Discovery Awards Discovery Awards

Previous Recipients

The Discovery Awards began in the spring of 2002 with the mandate 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, where we honour people whose leading-edge work have helped make Nova Scotia a leader in science and technology innovation. Our award recipients put science achievement in the minds of the local community along with serving as role models for youth who may well be our scientists of the future.

Recognized Categories

  • Hall of Fame – Individuals who have achieved outstanding lifetime contributions to science and technology (determined by committee)
  • Science Champion – an individual, organization, or program that promotes science and technology education and STEM careers, and/or makes science better understood by the public
  • Innovation – a company that has produced a commercially viable product or service and is ready or has already launched it into the market
  • Professional of Distinction – an individual who is a leading innovator, a role model for people who choose science as a career
  • Emerging Professional – an individual who is early in their career and demonstrates research excellence, knowledge sharing, and potential for ongoing growth and development
  • Youth – A student or students who has been recognized by the Nova Scotia Science Fairs as worthy of being recognized for their outstanding achievements (as determined by the NS student with highest-level recognition at Youth Science Canada’s Canada Wide Science Fair)

Hall of Fame

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2020 – Dr. Sandra Barr for her authoritative work on the geological evolution of the northern Appalachian mountain belt of Nova Scotia and New Brunswick.
2019 –
Dr. Sultan Darvesh as a multidisciplinary clinician-scientist, Professor of Neurology and Medical Neuroscience at Dalhousie University, and Dalhousie Medical Research Foundation Irene MacDonald Sobey Chair in Curative Approaches to Alzheimer’s disease.
2019 – Alexander Howard (A.H.) Mackay (post-humously) for his work as a distinguished educator, scientist, and humanist, serving as Nova Scotia’s superintendent of education for 36 years.
2018 Dr. Gerhard Stroink acknowledged for his exceptional contributions to the Discovery Centre and the local science community, as well as the international impact of his research in physics and biomedical engineering.
2018 – Dr. William David (Dave) Jamieson (post-humously) for his influential career with the National Research Council and his exemplary 35 years of scientific service to the Canadian public.
2017 Peter Allen, Ph.D., recognized for his contributions to the solar energy research and development community.
2017– William Howard Feindel, Ph.D., (post-humously) recognized for his outstanding contributions to neurosurgical research and development of medical diagnostic equipment.
2016 Jeff Dahn, Ph.D., Recognized as one of the pioneering developers of the lithiumion battery that is now used worldwide in laptop computers and cell-phones.
2016 – Henry Marshall Tory (post-humously) For his leadership in establishing worldrenowned Universities and research labs across Canada.
2015 Axel Becke, Ph.D., a physical chemist, is one of the most referenced researchers in the world (over 100,000 citations). He is credited with accurately modelling the motion of electrons in atoms, molecules, and solids.
2015 – George C. Baker, (post-humously), an early champion of tidal power and instrumental in the creation of the Fundy Environmental Science Committee which oversaw the first study of the Bay of Fundy.
2014 Leo Vining, Ph.D., (post-humously), recognized worldwide as one of the greatest chemical biologists in the field of natural production of antibiotics, member of Canadian Society of Microbiology, and Professor Emeritus of Dalhousie University.
2014 – Charlotte Keen, Ph.D., internationally-renowned marine geophysicist and a research scientist at the Bedford Institute of Oceanography.
2013 George Geoffrey Meyerhof, Ph.D., (post-humously), served as the Dean of Faculty of Engineering at the Nova Scotia Technical College (later TUNS, now Dalhousie), Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering and the F.H. Sexton Award.
2013 – Thomas John (Jock) Murray, Ph.D., internationally known neurologist, founder and director of the Dalhousie Multiple Sclerosis Research Unit in Halifax.
2012 Sir J. William Dawson (post-humously), helped put Joggins on the map and was the first Canadian-born scientist of international reputation.
2012 – Dr. Roy Bishop, Ph.D., professor emeritus and Honorary Research Associate of Physics at Acadia University.
2011 Dr. Donald Hebb (post-humously), described as the father of neuropsychology, he was president of both the Canadian and American Psychological Associations and awarded eight honourary degrees.
2011 – Dr. W. Ford Doolittle, Ph.D., is Professor Emeritus (Biochemistry and Molecular Biology), Dalhousie University.
2010 Dr. Enid Johnson (post-humously), the first anesthetist to administer a muscle relaxant (curare) during surgery.
2010 – Dr. Arthur McDonald performing groundbreaking research in neutrinos, Queens University
2009 Oswald Avery (post-humously), key scientist in molecular biology whose contributions include DNA and its role in genetics.
2009 – Dr. Brian Hall, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus (Biology), Dalhousie University
2008 Donald Crowdis, served as the Nova Scotia Museum as Curator and Director, one of the first popular hosts of CBC The Nature of Things, a fellow of the Canadian Museum Association and the Royal Arts Society.
2008 – Simon Newcomb (post-humously), graduate of Harvard, Professor of Mathematics and Astronomy, US Naval Observatory, Washington and the John Hopkins University, Washington.
2007 Frederick Sexton (post-humously), CBE, Director of the Technical Education of Nova Scotia and Principal of the Nova Scotia Technical College, Halifax
2007 – Dr. Robert Ackman, Ph.D., O.C., retired, Canadian Institute of Fisheries Technology and Dalhousie University, Halifax
2007 – Dr. Ransom Myers (post-humously), Ph.D., Professor of Mathematics and Biology, Dalhousie University, Halifax
2006 Dr. Nancy Lane, D.Phi., Sc.D., LLD (Hon), D.Sc.(Hon),F.I.Biol.,OBE, Cell Biologist and Senior Research Associate, Zoology Department of Cambridge University, England
2006 – Alexander Graham Bell (post-humously), PhD (Hon), Legion of Honour, Baddeck, NS.
2005 Dr. Erwin Zodrow, Professor Emeritus, Dept. of Geology, Cape Breton University, Sydney
2005 – Dr. Charles Huggins (post-humously), Nobel Prize Winner, Chancellor Acadia University, Wolfville
2003 Willard Boyle, Nobel Prize winner, Physicist, retired Executive Director of Research, Communications Sciences Division, Bell Labs and co-inventor of the Charge Coupled Device, Halifax
2003 – Abraham Gesner (post-humously), physician, geologist, chemist, inventor, professor & author
2003 – Dr. Mary Anne White, Killam Professor, Materials Science and Chemistry and Physics, Dalhousie University, Halifax
2002 –  Dr. Richard Goldbloom, O.C., M.D., C.M., F.R.C.P.C, Professor of Pediatrics (Emeritus), Dalhousie University & the IWK Health centre
2002 – Dr. Kelvin Ogilvie, C.M., PhD., D.Sc., F.C.I.C., Past President & Vice Chancellor, Acadia University
2002 – Elinor Nicoll, MEd., retired teacher, Halifax Regional School Board

