IBM Canada Limited Wins Award for Science Outreach From Canada’s Oldest Scientific Society

TORONTO, April 19, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- IBM Canada receives the William Edmond Logan Award from the Royal Canadian Institute for Science (RCIS). The award recognizes the organization’s outstanding contributions to the public understanding of science.

IBM Canada Limited receives the Award in recognition its work promoting STEM among youth through programs such as its IGNITE camp and IBM STEM 4 Girls programming. The large number of students reached through these initiatives and the manner in which these programs engage IBM Staff through volunteerism is impressive. The focus on First Nations, Indigenous and Inuit youth in particular are a very important aspect of these programs.

The RCIS Council also noted IBM Canada’s strong commitment to environmental sustainability, with its flagship “green data centre” in Barrie Ontario and also its efforts to promote diversity in STEM professions, having recently hosted at Markham headquarters the “STEM Female Millennial Conference” for women in senior secondary school. The IBM STEM 4 Girls Millennial Conference hosted students to discuss the current state of women in STEM and to give them an opportunity to network as well as learn about IBM’s latest technology.

Like RCIS, IBM Canada has a long history in this country. Canada. Peter Love, the 114th President of the Institute said, “We are delighted to recognize another such venerable institution for its work in building public awareness of science.”  

Every day for the past 100 years, IBM has invested in growth, progress and reinvention across the nation.  IBM has an enduring commitment in Canada to meaningful progress– to finding better ways to do things that matter.

The RCIS is a platform for public engagement with leading scientists, featuring free live lectures and panel discussions and an extensive online archive. Founded in 1849, RCIS is among the oldest societies of any kind in Canada. For 168 years, we have worked towards the goal of an informed public that embraces science to build a stronger Canada.

We recognize excellence in Canadian science outreach with two awards: the Fleming Medal and the William Edmond Logan Award. William Edmond Logan was the Institute’s 3rd President and presided over the granting of its Royal Charter from Queen Victoria. He is also the namesake of Canada’s tallest mountain, Mt. Logan, and founder of the Geological Survey of Canada.

The William Edmond Logan Award will be presented at the 12th Annual RCIS Canadian Science Dinner, on the evening of April 20, 2017 at MaRS in Toronto. This unique and exciting evening gives an opportunity to talk science with some of Canada’s top researchers and science policy experts.

Location: award will be presented at the Royal Canadian Institute for Science’s 12th Annual Science Dinner, MaRS Auditorium, Toronto, Thursday, April 20, 7 PM


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