Engineering Ambassador Award Dr. Digvir S. Jayas
Digvir S. Jayas, Vice-President (Research and International) and Distinguished Professor at the University of Manitoba

Dr. Jayas is a world renowned leader in grain storage research.  He has developed several applied solutions to the problems encountered during grain storage.  Results from several of his studies have been incorporated into standards related to grain drying and storage, and these standards are used by engineers around the world.  He conducts research related to drying, handling and storing grains and oilseeds; and digital image processing for grading and processing operations in the Agri-Food industry.  At a time when we have more people in the world to feed than ever before, we need to emphasize the importance of food preservation as much as we do food production.

 

 
Biomedical Science Ambassador Award  Dr. Cheryl Rockman-Greenberg
Distinguished Professor, Department of Pediatrics and Child Health & Department of Biochemistry and Medical Genetics, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Canada

 

Dr. Rockman-Greenberg obtained her medical degree from McGill University in 1974. She began her academic career as a pediatrician and geneticist at the University of Manitoba in 1979. She has focused her research on the identification of the cause of genetic disorders that are over-represented in some of Manitoba’s populations. Subsequently, in collaboration with the communities of interest, new diagnostic tests and unique newborn screening programmes were introduced. Dr. Rockman-Greenberg was Head of the Pediatrics and Child Health, University of Manitoba, Canada and Medical Director of the Child Health, WRHA from 2004 to 2014. She is currently a clinician scientist in the Children’s Hospital Research Institute of Manitoba and a geneticist in the Programme of Genetics and Metabolism, WRHA.

 
 
Science Ambassador Award  Dr. Brock Fenton
 Brock Fenton, Emeritus Professor of Biology, Western UniversityM.B. (Brock) Fenton is a biologist who studies the biology of bats.  He is an Emeritus Professor in the Department of Biology at Western University where he continues to teach and to study bats.  People’s fascination with bats has made it easy for Brock to use these animals to illustrate how basic animal research advances knowledge.  The technical side of bats, their ability to “see with sound,” allows people to appreciate how we can learn from bats. Learning how vampire bats thwart the clotting mechanisms in the blood of their prey can provide medical benefits.
 
Technology Ambassador Award  Dr. Clément Gosselin
 Dr. Clément Gosselin, Professor and Canada Research
Chair in Robotics and Mechatronics, Université LavalClément Gosselin’s research work on parallel manipulators, robot hands and human-friendly robots has been the subject of numerous invited lectures and outreach presentations. His work is largely recognized in the international community. He has developed many prototypes of advanced robotic systems that have set new standards, some of which have been transferred to industry. He received several prestigious awards including the ASME Mechanisms and Robotics Award and the ASME Machine Design Award. He was appointed Officer of the Order of Canada for the impact of his research and he is a Fellow of the ASME and of the IEEE.
 
Mathematics Ambassador Award  Dr. Robert Smith?
Robert Smith? is a professor of biomathematics at the University of Ottawa. He once combined his day job with pop culture and in doing so accidentally invented the academic sub-discipline of mathematical modeling of zombies. He uses mathematical models to predict the spread of diseases, from HIV to malaria to Ebola. He’s also the foremost authority on the spread of Bieber Fever, but let’s not worry about that one. He has nine books on academia and/or pop culture to his name, most recently “Mathematical Modelling of Zombies” and “Who’s 50: The 50 Doctor Who Stories to Watch Before You Die”.
 
Ronald G. Calhoun Science Ambassador Award  Dr. Robert Thirsk
Dr. Robert Thirsk, Chancellor The University of Calgary & Former Astronaut

Bob Thirsk has flown on two space missions as a member of the Canadian Space Agency’s astronaut corps. He first flew aboard the space shuttle Columbia in 1996 as part of the 17-day Life and Microgravity Spacelab Mission.

In 2009 Bob launched aboard a Russian Soyuz spacecraft to the International Space Station. As members of the 188-day Expedition 20/21, Bob and his ISS crewmates performed multidisciplinary research, robotic operations and maintenance of Station systems.

Bob has visited hundreds of schools to talk about his work. He encourages students to participate in hands-on learning and to follow their dreams.

 
 
Partners In Research (VROC) Participation Award  Dr. David Lesbarrères
Dr. David Lesbarrères, Biology Department, Laurentian University

Growing up in a rural area of France that shaped his curiosity and moving to Canada 10 years ago, Dr. David Lesbarrères is an Associate Professor and the Dean of Graduate Studies at Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario. Conservation biologist and evolutionary ecologist, he has been a VROC expert since the inception of the program, connecting with students as far as Iqaluit and Dakar in Ivory Coast. He has developed a Francophone branch of VROC and using this technology, he aims at inspiring the next generation of responsible citizens and researchers, two critical assets for today’s society.