Research excellence

Our vision is to create a better Canada and world through excellence in research and innovation. Pursuing excellence in all that we do allows us to have the greatest impact possible, and to further our reputation as a leader in the Canadian science, technology and innovation ecosystem.

We are proud to feature many of our researchers, scientists and other professionals who have been recognized nationally and internationally for the excellence of their work and career-long contributions in their respective fields.

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International awards

Significant awards recognizing world-class research and contributions.

National awards

Canadian awards and memberships recognizing exceptional accomplishment.

  • Canadian Association for Plant Biotechnology Lifetime Achievement Award: (2021) Dr. Alison Ferrie
  • Canadian Science Policy Centre Trailblazer Award (Science for Policy): (2022) Dr. Greg Smallwood
  • Member, Royal Society of Canada's College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists: (2021) Dr. Alan McConnachie

Fellowship to societies

Privileged memberships in recognition of exceptional work, achievements and contributions to various fields.

  • Fellow, ASM International: (2023) Dr. Rogerio Lima
  • Fellow, Canadian Academy of Engineering: (2023) Dr. Greg Smallwood; (2021) Dr. Ye Tao, Dr. Priti Wanjara, Dr. Chunsheng Yang
  • Fellow, Canadian Academy of Health Sciences: (2022) Dr. Danica Stanimirovic; (2023) Dr. Teodor Veres
  • Fellow, Chemical Institute of Canada: (2022) Dr. Pascale Champagne
  • Fellow, Engineering Institute of Canada: (2023) Dr. Pascale Champagne, Dr. Velko Tzolov, Dr. Gaozhi (George) Xiao
  • Fellow, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE): (2023) Dr. Pavel Cheben
  • Fellow, Optica: (2021) Dr. Zhenguo Lu, (2020) Jens Schmid
  • Fellow, Royal Academy of Engineering: (2023) Dr. Pavel Cheben
  • Fellow, Royal Society of Canada: (2020) Dr. Laura Ferrarese, Dr. Pavel Cheben
  • Fellow, Royal Society of Chemistry: (2021) Dr. Lu Yang
  • Fellow, SPIE (International Society for Optics and Photonics): (2020) Dr. Pavel Cheben

Societal awards

Awards granted by learned or scholarly societies that recognize leadership and accomplishment in innovative research and technical activities.

  • Additive Manufacturing Award of Excellence in Standardization from ASTM International: (2022) Louis-Philippe Lefebvre
  • Dunlap Award for innovation in Astronomical Research Tools from the Canadian Astronomical Society: (2022) Dr. JJ Kavelaars
  • Distinguished Materials Scientist Award from the Metallurgical Society of the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum: (2022) Dr. Prakash Patnaik
  • Excellence in Research Award of the Journal of Aerosol Science: (2022) Dr. Tim Sipkens
  • Fire Researcher of the Year from the Canadian Association of Fire Chiefs: (2022) Dr. Noureddine Bénichou
  • J.S. Plaskett Medal of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada and the Canadian Astronomical Society: (2023) Dr. Deborah Lokhorst
  • Research Excellence Award and Distinguished Lecturer Award from the Metallurgical Society of the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum: (2023) Dr. Priti Wanjara
  • Women in Flexible and Hybrid STEM award from the Canadian Printed and flexible Electronics Symposium: (2022) Dr. Chantal Paquet

Public service awards

Awards recognizing federal employees who demonstrated excellence while achieving results for Canadians.

  • Awards for Public Excellence (APEX): (2023 – Leadership) Dr. Geneviève Tanguay
  • Public Service Awards of Excellence: (2023 – Ian Shugart Award for Outstanding Career) Dr. Greg Smallwood; (2022 – Excellence in Profession) Dr. Danica Stanimirovic; (2020) Dr. Pavel Cheben

Other awards and recognition of team excellence

  • Brockhouse Canada Prize: (2022) Canadian Hydrogen Intensity Mapping Experiment (CHIME)
  • Canadian Aeronautics and Space Institute (CASI) Alouette Award: (2022) Aerospace Research Centre's Spacecraft Reverberant Acoustic Chamber Facility team
  • Captain Joseph H. Linnard Prize of the American Bureau of Shipping: (2021) Jeffrey Brown, Dr. Robert Frederking, Dr. Jungyong Wang
  • Excellence in Regulatory Cooperation and Collaboration Award from the Community of Federal Regulators: (2022) Health Canada, Public Health Agency of Canada and National Research Council team for Canadian-made respirators and COVID-19 response
  • Gold-level Edison Award: (2022) Photonics' printable electronics team with Taiwan Textile Research Institute
  • Governor General's Innovation Award: (2020) Canadian Hydrogen Intensity Mapping Experiment (CHIME)
  • Innovation Prize (Partnerships) of the Association pour le développement de la recherche et de l'innovation du Québec: (2021) Automotive and Surface Transportation Research Centre, Security and Disruptive Technologies Research Centre, and e2ip Technologies
  • Unsung Heroes Award from the Canadian Institute for Procurement and Materiel Management (2021): Biologics Manufacturing Centre Procurement Team