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Purvis Memorial Award


Established 1947

This award recognizes is presented to an individual for significant strategy development and successful implementation within the Canadian chemical Industry. Read more on Arthur Purvis.

Eligibility: Recipients of the Purvis Memorial Award are men and women who have made a major contribution to the development and implementation of particular and 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.

Naturally, in today's diversified and complex industrial environment, this definition of 'chemical industry' embraces not only traditional chemical companies focusing on chemical manufacture and distribution, but also industries such as biotechnology, coatings, crop protection, environmental services, fertilizer, food, mining/metal extraction, oil/gas, pharmaceuticals, plastics, pulp/paper and synthetic fibres.

Award winners are likely to be in senior managerial positions in Canadian industry. They may also be Canadian academics with a clear industry connection and who have had strategic influence on Canadian industry.

Membership of SCI is not a prerequisite for receiving this award.

Description of Award: A plaque

Presented at: 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.

Frequency: Annual

Nomination Deadline: 30 September

Sponsor: SCI Canada

The 2017 winner of the Purvis Memorial Award is:

Bonnie Schmidt
Let's Talk Science

Bonnie Schmidt is the founder and president of Let’s Talk Science, which she started while completing a PhD in physiology at Western University. She is responsible for leading the development and implementation of the organization’s strategy. Since its inception, Let’s Talk Science has impacted nearly 4.5 million youth and educators and engaged more than 26,000 volunteers.

Schmidt has been active in many national and provincial organizations and initiatives. Currently she serves on the Board of Directors of Ontario Genomics and the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT). She is also on the Governor General’s selection panel for the Meritorious Service Award and was recently named Chair of the National Leadership Taskforce on Education & Skills for Information and Communications Technology Canada. She was the founding co-chair of the Science and Technology Awareness Network (STAN).

For her work in education, Schmidt was named a Member of the Order of Canada in 2015 and has received several awards, including the Life Sciences Ontario Community Service Award; Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Award; Top 40 Under 40; and Western’s Young Alumni Award.

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