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The Royal Society of Canada (RSC) was created in 1883 by an Act of Parliament as Canada’s National Academy, the senior collegium of Canada’s leading artists, public intellectuals, scholars, scientists, and creative writers. The RSC serves Canada and Canadians by recognizing these leaders in research and innovation and mobilizing them in open discussion and debate about complex and timely issues in the headlines or on the horizon. Their integrated interdisciplinary knowledge and understanding is a valuable national resource.

The concept of excellence has always been at the heart of the RSC. In recent years, scholarly and scientific research and the arts have contributed new ways of defining and pursuing an inclusive excellence that both builds on and moves well beyond previous perspectives. Today, excellence is recognized to depend on diversity and equity, as highlighted in Canada and around the world.

The Strategic Plan 2018-2022—Mobilize, Catalyze, Sustain—renews the RSC’s historic mission by defining excellence as necessarily inclusive. The RSC embraces equity and diversity, methodological and epistemological openness, and the full range of disciplinary excellence. It welcomes nominations from all intellectual endeavours across linguistic, gender, racial, regional, and institutional boundaries. The RSC also judges these nominations without bias. The RSC selection process seeks to ensure that recognition and inclusion are accorded to First Nations, Inuit, and Métis candidates.


The Institutional Member (IM) Programme was officially launched in 2004. The goal was to provide a mechanism by which, on the one hand, the Society could develop its programmes in conjunction with universities and, on the other hand, universities could have formal and direct input into the strategic orientation and governance of the Society. In addition, this closer relationship would facilitate the nomination of new Fellows from all Canadian universities, and would provide a home for the Society to sponsor scholarly activities at institutions of all sizes in all provinces across Canada, offering a substantive set of benefits to member institutions.

Since 2004, the Institutional Membership of the Society has continued to grow in number and expand in scope. Today the following organizations are Institutional Members of the Society.


For "Recognizing Excellence," the Guide for Nominating Fellows of the RSC, please click here.

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