An Evening of Literature

I had the pleasure of speaking alongside Margaret Atwood at this year’s annual L3 Writers’ Conference in Barrie. What was a science nerd doing at a climate change focused Writers’ conference? Check out the (long and filmed-on-a-not-so-great-video-camera-by-my-parents-from-the-audience) video below!

International Women’s Day

Happy International Women’s Day, everyone!

I am so honoured to have had the chance to speak live nation-wide with Hannah Thibedeau on CBC News about women in STEM in celebration of International Women’s Day. ‪#‎IWD is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the achievements of women around the world and to encourage others to go further.

TDSB International Women’s Day

It was such a pleasure to speak at the Because I am a Girl Canada and Toronto District School Board International Women’s Day event today along with the incredibly talented Jessie MacAlpine and Jeanny Yao! ‪#‎GirlPower‬

TDSB International Women’s Day

Science Expo 2015 – Synapse: Crossroads of Global Innovation

For the last three years, I’ve had the pleasure of volunteering with the national non-profit organization Science Expo – Canada’s largest youth-run non-profit dedicated to providing STEM outreach to high school students across the country.

Today, I witnessed the culmination of countless hours of blood, sweat, and tears for the last year by everyone on the Science Expo executive team – our fifth annual conference at the Ontario Science Centre. While the workshops on cutting-edge quantum computing, lectures on 3D printing, and keynote speeches by world-leaders in bio-security, evolutionary biology, and polymer chemistry made for an incredible day of STEM learning for everyone, the most rewarding part of the conference was hearing from delegates that our conference inspired them to pursue careers in STEM. I cannot thank my incredible team at Science Expo enough for making this day such a success.

I’ve worn many hats during my time at Science Expo – Speakers Coordinator, Marketing Director, Vice-President, President…and today, it’s time for me to make yet another transition. I will be joining the Board of Advisors as of the end of March. I am so proud of what everyone at Science Expo has achieved in the last few years, and I am so excited to see what we continue to do in the years to come.

We Move Beyond

This article says I “rocked modern science,” which is funny because there never was a rock concert. That would have been much more fun. It went more like this: after a long day of work in the basement, I feel asleep during an experiment and woke up to find that something interesting had happened.

Thanks to Noel and the Beyond team! It was a pleasure chatting with you.

http://www.wemovebeyond.com/news/2015/1/19/eventually-i-started-to-ask-questions-that-people-didnt-have-answers-to-and-i-think-that-really-started-my-scientific-journey

Game Changers

I had a wonderful time chatting with my fellow Top 20 Under 20 alum Shane Feldman two nights ago for an interview in his new “Game Changers” series – a fantastic initiative to engage teachers in the world of student leadership! I am very excited to see the final project. Here’s a picture from the interview:

An Open Letter to Jian Ghomeshi

Dear Jian,

I know you must be busy these days. You must wonder why the world hates you.

I want you to know I loved your show. You were a genius.

They say that you hurt people, but I say there are lots of hurtful people. That’s not news.

So, why do they hate you so much?

I know I’m only 15, but I think I know.

If we can’t trust Jian Ghomeshi, who can we trust?

Lots of rich powerful people don’t care about the world; they have caused immeasurable damage to the planet, but we always knew they would, so we don’t really hate them.

So what did you do, Jian? You destroyed our trust in the world. You pretended you cared but you didn’t and that hurt us.

You represented civility and honour.

You represented a distinct society – polite, kind, respectful – that is supposed to make Canada unique in the world.

You were our national hero.

In a world gone mad, if we can’t trust Jian Ghomeshi, who can we trust?

That’s why you hurt me.

 

Yours truly,

A disillusioned 15 year-old Canadian