Formulaire de candidature

 

LE PROGRAM D’ÉDUCATION EN SCIENCE ET EN GÉNIE VERNA J. KIRKNESS

Initiative jeunesse des Premières Nations, Métis ou Inuits en science et génie

Êtes-vous un ado des Premières Nations, Métis ou Inuits en 11e année qui se demande ce qu’on apprend en science ou en génie à l’université? Cliquez sur la vidéo ci-dessus et écoutez les élevés du Programme Kirkness 2016 qui vous diront pourquoi et comment vous devriez postuler.

Cette année, le Programme d’éducation en science et génie Verna J. Kirkness sera offert à l’Université du Manitoba, l’Université de la Saskatchewan, l’Université de la Colombie-Britannique, l’Université de Calgary, à l’Université d’Ottawa ou à l’Université des Premières Nations du Canada aux dates suivantes:

l’Université du Manitoba l’Université de la Colombie-Britannique l’Université de la Saskatchewan l’Université de Calgary l’Université d’Ottawa l’Université des Premières Nations du Canada
mai 27 – juin 1 mai 13-18 mai 6-11 mai 6 – 11 mai 13-18 avril 29 – mai 4

C’est une expérience vraiment unique!

Des étudiants seront choisis de partout au Canada pour passer une semaine dans un laboratoire de recherche universitaire. Avec 2 étudiants par laboratoire, vous aurez quelqu’un de votre âge pour partager cette aventure! Vous deviendrez membre d’une équipe de recherche pour la semaine, menant des expériences et participant à des réunions de laboratoire.

Centre d’Étudiants Autochtones

L’Université du Manitoba, l’Université de la Colombie-Britannique, l’Université de la Saskatchewan, l’Université de Calgary, l’Université d’Ottawa et l’Université des Premières Nations du Canada ont toutes d’excellents Centres pour étudiants autochtones qui sont des ressources excellentes pour répondre à toutes vos questions concernant un parcours universitaires. Vous et vos collègues passeront une demi-journée au Centre encadrés par des Ainés et le personnel du centre.

Résidence aux étudiants

Vous passerez la semaine dans une résidence étudiante sur le campus, et vous mangerez à l’un des nombreux restaurants ou cafétérias sur le campus. Cette expérience vous aidera à comprendre ce que c’est que de vivre sur un campus universitaire.

Nous couvrons vos dépenses

Les candidats retenus recevront leurs repas, hébergement, et voyage gratuitement.

Les Domaines de recherche

Pour voir une liste des facultés et des projets pour le programme 2018, suivez le lien ci-dessous à l’étape 3 des directives.

Si vous êtes intéressé à participer, veuillez consulter votre enseignant ou votre orienteurs scolaire qui vous aidera à remplir le dossier de la candidature et à soumettre votre candidature complétée d’ici le 28 février 2018. Les candidats seront informés en mars, 2018.

LES DIRECTIVES SUR L’APPLICATION

ÉTAPE 1:

En haut de cette page, regardez la vidéo des étudiants qui ont participé au programme au cours des années précédentes. Des vidéos supplémentaires se trouvent sur la page d’ouverture du site et d’autres sont sur la page de description du programme.

ÉTAPE 2:

Remplissez les informations sur l’élève, les enseignants, et le parent/gardien dans les Parties 1 et 2 du formulaire de candidature.

ÉTAPE 3:

CHOISISSEZ VOTRE PROGRAMME DE RECHERCHE (Partie 3)

  1. 1. Examinez la liste des facultés et des projets de recherche actuels au http://www.vernajkirkness.org/application-form/research-areas/
  2. Notez 3 mentors/programmes de recherche en ordre de préférence. Dans la plupart des cas, les étudiants fréquentent l’université la plus proche de leur adresse physique.

REMARQUE: Nous allons essayer de faire correspondre la préférence de chaque élève, mais cela n’est pas toujours possible. Les candidats doivent être prêts à travailler dans n’importe quel laboratoire pour lequel ils sont choisis.

ÉTAPE 4:

LETTRE DE RECOMMANDATION

Demandez à l’un de vos enseignants ou orienteurs scolaire de fournir une lettre de recommandation (Partie 4 du formulaire de candidature).

La lettre de recommandation devrait indiquer que vous avez l’intérêt et la capacité de fréquenter un collège, une université ou une autre école postsecondaire après l’obtention du diplôme de la 12e année, et que le Programme d’éducation en science et en génie de Verna J. Kirkness vous aiderait à décider ce que vous aimeriez étudier.

Votre référence devrait indiquer comment ils vous connaissent et expliquer pourquoi vous seriez un bon participant pour ce Programme.

ÉTAPE 5:

LA REDACTION

Avec un maximum de 300 mots (imprimés), expliquez pourquoi vous êtes intéressé à participer au Programme d’éducation en science et génie Verna J. Kirkness . Les applications avec moins de 50 mots ne seront pas prises en considération. Cette rédaction est la partie la plus importante de l’application!

Une fois que vous avez rempli le formulaire, enregistrez le fichier Word avec votre nom et envoyez le formulaire de candidature rempli avec la lettre de recommandation (partie 4) et le formulaire de Consentement parental (partie 6) à Susan O’Brien à susan@vernajkirkness.org au plus tard le 28 Février, 2018.

Les applications incomplètes ne seront pas prisse en considération.

En mars 2018, quelqu’un du programme Kirkness vous contactera et votre parent ou gardien au sujet du programme. Veuillez fournir des informations de contact précises et complètes. Si nous ne sommes pas en mesure de parler à votre parent ou gardien, vous ne serez pas considéré comme accepté dans le Programme. Veuillez répondre rapidement à toutes les correspondances par courrier électronique.

2018 Areas of Research

For the 2018 Program the following faculty members, their department and a brief description of the research project that they have developed for students follows. Once the students have been matched with faculty they will receive a detailed description of the research project.

First Nations University of Canada | University of British Columbia | University of Calgary | University of Manitoba |University of Ottawa |University of Saskatchewan


First Nations University of Canada

Dr. Ed Doolittle, Associate Professor
Mathematics, Department of Indigenous Science, the Environment and Economic Development (DISEED)

Building and programing a robot using LEGO robotics to play hand games.

Dr. Vincent Ziffle, Assistant Professor
Department of Indigenous Science, the Environment and Economic Development (DISEED)

Research on the makeup of Western and Indigenous foods. to determine their caloric and carbohydrate content. Locally sourced ingredients will be tied back to the environment through an ecological approach to food science, ending in a better understanding of food chemistry through several delicious experiments.

