Purvis Memorial Award

Established 1947

This award is presented to an individual for significant strategy development and successful implementation within the Canadian chemical Industry.

Award Information

Award presentation

The award shall normally be presented at the annual SCI Canada Awards Dinner, typically held in early April, where the winner will be expected to attend and deliver a short acceptance speech. The winner may be invited to present a lecture at this event and will also receive a plaque.

2021 Winners

The 2021 winners of the Purvis Memorial Award are: Dr Sarah Gallagher; Science Adviser to the President of the Canadian Space Agency and Professor of Physics and Astronomy at Western University and Dr Cara Tannenbaum; Departmental Science Advisor to Health Canada and a Professor in the Faculties of Medicine and Pharmacy at the Université de Montréal.

Eligibility Criteria

    • Major contribution to the development and implementation of distinctive business or technical strategies
    • These strategies must have resulted in the strengthening of Canadian industry or academic or research institutions in the field of chemistry
    • SCI membership is not a prerequisite for receiving this award
    Career Stage
    • Senior managerial positions in Canadian industry
    • Canadian academics with a clear industry connection and who have had strategic influence on Canadian industry
    • Open to traditional chemical companies focusing on chemical manufacture and distribution and other industries such as biotechnology, coatings, crop protection, environmental services, fertiliser, food, mining/metal extraction, oil/gas, pharmaceuticals, plastics, pulp/paper and synthetic fibres.
    • Canadian chemical industry


Frequency Annual
Nominations close 30 September

Additional Information

Code of Ethics for Members

Purvis Memorial Award - Image credit: Andrea Purvis, www.findagrave.com

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