Manulife Prize

Manulife Prize 2018 event with Dr. Jean-Pierre Després

The Manulife Prize for the Promotion of Active Health, valued at $50,000 CAD, is offered each year by McGill University to a Canadian academic whose research has contributed to understanding how factors such as physical activity, nutrition, fitness, or psychosocial context can influence personal health and well-being. McGill University's Desautels Faculty of Management has served as the home and administrator for the Prize since 2016.

Photo: Richard Payette, President and CEO of Manulife Québec; Louis Arseneault, Vice-Principal (Communications and External Relations) of McGill University; Jean-Pierre Després, Professor of Kinesiology at Université Laval and winner of 2018 Manulife Prize; Professor Laurette Dubé, Chair and Scientific Director of the McGill Centre for the Convergence of Health and Economics at the Desautels Faculty of Management

2018 Manulife Prize for the Promotion of Active Health

$50,000 award recognizes research pioneer who screened for abdominal obesity and acted to prevent it

Montreal - March 22, 2018 McGill University, in association with Manulife and the McGill Centre for the Convergence of Health and Economics (MCCHE), is pleased to announce that Dr. Jean-Pierre Després, Professor at the Department of Kinesiology, Faculty of Medicine at Université Laval and pioneer in developing screening techniques for visceral obesity, is the winner of the 2018 Manulife Prize for the Promotion of Active Health. See photos

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Manulife Prize for the Promotion of Active HealthHistory: 2011-2016

The Bloomberg Manulife Prize was founded in May 2011 by Toronto-based investment manager Lawrence S. Bloomberg and corporate sponsor Manulife Financial. Motivated by a strong common desire to improve our lifestyle choices, the founding partners joined forces to create an influential prize that will have the power to bring real and lasting change to the way we live. To accomplish this goal, they decided to recognize and support the researchers who are already having a profound impact on the health and well-being of their fellow citizens. In this context, McGill University is the ideal organization to serve as a home and administrator.


Corporate sponsor, Manulife Financial, continues to finance the Manulife Prize.

Researchers across McGill, and especially researchers from the McGill Centre for the Convergence of Health and Economics, have a long tradition of ground-breaking work that promotes health and physical activity among people of all ages, as well as innovative research that is improving the quality of life for those suffering from chronic ailments.

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