Leanne Stricker, Lecturer
Environmental Health and Science, Department of Indigenous Science, The Environment and Economic Development

Are you interested in the environment and how it affects human health? Consider a week of activities exploring diseases that are transmitted from insects, the chemical properties of food, food safety, and the characteristics of safe drinking water and recreational water.

Dr. Arzu Sardarli, Professor
Physics and Mathematics, Department of Indigenous Science, the Environment, and Economic Development

Mathematical modeling of environmental processes using Indigenous Knowledge

Dr. Amr Henni, Professor
Faculty of Engineering, University of Regina

About Dr. Amr Henni

Dr. Liming Dai, Professor
Faculty of Engineering, University of Regina

About Dr. Liming Dai

Dr. Fanhua [Bill] Zeng, Associate Professor
Faculty of Engineering, University of Regina

About Dr. Fanhua [Bill] Zeng


University of British Columbia

Dr. Joerg Bohlmann, Professor
Departments of Forest Science and Botany, University of British Columbia

About Dr. Bohlmann
Research in Forest Health and Medicinal Plants. The Bohlmann laboratory studies the ability of plants, including forest trees, to survive under changing environmental conditions over lifespans of several weeks to hundreds of years. To cope with biotic (e.g. insects, pathogens) stress, plants have evolved specialized metabolism that contains hundreds of thousands of unique small molecules. Many of these bioactive molecules also have beneficial applications for humans. Our laboratory is exploring two aspects of plant specialized metabolism: First, the role it plays in plant defense against insects, and second how plant genes can be used to produce medicinal compounds. The students of the Kirkness Science & Engineering Program will be involved with an active research project led by one of our graduate students or postdoctoral fellows dealing with either (1) research on a medicinal plant that produces anti-diabetic or other interesting compounds; (2) research on defenses of spruce trees against insects; or (3) research on mountain pine beetle.

Dr. Harry Brumer, Professor
Michael Smith Laboratories, Department of Chemistry, and Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, University of British Columbia

Project title: Understanding enzymes in biology and biotechnology
Students participating in this project will perform the recombinant production and biochemical analysis of a newly discovered enzyme from nature, and use this enzyme in a biocatalytic reaction to make an aromatic flavor molecule. The project will demonstrate how we can learn from nature’s diversity to develop new, environmentally considerate biotechnology to make materials that improve our lives.

Dr. Erik Eberhardt, Professor and Director
Geological Engineering and Faculty of Sciences, University of British Columbia

About Dr. Eberhardt

Dr. Jennifer Love, Associate Professor
Department of Chemistry, University of British Columbia

About Dr. Love

John Bass, Associate Professor and Chair
Architecture Program, Faculty of Applied Science, University of British Columbia

This is an opportunity for students interested in architecture and design. Working with First Nations community members, students will assist in the development of culturally specific designs for an elders’ house.

Dr. Madjid Mohseni, Professor
Chemical and Biological Engineering Laboratories, University of British Columbia

Project title: Understanding conventional and leading edge drinking water treatment technologies for Small Rural Communities and First Nations
The student will be learning various treatment methods such as:

  •  Coagulation / flocculation
  • UV disinfection
  • UV based oxidation (general components which may include both UV/H2O2 and VUV)
  • Electro-coagulation
  • Ion exchange

Dr. Pierre Bérubé, Professor
Department of Civil Engineering, University of British Columbia

The Filtration Technologies Laboratory at UBC (membrane.civil.ubc.ca) develops and optimizes approaches to treat water for domestic (e.g. potable water) or industrial (e.g. oil extraction) applications. Current activities focusing on potable water treatment are aimed at developing simple and low-cost technologies for use in rural and remote communities in Canada and abroad. Students in the Kirkness Science and Engineering Program will work as part of a research team to build and test prototypes of novel water treatment technologies prior to field deployment.

Dr. Sheryl Staub-French, Professor
Department of Civil Engineering, University of British Columbia

Virtual Design and Construction (VDC), Building Information Modeling (BIM), collaboration and integrated project delivery, design and construction coordination, 4D (3D + time) visualization, interactive workspaces.

Dr. Lori Daniels, Associate Professor
Faculty of Forestry, University of British Columbia

Study cultural use and ecology of western red cedar
The tree-rings of old-growth western red cedar trees store a wealth of information. Students will visit the coastal forests to collect samples then learn to “read between the lines” to interpret history over decades to centuries and answer questions about the ecology and cultural use of this amazing tree.

Dr. Sue Grayston, Professor
Faculty of Forestry, University of British Columbia

Biodiversity in soils
Soils contain most of this planets undiscovered biodiversity, there are more organisms in one tablespoon of soil than there are people on earth and without them life on earth would cease, yet we know little about them. Students will perform enzyme analyses on forest soils as a measure of functional diversity and learn about a range of other techniques used to assess soil biodiversity.

Dr. Julie Cool, Assistant Professor
Faculty of Forestry, University of British Columbia

Design a wood product
Wood machining processes are essential to turn trees into everyday products. Students will use different type of equipment to make decorative products while learning about wood characteristics and properties that influence cutting and product quality.


University of Calgary

Dr. Eduardo Cobo, Professor
Faculty of Veterinary Medicine

The main focus of our lab is to discover the underlying mechanisms of cathelicidins and defensins, peptides secreted by white blood cells and the epithelia cells in mammals which can have an important beneficial role in harmful inflammation and control of microbial pathogens. This innovation will benefit the community by reducing economic losses in animal production, improving animal welfare and promoting an environmentally friendly public image for the industry.

Dr. Susan Kutz, Professor
Faculty of Veterinary Medicine

Main area of research: We are an interdisciplinary group with the underlying goal of understanding the health of free-living wildlife and applying that knowledge for the purposes of sustainable subsistence use and conservation of healthy ecosystems. The main body of our work focuses on understanding the impacts of environmental perturbations (e.g., climate change and habitat disturbance) on animal health. We engage directly with subsistence hunters and northern communities to identify emerging concerns and to develop and implement practical and effective disease surveillance methodologies.

Dr. Nathan Peters, Professor
Faculty of Veterinary Medicine

The Peters lab is focused on the immuno-biology of chronic infectious diseases, with a special emphasis on vector transmitted and neglected tropical diseases. We aim to better understand how inflammation alters the regulation and expression of immunity, including vaccine-mediated immunity. The goal of the lab is to develop new therapies and vaccines to combat those infectious diseases that impact the world’s most neglected populations.

