian statesman and the RSC's second president (1883-1884). He was the first premier of Quebec (1867-1872) and Speaker of the Senate (1874).
“It’s a special honour to receive this medal from the Royal Society, which has played such a central role in both the intellectual and public life of the country, and to join the very distinguished list of previous awardees,” Kymlicka says in the Queen's Gazette. “I’m grateful for the incredible support I’ve received from colleagues here at Queen’s over the years.”
Kymlicka’s work has also been recognized by the Killam Prize, the Premier’s Discovery Award, the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, Fellowship in the Royal Society of Canada and the British Academy, honorary degrees from Belgium and Sweden, and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Gold Medal.