Globe and Mail columnist Jeffrey Simpson, Arts’71, LLD’05, is this year’s winner of the Agnes Benidickson Award. The highest honour bestowed by the Ottawa Branch of the Queen’s University Alumni Association, it is presented to an individual for distinguished service to the University and Canada.
“The Agnes Benidickson Award selection committee reviewed a number of highly qualified nominees when selecting the 2014 recipient. Jeffrey Simpson stood out because of the impact he has made on the Queen's, Canadian, and international communities from his days as a student to the present,” said Ottawa Branch contact Jeff Bird, Sc’01. “At Queen's, Jeffrey was an active member of the student body and was involved with the Queen's Journal, CFRC Radio, and varsity squash. As an alumnus, Jeffrey has continued to support the University through his service on the Board of Trustees and University Council and involvement in branch events.”
Jeffrey, who was appointed to the Order of Canada in 2000, is an acclaimed journalist and author of eight books. He has won three of Canada’s top writing prizes: the Governor-General’s Award (for non-fiction book writing), the National Magazine Award, and the National Newspaper Award. He has worked at The Globe and Mail since 1974 and has been the newspaper's national affairs columnist since 1984.
The Agnes Benidickson Award will be presented in Ottawa at the Canadian Museum of Nature on March 26.