University of Saskatchewan

Awards and Recognition

Royal Society of Canada Fellowship


Bill Waiser - Elected 2007

History professor Bill Waiser was elected to the Royal Society of Canada in 2007. Professor Waiser is known to thousands of Saskatchewan people as the author of the highly acclaimed Saskatchewan: A New History (2005) and as host of Looking Back: Saskatchewan History on CBC television (1999-2001). Professor Waiser has been a member of the Department of History at the University of Saskatchewan sin 1984. He completed his undergraduate studies at Trent University (B.A. Honours (History) 1975), followed by graduate work at Saskatchewan: M.A., 1976 (Queen's Fellowship, the Canada Council [one of three in Canada]); Ph.D., 1983 (Doctoral Fellowship, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, 1979-81). Prior to his Saskatchewan appointment, he served as Yukon historian, Parks Canada, Prairie and Northern Regional Office, 1983-84.

RSC Citation:

W.A. (Bill) Waiser combines an impressive record of scholarly publication with effective communication of scholarship to the general public and service to his professional peers to make a profound contribution both to the academic world and Canada's general citizenry. His scholarship always ties the western region on which it is focused to the wider concerns and interests of the nation of which the West is a part, and he regularly communicates his findings to the general public through television and the press. These practices extend Waiser's valuable scholarship from the ivory tower to the public square.

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About the Royal Society of Canada

RSC: The Academies of Arts, Humanities and Sciences of Canada is the senior national body of distinguished Canadian scholars, artists and scientists.  It is Canada's national academy.  The primary objective of the RSC is to promote learning and research in the arts and sciences.  The RSC consists of nearly 2000 Fellows, men and women who are selected by their peers for outstanding contributions to the natural and social sciences, in the arts and in the humanities.

As Canada's national academy, the RSC exists to recognize academic excellence, to advise governments and organizations, and to promote Canadian culture.