For Immediate Release

April 26, 2022

TORONTO, April 26, 2022 – University of Toronto Press is delighted to announce that Stand on Guard: Reassessing Threats to Canada’s National Security by Stephanie Carvin is on the shortlist for the 2021 Donner Prize, the award recognizing the best public policy book by a Canadian. This year’s Donner Prize jury characterized Carvin’s book as “extraordinarily timely” and commended her writing for being uncluttered by the “acronyms that characterize the field of intelligence.”

In a press release issued this morning, the Donner Canadian Foundation said that it initiated the award in 1998 “to broaden policy debates, and to make an original and meaningful contribution to policy discourse, all of which will contribute to an even stronger and more inclusive Canadian democracy.”

The Jury Citation for Stand on Guard:

“At a time when threats to our security and values are becoming more menacing every day, Stephanie Carvin’s book is extraordinarily timely. Accessible, with a minimum of acronyms that characterize the field of intelligence, she describes the different facets of Canada’s policies on security intelligence, and strengths and weaknesses of the various agencies involved. Carvin covers economic espionage, cyber terrorism, and does a deep dive into clandestine foreign influence. She argues that Canada has largely turned a blind eye to this threat. She points out that national security has evolved from espionage and acts of physical terrorism to a modern approach across many fronts, and that Canadian policies have, worryingly, not kept pace.”

STEPHANIE CARVIN is currently associate professor of International Relations at the Norman Patterson School of International Affairs at Carleton University in Ottawa. She has a PhD from the London School of Economics, and is a former security analyst working on threat assessments to high levels of government.

The 2021 Donner Prize will be presented at a gala dinner in Toronto on May 31, 2022.

Review copies of Stand on Guard: Reassessing Threats to Canada’s National Security are available upon request.

Stephanie Carvin is available for interviews.

The 2021 Donner Prize finalists are:

Innovation in Real Places: Strategies for Prosperity in an Unforgiving World by Dan Breznitz (Oxford University Press)

Value(s): Building a Better World for All by Mark Carney (Signal/M&S)

Stand on Guard: Reassessing Threats to Canada’s National Security by Stephanie Carvin (University of Toronto Press)

Indigenomics: Taking a Seat at the Economic Table by Carol Anne Hilton MBA (New Society Publishers)

Neglected No More: The Urgent Need to Improve the Lives of Canada’s Elders in the Wake of a Pandemic by André Picard (Random House of Canada)


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Chris Reed, Publicist
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