Paul Kershaw receives Academic of the Year Award from CUFA BC

Dr. Paul Kershaw

Dr. Paul Kershaw

Dr. Paul Kershaw has won the Ehor Boyanowsky Academic of the Year Award from the Confederation of University Faculty Associations of British Columbia (CUFA BC).

Dr. Kershaw works in the area of population health that has produced a robust body of research demonstrating the vitally constitutive role that social and economic conditions play in children’s development. Dr. Kershaw’s extensive academic and policy interventions have focused on illustrating the importance of public investment children in their earliest years, in order to optimize life-long health and social outcomes. As founder of Generation Squeeze, an initiative co-hosted by the University of British Columbia and the Association for Generational Equity, Dr. Kershaw has substantially shaped public conversation around the rising economic and social challenges faced by Canadians under 45, particularly those raising children.

The Ehor Boyanowsky Academic of the Year Award was named after the president who created the Distinguished Academics Awards during his term. This award recognizes a specific and recent outstanding contribution to the community beyond the academy through research or other scholarly activity by an individual or group at any stage of their career.

Throughout his career, Dr. Kershaw has focused much of his effort on communicating his research to the public, and working to win policy changes that benefit the generations raising children. Dr. Kershaw is a sought after public speaker and writer, with op-eds published in over 100 newspapers in 2015 alone. During the 2015 federal election, Dr. Kershaw’s work was recognized by all four national parties, with some of his policy recommendations integrated into each of their platforms. Through his influential contributions to both academic and public policy discussions, Dr. Kershaw has made important contributions towards improving socio-economic conditions for the coming generations of Canadian children.

Congratulations Dr. Kershaw.