Maclean's Magazine Names 4 YSC Alumni Among 15 "Ones to Watch"

Thu, 2012-04-12 23:22 -- Reni Barlow

A "Leaders of Tomorrow" special report in the April 23rd issue of Maclean's magazine profiles fiflteen young Canadians as "The ones to watch."

Included in the group, which spans a wide range of endeavours, are four Youth Science Canada alumni identified for their achievements in business, research, and the environment:

  • Eden Full, of Calgary, Alberta translated an interest in solar energy that started at age nine into medal-winning science fair projects at CWSF 2006 and 2009, and selection to Team Canada-ISEF in 2007 and 2008. Today, she is the founder of Roseicollis Technologies, a solar energy start-up that deploys her SunSaluter invention in established and emerging markets. The patent-pending solar panel rotating system tracks the sun - without electricity - to optimize energy collection by up to 40 percent for only $10.
  • Marshall Zhang, a grade 12 student in Richmond Hill, Ontario has spent much of his spare time over the past two years working in the Cystic Fibrosis Centre at Toronto's Sick Kids' Hospital, where he's identified a promising combination of drugs that target the underlying cause of the disease rather than the symptoms. Zhang won a gold medal at CWSF 2011 in Toronto and has been selected as a member of Team Canada-ISEF 2012 to represent the country at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in May.
  • Danny Luong and Alexandre Allard, of Québec City developed a bacterial solution to the challenge of breaking down polystyrene foam (Styrofoam) in landfills. They identified a combination of three strains of bacteria that were particularly effective in breaking down the material in weeks rather than decades, a discovery that won them a silver medal at CWSF 2010 in Peterborough, and later that summer, the Stockholm Junior Water Prize - a prestigious international competition hosted in the Swedish capital.

Youth Science Canada alumni continue to demonstrate that Canada's young scientists are world-class leaders in science, technology, innovation, and entrepreneurship. Our programs develop, identify, recognize, and celebrate their excellence.