Author Archives: Katherine Gotovsky

Kay Wu attends NSERC Awards Ceremony!

This week, our very own Kay Wu had the fantastic honour of attending the NSERC Awards Ceremony celebrating Canada’s top researchers, where she was able to learn about the life work of many brilliant minds! Kay met Her Excellency the Right Honourable Julie Payette, the Honourable Kirsty Duncan, and NSERC president Dr. Mario Pinto.

This event has highlighted for me the incredible importance of the pursuit & dissemination of knowledge and of staying curious!


This week, our very own Kay Wu had the fantastic honour of attending the NSERC Awards Ceremony celebrating Canada’s top researchers, where she was able to learn about the life work of many brilliant minds! Kay met Her Excellency the Right Honourable Julie Payette, the Honourable Kirsty Duncan, and NSERC president Dr. Mario Pinto.

This event has highlighted for me the incredible importance of the pursuit & dissemination of knowledge and of staying curious!


High School Internship Program at University of Calgary a success!

The STEM Fellowship University of Calgary Branch coordinated a high school internships program that provided high school students with the unique opportunity to participate in cutting-edge research at University of Calgary laboratories for a week during spring break. Students participated in activities including tours of first-class research facilities, introductions to basic techniques and experiments using state-of-the-art equipment and resources, shadowing of lab personnel and attending lab meetings, seminars and faculty presentations.

Students were mentored by graduate students and involved in areas of research including biomechanics, climate change, rheology, nanotechnology, brain stimulation, stem cells, bioinformatics, energy innovation, disease prevention, transplant immunology and more. The internship program targeted students from communities traditionally underrepresented in STEM pursuits and reserved 50% of seats for these students.

STEM Fellowship is a national, non-profit, student-run organization that connects and empowers young innovators interested in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) through mentorship and experiential learning. The University of Calgary branch also organizes scholarly writing and research workshops, networking events and presentations by STEM professionals. Contact stemfellowshipucalgary@gmail.com if you would like more information about this club!


Join the STEMpowerment Mentorship Program!

Are you interested in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics)? Do you want someone to offer insight and advice along the way? If so, then you should check out the STEMpowerment Mentorship Program! This free program gives you a chance to personally connect with an upper-year university undergraduate mentor based on your mutual areas of interest. Your mentor can offer you insight into matters such as how to handle a university courseload, how to get a research position, how to prepare for professional school, etc. Currently our mentors are working with students across Canada who aspire to study medicine, computer science, engineering, pharmacy, etc. Whatever your passion is, we’re sure to have a mentor for you! If you are interested, please fill out the application form below:

 


Philip Ding wins Best Overall Award

Congratulations Philip Ding, winner of the Best Overall Award in our 2017 Scholarly Writing Challenge! Philip is a first year student at the University of Toronto. In addition to scientific research, he also enjoys volunteering, playing badminton and music. He is motivated to pursue his interest in band and piano in the future.

 


Angela Lin wins Mathematics Award

Congratulations Angela Lin, winner of the Best in Mathematics Award in our 2017 Scholarly Writing Challenge! Angela is a grade 12 student at Seattle Preparatory School. In addition to being a researcher, she is also the president and founder of a career-connected learning initiative, a Seafair student ambassador, and a nationally ranked debater. In the future, she is aspired to continue her journey in the field of AI technology.

 


Alex Whidden wins Mathematics Award

Congratulations Alex Whidden, winner of the Best in Mathematics Award in our 2017 Scholarly Writing Challenge! Alex recently graduated from Charles P. Allen High School. She is inspired to create her own mathematical models of important real-life situations. She enjoys swimming, hiking, biking, running, camping, and being in the outdoors. She also loves reading and writing.

 


Zahra Fazal wins Literature Review Award

Congratulations Zahra Fazal, winner of the Best in Literature Review Award in our 2017 Scholarly Writing Challenge! Zahra is a first year student at the University of British Columbia. She enjoys playing competitive scrabble, writing novels, performing spoken word poetry and advocating for the rights of under-represented groups such as children with mental disabilities, refugees and people with albinism. In the future, she is motivated to obtain a degree in public health.

 

 


Tony Nguyen wins Biological Sciences Award

Congratulations Tony Nguyen, winner of the Best in Biological Sciences Award in our 2017 Scholarly Writing Challenge! Tony is a first year university student who recently graduated from Britannia Secondary. He is interested in marine biology and molecular genetics. In the future, he wishes to pursue a degree in Bioinformatics and Computational Biology.


Christiane Fox to attend Big Data Day!

Christiane Fox will be attending Big Data Day as our roundtable participant!

Deputy Minister, Intergovernmental Affairs and Youth, Privy Council Office Government of Canada

Christiane Fox was appointed Deputy Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs and Youth in June 2017. She previously held the position of Assistant Secretary to the Cabinet, Communications and Consultations at the Privy Council Office (PCO) from March 2015 to June 2017. Prior to that, she had been Director of Operations, Policy, in the Federal-Provincial-Territorial Relations Secretariat and Director General of Communications at the Privy Council Office.

Prior to her arrival at the PCO, she had spent 10 years at Industry Canada, now Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada. She worked in Communications, in the Deputy Minister’s Office, the Minister’s office and in Science Policy. She also spent a year with the Competition Policy Review Secretariat, as the Director of Communications and Consultations.

Christiane started her career as a Communications Advisor at Industry Canada in 2002.

Christiane has a BA in Mass Communications and Psychology from Carleton University, and is a graduate of the University of Ottawa’s Masters Certificate Program in Public Administration.

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Christiane Fox

Sous-ministre, Affaires intergouvernementales et de la jeunesse, Gouvernement du Canada

Christiane Fox a été nommé Sous-ministre des Affaires intergouvernementales et de la jeunesse en juin 2017. Elle a occupé le poste de secrétaire adjointe du Cabinet, Communications et consultations au bureau du Conseil privé (BCP) de mars 2015 à juin 2017. Elle était auparavant directrice des Opérations, Politique, au sein du Secrétariat des relations fédérales-provinciales-territoriales du BCP.

Christiane possède une vaste expérience des communications gouvernementales. Elle a occupé des postes à des échelons de plus en plus élevés, y compris pendant trois ans à titre de directrice générale des Communications stratégiques au BCP. Avant son arrivée au BCP, elle avait consacré dix années à Industrie Canada, maintenant Innovation, Sciences et Développement économique Canada. Elle était dans le domaine des communications, au bureau du sous-ministre, au cabinet du ministre et à la Division des politiques scientifiques. Elle a également travaillé pendant un an avec le Groupe d’étude sur les politiques en matière de concurrence, à titre de directrice des Communications et consultations.

Christiane a entrepris sa carrière en 2002 en tant que conseillère en communications à Industrie Canada. Elle y a travaillé avec d’autres secteurs ministériels et avec des organismes partenaires du portefeuille, comme l’Agence spatiale canadienne, la Fondation canadienne pour l’innovation, le CRSH et le CRSNG.

Christiane détient un baccalauréat en communications de masse et en psychologie de l’Université Carleton, et un certificat de maîtrise en administration publique de l’Université d’Ottawa.