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The Environment Division Early Career Research Award recognizes an outstanding early career researcher who has made distinguished contributions in the fields of environmental chemistry or environmental chemical engineering, while working in any sector in Canada, e.g., academia, government, industry, for-profit/not-for-profit, private/public sector.
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The 2021 winner of the Environment Division Early Career Research Award is:
Amila De Silva (she/her) is a research scientist at Environment & Climate Change Canada (ECCC) in the government of Canada since 2009. De Silva has grown research programs in environmental chemistry using funding from ECCC’s Chemicals Management Plan, funding from the Northern Contaminants Program, Government of Alberta’s Joint Oil Sands Monitoring Program, and through collaborations with other government and academic organizations. De Silva is an adjunct professor at Memorial University of Newfoundland and University of Toronto Scarborough. De Silva’s area of research focuses on the fate of organic chemicals in aquatic and polar ecosystems. De Silva has a strong record of professional service on organizational teams and Society working groups including previous chairing of the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry’s Chemistry Interest Group, the Canadian delegate on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Gender Task Force and as a committee member for the CSC’s Working Group on Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity. De Silva has a PhD in environmental chemistry from the University of Toronto, MSc in analytical chemistry from McGill University and B.Sc. in environmental science – chemistry from Carleton University. She is a first generation Canadian and lives in Burlington, Ontario.