Acknowledges exceptional achievements in research and development by an individual or team, which is of benefit to Canada. The technical excellence can be developed in a university, industrial setting or a research institution in Canada.
The 2017 winner of the Kalev Pugi Award is:
University of Toronto
Molly Shoichet holds the Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Tissue Engineering and is University Professor of chemical engineering and applied chemistry, chemistry and biomaterials and biomedical engineering at the University of Toronto. She is a world leader in the areas of polymer synthesis and biomaterials design for cell delivery, drug delivery and 3D cell culture.
Shoichet is the recipient of many prestigious distinctions and the only person to be a Fellow of Canada's 3 National Academies. Shoichet is the L'Oréal-UNESCO for Women in Science Laureate for North America in 2015. She holds the Order of Ontario and is a foreign member of the US National Academy of Engineering.
She received her bachelor of science (SB) from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in chemistry and her PhD from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst in polymer science and engineering.