Purvis Memorial Award

Presented for major contribution to development and implementation of strategies, which have resulted in the strengthening of Canadian industry or academic or research institutions in the field of chemistry.

Terms of Reference and list of Past Winners

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.  

Past Winners

2016
Vicky Sharpe, Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC)
Presented by Lorenzo Ferrari, CIC/SCI Canada Chair (left)

2015
Duke du Plessis, Alberta Innovates – Energy and Environment Solutions (AI-EES)
Presented by David Beckman, CIC/SCI Canada Chair (right)

2014
Robert Graham
Chairman and CEO, Ensyn Corporation

2013
Jon Hantho
Maxxam Analytics