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Every member and their friends is invited to attend the Annual General Meeting of the Champlain Society taking place on Saturday September 24 from 2-4pm. This year will feature short talks by:

  • William J. Smyth, President Emeritus of the National University of Ireland, the winner of the Floyd S. Chalmers Award for Toronto, The Belfast of Canada: the Orange Order and the Shaping of Municipal Culture (University of Toronto Press, 2015)
  • Roger Hall (Professor Emeritus, Western) on “The Ontario Military Hospital at Orpington in Kent: An Imperial Footnote”
  • Ross Fair (Professor, Ryerson U.) on “Toronto during the Great War”

The afternoon will be capped by a wine and cheese to celebrate the winner of the Floyd S. Chalmers Award for the best book on Ontario History.

Heliconian Hall is located at 35 Hazelton Avenue, Toronto.


Dr. William J. Smyth to receive the 2016 Floyd S. Chalmers Award for Best Book in Ontario History.

The Champlain Society is pleased to announce that Dr. William J. Smyth, geographer and President emeritus of the National University of Ireland (Maynooth) is the winner of the Floyd S. Chalmers Award for Toronto, The Belfast of Canada: the Orange Order and the Shaping of Municipal Culture (University of Toronto Press, 2015).

In this book, William J. Smyth detailed the Orange Order’s role in creating Toronto’s municipal culture of militant Protestantism, loyalism, and monarchism. One of foremost experts on the Orange Order in Canada, Smyth analysed its influence between 1850 and 1950 in the Ontario capital by examining public displays of sectarian tensions.

The award will be personally given to Dr. Smyth at the Annual General Meeting of the Champlain Society on Saturday, 24 September 2016 at 2pm. Dr. Smyth will also speak about his book. The meeting will take place at Heliconian Hall 35 Hazelton Ave, Toronto, ON M5R 1M6. All are invited.

The Jury also awards an “honorable mention” to Ernest Robert Zimmerman’s The Little Third Reich on Lake Superior: A History of Canada’s Internment Camp R.

Exceptionally, the Jury also recommended awarding a special “Honourable Mention” to Ernest Robert Zimmerman’s The Little Third Reich on Lake Superior: A History of Canada’s Internment Camp R. (University of Alberta Press, 2015). The Jury did not consider that this book fit the exact criteria set by Floyd S. Chalmers in that it only peripherally and briefly examined the history of Ontario. However, the Committee did want to draw attention to this fascinating story. The study features impressive research by Professor Zimmermann and excellent work by his colleagues, Michel S. Beaulieu and David K. Ratz, who completed the research and the manuscript after the untimely death of its author.

Click Here to Read the Full Chalmers Award Press Release