Past Winners

Billion Dollar Start-Up: The True Story of How a Couple of 29-Year-Olds Turned $35,000 into a $1,000,000 Cannabis Company

2022 Winner. By Adam Miron, Sébastien St-Louis, & Julie Beun. Published by ECW Press.

The Company: The Rise and Fall of the Hudson’s Bay Empire and Value(s): Building A Better World for All

2021 Winner. By Stephen R. Bown & Mark Carney. Published by Doubleday Canada.

VIVA MˑAˑC: AIDS, Fashion, and the Philanthropic Practices of MˑAˑC Cosmetics

2020 Winner. By Andrea Benoit. Published by University of Toronto Press.

MELTDOWN: Why Our Systems Fail and What We Can Do About It

2019 Winner. By Chris Clearfield and András Tilcsik. Published by Allen Lane Canada (Penguin Random House Canada).

THE PATCH: The People, Pipelines and Politics of the Oil Sands

2018 Winner. By Chris Turner. Published by Simon & Schuster.

A Field Guide to Lies: Critical Thinking in the Information Age

2017 Winner. By Daniel J. Levitin. Published by Allen Lane Canada (Penguin Random House Canada).

Losing the Signal: The Spectacular Rise and Fall of Blackberry

2016 Winner. By Jacquie McNish and Sean Silcoff. Published by HarperCollins Publishers Ltd.

Tell Everyone: Why We Share and Why it Matters

2015 Winner. By Alfred Hermida. Published by Doubleday Canada.

The Third Rail: Confronting Our Pension Failures

2014 Winner. By Jim Leech and Jacquie McNish. Published by Signal, an imprint of McClelland & Stewart.

Plutocrats: The Rise of the New Global Super-Rich and the Fall of Everyone Else

2013 Winner. By Chrystia Freeland, published by Doubleday Canada.

Ethical Oil: The Case for Canada’s Oil Sands

2011 Winner. By Ezra Levant, published by McClelland & Stewart.

Why Your World is About to Get a Whole Lot Smaller: Oil and the End of Globalization

2010 Winner. By Jeff Rubin, published by Random House Canada.

The Rise of the West and Canada’s New Power Elite

2009 Winner.By Gordon Pitts, published by Key Porter Books.

The Upside of Down

2007 Winner. By Thomas Homer-Dixon, published by Alfred A. Knopf Canada / Random House of Canada Limited.

Profiting the Crown: Canada’s Polymer Corporation, 1942-1990

2006 Winner By Matthew J. Bellamy, published by McGill-Queen's University Press.

No Logo: Taking Aim at the Brand Bullies

2001 Winner. By Naomi Klein, published by Alfred A. Knopf Canada.

Wrong Way: The Fall of Conrad Black

2005 Winner. By Jacquie McNish and Sinclair Stewart, published Penguin Group (Canada).

Unnatural Harvest — How Genetic Engineering is Altering Our Food

2000 Winner By Ingeborg Boyens, published by Doubleday Canada.

The Human Factor: Revolutioinizing the Way People Live With Technology

2004 Winner. By Kim Vicente, published by Alfred A. Knopf Canada.

Fever: The Dark Mystery of the Bre-X Gold Rush

1999 Winner. By Jennifer Wells, published by Penguin Books of Canada Ltd.

The Bubble and The Bear: How Nortel Burst the Canadian Dream

2003 Winner. By Douglas Hunter, published by Doubleday Canada.

The Reichmanns — Family, Faith, Fortune, and the Empire of Olympia & York

1998 Winner. By Anthony Bianco, published by Random House Canada.

Free Rider: How a Bay St. Whiz Kid Stole and Spent $20 Million

2002 Winner. By John Lawrence Reynolds, published by McArthur & Company.

Who Killed Confederation Life? The Inside Story

1997 Winner. By Rod McQueen, published by McClelland & Stewart.

Driving Force: The McLaughlin Family and the Age of the Car

1996 Winner. By Heather Robertson, published by McClelland & Stewart.

The Edible Man: Dave Nichol, President’s Choice & the Making of Popular Taste

1995 Winner. By Anne Kingston, published by Macfarland Walter & Ross.

Quick to the Frontier: Canada’s Royal Bank

1994 Winner. By Duncan McDowall, published by McClelland & Stewart.

Self Serve: How Petro-Canada Pumped Canadians Dry

1993 Winner. By Peter Foster, published by Macfarlane Walter & Ross.

Faith & Fear — The Free Trade Story

1992 Winner. By G. Bruce Doern and Brian W. Tomlin, published by Stoddart Published Co. Limited.

Steinberg: The Breakup of a Family Empire
1991 Winner. By Ann Gibbon and Peter Hadekel, published by Macmillan of Canada

1990 Winner. By Ian Brown, published by Harper & Collins

Shutting Down the National Dream
1989 Winner. By Greig Stewart, published by McGraw-Hill Ryerson Limited

Northern Enterprise
1988 Winner. By Michael Bliss published by McClelland & Stewart

Harvest From The Rock
1987 Winner. By Phillip Smith, published by Macmillan of Canada

A Matter of Trust
1986 Winner. By Ann Shortell and Patricia Best, published by Viking Books