Dr. Hermann Schaetzl, Professor
Faculty of Veterinary Medicine

Our work focuses on the cellular and molecular biology of prion diseases. Prion diseases are fatal infectious neurodegenerative disorders of man and animals, and their manifestation can be sporadic, genetic, or acquired by infection. Examples are BSE (mad cow disease) in cattle, scrapie in sheep and goat, chronic wasting disease (CWD) in deer and elk, and CJD in humans. The long-term research goal is to develop therapeutic and prophylactic anti-prion strategies. One example is active vaccination gainst CWD infections, thereby reducing spread of CWD and reduce the risk for a zoonotic transmission in the future.

Dr. Mark Ungrin, Professor
Faculty of Veterinary Medicine

The central theme of Dr. Ungrin’s research program is the assembly of cells into tissues and organs – how it occurs in nature, and how it may be induced for the purposes of tissue engineering and regenerative medicine. The underlying philosophy is to identify areas where research is limited by available technology, develop the necessary tools and techniques, and then apply them to pursue important research questions that would not otherwise be accessible.


University of Manitoba

Dr. Rotimi Aluko, Professor
Department Human Nutritional Sciences, University of Manitoba

Students will learn how to extract bioactive peptides that have the potential to be new medicines from plant proteins such peas, flax seed and hemp seed.

Dr. Nancy Ames, Adjunct Professor
Department of Human Nutritional Sciences, University of Manitoba

For students interested in how research is developing more nutritional foods that taste good.  Students will have the opportunity to develop new recipes for traditional foods using more nutritious ingredients.  For more information you can see Dr. Ames and Georgina Balfour (2012 Kirkness Program participant) on our website. It’s the first video in Program Description.

Dr. Subramaniam Balakrishnan, Professor
Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Manitoba

For students interested in how robotics can be applied in mechanical engineering.

Dr. Nazim Cicek, Professor
Department of Engineering, University of Manitoba

Students will learn about biological waste water treatment and the recovery of nutrients like phosphorus from waste streams.

Dr. Annemieke Farenhorst, Professor
Department of Soil Science, University of Manitoba

For students who are interested in spending time both in a laboratory and traveling off campus to learn about soil, water and air quality.  Students will do experiments that will give them an idea of what it would be like to study environmental science, agricultural science or soil science.

Dr. Kevin Fraser, Assistant Professor
Department of Biological Sciences, University of Manitoba

For students interested in conservation biology, bird tracking and how birds migrate.

Dr. James Friel, Professor
Department of Human Nutritional Sciences, University of Manitoba

For students interested in learning about the importance of infant nutrition they will learn about the importance of a class of compounds called antioxidants that play a special role in human health. Our particular focus is in feeding and biology of mother’s milk. Students will participate in ongoing research with mothers and infants either in the laboratory or in the field.

Dr. Joannie Halas, Professor
Department of Kinesiology, University of Manitoba

For students who are interested in understanding how physical activity relates to health. You will participate in several activities in clinical and on-campus settings, with opportunities to visit up to three labs, including one that measures human movement. As a main focus, students will have opportunities to learn more about the role that physical activity can play in helping to prevent and manage diabetes in First Nation populations.

Dr. Norman Halden, Dean
Department of Geological Sciences, University of Manitoba

For students interested in conservation and management of fish stocks you will have a chance to test fish from your own community and learn about environmental factors that affect behavior and growth. At the end of the week you will have a report that you can take back and share with your fellow students and members of your community.

Dr. Witold Kinsner, Professor
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Manitoba

For students interested in robotics, part of the project introduces the concept of a robot, and particularly the BEAM robot. It discusses the various components of a robot, as well as their interactions and constraints. It then attempts to design a small robot and implement it using inexpensive components. The objective of this part is to show that mathematics, physics, electronics, circuits, and design principles are all needed to accomplish such a task.

Dr. Ayush Kumar, Associate Professor
Departments of Microbiology and Medical Microbiology, University of Manitoba

Students will have an opportunity to learn about antibiotic resistance in bacteria (superbugs) and why this is one of the biggest challenges to the human health today. They will also learn basic molecular biology techniques like extracting a plasmid from bacteria and then analyzing it by gel electrophoresis.

Dr. Juliette Mammei, Assistant Professor
Department of Physics, University of Manitoba

For the students who have always wondered about Geiger counters, radioactive material and how to see cosmic rays, this is your opportunity. Students will do a variety of experiments and build a cloud chamber.

Dr. Kateryn Rochon, Assistant Professor
Department of Entomology, University of Manitoba

For students who are interested in insects in livestock pest management and tick-borne diseases. Students will collect specimens in the field for identification in the laboratory. Students will prepare a final presentation which will include photographs and images of the collected specimens.

Dr. Miyoung Suh, Associate Professor
Department of Human Nutritional Sciences, University of Manitoba

Dr. Suh’s research program aims to provide the basic knowledge of the fundamental roles of nutrition in specialized tissues such as the retina; find mechanisms to explain how essential components of biomembrane work in consert; identify the role of nutrition intervention on pathogenesis of diseases.


University of Ottawa

Dr. Melike Erol-Kantarci, Professor
Department of Electrical Engineering, University of Ottawa

About Dr. Erol-Kantarci
More About Dr. Erol-Kantarci
Learn how the communications systems we use in our everyday lives work. You will use a network simulator to see how packets of information travel in a network. Then you will get to set up a communication network of your own and run tests like researchers do to develop better systems.

Dr. Clémence Fauteux-Lefebvre, Professor
Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Ottawa

About Dr. Fauteux-Lefebvre
Work in a chemical engineering lab and learn about catalyst reactions involved in foods, dyes and even cars. Students will get to prepare a catalyst, test it for reaction, and characterize it using optical and electronic microscopy. You will then learn to evaluate the catalyst for its efficiency and purity of the resulting product.

Dr. Jessica Forrest, Professor
The Department of Biology, University of Ottawa

About Dr. Forrest
About Forrest Lab
Get first-hand experience doing biology fieldwork for one of two projects (weather and timing depending):
1. Collect field data in Gatineau Park towards a long-term study of timing of flowering and bee activity. This will include counting flowers, and pinning, labeling and identifying insect specimens.
2. Work with biologists to study factors limiting bee populations on farms in the Ottawa area. Work will involve visiting farm sites, marking and releasing live bees, observing bees at their nests, on orchard flowers and elsewhere.

