PIRNA 2020

Young Researcher Ambassador Award – Dr. Andrew Spring – Wilfrid Laurier University

Dr. Andrew Spring is a talented early-career researcher that has quickly become part of the leadership group supporting Wilfrid Laurier’s strategic goals of climate change research in Canada’s North. As a Research Associate in Northern Knowledge Networks at Laurier, and Knowledge Mobilization specialist for the Global Water Futures project (globalwaterfutures.ca), Associate Director of the Laurier Centre for Sustainable Food Systems (LCSFS), and Adjunct Professor in Geography and Environmental Studies, he has established extensive collaborations with Indigenous communities and partners in the NWT

Technology and Engineering Ambassador Award – Dr. Winnie ye – Carleton University

Dr. Winnie ye is the first and the only female faculty member in the Department of Electronics at Carleton University and a highly accomplished researcher and is an influential advocate for women in engineering. As Chair of the Ottawa Chapter of IEEE Women-in-Engineering (WIE), a role she has held for 8 years, she has been able to inspire and mentor women throughout Canada. She has organized and participated in over thirty seminars/workshops and networking events thus far, four of which were international

winnie ye

Science Ambassador Award – Dr. Imogen Coe – Ryerson University

With more than two decades as a research scientist and professor, Dr. Imogen R. Coe has been a dedicated science ambassador, narrowing the gap between academic science and the public’s scientific literacy, and expanding equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). An exceptional science communicator, Dr. Coe is a popular speaker in Canada and internationally, with more than 120 invited presentations, 80 of which were at public outreach events. She aims to cultivate a passion for science in Canadians from all walks of life, including children, students, adults, the general public and professional groups.

Imogen Coe

Ronald G. Calhoun Science Ambassador Award – Beverly Pomeroy – BC Support Unit – SPOR

Beverly Pomeroy has a long history of involvement as a health care educator and leader in the patient engagement movement, having experience navigating the health care system and providing care for her daughter. Over the last 13 years she has carved out a space for herself to pursue this work professionally. Since 2007, Beverly has acted as a professional consultant and strategic lead in patient engagement, supporting organizations and businesses to better engage with communities and families in the health care domain. Beverly recently co-created SPORcast, a popular weekly podcast discussing SPOR (the Canadian Institutes of Health Research [CIHR] Strategy for Patient-Oriented Research) across Canada.


Dr. Jonathon Borwein Mathematics Ambassador Award – Dr. Gila Hanna – University of Toronto (OISE)

Dr. Gila Hanna’s outreach activities include over 250 publications, such as journal articles, book chapters, edited books, conference papers, and invited plenary presentations at international conferences. In addition, she co-organized an international conference on gender and mathematics in Höör in 1995 (ICMI Study 7), and one on proof in Taipei in 2009 (ICMI Study 19) that is among the most read in its category. She has been an editor of the journal Educational Studies in Mathematics and now serves as one of its advisory editors. In 2001 she co-founded the bilingual Canadian Journal of Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, adding a most welcome Canadian voice to the international literature. In additional to her publications, Professor Hanna has had a major impact through her initiatives in the dissemination of her research results, reaching academics, teachers, and students nationally and internationally through her active participation in conferences and in professional workshops


Biomedical Ambassador Award – Dr. Susan Kutz – University of Calgary

For nearly 30 years, Dr. Susan Kutz’s research and outreach on northern wildlife has contributed to the lives of northern Indigenous peoples, impacting wildlife management, food safety and public health. Dr. Kutz’s outstanding outreach activities in northern communities are a natural extension of her collaborative research, which uniquely combines traditional scientific research with community-based wildlife health monitoring. In 2003, Dr. Kutz co-founded an outreach program in response to community concerns that youth were unprepared to cope with a rapidly changing northern landscape. Dr. Kutz brought her wildlife health research to the classrooms of the Sahtu Settlement Area, visiting every class from kindergarten to grade 12 for 10 years.

Susan Kutz