Predicament of Youth

The Literary Review of Canada, in partnership with the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council and Spur, is presenting a special – and free! – event on the Predicament of Youth, featuring Thomas Lemieux, Director of the Vancouver School of Economics. Dr. Lemieux—two-time Impact Award nominee and winner of the 2014 Insight Award—is an economist who has spent his life collecting evidence, testing theories and improving how we make decisions.

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September 29, 2015 at 5:00 pm George Ignatieff Theatre, 15 Devonshire Place, Toronto, Ontario

Tickets for this event are free, thanks to the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC). Tickets can be reserved here.


Tackling topics such as psychology, welfare, education, and the labour market, the 2014 SSHRC Impact Award winners will share their research, considering the value of the social sciences and humanities, in particular as they pertain to Canada’s children and youth. The annual SSHRC Impact Awards recognize the highest achievements in social sciences and humanities research. They highlight exceptional researchers and celebrate their achievements in research, research training, knowledge mobilization and outreach activities.


  • Thomas Lemieux, Professor Economics and Director of the Vancouver School of Economics at the University of British Columbia, examines the gap between rich and poor, youth in the labour market, and education inequality.
  • Wendy Craig, Professor and Head of Psychology at Queen’s University, focuses on healthy relationships, bullying and victimization, sexual harassment, and aggression in girls.
  • Nico Trocmé, Director of the School of Social Work and the Philip Fisher Chair in Social Work at McGrill University, looks at child welfare agencies, child abuse, neglect, and the placement of children in out-of-home care, often with a focus on First Nations children.
  • Kirk Luther, Ph.D. candidate at Memorial University specializing in forensic psychology, looks at how to improve youth access to legal information, working with youth protection agencies, law enforcement, and international networks.

The discussion will be moderated by Mark Lovewell, interim Editor, Literary Review of Canada, and former Professor of Economics and Administrator at Ryerson University.