Dr. Karin Hinzer, Professor
The Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

About Dr. Hinzer
About Sun Lab
Work with the SUNLAB team at uOttawa to characterize new types of solar panels and learn how to integrate them in smart grids. You will measure solar cells with precision instruments and learn how best to use solar panels for renewable energy production in your community.

Dr. Jeffrey Keillor, Professor
The Department of Chemistry and Biomolecular Sciences, University of Ottawa

About Dr. Keillor
About Keillor Research Group
Experience the early stages of drug discovery and validation first hand! Make and evaluate your very own potential anti-cancer drug. Learn how medicinal chemists synthesize and evaluate molecules for their utility in medicine by studying enzyme kinetics and inhibition in a test tube.

Dr. Jeremy Kerr, Professor
The Department of Biology, University of Ottawa

About Dr. Kerr
About the Kerr Lab
Learn field ecological techniques doing field research on butterflies and bees. Learn about aspects of biological diversity and conservation while working with biologists.

Dr. Jeff Lundeen, Professor
Department of Physics, University of Ottawa

About Dr. Lundeen
About the Lundeen Lab
The information on the internet is carried around the world by light pulses travelling through glass fibres. In this project, you will work with lasers and learn hands-on how to get light signals into these hair-thin fibres. You will demonstrate in our research lab how quantum physics can make these signals unreadable to hackers, thereby keeping your personal information secure.

Dr. Paul Mayer, Professor
The Department of Chemistry, University of Ottawa

About Dr. Mayer
More About Dr. Mayer
Gas chromatography coupled to mass spectrometry (GC-MS) is one of the most widely used analytical tools in science, employed to analyze everything from pesticides on apples, fuels, propellants, forensic samples (send it to trace!) and trace contaminants in water, soil and air. It has even been sent to Mars on the Rover, and the Cassini spacecraft that just left Saturn deployed the Huygens probe into Titan’s atmosphere that contained a GC-MS. Students will get hands on experience preparing selected samples for analysis (there will be an emphasis on common household items such as bug spray, citrus fruit and coffee), using the GC-MS and interpreting the data.

Dr. Poupak Mehrani, Professor
The Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, University of Ottawa

About Dr. Mehrani
More About Dr. Mehrani
Work at the Gas-Solid Fluidization laboratory at uOttawa Chemical Engineering Department to learn about the production of polyethylene (a common plastic used in our daily lives). Students will gain hands-on experience in operating a reactor as well as a powder flow line. In both cases, they will learn about electrostatic charge generation which results in solids sticking to each other.

Dr. Monica Nevins, Professor
Department of Mathematics and Statistics, University of Ottawa

About Dr. Nevins
More About Dr. Nevins
Learn about the numbers behind modern cryptography. This exciting and dynamic area of research is essential to the protection and functioning of our electronic economy.

Dr. Frances Pick, Professor, PhD in Indigenous Heritage
The Department of Biology, University of Ottawa

About Dr. Pick
More About Dr. Pick
Work with biologists researching urban ecology. For example, you may investigate the capacity of stormwater ponds to protect downstream water quality or to serve as a natural habitat for wildlife in urban environments. Students may do fieldwork across the National Capital Region, lab-based analyses of water chemistry, microscopy, species identifications, and/or data analyses using computers.

Dr. Colin Rennie, Professor
The Department of Civil Engineering, University of Ottawa

About Dr. Rennie
More About Dr. Rennie
Perform research in an environmental hydraulics lab for a week. Learn how engineers study the flow patterns that occur in rivers and waterways using an indoor water channel. The information learned from these studies is important towards understanding riverbed erosion and preservation, patterns of fish migration, and flow conditions that can be dangerous to humans (e.g. kayakers) or other species.

Dr. Darrin Richeson, Professor
The Department of Chemistry and Biomolecular Sciences, University of Ottawa

About Dr. Richeson
More About Dr. Richeson
Chemistry is part of everything in our lives. Everything that exists is made of matter and chemists study the properties of matter and how it can be changed. In our labs you would learn about molecules that catalyze changes of one chemical into a new species. Our goals are to design new ways to produce clean fuels, like hydrogen, or to transform a byproduct like carbon dioxide into more useful chemicals.

Dr. Mateja Sajna, Professor
The Department of Mathematics and Statistics, University of Ottawa

About Dr. Sajna
More About Dr. Sajna
Be a statistician for a week. Learn how statisticians and mathematicians collect and organize data using fuzzy cognitive maps. Students will collect data in order to better understand an issue of interest in their chosen community. They will learn how fuzzy cognitive maps can be used to understand the relationships involved in complex issues, and how they can be used to inform decision making.

Dr. Adam J. Shuhendler, Professor
Department of Chemistry and Biomolecular Sciences, University of Ottawa

About Dr. Shuhendler
About the Molecular Medicine Lab
In the Molecular Medicine Lab, we design and implement chemical tools that can probe biochemistry either through non-invasive imaging techniques (e.g. MRI and PET), or by way of point-of-care diagnosis of diseases. We accomplish this by designing and synthesizing chemical probes, testing them in “test tube” conditions, and then apply them to animal models of human diseases.
In this lab, you will get to test novel probe molecules that our researchers have created. Using optical or nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy, you will learn to evaluate the molecules’ ability to serve as diagnostic agents.
The results of these studies will be used to better diagnose heart disease, cancer therapy response, and the outcomes of concussion injury.Dr. Emily Standen, Professor
The Department of Biology, University of Ottawa

About Dr. Standen
About the Standen Lab
Study how animals move under different environmental conditions. In this lab, you will work with graduate student researchers to film animals swimming and walking, using high-speed video cameras. You may work with amphibious fish or salamanders, or other animals.


University of Saskatchewan

Dr. Andy Allen
Western College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Saskatchewan

Students will have an opportunity to do what veterinarians do. They will help examine cats, dogs and other pets in our Veterinary Medical Centre; visit horses, cattle and other farm animals with our Field Service veterinarians; and learn about diagnostic testing such as medical imaging, clinical pathology, and autopsy.

Dr. Robert Blyth, Assistant Director of Research
Tracy Walker, Educational Outreach Coordinator
Canadian Light Source (CLS), Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

Student participants will work with their mentors and other CLS staff to use the synchrotron, a foot-ball field-sized research facility producing extremely brilliant light, to conduct an experiment that is part of an ongoing research program in an area of the students’ choice.