Professional of Distinction

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2020Linda Campbell, Ph.D., Professor and Senior Research Fellow in Environmental Science at Saint Mary’s University
2019 – Graham Gagnon, Ph.D., Professor of Civil and Resource Engineering, Dalhousie University and  NSERC / Halifax Water Industrial Research Chair, Centre for Water Resource Studies
2018Patrick McGrath, Ph.D., Professor of Psychiatry, Pediatrics, Community Health and Epidemiology, Dalhousie University and Scientist, IWK Health Centre
2017Jason Clyburne, Ph.D., Professor of Chemistry, Dalhousie University, Canada Research Chair (Tier II) in Environmental Studies and Materials
2016James Robar, Ph.D., Director, Dalhousie Medical Physics, Dalhousie University, Halifax
2015Orlando Hung, Ph.D., MD, Professor, Dept of Anesthesia Surgery and Pharmacology, Dalhousie University, Halifax
2014Sherry Stewart, Ph.D., Professor, Dept.’s of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, Dalhousie University, Halifax
2013Noni MacDonald, MD, & Michael Graven, MD, Professors, Department of Pediatrics, Dalhousie University as well as in the IWK Health Centre, Halifax
2012Ron O’Dor, Ph.D., Professor of Biology, Dalhousie University, Halifax
2011Dr. Kenneth Lee, Ph.D., Executive Director, Centre for Offshore Oil, Gas, and Energy Research, Halifax
2010Dr. Patrick Lee, Ph.D., Professor in the Departments of Pathology and Microbiology & Immunology, Dalhousie University, Halifax
2009Dr. Susan Bryson, Ph.D., Professor of Pediatrics, Dalhousie University, and Chair of the IWK Autism Research Centre, Halifax
2008Dr. Jeffery Dahn, Ph.D., Professor of Physics and Chemistry, Dalhousie University, Halifax
2007Dr. Micheal Quilliam, Ph.D., Principal Research Officer, NRC Institute for Marine Biosciences, Halifax
2006Dr. Donald Weaver, MD., Ph.D., FRCPC, Canada Research Chair, Professor of Medicine and Chemistry, School of Biomedical Engineering, Dalhousie University, Halifax
2005Dr. Jock Murray, O.C., M.D., Dean of Dalhousie Medical School, Director of Dalhousie Multiple Sclerosis Research Unit, Chief of Medicine at Camp Hill Hospital, Head of the Neurology at Camp Hill Hospital and Royal College Program Director, Halifax
2003Dr. Ivar Mendez, Professor of Surgery (Division of Neurosurgery, Dalhousie), Chair of the Brain Repair Centre, Director of Research of the Dept. of Surgery, Director of the Neural Transplantation Laboratory, Halifax
2002Dr. W. Ford Doolittle, Ph.D., Professor, Dept. of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Dalhousie University, Halifax

