Technology Ambassador Award Winners


 Dr. Audrey Girouard  2017

Dr. Audrey Girouard’s work is internationally recognized as leading in the field of human-computer interaction, as she explores the next generation of user interfaces. Her current research focus is in deformable user interfaces and flexible displays and evaluating how the next generation of displays will affect how people interact with them for the purposes of work, play and health. Dr. Girouard received her masters and doctorate in Computer Science from Tufts University and is a tenured professor at Carleton University in the School of Information Technology and cross-appointed with the School of Computer Science. Through her Creative Innovations Website, she features her students’ research, and creates videos to accompany publications. She promotes through media such as YouTube to present to the general public, having her work on the PaperPhone and Snaplet viewed over two million times and 160,000 times respectively. As the first female member of the Carleton School of Information Technology (CSIT), she has been a strong voice to encourage women in a predominately male-dominated field. Finally, Dr. Girouard actively involves herself in hands-on youth outreach, twice acting as mentor for the Virtual Ventures summer camp and encouraging through feedback on the projects the youth create.

 Dr. David P. Wilkinson  2016

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.


 Dr. Clément Gosselin  2015

Dr. Clément Gosselin’s research work on parallel manipulators, robot hands and human-friendly robots has been the subject of numerous invited lectures and outreach presentations. Currently in the role of Professor and Canada Research Chair in Robotics and Mechatronics at Université Laval, 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.

 Alex Ferworn  2014

Alex Ferworn, Professor at Ryerson University and recipient of the Technology Ambassador Award. Alex Ferworn has a broad range of research interests related to Computational Public Safety that inevitably have something to do with dogs and/or robots working in rubble. Working extensively with Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) teams in Canada and the United States he seeks to address the needs of emergency First Responders working in difficult environments. He is also recognized for his exceptional ability to communicate complex ideas to a general audience in compelling ways.


 Dr. Ronald Deibert  2013

Ron Deibert (PhD, University of British Columbia) is a Professor at the Munk School of Global Affairs and in the Department of Political Science, and Director of the Citizen Lab at the Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto. The Citizen Lab is an interdisciplinary research and development hothouse working at the intersection of the Internet, global security, and human rights. He is a co-founder and a principal investigator of the OpenNet Initiative andInformation Warfare Monitor (2003-2012) projects. Deibert was one of the founders and (former) VP of global policy and outreach for Psiphon Inc.