Juliet Daniel, Professor, McMaster University

Dr. Juliet Daniel is an Associate Professor in the Department of Biology at McMaster University and a leader in STEM advocacy and outreach. She is actively involved in the Afro-Caribbean Canadian community in Hamilton & Toronto and serves on several committees including, The African Caribbean Cultural Potpourri Inc. (ACCPI) Scholarship Committee that annually awards scholarships to minority students entering university or institutions of higher learning. She also supports the student-led McMaster WISE Initiative since its inception in 2007, and the National Let’s Talk Science Program that promotes and encourages youth to pursue careers in science. In 2007, Dr. Daniel co-founded the Canadian Multicultural LEAD Organization. The L.E.A.D. (Leadership, Empowerment, Achievement, Determination) Program is for Grade 11-12 students. She also co-organized the 1st and 2nd Annual Visions of Science (VoS) Symposium at McMaster. She has received several academic and research awards including, the Gold Crown of Merit for Cancer Research, Barbados National Honor, Barbados (2010);  Errol Walton Barrow Award of Excellence, Barbados Ball Canada Aid,  Toronto (2009); African Canadian Achievement Award of Excellence in Science, Toronto(2008); inclusion in Who’s Who in Black Canada 2 (2006); the John C. Holland Award for Professional Achievement, Hamilton BHM (2005); Minority Scholar Award, American Association for Cancer Research (2004); Ontario Premier Research Excellence Award. Dr. Daniel’s research interest is in cancer biology, with a focus on Cadherin-mediated cell adhesion, signal transduction and tumor metastasis.

Imogen Coe, Professor, Ryerson University

Dr. Imogen R. Coe is a Professor of Biochemistry and was the founding Dean of the Faculty of Science at Ryerson University. She is an affiliate scientist with Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute, Keenan Research Centre at St. Michael’s Hospital which is where her research program is located.  She has served on NSERC, CIHR and NCIC scientific review panels and continues to supervise research projects of undergraduates, graduate students, postdoctoral fellows and research associates in her group. Imogen also serves on the Board of Directors of the Michael Garron Hospital (formerly the TEGH) and the Canadian Mining Innovation Council.  She is a member of the Executive Advisory Council for Champions for Change, an initiative of FIRST Canada also serves as an advisor to hErVOLUTION, a non-profit organization working on access to innovative education and employment services to girls and young women in STEM. Imogen is well known for her promotion and advocacy on equity, diversity and inclusivity (EDI) in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).  She is considered to be a Canadian thought leader in this area and is a highly sought-after speaker and panelist on the topic. In 2016, she was announced as one of WXN’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women in Canada, in the Sunlife Financial Trailblazer & Trendsetter category. Dr. Coe is an accomplished cell biologist known internationally for her work on membrane transport proteins that are the route of entry into cells for a large class of anti-cancer, anti-viral and anti-parasite drugs. 

Deborah McGregor, Professor, York University

Professor Deborah McGregor joined York University’s Osgoode Hall law faculty in 2015 as a cross-appointee with the Faculty of Environmental Studies. Her research has been published in a variety of national and international journals and she has delivered numerous public and academic presentations relating to Indigenous knowledge systems, governance and sustainability. She co-edited Indigenous Peoples and Autonomy: Insights for a Global Age with Mario Blaser, Ravi De Costa and William Coleman (2010). She is co-editor of the Anishinaabewin conference proceedings series. Dr. McGregor’s research has focused on Indigenous knowledge systems and their various applications in diverse contexts including water and environmental governance, environmental justice, forest policy and management, and sustainable development.

Emily Agard, Director, SciXchange, Ryerson University

Dr. Emily Agard is a leader in science outreach at Ryerson University, serving as the university’s first Director of SciXchange. Dr. Agard earned a B.Sc. in Life Sciences from Queen’s University and a Ph.D. in Immunology from the University of Toronto. She taught biology at York University and the University of Toronto at Scarborough before joining Ryerson as an Associate Professor. For over a decade, she has worked with youth from various socioeconomic backgrounds, focusing on youth from vulnerable communities.  She received NSERC PromoScience funding to support a new initiative, Youth Engagement through Soapbox Science (YESS), to connect youth to women who are outstanding in scientific fields. As Director of SciXchange at Ryerson University, she is passionate about making science accessible, engaging and inclusive of all groups and embraces opportunities to speak about learning and applying science in everyday life and various career paths.

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