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2022 Slate of Nominees

Anju Bajaj


Educator & Researcher

Anju is an educator and researcher with a strong sense of community and is located in Manitoba. Anju is a Vice Principal and a Stem Educator and has been awarded the Prime Ministers Award for Teaching Excellence. Her volunteer work includes SCWIST (Society for Canadian Women in Science and Technology) and supporting the ecosystem through a variety of  STEM organizations. LinkedIn profile

Clarence Button 



Clarence was a high school teacher in Newfoundland specializing in Science and Technology. He has considerable experience in developing and conducting Science and Technology Programs including cooperative education opportunities as well as a variety of experiences in the business sector including intellectual property protection, technology development and as the President and CEO of his own company.  LinkedIn Profile

Leroy Clarke


President and Executive Director of e-CAMP MENTOR

Leroy is President and Executive Director of e-CAMP MENTOR, located in Ontario, which was created with the goal of furthering youth development and empowerment. Leroy is also a co-founding director and vice president of the Centre for Rehabilitation and Health Services (CREHS) Inc, a business focused on providing global digital solutions in healthcare. Leroy brings more than 30 years of experience as a science educator is a passionate advocate for equity, diversity, inclusion and accessibility in STEM. LinkedIn Profile

Mehrdad Hariri


Founder, President and CEO of the Canadian Science Policy Conference

Mehrdad is the Founder, President and CEO of the Canadian Science Policy Conference (CSPC) a national organization, which is headquartered in Ontario.  Mehrdad brings a wealth of experience in building and supporting the Science ecosystem from the ground up in his work with the CSPC.  He has an deep understanding of the Science and Technology ecosystem in Canada and in 2020 he was selected as a member of the Governor-General Leadership Conference. LinkedIn Profile

Celia Kennedy


Geoscientist & PM

Celia is located in Alberta and has both industry ties and academic ties where her work straddles the sciences of hydrogeology/hydrology, alternative energy and ecological agriculture. In addition to her current industrial focus in environmental monitoring she co-leads a project in partnership with the Sucker Creek First Nation and the Indian Resource Council integrating traditional and western scientific methods on water quality. LinkedIn Profile

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