Kalev Pugi Award

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.

View the Terms of Reference and list of Past Winners

The 2017 winner of the Kalev Pugi Award is:


Molly Shoichet
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.

Past Winners

2016
Emily Moore, Hatch
Presented by Lorenzo Ferrari, CIC/SCI Canada Chair (right)

2015
Esteban Chornet, Enerkem/Université de Sherbrooke
Presented by David Beckman, CIC/SCI Canada Chair (right)

2014
Franco Berruti
Director, Institute for Chemicals and Fuels from Alternative Resources(ICFAR) and professor , Department of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering, Western University

2013
R. Tom Baker
University of Ottawa