Minister Duncan Announces River Institute $25K Award for Outstanding Contributions Promoting Science to Kids 050319

River Institute receives prestigious NSERC Award

Today, the Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science and Sport, announced the River Institute as the winner of the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) Award for Science Promotion–Group Category. The award honours individuals and groups who make outstanding contributions to the promotion of science in Canada through activities that encourage children and young adults to take an interest in science, and even turn it into a career.

This year, the River Institute was chosen for its innovative science-based education and outreach programs delivered in Eastern Ontario, and its work to improve the health of the St. Lawrence River and other large river ecosystems. The $25,000 NSERC award will support future educational programs for young people in the region.

Our Government knows that in today’s competitive, knowledge-based global economy, encouraging young Canadians to pursue careers in science and research is critical.  That’s why we are investing in the people and programs that bring science to life and inspire young Canadians to pursue their curiosity and ignite their love of science.

Minister Kirsty Duncan

A delegation from the River Institute was present to receive the award at the Museum of Nature, in Ottawa.  Dr. Jeff Ridal, Executive Director of the River Institute, was thrilled to accept the award on behalf of the River Institute staff and Board of Directors. “This recognition from NSERC is a great honour for all of us at the River Institute” he stated, “We are grateful and proud to be chosen as the recipient, especially in our 25th Anniversary year.”

Minister Duncan also launched this year’s edition of Science Odyssey, Canada’s science and technology festival delivering fun and engaging events for Canadians of all ages.  Powered by NSERC, the 16-day event celebrates Canadian STEM achievements and connects people with scientists, researchers, teachers and citizen scientists at hundreds of events in communities across the country.

Photo from left to right: Dr. Jeff Ridal, Executive Director, Pam Maloney, Fund Development Officer, Cristina Charette, Education Coordinator,  Christina Collard, Program Leader Administration & Fundraising, Dr. Brian Hickey, Research Scientist Program Leader Education.

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