Science Champion

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2020 Chantelle Cormier, M.A., Senior Biology Lab Instructor, Cape Breton University, and Chair of Biology Department
 – Christine Chambers, Ph.D., Clinical psychologist,
Killam Professor, Dalhousie University, and Canada Research Chair (Tier 1) in Children’s Pain

2018Kevin Hewitt, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Physics and Atmospheric Science and Chair of Senate, Dalhousie University
2017Matthew Lukeman, Ph.D., Chemistry Professor, Acadia University, Wolfville, NS
2016Boris Worm, Ph.D., Marine Research Ecologist and Associate Professor, Dalhousie University, Halifax
2015Rob Thacker, Ph.D., Professor & Canada Research Chair in Computational Physics, Saint Mary’s University, Halifax
2014Jeff Hutchings, Ph.D., Professor of Biology, and Izaak Walton Killam Memorial Chair in Fish, Fisheries, and Oceans at Dalhousie University
2013Richard Zurawski, M.A, part time lecturer at Mount Saint Vincent University, author, and meteorologist and radio personality, Halifax
2012Dr. John Young, Professor Emeritus, Department of Chemistry, Saint Mary’s University, Halifax
2011Dr. Daniel Silver, Ph.D., Dean, Department of Computer Science, Acadia University, Wolfville
2010Dr. Martha Jones, Ph.D., Chair of the Department of Biology, Cape Breton University, Sydney
2009Dr. Truis Smith-Palmer, Ph.D., Chemist and Professor, Department of Chemistry,
St. Francis Xavier University, Antigonish
2008Dr. Adam J. Sarty, Professor, Department of Physics, Saint Mary’s University, Halifax
2007David J. Lane, Astronomy Technician and High Performance Computing System
Administrator, Saint Mary’s University, Halifax
2006Dr. Gerhard Stroink, Ph.D., Professor of Physics, Dalhousie University, Halifax
2005Dr. Robert Fournier, Professor, Oceanography, Dalhousie, Guest Scientist on CBC Information Morning, Halifax
2003Dr. Richard Wassersug, Professor in the Dept. of Anatomy and Neurobiology, Dalhousie University, Halifax
2002Dr. Graham Daborn, Professor of Biology and Director of Acadia Centre for Estuarine Research, Acadia University, Wolfville.


Click to See Past Recipients

2020 – Mackenzie Healthcare Technologies, Musquodoboit Harbour
2019 – Novonix, Halifax
2018 – DMF Medical Inc., Halifax
2017 – Densitas Inc., Halifax
2016 – Natural Ocean Products, Halifax
2015 – Decell Technologies, Halifax
2014 – Carbon Cure Technologies Inc., Halifax
2013 – SENSElab, Halifax
2012 – DeNovaMed, Halifax
2011 – Elekta Atlantic, Halifax
2010 – Resolution Optics, Halifax
2009 – Origin BioMed, Halifax
2008 – Atlantic Fibre Technology, Halifax
2007 – ImmunoVaccine Technologies, Halifax
2006 – Enerscan Engineering, Halifax
2005 – Advanced Glazings, Sydney
2003 – MedMira Laboratories Inc., Halifax

