Engineering Ambassador Award Dr. Banu Örmeci
Prof. Banu Örmeci received her Masters and PhD degrees from Duke University (USA). She is a Professor and a Canada Research Chair in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Carleton University. She leads an internationally recognized research program on wastewater and biosolids treatment, and she is the recipient of several prestigious research, teaching and mentoring awards. Her research has resulted in several patents and lead to new technologies in the market.Prof. Örmeci serves as the Chair of the International Water Association Sludge Management Specialist Group. She is also the chair of the Royal Society of Canada Water Focus Group and the Canadian Focal Point for the Inter-American Network of Academies of Science Water Program. In addition, she is the past-president and current board member of the Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) – Ottawa Chapter, and she is the Faculty Advisor for the Carleton-WISE Student Chapter. She organizes numerous outreach and mentoring events every year that aim to encourage the participation of high school girls in science and engineering fields, as well as to mentor and inspire the female science and engineering students at Carleton University.
 
Biomedical Science Ambassador Award Dr. Noralou Roos
Noralou P. Roos received her PhD from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Citations to Dr. Roos’ work place her among the top 100 Canadian scientists according to The Institute of Scientific Information. She was a member of the Prime Minister’s National Forum on Health, received the Order of Canada and was elected a member of the Academy of Sciences of the Royal Society of Canada.Dr. Roos was a co-Founder of the Manitoba Centre for Health Policy.  Noralou’s research has largely concentrated on the use of routinely collected administrative data, starting with that collected by the health system.Most recently she developed EvidenceNetwork.ca, a non-partisan project enabling academics to publish evidence based commentaries on controversial health policy issues in traditional and social media. She also is working to help physicians and others diagnose and treat poverty by connecting individuals with benefits they are eligible for.
 
 
Science Ambassador Award Dr. William A. Montevecchi
University Research Professor at Memorial University of Newfoundland, Bill Montevecchi leads an interdisciplinary program on seabird behavioral ecology, probing their responses to environmental change and perturbation.  As Olympian survivors, seabirds are exploited as messengers of changing environmental conditions and degradation.  Students drive the research endeavors.  Micro-technology provides the tools to address previously insurmountable questions.  By tracking seabirds throughout the ocean, multispecies hotspots are identified leading to better understanding of ocean habitat vulnerability and resiliency.  We too are ocean messengers using seabirds to engage public discourse, to exchange information and to promote conservation initiatives. Research support by NSERC, DFO, CWS, USFWS.
 
Technology Ambassador Award Dr. David P. Wilkinson
Professor Wilkinson received his BASc  in Chemical Engineering from the University of British Columbia and his PhD in Chemistry from the University of Ottawa. He is an internationally recognized Canadian researcher who has made distinctive and outstanding contributions in the fields of electrochemistry, electrochemical engineering, and clean energy technology covering a wide range of research from fundamental material science and catalysis, to engineering design and operation. He has been recognized as one of the most highly cited global researchers in their subject field and is a leading innovator with over 75 issued US patents. Prior to joining UBC as a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair Professor Wilkinson held major leadership roles in the commercialization of the world’s first rechargeable lithium AA battery at Moli Energy, the first commercialization of  the Proton Exchange Membrane Fuel Cell (PEMFC) at Ballard Power Systems, and in helping to establish Canada as a world leader in fuel cell technology. He has received a number of national and international awards, and fellowships for his contributions.  
 
Mathematics Ambassador Award Dr. Donna Kotsopoulos
Dr. Kotsopoulos is a professor in the Faculty of Education, cross appointed to the Department of Mathematics in the Faculty of Science at Wilfrid Laurier University. Dr. Kotsopoulos is the director of the Mathematical Brains Laboratory. She is an Ontario Certified Teacher (OCT). She was recently awarded the Hoffman-Little Award for Faculty for excellence in teaching, research, and professional endeavor. She was also recently awarded an OCUFA teaching award. Dr. Kotsopoulos’s research focuses on early mathematical cognition and learning. She founded and developed LittleCounters®, along with Dr. Joanne Lee, at Wilfrid Laurier University, This community-based program for families and early childhood educators encourages mathematical learning for young children through play and every day activities. The program is widely offered in Ontario through community agencies such as the Ontario Early Years Centres. Her research and community outreach aims to improve the lives and futures of Canadians.
 
Ronald G. Calhoun Science Ambassador Award Ms. Colleen McGavin
Colleen McGavin is a retired business educator having taught courses in communication and office technology for nearly 25 years at Camosun College in Victoria, British Columbia. After graduating with her BA and professional diploma in secondary education, she completed a post-graduate designation in computer based information systems, all at the University of Victoria. In 2014, she completed the training to become a certified member of the International Association of Public Participation (IAP2). Colleen has extensive experience as a cancer patient and as a caregiver to her elderly parents and, since 2010, she has been an active volunteer with Patients as Partners|Patient Voices Network, a program that is supported through the BC Ministry of Health. She is also a patient advisor for Island Health Authority. Through these affiliations, she has worked with organizations such as the BC Patient Safety and Quality Council, Doctors of BC, the Ministry of Health, and the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research. Colleen was a member of the interim governing council for BC’s Strategy for Patient Oriented Research (SPOR) SUPPORT Unit and collaborated on the business plan. She was subsequently hired as the interim patient and stakeholder engagement lead for the SUPPORT Unit, a position she currently holds. Through these associations, Colleen has become very involved in health research itself. She is part of several research teams as a knowledge user, collaborator, or co-investigator.