At its annual meeting in June, the International Council for Canadian Studies (ICCS) awarded a Certificate of Merit to Professor Colin Coates, coordinator of the Canadian Studies program at Glendon Campus.
Coates is the founding president of the Canadian Studies Network – Réseau d’études canadiennes (2010-15), the academic association representing Canadian studies scholars in Canada, and has also served as director of the Robarts Centre for Canadian Studies at York University.
Coates came to York in 2003 when he was awarded a Canada Research Chair in Canadian Cultural Landscapes. Prior that appointment, he was director of the Centre for Canadian Studies at the University of Edinburgh.
The citation for the award states that Coates “has made important and diverse contributions in both French and English to historical and interdisciplinary scholarship on Canada, intervening in the fields of environmental history and francophone Canada studies. Through his editorial roles, his participation in innovative research networks and his service to scholarly associations, Dr. Coates is a mentor, collaborator, and advocate for many scholars within national and international Canadian studies communities.… Like so many others, we value Colin as a productive, kind and hard-working member of the Canadian studies community for whom a Certificate of Merit is very well deserved.”
The certificate was awarded at the annual meeting of the directors of the International Council for Canadian Studies held at the Lester B. Pearson Building, Global Affairs Canada, in Ottawa in June. The ICCS is composed of 23 associations and five associate members, which themselves represent scholars in 39 countries and some 7,000 scholars. The current board of directors of the Canadian Studies Network nominated Coates for this recognition.