Dr. Duncan Cree, Department of Engineering
University of Saskatchewan

Students will obtain hands-on experience with a small design project related to engineering. The students will learn how to go from a computer software drawing (Solidworks) to a finished three-dimensional part. The students will get all the training required, no previous experience required, just bring your enthusiasm for learning!

Dr. Axel Diederichsen, Research Scientist, Curator
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Areas of Expertise

  • Conservation, characterization and distribution plant genetic resources for food and agriculture
  • Cooperation with international genebanks
  • Phenotypic and genotypic diversity of crop plants and crop wild relatives

Dr. Jack Gray, Professor of Biology and Vice Dean Research
College of Arts and Science, University of Saskatchewan

Research and development of vaccine and immunity-enhancing technologies for humans and animals.

Dr. Alison Oates, Dr. Marta Erlandson, Dr. Leah Ferguson
College of Kinesiology, University of Saskatchewan

Kinesiology is the study of human movement and how movement impacts how we feel and respond physically, mentally and socially. Students who engage with faculty members from Kinesiology will have the opportunity to learn about physical activity and sedentary behaviour, learn how to use equipment to monitor balance and movement and learn how our body’s mechanics affect that movement. They will also have a chance to examine the effect of physical activity on bone and muscle health using novel imaging machines and have their bones measured, as well as learn about how to interview athletes about the psychological well-being and sport experiences.

Mr. Rick Retzlaff, Department of Mechanical Engineering
College of Engineering, University of Saskatchewan

Students will begin to understand and experience the engineering design process through exercises and hands-on activities. Ultimately, this process will be used to design and fabricate a device to solve a problem identified by the student’s experience.

Dr. Kevin Rozwadowski, Research Scientist
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Areas of Expertise

  • DNA recombination and repair, genome editing, regulation of gene expression, protein biochemistry
  • Plant and microbial genetics, molecular tools, transgenic technologies, plant molecular biology

Past Students

Amanda Kocis-Lehman – 2013 participant

This was my experience at the University of Manitoba in the Faculty of Kinesiology and Recreation Management. I enjoyed it very much and I couldn’t have asked for more. Thank you too everyone that made this happen. Kirkness presentation – Amanda Kocis-Lehman

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Georgina Balfour – 2012 participant

As a high school student, I have been very fortunate to work for Dr. Nancy Ames at her research lab for the past 4 weeks. I gained a great amount of knowledge and experience which is going to help me push forward in furthering my education into a science field.

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Lindsay Bristow – 2009 participant

The Verna Kirkness Program allowed me an early exposure into the exciting field of science, research, and experience working in a laboratory. Having been a participant in this program strongly steered and directed my educational journey and provided me with the skills, interest, and self-confidence to pursue my path into medicine.

Contact

For New University Partnerships and information about the Verna J. Kirkness Science and Engineering Education Program contact:

Dr. Ron Woznow
ron.woznow@vernajkirkness.org

For information on how school districts can partner with the Foundation contact:

Tyson MacGillivray
tyson.macgillivray@fsd.mb.ca

For Donations and Sponsorship Opportunities contact:

Tony Williams
t_williams@telus.net

For information on the student application process contact:

Susan O’Brien
susan@vernajkirkness.org

If you would like to volunteer for the Kirkness Program contact:

Dr. Ron Woznow
ron.woznow@vernajkirkness.org

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The University of Manitoba


In addition to providing financial support, Deans Beddoes, Halden, and Whitmore and Associate Dean Joannie Halas have facilitated the participation of the following faculty for the Program: Drs. Rotima Aluko, Nancy Ames, Subramanian Balakrishnan, Nazim Cicek, Annemieke Farenhorst, Kevin Fraser, James Friel, Norman Halden, Randy Herrmann, Witold Kinsner, Ayush Kumar, Juliette Mammei, Michele Piercey-Normore, Liz Ready and Barbara Sharanowski. Dr. Annemieke Farenhorst chairs the Program’s Faculty Advisory Committee. She holds the NSERC Chair For Women in Science and Engineering (Prairie Region). Deborah Young, Executive Lead Indigenous Achievement, Office of the President provides liaison with the President’s Office and sits on the Program Advisory Committee.

The University of Saskatchewan


In addition to providing financial support, Dr. Patti McDougall,Vice-Provost, has facilitated the participation of the following faculty members: Drs. Andrew Allen, Duncan Cree, Sean Maw, Rick Retzlaff, Alison Oates, Louise Humbert, Leah Ferguson, and Marta Erlandson and from the Canadian Light Source Dr. Robert Blythe and Tracy Walker.

The University of British Columbia


In addition to the financial support from Deans John Innes, Marc Parlange and Simon Peacock the following faculty served as mentors for the 2016 Verna J. Kirkness Science and Engineering Education Program: Drs. Joerg Bohlmann, Harry Brumer, Julie Cool, Lori Daniels, Erik Eberhardt, Sue Grayston, Jennifer Love, John Bass, Madjid Mohseni, Sheryl Staub-French and Pierre Bérubé. The Program was facilitated by Dr. Ian Caver (Science) Dr. Elizabeth Croft (Applied Science) and Andrea Lyall (Forestry).

Frontier School Division


In addition to providing in kind support, the Division is playing an active role in promoting the Program with other school divisions. Mr. Tyson MacGillivray, Assistant Superintendent, is President and a Board member and also chairs the Program’s School Advisory Committee.

Indigenous Student Centre, University of Manitoba


The Indigenous Student Centre is dedicated to the creation of an educational environment that includes the affirmation of Indigenous cultures, values, languages, history, and way of life by virtue of increasing the knowledge foundation offered at the University of Manitoba.

St. John’s College

SHAD

Elite Travel Ltd.


Mimi Thompson is booking air travel for students and chaperones.

School District 47 (Powell River)

Sliammon First Nation

Sponsors

Since 2009 the following organizations and individuals have provided financial support to the Foundation:

Over $100,000

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$25,000 to $100,000

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$10,000 to $24,999

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  • Dr. Ron Woznow and Susan O’Brien

$5,000 to $9,999

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$1,000 to $4,999

Up to $999.00

Our Friends

The following organizations offer young people the opportunity to achieve their potential.

Career Trek
is a not-for-profit organization that provides innovative educational programming for young people by providing hands-on career experiences designed to unearth their passion to pursue post-secondary education.


Code the Change UBC
helps change the world one software project at a time. They believe in the powerful combination of students’ passion and technical skills with the vision and knowledge of philanthropic organizations.


