The 20th Annual

Discovery Awards

Discovery Awards, in support of Discovery Centre, celebrates outstanding innovators whose game changing achievements in science and technology put Nova Scotia at the forefront of global innovation.

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Meet 2022 Recipients

Discovery Awards candidates put science achievement in the minds of the local community, along with serving as role models for youth who will be the innovators of the future.
Meet our 2022 Recipients.

Hall of Fame

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Dr. Ken Lee

National Senior Scientific Advisor, Fisheries and Oceans Canada

Inductees are recognized for having made major, internationally recognized impacts on science and/or technology during their lifetime. Inductees are required to have roots in Nova Scotia having either been born here or having made significant achievements while living and working in Nova Scotia. Through their outstanding lifetime contributions to society, the Hall of Fame inductees serve as inspirational role models for the youth of Nova Scotia to pursue STEM careers.

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Youth Award

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Silas Eastwood

Student, Grade 11, Citadel High School

Awarded to the junior or senior high school student(s) in Nova Scotia who achieved the highest ranking among all Nova Scotia participants at the Canada-Wide Science Fair.  The Youth Award is designed to recognize extraordinary work in the early scientific efforts of young Nova Scotian students.

 

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PROFESSIONAL OF DISTINCTION

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Dr. Tamara Franz-Odendaal

Professor, Department of Biology, NSERC Atlantic Chair Women in Science and Engineering, Mount Saint Vincent University

Awarded to a world-class science and/or technology researcher or developer (in academia, a public research institution or private sector) who demonstrates ingenious and innovative thinking in the creation of ideas, concepts, perspectives, and processes within their field. The recipient is recognized nationally and internationally for excellence in their work, but may not necessarily be well known locally by members of the general public.

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SCIENCE CHAMPION

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Dr. Arunika Gunawardena

Professor, Department of Biology, Faculty of Science, Dalhousie University

Awarded to a working scientist, technology professional, full-time science teacher, professor, journalist, or media personality who devotes their time to the promotion of science and technology to the public. The recipient serves as a role model for all Nova Scotians, particularly for youth and students, in support of the development of a culture of science and innovation in the province.

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EMERGING PROFESSIONAL

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Dr. Souvik Mitra

Neonatologist, Division of Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine, IWK Health Centre

Awarded to a post-secondary science and/or technology student, graduate student, post-doctoral fellow, or practicing professional who is early in their career and lives and studies or works in Nova Scotia. This person demonstrates intellectual achievement, excellence, and has potential for ongoing growth and development.

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INNOVATION

Mo AlGermozi, Graphite Innovation and Technologies

Graphite Innovation & Technologies

Mo AlGermozi, Co-founder, President & CEO

Awarded to a company or individual for science and/or technology innovation in the commercial development of a new product or service. Presented to an enterprise or individual that has developed a commercially viable product or service and is either ready to bring it to market or has recently successfully done so. This award is intended to recognize a team or individual who saw the commercial potential of a concept/research and applied innovative business practices, combined with the strategic investment of time and money, to bring it to the market. 

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Professional of Distinction

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Dr. Ron
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Paediatric Orthopaedic Surgeon, Orthopaedics, IWK Health Centre
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Dr. Danika van Proosdij

Professor & Director of the TransCoastal Adaptations Centre for Nature-Based Solutions, Saint Mary’s University
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Dr. Tamara Franz-Odendaal

Professor, Department of Biology, NSERC Atlantic Chair Women in Science and Engineering, Mount Saint Vincent University

Awarded to a world-class science and/or technology researcher or developer (in academia, a public research institution or private sector) who demonstrates ingenious and innovative thinking in the creation of ideas, concepts, perspectives, and processes within their field. The recipient is recognized nationally and internationally for excellence in their work, but may not necessarily be well known locally by members of the general public.

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Science Champion

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Dr. Arunika Gunawardena

Professor, Department of Biology, Faculty of Science, Dalhousie University
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Simone Le Gendre-King

Director of Immigration Programs, Province of Nova Scotia
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Dennis Langille

Senior Project Manager, Michelin North America (Canada) Inc.

Awarded to a working scientist, technology professional, full-time science teacher, professor, journalist, or media personality who devotes their time to the promotion of science and technology to the public. The recipient serves as a role model for all Nova Scotians, particularly for youth and students, in support of the development of a culture of science and innovation in the province.

 

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Emerging Professional

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Dr. Souvik Mitra

Neonatologist, Division of Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine, IWK Health Centre
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Dr. Amina Stoddart

Assistant Professor, Department of Civil and Resource Engineering, Dalhousie University
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Dr. Erin Mazerolle

Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, St. Francis Xavier University

Awarded to a post-secondary science and/or technology student, graduate student, post-doctoral fellow, or practicing professional who is early in their career and lives and studies or works in Nova Scotia. This person demonstrates intellectual achievement, excellence, and has potential for ongoing growth and development.

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Innovation

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Precision BioLogic Inc.

Paul Empey, President & CEO
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Innovasea

Dr. Sara Stout-Grandy, Senior Hardware Engineer
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Graphite Innovation & Technologies

Mo AlGermozi, Co-founder, President & CEO

Awarded to a company or individual for science and/or technology innovation in the commercial development of a new product or service. Presented to an enterprise or individual that has developed a commercially viable product or service and is either ready to bring it to market or has recently successfully done so. This award is intended to recognize a team or individual who saw the commercial potential of a concept/research and applied innovative business practices, combined with the strategic investment of time and money, to bring it to the market. 

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PUBLIC IMPACT AWARD

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Dr. Timothy Webster

Climate Change Adaptation & Resilience, Nova Scotia Community College

Recognizes a Nova Scotian researcher in academia, a public research institution, government, or the private sector, whose research has benefited Nova Scotians by tangibly improving the economy, environment, healthcare system, or society. The recipient’s work has developed in response to the needs of society, and is solving a problem, managing a risk, or creating an opportunity for Nova Scotians.

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The celebration takes place on November 23rd at the Halifax Convention Centre for the 20th Annual Discovery Awards in support of Discovery Centre’s charitable mission to advance science literacy through fun, interactive learning experiences.

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Supporting the Discovery Awards means supporting Nova Scotia’s innovation agenda, ultimately contributing to the social and economic prosperity of our province. Your support is a direct investment in engaging and retaining the next generation of talent in our region – our youth.

With a winning formula that interweaves the elements of a sophisticated awards dinner with the fun and interactivity for which Discovery Centre is known, Discovery Awards brings together members of the research community, businesses, industry associations, academia, entrepreneurs and community members for an unforgettable evening that is guaranteed to unleash your inner scientist.

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The Discovery Awards for Science and Innovation is Atlantic Canada’s most prestigious science recognition event and the signature fundraising event for Discovery Centre. To accomplish our charitable mission, we rely on support from a community of people who believe in the power of curiosity to transform lives. When you make a donation to the Discovery Awards, your gift enables the very best in inclusive and accessible STEAM programming for children and families from one end of the province to the other. Every contribution makes a tangible impact, helping to spark curiosity, creativity, and confidence among our youth.

2022 Sponsors

The Discovery Awards would not be possible without the support of our partners. Thank you to our 2022 sponsors:

Co-presenting Sponsors

Youth Award

Hall of Fame

Public Impact Award

Science Champion

Innovation

Professional of Distinction

Emerging Professional

Reception & Discovery Demo

Science Challenge

Media

Raffle Sponsors

Friends