On November 22, during a ceremony at the Fairmont Château Laurier in Ottawa, Dr. Dan-Xia Xu was officially inducted as a Fellow to the Royal Society of Canada (RSC) for her outstanding scientific achievement. Recognition by the RSC is one of the highest Canadian honours an individual can achieve in the Arts, Social Sciences and Sciences. Dan-Xia has worked at the National Research Council of Canada (NRC) for 25 years. She is currently a Principal Research Officer at the Advanced Electronics and Photonics Research Centre, an adjunct professor of Carleton University, and a Fellow of the Optical Society. Dan-Xia has been a pioneer and global leader in silicon photonics for more than two decades, making discoveries that launched this field and subsequently drove advances in components for optical communications, sensing, spectroscopy, and metrology. Of particular significance are her inventions in polarization management techniques, and biomolecular sensing. Dan-Xia recently broke new ground with machine learning methods that dramatically simplify high-dimensional photonic design challenges.