Gearing Up Engineering and Science for Kids
is a non-profit organization with the mandate of promoting science, engineering and technology to youth across British Columbia. Affiliated with the University of British Columbia, Geering Up is designed, organized and operated by UBC students.


The Science Ambassador Program
pairs the enthusiasm and expertise of senior University of Saskatchewan students in Science, Engineering, Agriculture and Health Science with the teaching and learning needs of remote communities in Northern Saskatchewan and Manitoba during 4-6 week placements.


The Program for Women in Science and Engineering (WISE)
 is an outreach group from the University of Manitoba dedicated to enthralling, educating and motivating the youth, including young girls, into exciting careers in Engineering and Science.


Women in Scholarship, Engineering, Science & Technology is a unit of the University of Alberta that has dedicated over 30 years to empowering women in the fields of science, engineering and technology.

Support the Verna J. Kirkness Science and Engineering Education Program.

Silent auction

We are running a silent auction for this Original hand carved and painted First Nations’ cedar chest.
All proceeds will go the Verna J. Kirkness Science and Engineering Education Program
Artist: Lloyd Haarala, Anishinaabe
Email all bids to: Ulandi Teubes at uteubes@gmail.com

Current bid (updated bi-weekly): $1500

First Nations' hand-carved cedar chest
Link to Appraisal of Chest and description
Closing date of auction is December 15, 2017
For more information contact Ron Woznow (604) 414-5844
It is being displayed at the the First Credit Union in Powell River.

Artwork for Sale

To purchase contact:
Susan O’Brien at susan@vernajkirkness.org.
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Watercolour by John S. O’Brien
Dimensions are 24” x 32”
$1000
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Watercolour by John S. O’Brien
Dimensions are 24” x 32”
$1000
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Watercolour by John S. O’Brien
Dimensions are 24” x 32”
$1000

Mixed media (pastel, watercolour, fabric) by John S. O’Brien
Dimensions are 28” x 20”
$1000

Dr. O’Brien’s artwork hangs in the Office of the President of the University of California and the Chancellor’s Office at the University of California, San Diego.

Volunteers

All management, administrative and Board positions are held by volunteers.

Charlotte Adomeit, Accountant
Dr. Rotimi Aluko, Faculty mentor
Dr. Nancy Ames, Faculty mentor
Mathew Arthur, Communication strategy
Dr. Subramanian Balakrishnan, Faculty mentor
Donna Beyers, Logistic support
Dr. Robert Blyth, Faculty mentor
Erik Bodfish, Logistic support
Dr. Allan Bonner, Past Board member
Gerry Brach, Education Advisor
Elizabeth Brach, Logistic support
Phyllis Caruk, Logistic support
Dr. Nazim Cicek, Faculty mentor
Dr. Jillian Detwiler, Faculty mentor
Dr. Marta Erlandson, Faculty mentor
Dr. Annemieke Farenhorst, Faculty mentor
Dr. Leah Ferguson, Faculty mentor
Verna Flett, Logistic support
Dr. Kevin Fraser, Faculty mentor
Dr. James Friel, Faculty mentor
Dr. Joannie Halas, Faculty mentor
Dr. Norman Halden, Faculty mentor
Dr. Randy Herrmann, Faculty mentor
Dr. Louise Humbert, Faculty mentor
Dr. Barry Jones, Past Board member
Dr. Witold Kinsner, Faculty mentor
Dr. Verna J. Kirkness, Honorary chair
Celeste Kozik, Logistic support
Dr. Ayush Kumar, Faculty mentor
Patrick Lauzon, Board member
Ingrid Maccoll, Logistic support
Tyson MacGillivray, Board member
Dr. Juliette Mammei, Faculty mentor
Dr. Sean Maw, Faculty mentor
Dr. Heather McRae, Faculty mentor
Susan O’Brien, Board member and Program coordinator
Dr. Alison Oates, Faculty mentor
Sydney Park, Social Media Coordinator
Valerie Parker, Logistic support
Dr. Michele Piercey-Normore, Faculty mentor
Pepper-Mackena Pritty, Student advisor
Dr. Liz Ready, Faculty mentor
Mr. Rick Retzlaff, Faculty mentor
Dr. Kateryn Rochon, Faculty mentor
Dr. Barbara Sharanowski, Faculty mentor
Cassidy Silbernagel, Webmaster
Dr. Baljit Singh, Faculty mentor
Kali Storm, Advisor
Dr. Emőke J.E. Szathmáry, Past Board member
Mimi Thompson, Travel coordinator
Dr. Diana Palmerin Velasco, Board member
Tracy Walker, Faculty mentor
Ben Whitrock, Fund development
Beverly Woznow, Researcher
Dr. Ron Woznow, Board member and Director of Programs
Deborah Young, Advisor

The Verna J. Kirkness Science and Engineering Education Program is a registered Canadian charity and accepts donations.

All donors will receive a tax receipt. Our Charity Number is 822843269 RR001.
100% Of Donations are used to fund the Verna J. Kirkness Science and Engineering Education Program.
None of these funds are used for administrative purposes.
All administrative functions are provided by volunteers.

For further information on being a donor, please contact:

Ron Woznow, Chair
ron@vernajkirkness.org
604.485.5774

Donations can be mailed to:

Dr. Ronald J. Woznow, Chair
The Verna J. Kirkness Education Foundation
3623 Marine Avenue
Powell River, BC V8A 2H5

If you would like to volunteer please contact:

Susan O’Brien
susan@vernajkirkness.org

Verna J. Kirkness Science and Engineering Education Program

The Verna J. Kirkness Education Foundation was founded in 2009 and is a Canadian registered charity.  The goal of the Foundation is to:

« Increase the number of First Nations, Métis and Inuit students graduating from science and engineering programs in Canada.”

Applications will be accepted through February 28, 2018. All applicants will be notified in early March.

Apply Here

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For the Silent Auction visit our support page. Auction ends December 15, 2017.

Current bid
(updated bi-weekly):
$1500

The Verna J. Kirkness Education Foundation Receives A Donation Of $500,000 From The Sisters Of St. Ann.
Press Release

2018 Program Dates:

University of Manitoba University of British Columbia University of Saskatchewan University of Calgary University of Ottawa First Nations University of Canada
May 27 – June 1 May 13-18 May 6-11 May 6 – 11 May 13-18 April 29 – May 4

Students will arrive on campus on the Sunday before the Program start and depart on Friday afternoon after the final project presentations.

Application Form

 

 

THE VERNA J. KIRKNESS SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING EDUCATION PROGRAM

First Nation, Métis and Inuit Youth in Science and Engineering Initiative

Are you a First Nations, Métis or Inuit grade 11 high school student who wonders what it would be like to study science or engineering at University? Then click on the video above and listen to some 2016 Kirkness Program scholars on why and how you should apply.

The Verna J. Kirkness Science and Engineering Education Program will be offered at the University of Manitoba, University of British Columbia, University of Saskatchewan, University of Calgary, University of Ottawa and the First Nations University of Canada on the following dates:

University of Manitoba University of British Columbia University of Saskatchewan University of Calgary University of Ottawa First Nations University of Canada
May 27 – June 1 May 13-18 May 6-11 May 6 – 11 May 13-18 April 29 – May 4

This is a truly Unique Experience!

Students will be chosen from across Canada to spend a week in a University research lab. With 2 students per lab, you will have someone your own age on this adventure with you! You will become a member of a research team for the week doing experiments and attending lab meetings.

Indigenous Student Centre

The University of Manitoba, University of British Columbia, University of Saskatchewan, University of Calgary and University of Ottawa and First Nations University of Canada all have excellent Indigenous Student Centres that are great resources for any questions you have on attending University. You and your fellow students will spend a half a day at the Centre with Elders and staff.

Student Residence

You will spend the week in a student residence on the campus and eat at one of the many food outlets on campus. This experience will help you to understand what it is like to live on a university campus.

We cover your Expenses

Successful applicants will have their meals, accommodations and travel expenses covered.

Areas of Research

To view a list of the Faculty and Projects for the 2018 Program follow the link below in Step 3 of the guidelines.

If you are interested in applying, please see your teacher or school counselor who will help you fill out the application and submit your completed application by February 28, 2018. Applicants will be notified in March 2018.

APPLICATION GUIDELINES

STEP 1:

At the top of this page watch the video of the students who attended the Program in previous years. Additional videos are found on the opening page of the website and more are on the program description page.

STEP 2:

Complete the student information and the parent/guardian teacher information in Parts 1 and 2 of the Application.

STEP 3:

CHOOSE YOUR RESEARCH PROGRAM (Part 3)

  1. Review the list of current faculty and research projects at http://www.vernajkirkness.org/application-form/research-areas/
  2. List 3 research mentors/programs in order by preference. In most instances students will attend the University closest to their physical address.

NOTE: We will try and match each student’s preference but this is not always possible. Applicants must be prepared to work in any laboratory that they are assigned to.

STEP 4:

REFERENCE LETTER

Ask one of your teachers or guidance counselors to provide a letter of reference (Part 4 of the application).

The letter of reference should indicate that you have the interest and ability to attend college, university or other post-secondary school after graduation from grade 12 and that attending the Verna J. Kirkness Science and Engineering Education Program would help you to decide what you would like to study.

Your reference should indicate how they know you and explain why you would be a good participant for this Program.

STEP 5:

ESSAY

In a maximum of 300 (TYPED) words, please explain why you are interested in attending the Verna J. Kirkness Science and Engineering Program. Applications with less than 50-word essays will not be considered. This essay is the most important part of the application!

Once you have completed the form save the Word file with your name and email the completed application form along with the reference letter (Part 4) and the consent form (Part 6) to Susan O’Brien at susan@vernajkirkness.org no later than February 28, 2018.

An incomplete application will not be considered.

In March of 2018, someone from the Kirkness Program will contact you and your Parent or Guardian about the Program. Please provide accurate and complete contact information. If we are unable to speak to your Parent or Guardian you will not be considered for acceptance into the Program. Please respond to all email correspondence promptly.

Program Description

Testing at UBC – credit Jody Jacob

The Verna J. Kirkness Science and Engineering Education Program addresses the under-representation of First Nations, Métis and Inuit students at Canadian universities. One of the factors contributing to this is the lack of academic role models for these students.  The Foundation addresses this by offering scholarships to Indigenous grade 11 students to spend a week at a Canadian university interacting with scientists in their research laboratories. During their week on campus the students have the opportunity to meet role models, learn about the support systems that are available to them on campus and experience the excitement of doing research.

 

Interviews with Students and Mentors

Interviews from the 2015 Program at the University of Manitoba

Quotes from participating students:

“Yes, my university choice will be influenced. I am now pumped about going to university and that will speed up my career path.”
Jesse – Rivers, Manitoba

“Yes, the program has influenced my educational path. I am now considering universities here and will probably take a path in science and nutrition.”   “ This was a once in a lifetime experience and I am honoured to have participated in it. Makes me feel special – and the interviews, with all the TV people, were awesome!”
Dana – Arviat, Nunavut

“I now know I wouldn’t want to work in a lab but I am still interested in the sciences. I am very capable of graduating and going to post-secondary school. It will be hard but I can do it. I loved this program and it was a great opportunity. I would do it again if I could.”
Trina – Baker Lake, Nunavut

“This was a really good week for me. Definitely a lot of once-in-a-lifetime experiences.”
Savannah – St. Teresa Point, Manitoba

“I now have more options to become what I want to become in life.”
Harley – St. Teresa Point, Manitoba

“I have learned more in a few hours than I have in 4 years in high school science.”
Derek – Cranberry Portage, Manitoba

“There is constantly something to learn, something new in science and you can help people in many ways with science, and even yourself.”
Georgina – Norway House, Manitoba

Student Work Samples

Presentation on working in the Kinesiology Department
Kirkness presentation – Amanda Kocis-Lehman

Presentation on working in the Science Department
Kirkness presentation – Taneisha Dumas

Webpage on working in the  Entomology Department
Brandy Bird and Austin McPherson’s Insect webpage

Video on Water Quality Research

Poster on Soil and Water Research

Click for a larger view.

 

Board of Directors

Current Directors

Verna J. Kirkness, Honourary Chair – Member of the Fisher River Cree Nation
A lifelong advocate of Indigenous education, Verna Kirkness created new learning opportunities for Canada’s Indigenous people through her work as a teacher, counselor, consultant and professor. As the first education director for what are now the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs and the Assembly of First Nations, she played a pivotal role in the development of the MIBs position paper, Wahbung: Our Tomorrows and the 1972 landmark policy of Indian Control of Indian Education. As a professor at the University of British Columbia, she worked to extend new programs, support services and cultural enrichment to Indigenous students. Verna has written and edited eight books and is published extensively in academic journals. She has received numerous awards, including the Order of Canada in 1998.

