Beaverbrook Vimy Prize

The Vimy Foundation’s premiere educational program, the Beaverbrook Vimy Prize, is a prestigious two-week-long learning experience during which exceptional youth, 15-17 years of age, study the interwoven First and Second World War history of Canada, Great Britain, and France.

In Belgium and France, students attend lectures, visit former battlefields, trenches and underground tunnels, as well as visit museums and cemeteries, and explore monuments such as the Canadian National Vimy Memorial.  Canadian, British, and French prize recipients also participate in commemorative ceremonies and meet a few of the remaining veterans and members of the French Resistance.

Check back in 2022 for information about the next program applications. 

List of the 2020 Prize recipients

Terms and conditions


Beaverbrook Vimy Prize students

Alumni from the Beaverbrook Vimy Prize become ambassadors for the Vimy Foundation following their participation in the program, and continue working to share their new knowledge and perspective of the First and Second World Wars with their peers, schools, and communities. Their continued participation in Vimy Foundation activities is a great asset to the future of our organization.

Curious about past programs?

2019 Beaverbrook Vimy Prize recipients

2018 Beaverbrook Vimy Prize recipients

2017 Beaverbrook Vimy Prize recipients

2016 Beaverbrook Vimy Prize recipients


Since the program was established in 2006, over 180 students have been awarded this prize and have travelled to Europe with the Vimy Foundation. Some of these high school students have gone on to speak at their school’s Remembrance Day ceremonies, address guests at Vimy Foundation events, and study history in university programs across the country.

The Beaverbrook Vimy Prize is supported by the Beaverbrook Canadian Foundation, and builds upon the legacy of Lord Beaverbrook, (1879-1964), a prominent Canadian historical figure known for his creativity, ambition, leadership and vibrant energy. Born in Canada of modest background, Max Aitken rose as a successful entrepreneur, both in Canada and the United Kingdom where he became an influential newspaper publisher, important Government minister and friend and close colleague of Winston Churchill during the Second World War.

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Beaverbrook Canadian Foundation

The Beaverbrook Canadian Foundation is located in Montreal, Quebec, and supports selected organizations, predominantly in Eastern Canada, in the areas of education and arts and culture. In 2012 Max Aitken was appointed Chairman and President of the Board of the Beaverbrook Canadian Foundation, in addition to being a trustee of the Beaverbrook Foundation and the Beaverbrook Art Gallery.

Lord Beaverbrook was a giant of the British 20th Century political scene. He owned the Daily Express newspaper group and sat on the War Cabinet in both World Wars. The Beaverbrook Foundation supports a variety of causes in the United Kingdom and Canada, including preserving heritage buildings and supporting charitable appeals.

Lord Beaverbrook also established the Canadian War Memorials Fund in 1916 to commission official war artists to paint the Canadian war effort. The official war art programme would eventually employ close to 120 artists, most of them British or Canadian, who created nearly 1,000 works of art. A number of painters were Canadian, including future Group of Seven members A.Y. Jackson, Frederick Varley, and Arthur Lismer. While most of the works depicted the fighting forces and geography overseas, important artists like Mable May and Manly MacDonald painted women in factories and fields in Canada.

The war art had a tumultuous fate: Beaverbrook had hoped that it would be housed in a new national war museum, but successive governments refused to commit funds. The art languished in the basements and vaults of the National Art Gallery, rarely seen by Canadians. Fortunately, in the early 1970s most of the art was transferred to the Canadian War Museum and more recently hundreds of pieces have been restored, displayed in permanent and travelling exhibitions, or loaned to institutions across Canada.

Learn more about Canada’s War Art by clicking here.

The Beaverbrook Canadian Foundation is the generous benefactor of the Vimy Foundation’s flagship student program, the Beaverbrook Vimy Prize, which offers prestigious summer scholarships to youth 15-17 years of age to study the interwoven history of Canada, France and Great Britain during the First and Second World Wars.

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Rethinking Remembrance

1. Introduction

Hello All, My name is Reid Dobell, a dual national (Canada & US) who makes his home in King City, ON. I like to think I’m an average 18 year-old, interested in sports and involved in whatever else I have time to balance. But to get straight to the point, I’d like to invite you on a journey through the past, into the lives of several extraordinary Canadians whose stories should be shared

2. Arnold C Matthews

Hello All, Welcome back, I’m glad you’ve decided that the past is worthy of a few more minutes of your present. Today, we commence our journey. Our subject is Lieutenant (and acting Captain) Arnold Colton Matthews, a great-grandfather on my father’s side. Born on September 8, 1889 in Toronto into the affluent family of Wilmot DeLoui Matthews, Arnold’s war experience couldn’t have contrasted with his home life in a greater way

3. Sidney Dobell

Hello All, Welcome back. I hope you’re enjoying the ride, I know that I certainly am. Today we’re following Lt-Col. Sidney Hope Dobell of Montreal otherwise known as “Choppy”. He was my great-grandfather, making him my closest relative in this series. He has the distinction of serving in both WWI (for the British) and WWII (for the Canadians). While others in this series may seem to be from a different time, Sidney is the most real in the present day for a number of reasons. He appears in my parents’ wedding photo, radiant if frail at 89. He only died in 1992, two years before I was born. That lends itself to a humorous story. My grandfather was his first-born son and my father an only child, so Sidney, in keeping with his British ideals, hoped to see another boy to carry on the family name before he died. Consequently, shortly after meeting my mother, he popped a very direct question, “when are you coming off the pill?” I’ll admit it is a bit of an embarrassing story (Mom wasn’t ecstatic about me including it), but it portrays his traditional / modern dichotomy quite effectively

4. Lt-Gen. Charles Macpherson Dobell

Hello All, We’re going to jump right into it today with the man who perhaps has the most exotic wartime experiences of any of my relatives – Lt-Gen. Charles Macpherson Dobell. If anyone in my WWI family history could be classified as a big deal, it’s definitely this guy. I’m not trying to brag, but when I first found out about him two years ago, I was genuinely excited, not least because he has his own bona fide Wikipedia article. In the build up to the Vimy Beaverbrook Prize, we had been asked to do a project on a soldier, and naturally I gravitated towards a family member. Typing in Dobell on the Canadian Archives Attestation Papers Record doesn’t give you any hits, even though there were several in the Great War. This is because, like many other recent immigrants from England, they considered themselves British before Canadian, and so enlisted in the British Expeditionary Force. Charles, Sidney Dobell, and Colin Dobell all fall under this category after having been born in Quebec City and educated at the Royal Military College of Canada in Kingston (“RMC”) займ без отказа