And the winners are…

Thu, 2014-05-15 17:23 -- Dominic Tremblay

Canada-Wide Science Fair 2014 names top projects

Organizers of 53rd annual Canada-Wide Science Fair, presented by BlackBerry, awarded nearly $1 million in cash prizes, awards, and scholarships to winning finalists at today’s gala awards ceremony and banquet held at the St. Clair College Centre For the Arts in Windsor, Ontario.  The ceremony marked the culmination of a week on the University of Windsor campus—filled with project presentations to judges, science workshops, networking with peers and social activities for the 463 finalists from across Canada as well as delegations from Australia and Mexico. Canada-Wide Science Fair constitutes the national championship round of the national science fair program, where finalists from regional science fairs across the country, in grades 7 through 12 (including CEGEP), meet and compete.

The Best Project Award went to Daniel McInnis, a 16-year-old from Ottawa, ON. His project, “Picture This!: A Novel Approach to Limb Donor Identification & Prosthetic Design”, earned him a $10,000 cash prize sponsored by the Fair’s presenting sponsor, BlackBerry.
“This is a great accomplishment for Daniel,” said Brad McCabe, Executive Director with Youth Science Canada. “This is Daniel’s second time competing at CWSF. At the 2011 CWSF in Toronto, he won Best Junior Project.”
He also received a Senior Gold Medal, the $4,000 Manning Young Canadian Innovation Award and the Challenge Award – Innovation (Senior).
Platinum Awards of $5,000 were awarded to 15-year-old Maya Burhanpurkar of Oro-Medonte, ON (Best Intermediate Project) for her project titled, “The Time-Integral of Distance: Uncovering A New Property of Fundamental Physics” and to 13-year-old Thomas Imbeault-Nepton, of St-Honore, QC (Best Junior Project)
for his project titled, “Au rythme de l’haptique”.
Maya was also awarded an Intermediate Gold Medal, the Challenge Award – Discovery (Intermediate) and The Actuarial Foundation of Canada Award (Intermediate). 
Thomas was also awarded a Junior Gold Medal and the Challenge Award – Health (Junior). 
All 33 Gold Medal Winners were presented with new BlackBerry Z10 phones by BlackBerry Manager Corporate Citizenship, Renata Rusiniak. “We tend to focus on supporting initiatives in science and technology, and the Canada-Wide Science Fair fits in so well with the history of how our company was founded. It’s great to see the excitement in these young scientists - it’s infectious!” She added, “There’s a shortage in the high-tech sector, so we also are looking for future bright minds and their ideas.”
BlackBerry also presented its first BlackBerry Smartphone App Development Award to:  Kieren O’Neil from Kamloops, BC (Junior), Whitney Anderson from Prince George, BC (Intermediate) and Noah Bergmann from Merritt, BC (Senior)
The finalists will display their projects one last time at the public viewing session on Friday, May 16 from 9 am to 12 noon at the Exhibit Hall at the St. Denis Field House on the University of Windsor campus. Later on Friday, students will dismantle their projects and take in the send-off festivities before departing for home on Saturday.
At the CWSF 2014 Opening Ceremony held at the St. Denis Field House at the University of Windsor on Sunday, May 11th, Michael Serbinis, founder of KOBO was named the recipient of the Microsoft Canada CWSF Alumni Award.  Serbinis was a participant in the national science fair in 1982.
About the Canada-Wide Science Fair
In bringing Canada’s top young scientists together, the CWSF aims to accomplish two primary goals: to help participants benchmark their scientific and technological achievements against those of peers and to create a positive scientific and social experience for all the young people involved. A secondary goal is to expose other students in the CWSF’s geographic area to peer role models – the best young science and technology minds in the country. The CWSF is organized by Youth Science Canada, a national charitable organization that awards the event to a different local host committee every year. CWSF 2015 will be held in Fredericton NB, which will mark the first time it will be held in New Brunswick.
For additional information please contact:
Barb Tate, Media Relations
Canada-Wide Science Fair 2014
(416) 341-0040