Gerry Brach, Treasurer
Mr. Brach is a resident of Powell River, BC where he has been an educator and school counsellor for School District 47 for over 30 years. He graduated from UBC with a M.Ed. in Counselling Psychology in 1990. Gerry leads the development and implementation of educational programs for the Sliammon First Nation where he is Head Teacher of Ahms Tah Ow School. He will assist in the identification of new educational partners as the Verna J. Kirkness Science and Engineering Education Program goes national in 2015.

Mark Fattedad
Mr. Fattedad joined Jarislowsky Fraser in 2006 and is a Partner in the firm’s Vancouver office. He is a registered portfolio manager and advises both institutional and private clients on investment strategy, investment policy and portfolio management. He serves on the Board of the Down Syndrome Research Foundation and is a member of the Corporate Governance and Nominating Committee.

Patrick Lauzon, Vice-President
Mr. Lauzon is a resident of White Rock, British Columbia.  He graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree from UBC in 1978 and did advanced studies at Simon Fraser University.  From 1981 to 2010 he held a range of positions in Western Canada.  In 2001 he was appointed Manager for Corporate Affairs and Policy for Merck Frosst Canada in BC with responsibility for liaison with the academic health research community, the business and bio-technology sector, patient and disease advocacy groups and the BC government.

Tyson MacGillivray, President
Mr. MacGillivray is a resident of Winnipeg, Manitoba. He received his BSc. from St. Francis Xavier University in 1996. Tyson is the Assistant Superintendent for the Frontier School Division. Prior to this he was a teacher, vice-principal and a principal in the Shamattawa Education Authority. He chairs the School Advisory Committee for the Foundation and was also instrumental in recruitment of Program participants from Winnipeg high schools.

Ulandi Teubes, Treasurer
Ulandi Teubes is an Associate and the BC Region Operations Manager at Golder Associates Ltd., a global employee-owned engineering and environmental consulting services company with approximately 100 offices worldwide. Ulandi works in Golder’s Vancouver office as a part of a small senior leadership team that collaborates with the Principals and Associates of the region to develop and implement strategy, and manage the operations. Ulandi has been active in supervisory and management positions for 30 years and this is mostly attributable to her sincere interest in identifying and providing opportunities for people, mentorship to support their career growth and confidence development.

Tony Williams, Chairman
Mr. Williams is an alumni of the U of M Faculty of Science where he obtained a Bachelor of Science in Actuarial Mathematics. He is president of PBI Actuarial Consultants, Ltd. in Vancouver who provide consulting advice to organizations in the private sector and public sector across Canada. His clients include BC First Nations, whom he advices regarding management of their land claims settlement funds, and the University of British Columbia pension fund..

Ron Woznow, Executive Director
Dr. Ron Woznow is a resident of Powell River, British Columbia. He co-founded the Verna J. Kirkness Education Foundation in 2008 along with Susan O’Brien. He has served in executive positions in both the for-profit and non-profit sectors.  Ron Woznow has 30 years of board experience with Canadian charitable organizations including Science World BC, the BC Children’s and Family Research Institute and the North South Institute.

Past Directors

Allan Bonner
Dr. Allan Bonner is a resident of Toronto, Ontario.  He is an author, journalist and founder of Allan Bonner and Associates a media relation’s consultancy.  Allan Bonner has coached approximately 30,000 people to deal with some of the most controversial and public issues of our time.

Ethel Gardner
Dr Stelómethet Ethel B Gardner is Stó:lō, and a member of the Skwah First Nation in B.C., with a PhD from Simon Fraser University, an Ed.M. from Harvard, a M.Ed from the University of British Columbia (UBC)’s Tsk’‘kel Program, and a B.Ed. from UBC’s Native Indian Teacher Education Program (NITEP). Her career in the field of Education spans over 30 years, and includes a passion for Indigenous language revitalization. Dr Gardner has led the design and development of unique Indigenous teacher education programs at Simon Fraser (Stó:lō DSTC) and Lakehead Universities (Honours B.Ed (Indigenous ) and at the University of Alberta, Dr Gardner assumed a leading role in Indigenous Language Education (ILE).

Barry Jones
Dr. Barry Jones is a resident of Fredricton, New Brunswick.  He has over 30-years’ experience working with government, industry and as a consultant in both fisheries’ research and management positions.  Barry Jones has served on the boards of community organizations including the Canadian Red Cross Society/Fredricton Branch and the York Credit Union.

Susan O’Brien
Ms. O’Brien is a resident of Powell River, British Columbia. She co-founded the Verna J. Kirkness Education Foundation in 2008 along with Ron Woznow. From 1979 until 2001 she held the position of Administrative Analyst in the School of Medicine at the University of California, San Diego Center for Molecular Genetics. Additionally, from 1992 to 1996 she was the operations manager for Myelos Neurosciences. She is also co-founder of the Verna J. Kirkness Science and Engineering Education Program.

Emőke J.E. Szathmáry
Dr. Szathmáry is a resident of Winnipeg, Manitoba. She was President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Manitoba between 1996 and 2008. As president emeritus and professor she is continuing her academic appointments in the Department of Anthropology as well as in the Department of Biochemistry and Medical Genetics. Earlier she served as Provost and Vice-President (Academic) at McMaster University, Dean of Social Science at the University of Western Ontario, and Chairman of the department of Anthropology at McMaster.

Diana Palmerin Velasco
Dr. Diana Palmerin Velasco is a resident of Guelph, Ontario where she is the Cultural Diversity Specialist at the Cambridge, Kitchener and Waterloo YMCA. She graduated with an MSc. in Social Psychology from the London School of Economics and a Ph.D. in Sociology from the Latin American Faculty of Social Sciences (FLACSO). Her research work focused on the impact of immigration on women and family. She will lead the development of a survey to measure the impact of the Kirkness Program on the participants’ career choices and their roles as mentors within their communities.

Mark Whitmore
Dr. Mark Whitmore was Associate Dean of Science at Memorial University of Newfoundland for three years, and Dean of Science at the University of Manitoba for a 10-year term, where he continues as Professor of Physics. He has served on several boards of directors, including the University of Manitoba and a number of not-for-profit research organizations. He has a particular interest in supporting the success of all students, and educating all citizens in the value and importance of science to society and to them personally.