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Jacques Cartier MA Prize

Winners of the prize

Award Criteria:

  1. Candidates must be Canadian citizens or permanent residents attending a Canadian university or institution of higher learning or a similar foreign institution, writing on a Canadian maritime topic. 
  2. The thesis, (including master's research projects/MRPs, cognate papers, or extended research papers) must have been successfully completed and assessed, leading to successful completion of the degree in the previous calendar year (i.e., completion in 2020 for the prize awarded in 2021). 
  3. The submitted thesis must demonstrate original research of an extended order and be at least 50 pages / 12,500 words in length.
  4. A PDF copy of the thesis is to be submitted to the Chair of the Awards Committee by 31 March of the year in which the prize is to be awarded.
  5. Applicants shall provide a cover letter that includes a brief biography (200-words), as well as mailing address, telephone number, and e-mail address. Additionally, a letter from the candidate's supervisor or head of department in the university or institute in which the thesis is completed must confirm that the work has passed examination (noting the dates of submission and examination, and/or completion of the degree).
  6. Theses must have a maritime focus. Areas of research include, but are not limited to, history, history of science and technology, political studies and political economy, literature, archaeology, underwater archaeology, anthropology, geography, sociology, ecology, and any other branch of historical learning related to human uses of the seas, oceans, rivers or lakes. 
  7. If no thesis is deemed worthy of an award in a given year, no award is given.

Terms of Reference:

  1. Eligible students typically will self-nominate. Faculties may also submit theses they consider worthy of review. As well, on behalf of the Committee, the Chair of the Awards Committee may contact educational faculties to solicit theses for review by the members. 
  2. Once Committee members have reviewed the submissions and reached a consensus, the Chair of the Awards Committee advises the successful candidate of the decision. 
  3. Formal announcement of the Jacques Cartier Prize is made at the Society's AGM. 
  4. The Chair of the Awards Committee ensures that award recipients receive a certificate signed by the President of CNRS and one of the adjudicators the Jacques Cartier Prize. When more than one thesis is worthy of note, an Honourable Mention certificate may be awarded. 
  5. The cash prizes and other costs related to the Jacques Cartier Prize will be authorized by the Treasurer. 
  6. The Chair of the Awards Committee will report to Council on the activities of the Committee and to the Society's membership at the AGM.

Winners of the Jacques Cartier MA Prize

2023: Lieutenant-Commander Malcolm A. P. Butler (RCN retired), “A Plan In the Making: The Royal Canadian Navy and the Pacific Theatre.” Master of Arts Thesis - Naval History, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Portsmouth, UK, 2022.

2022: not awarded

2021: Garison Ma, "A Marriage of Intersecting Needs: The Procurement of the Canadian Patrol Frigates by the Pierre Trudeau Government, 1977-1983." Master of Arts Thesis, Faculty of History, Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, ON. 2020.

2020: not awarded

2019: Ambjörn Adomeit, "A Fleet of its Compromises: The Canadian Navy’s Cold War Submarine Posture." Master of Arts Thesis in War Studies Programme, Royal Military College of Canada, Kingston, ON. 2018.

2013-2018: Not Awarded

2012: J. Matthew Gillis, "Canadian Maritime Security in an Age of Climate Change." Master of Arts Thesis, Dalhousie University, Halifax, NS. 2011.

2009-2011: not awarded

2008: Erin Weir, "The Nazi Submarine Blockade: A Near Victory of Economic Warfare." Master of Arts Thesis, University of Calgary, Calgary, AB. 2007.

2006-2007: not awarded

2005: Kenneth P. L. Hansen, "Fuel, Endurance and Replenishment at Sea in the Royal Canadian Navy, 1935-1945." Master of Arts Thesis, Royal Military College of Canada, Kingston, ON. 2004.


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