The Champlain Society

The Champlain Society

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Chalmers Award
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For more than 110 years, The Champlain Society has increased public access to Canada's rich documentary heritage. Explore four centuries of adventure, travel, social change, economic growth, and nation building through the Society's books and on-line Digital Collection. This is your history — experience it through the words and images of those who were there.

The mission of The Champlain Society is to increase public awareness of, and accessibility to, Canada's rich store of historical records. Our goals are:
  • To publish Canadian documentary materials edited and produced to the highest standards both for members of The Society and for the public at large;
  • To assist the Canadian public to a better understanding of the nation's past through occasional public lectures, seminars, colloquia, conferences, and the publication of occasional papers;
  • To serve as an advocate on the proper care of, and accessibility to, Canada's historical records;
  • To increase participation in the work of The Society by enlarging and broadening the membership.

If you would like to know more about The Champlain Society, please contact
Lauren Naus

416 667-7777 x 7869

Officers of the Society (2016)

Honorary President
John Warkentin, OC, PhD, LLD, FRSC, York University, Toronto, Ontario

Honorary Vice-Presidents
The Hon. Alastair Gillespie, OC, PC, MComm, Toronto, Ontario
Roger Hall, PhD., Toronto, ON

Patrice Dutil, PhD, Toronto, Ontario

Michel S. Beaulieu, PhD, Thunder Bay, Ontario

Secretary of the Board
Donald W. McLeod, MLS, Toronto, Ontario

Peter Davis, AOCA, Mississauga, Ontario

Members of Council
Heidi Bohaker, PhD, Toronto, Ontario
Janet Friskney, PhD, Toronto, Ontario
Roger Hall, PhD, Toronto, Ontario

Danielè Caloz, MA, Toronto, Ontario
Gregory P. Marchildon, PhD, Toronto, ON
Stacy Nation-Knapper, PhD, Rochester, N.Y.
James Paxton, PhD, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
Nicole St-Onge, PhD, Ottawa, Ontario
Germaine Warkentin, FRSC, PhD, Toronto, Ontario

Publications Committee Chair
Donald W. McLeod, MLS, Toronto, Ontario

General Editor
E. Jane Errington, PhD, Kingston, Ontario


Lauren Naus
University of Toronto Press - Journals Division
5201 Dufferin Street
Toronto, ON
M3H 5T8
Benefits of Membership
Joining The Champlain Society enables you to:
  • Participate in a community of diverse individuals dedicated to preserving and promoting Canada's documentary heritage
  • Contribute to the publication of a major scholarly work of Canadian history approximately once a year
  • Collect finely typeset volumes with red buckram covers and spines well known for their gilt lettering and crest - each one an example of high-quality book production in Canada
  • Receive occasional papers contributing to the study of documentary editing
  • Attend the Annual General Meeting with guest speakers and presentation of the Chalmers Award
Membership Fees
  • Individual Membership: $105.00 per year (all inclusive)
  • Student Membership: $40.00 per year (all inclusive)
  • Library Membership: $150.00 per year (all inclusive)
  • Lifetime Membership: $2,500.00 (all inclusive)
    • This includes a charitable donation receipt for $2,400.00

Membership fees include all taxes and annual book shipping costs. USA and International members please remit in US funds.

If you have any further questions regarding memberships to The Champlain Society, please contact:
Lauren Naus
416 667-7777 x 7869

The Champlain Society’s “Order of Good Cheer”

The society recognizes the generosity of its supporters in the following categories:

  • The“Challenger Circle”: This category recognizes gifts to the "John Warkentin Presidential Challenge Fund" of $2,500 or more.
  • Patrons of the “Habitation”: This membership category recognizes annual gifts between $1,000 and $2,499 and identifies supporters of the very “foundation” of The Champlain Society
  •  Patrons of the “Astrolabe”: This membership category recognizes annual gifts that range between $500-$999 and identifies supporters whose funds allow The Champlain Society the capacity to “seek out” and publish manuscripts
  • Patrons of the “Capitaine”: This membership category recognizes annual gifts that range between $100-$499 and identifies supporters whose funds allow The Champlain Society the capacity to “steer in confidence”
  • Patrons of the “Voyageur”: This membership category recognizes annual gifts that range between $50-$99 and identifies supporters whose support allows The Champlain Society to pursue the production of its books and website


If you have questions about donating to The Champlain Society, please contact  
Lauren Naus
The complete digital collection is available here.

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The Floyd S. Chalmers Award in Ontario History

Publisher and Patron
Floyd Sherman Chalmers (1898-1993) made outstanding contributions to Canada through his work as a journalist and philanthropist. He started in the newspaper business when he was 17 as a reporter for the Toronto News and Toronto World. Chalmers moved on to the Financial Post in 1919, advancing to the position of editor in 1925. He eventually rose to occupy several senior executive positions with the Maclean-Hunter publishing company, becoming its Honorary Chairman in 1979.

Chalmers was extremely active in promoting the arts in Canada. He guided numerous organizations by serving influential roles: director of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, vice-chairman of the Royal Conservatory of Music, president of the Canadian Opera Company and the Stratford Shakespearean Festival, and chancellor of York University. He founded the Floyd S. Chalmers Foundation, and initiated the Encyclopedia of Music in Canada. The foundation continues to provide substantial assistance to young Canadian artists. Chalmers was the recipient of numerous honorary degrees, was made an Officer of the Order of Canada in 1967, and was elevated to a Companion of the Order in 1984 in recognition of his contribution to the arts.

The Floyd S. Chalmers Award in Ontario History was established by Chalmers in 1983 when he was a member of the Board of Trustees of the Ontario Historical Studies Series. It is given annually to the best book written on any aspect of Ontario history in the preceding calendar year. In 1993, having completed its government mandate to commission and publish 30 books on the history of Ontario, the Series was disbanded. Its final act was to transfer the administration of the trust fund and the award to The Champlain Society.

Adjudication of the Award
The Chalmers Award is administered by Patrice Dutil (Ryerson University). Entries are solicited from publishers, and are adjudicated by a panel of distinguished Canadian historians. The panel is currently chaired by Brian Osborne, Professor Emeritus, Queen's University, and Adjunct Research Professor, Carleton University. The other members are Prof Roger Hall, Professor Emeritus, Department of History, Western University, and Dr Jan Noel, Associate Professor, Department of History, University of Toronto.

Submissions are judged on the basis of the strength of the book’s arguments, the range and significance of the subject, the quality of the research, and the excellence of the literary style. Entries have covered a broad range of topics, but some categories are not eligible for submission: diaries and volumes of documents (unless accompanied by substantial interpretive material prepared by the editor), textbooks, collections of essays by different authors, books in translation, and bibliographies.

Winners of the Chalmers Award in Ontario History are announced at the annual meeting of The Champlain Society. Winners receive a cash prize, as well as an Inuit carving. No award will be made if none of the entries are deemed to have sufficient quality, and in some years an additional entry may be recognized by receiving “honorable mention.”

Further Information
For additional information about the Chalmers Award, please contact Lauren Naus.

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