May 22, 2015 – Burnaby, British Columbia
Dr. Lesley Shannon for the BC/Yukon region and Dr. Eve Langelier for the Quebec region were announced today as new Chairs for Women in Science and Engineering during the Creating Connections 4.0 conference at Simon Fraser University.
The two leading Canadian women researchers will receive $95,000 each annually for five years, through the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), with matching funding from host universities and industry partners, to encourage the participation of women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines.
Both Chairs have already made important contributions to research by mentoring girls and women and by promoting gender equity in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics STEM fields–disciplines that remain predominantly male.
NSERC’s Chairs for Women in Science and Engineering Program began in 1996. Its goal is to increase the participation of women in science and engineering, and to provide role models for young women in these fields. The five Chairs are regionally based in the Atlantic, Quebec, Ontario, Prairie, and British Columbia/Yukon regions. NSERC funding must be matched by contributions from corporate sponsors.
“Encouraging science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education for young Canadians is a key commitment in our science, technology and innovation strategy. It helps ensure our young people have the opportunity to pursue higher education and well-paying careers in these fields. The Chairs being recognized today, Dr. Shannon and Dr. Langelier, were selected because of their leadership and dedication in inspiring the next generation of women and girls to pursue STEM careers.”
—The Honourable Ed Holder
Minister of State (Science and Technology)
“NSERC’s Chairs for Women in Science and Engineering are committed to making science, technology, engineering and math more attractive to women and girls. Together with industry partners and community organizations, these Chairs promote careers in science and engineering for girls. We welcome the work of these researchers in continuing the program’s legacy to increase diversity, eliminate barriers and provide mentorship for the next generation of women discoverers and innovators.”
—Dr.B.Mario Pinto, President, NSERC
NSERC is the primary funding agency supporting Canada's science and engineering research community. The agency supports almost 30,000 post-secondary students and post-doctoral fellows in their advanced studies. NSERC promotes discovery by funding approximately 12,000 professors every year and fosters innovation by working with over 3,000 Canadian companies that are participating and investing in post-secondary research projects.
Media and Public Affairs Officer
Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada