Discovery Awards


Science Hall of Fame

Peter Allen Ph.D., CEO and founder of Thermo Dynamics Ltd, Dartmouth, Engineer Professor at Dalhousie University, will be recognized for his leadership in creating one of the largest solar manufacturers in Nova Scotia.



William Howard Feindel (1918 – 2014) will be recognized posthumously for his contributions to neurosurgical research and development of medical diagnostic equipment.


Janani Venkat, Grade 9
Bedford Academy
Gold Metal
“Antibacterial Effects of Microemulsified Essential Oils & Chitosan Nanoparticles”



Anisha Rajaselvam, Grade 9
Sacred Heart School of Halifax.
Gold Metal
“The Answer to Cancer: Killing Breast Cancer Cells with Triptolide”


Nova Scotia youth recognized for earning Gold Medal status at the 2017 Canada-Wide Science Fair.


Science Champion Finalists

An individual who promotes science and technology to the public above and beyond the normal avenues of communication.

Lisa Lunney Borden
Education, St. Francis Xavier University




Kevin Hewitt
Physics, Dalhousie University




Matthew Lukeman
Chemistry, Acadia University

Professional of Distinction Finalists

An individual who is a leading innovator, a role model for people who choose science as a career.

Jason Clyburne
Environmental Science & Chemistry
Saint Mary’s University



Patrick McGrath
VP Research, Innovation and Knowledge Translation
IWK Health Centre



Fred Whoriskey
Biology & the Ocean Tracking Network
Dalhousie University

Innovation Finalists

A company that has produced a commercially viable product or service and is ready or has already launched it into the market.


Densitas Inc.
Mohamed (Mo) Abdolell



Kinduct Technologies Inc.
Travis McDonough



QRA Corporation
Jordan Kyriakidis

Emerging Professional Finalists

An individual under the age of 35 who demonstrates intellectual achievements, excellence and potential for ongoing growth and development.

Amy Bombay
Psychiatry and Nursing
Dalhousie University




Ghada Koleilat
Electrical Engineering
Dalhousie University




Samuel Veres
Saint Mary’s University

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About the Discovery Awards

The Discovery Awards began in the spring of 2002, to recognize talented individuals and outstanding companies in Nova Scotia for their national and international work in the science and technology fields.

The awards bring together universities, corporations, businesses, government and the local community for an evening of celebration. Our award recipients put science achievement in the minds of the local community and serve as role models for youth who may well be future Discovery award winners!

Past Participants

Click HERE to take a look at a list of past award recipients.

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