Technology and Engineering Ambassador Award Winners



Dr. Kumanan Wilson 2018 (Technology and Engineering)
 My goal is to empower Canadians to manage their own healthcare through the use of digital technologies. I believe digital health technologies will connect Canadians with each other, their healthcare providers and their governments. With this vision, I have founded the Ottawa Hospital mHealth Lab in 2014, where I am fortunate to lead a team of talented, young engineers and scientists who develop and evaluate mobile apps in multiple areas of public health. Digital platforms developed to date include those related to immunization (CANImmunize, SafeLiving), emergency medicine (The Ottawa Rules app), kidney disease management (OKKidney) and stroke recovery (RecoverNow). Our apps are designed to empower Canadians to better manage their own healthcare, help physicians and improve the health system as a whole


Kumanan Wilson
 Dr. Hanan Anis  2017 (Engineering)

Dr. Hanan Anis is a Professor for Electrical and Computer Engineering in the Faculty of Engineering, in which she represents the Coordinator of Entrepreneurship and Innovation. She acts as NSERC Chair in Entrepreneurial Engineering Design and Co-founded Ceyba, an optical long-haul networking company in which she is also CTO. Her current research is working to bring nonlinear imaging and sensing closer to the bedside by conceiving all-fiber, ultrafast, high-sensitivity platforms targeted at biomedical applications. She has, in the past, been honored with the prestigious Nortel Innovation award, and the Early Researcher Award, and has amassed $5M in research funding, and $100M in venture capital funding respectively. Dr. Anis founded and directs the Centre for Entrepreneurship and Engineering Design (CEED) that allows students and community members to access the Richard L’Abbé Makerspace (RLAM), an invent-build-play space. This was the inspiration for future projects, such as Maker Mobile, a mobile Makerspace that over its first fourteen months enticed 19,200 youth to participate. Her impact in Canada doesn’t stop, as she continues to develop new initiatives, such as the uOttawa Women’s Start-up Network for women in technology and engineering, providing mentoring and support for women-led start-ups.

 2017-HananAnis - Engineering
 Dr. Audrey Girouard  2017 (Technology)
 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.  2017- Girouard - Technology
 Dr. Banu Örmeci  2016 (Engineering)

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.

2016 - Ormeci - Engineering
 Dr. David P. Wilkinson  2016 (Technology)
 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. 2016 - Wilkinson - Technology
  Dr. Digvir Jayas  2015 (Engineering)

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.

2015 - Jayas - Engineering
 Dr. Clément Gosselin  2015 (Technology)
 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. 2105-gosselin - Technology
 Hoda ElMaraghy  2014 (Engineering)
Hoda ElMaraghy, Professor of Industrial & Maufacturing Systems Engineering, at the University of Windsor, and recipient of the Engineering Ambassador Award. As Dean of Engineering, she played a major role in establishing the University of Windsor / Chrysler Canada Automotive R&D Center. Hoda ElMaraghy is honoured as a Canadian role model in applied science. 7 1
 Dr. Alex Ferworn  2014 (Technology)
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. 2014 - Ferworn - Technology
 Dr. Ronald Deibert  2013 (Technology)
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. 2013 - Deibert - Technology