Emerging Professional

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2020Mita Dasog, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry, Dalhousie
2019 – Barret Kurylyk, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Civil and Resource Engineering, Dalhousie
2018Erin Bertrand, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Biology, Dalhousie University
2017Ghada Koleilat Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Dalhousie University, Halifax
2016Alec Falkenham, Ph.D. Candidate, Dalhousie University, Halifax
2015Nick Nickerson, Ph.D., Chief Scientist, Eosense, Dartmouth
2014Robin Urquhart, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Dept. of Surgery, Dalhousie University, Halifax
2013Christa Brosseau, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry, Saint Mary’s University, Halifax
2012Dr.Simon Sherry, Ph.D., Clinical Psychologist and Associate Professor, Department of Psychology, Dalhousie University, Halifax
2011Dr. Jill Chorney, Ph.D., Centre for Pediatric Pain Research, IWK Health Centre & Dalhousie University, Halifax
2010Dr. Christopher Barden, Ph.D. Chief Operating Officer, DeNovaMed, Halifax
2009Dr. Marie-Claude Gregoire, MD, MSc, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Dalhousie University, and Staff Physician of the IWK Pediatric Palliative Care Service, Halifax
2008Dr. Ryan C.N. Darcy, Assistant Professor of Diagnostic Radiology and an Adjunct Professor at the Neuroscience Institute, Dalhousie University, Halifax
2007Dr. Christine Chambers, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Psychology, Dalhousie Universit and the Dept. of Pediatrics at the IWK Health Centre, Halifax
2006Dr. David Risk, Ph.D., Professor, Environmental Sciences Research Centre, St. Francis Xavier University, Antigonish
2005Dr. Jason Gu, Ph.D., Faculty of Computer Science, Dalhousie University, Halifax
2003Nicole Collison, Defence Scientist, Defence R&D Canada-Atlantic, Halifax
2002Doug MacLaren, PhD Student, Dept. of Chemistry, Dalhousie University, Halifax

Youth Award

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2020 – Michelle Song (The Use of Yeast Prevent Fungal Diseases in Horticultural Produce) Horton High School, Wolfville, NS
 – Om Agarwal (DetectTimely, an open source, standardized, and comprehensive breast cancer analytics)
2018Eli Wood (Stimulation of the Vagus Nerve Through Targeted Temperature Therapy 2.0) Yarmouth Consolidated Memorial High School, Yarmouth, NS
2017Janani Venkat (Antibacterial Effects of Microemulsified Oils & Chitosan Nanoparticles) Bedford Academy, Bedford, NS
2017Anisha Rajaselvan (The Answer to Cancer: Killing Breast Cancer Cells with Triptolide), Sacred Heart School of Halifax, NS
2016Sophie Fraser (Common Sensors: Impact Sensors for Helmets), King’s-Edgehill School, Annapolis Valley, Windsor
2015Maria Duynisveld (Eggs-amining the Connection Between Foraging Behaviour and Egg Characteristics), Pugwash District High School, Pugwash
2015Rachel Brouwer (Can We Improve the Quality of Water in Developing and Third World Countries?), Bedford Academy, Bedford
2014Robert MacDonald (Tornado Outbreaks: Finding Mechanical and Thermodynamic Relationships), J.L. Ilsley High School, Halifax
2013Harishitaa Prithiviraj (Divided We Fade, United We Cure!!!), Bible Hill Junior High School, Bible Hill
2012Ellen Song (Aroma Precursor Treatments), Horton High School, Wolfville
2011Brandon Fillmore (Lateral Balance System), Bible Hill Junior High
2011Megan Smith and Charlotte Donaldson (Spinal Board), Hants East Rural High School
2010Chantal Surette (L’Appareil Orque), l’Ecole Secondaire de Clare, Meteghan
2009Todd Mercer (The Mow Pod), Cape Breton University & Riverview High School, Sydney
2008Todd Mercer & Mike MacIsaac (The Amazing Alter Leg), Riverview High School, Sydney
2007Oliver Hatheway and Darren Rodenhizer, (The Economizer Engine), Park View Education Centre, Halifax
2006Abeer Hasan, (The Biodegradable Cup), Bedford South School, Halifax

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