Wall of Fame

Since 1990, the ASTech Foundation has honoured outstanding achievement in science and technology innovation in Alberta. The accomplishments of many of our award winners have been acknowledged through national and international recognition at the highest levels. We applaud the ongoing success of our awardees! To read more about the individual awards, click on the award name.


John Acorn: Scientist, Author and Broadcaster

Mr. Acorn produced "Acorn: The Nature Nut", a television series broadcast worldwide. He has also written a trilogy of children's books on nature, palaeontology and insect-specific field guides for nature lovers.

                             - 2010 ASTech Award for Excellence in Science and Technology Public Awareness
                             - 2012 Royal Society of Canada's McNeil Medal for Science and Promotion Awareness

Dr. Robert Burrell: Canada Research Chair in Nanostructured Biomaterials, Professor of Chemical and Materials Engineering and Professor/Chair of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Alberta

Dr. Burrell's awards are for Acticoat(TM), which is a wound dressing he invented. It is used worldwide and harnesses the antimicrobial properties of silver to provide effective and fast healing. The dressings are commonly used in burn units.

                             - 2009 Encana Principal Award, Ernest C. Manning Awards Foundation
                             - 2010 ASTech Award for Outstanding Leadership in Alberta Technology 
                             - 2010 Jonas Salk Award
                             - 2016 Governor General's Award for Innovation

Dr. Robert Church: Professor Emeritus of Medical Biochemistry at the University of Calgary

Dr. Church has had a distinguished career as an entrepreneur, community leader and educator, finding new methods for livestock breeding. He was a founding member of the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Calgary and Associate Dean of Research. He was the first head of the department of Medical Biochemistry for 14 years.

                             - 1992 ASTech Outstanding Contribution to the Alberta Science and Technology Community Award
                             - 1993 Alberta Order of Excellence
                             - 2000 Member of the Order of Canada
                             - 2002 Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal
                             - 2012 Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal

Dr. William Cochrane: Medical Doctor, Medical Educator, Biotechnologist, and Businessman

Dr. Cochrane’s career has spanned the fields of medicine, biomedical research, education and business. He served in a number of leadership roles at the University of Calgary, including Dean of Medicine, Professor of Paediatrics, President and Vice Chancellor. During his time as President he established the Faculties of Humanities and Law. He became Alberta’s Deputy Minister of Health in 1973-74 before moving into the realm of business as Chairman and CEO of Connaught Laboratories from 1978-1989.

                             - 1989 Officer of the Order of Canada
                             - 2001 ASTech Outstanding Contribution to the Alberta Science and Technology Community Award
                             - 2002 Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal
                             - 2006 Alberta Order of Excellence
                             - 2010 Inducted into the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame
                             - 2012 Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal

Dr. Philip Currie:  Paleontologist

Dr. Currie is now a professor at the University of Alberta and is the driving force behind Dino 101, an open online course that teaches students around the world the basics about dinosaurs. He helped found the Royal Tyrell Museum in Drumheller, AB and in 2015, the Philip J. Currie Dinosaur Museum was opened in Wembley, AB.

                           - 2006 ASTech Alberta Science Award
                             - 2010 Alberta Order of Excellence
                             - 2012 Royal Canadian Geographical Society Gold Medal
 

DIRTT Environmental Solutions 

DIRTT (Doing It Right This Time) Environmental Solutions builds pre-engineered and pre-manufactured moveable walls, eliminating construction waste and future renovation waste.

                             - 2008 ASTech Outstanding Achievement in Applied Technology and Innovation Award sponsored by SAIT
                             - 2010 Ernest C. Manning Innovation Award

Dr. Norman Dovichi:  Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of Notre Dame

Dr. Dovichi's research has focused on the development of modern chemical microanalytical instrumentation. His research interests include The Human Genome Project, which was the most ambitious research project in the history of analytical chemistry. The goal of the project was the determination of the primary structure of the human genome.

                             - 1996 ASTech Alberta Technology Award
                             - 1999 Manning Award of Distinction
                             - 2012 Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry
                             - 2012 Royal Society of Chemistry Robert Boyle Award
                             - 2012 Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science

Dr. Breanne Everett:  CEO and co-founder, Orpyx Medical Technologies

The company makes a wearable technology that provides data on peripheral neuropathy which is a diabetic condition causing the loss of feeling and sensory feedback in the feet which can lead to tissue damage or amputation of the limb.

                           - 2012 ASTech Leaders of Tomorrow Award
 

Dr. Thomas Keenan:  Professor of Environmental Design at the University of Calgary

Dr. Keenan is a well-known figure, appearing at TEDxCalgary, on the radio, and in his weekly columns in the Calgary Herald and Business Edge, alternating topics in technology and men’s health.

                             - 1996 ASTech Outstanding Contribution to the Alberta Science and Technology Community Award
                             - 2002 Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal

Alvin Libin:  Businessman and Philanthropist

Alvin was Chairman of the Board of Trustees for Calgary Foothills Hospital from 1980-1990, and the Alberta Heritage Foundation for Medical Research from 1990-2000. The Alvin and Mona Libin Foundation supports numerous health organizations, including the Libin Gene Therapy Unit and the Libin Cardiovascular Institute at the University of Calgary.

                           - 2001 Officer of the Order of Canada
                             - 2004 Alberta Order of Excellence
                             - 2006 ASTech Special Award
 

Dr. Jacob Masliyah: Professor Emeritus at the University of Alberta and Oil Sands engineering expert

Dr. Masliyah is internationally recognized for his ground-breaking research in the improvement of oil recovery from Alberta’s oil sands to improve environmental outcomes. He is a researcher, scholar, mentor and educator.

                             - 1993 Syncrude/ASTech Innovation in Oil Sands Research Award
                             - 2008 ASTech Outstanding Leadership in Alberta Technology Award
                             - 2008 Officer of the Order of Canada
                             - 2012 Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal
                             - 2015 Alberta Order of Excellence

Dr. Norbert R. Morgenstern: Geotechnical Emeritus Professor at the University of Alberta

Dr. Morgenstern is an international authority in geotechnical engineering. He has made outstanding contributions through teaching, research and as a consulting engineer in the areas of offshore engineering, foundation engineering and the environment.

                             - 1991 Alberta Order of Excellence
                             - 1995 Syncrude/ASTech Innovation in Oil Sands Research Award
                             - 2000 Order of Canada
                             - 2002 Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal
                             - 2012 Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal

Patrick Nixon:  Founder of The Mustard Seed Street Ministry

Pat is originally from Vancouver and first arrived in Calgary at age 15. His struggles as a child on the streets led him to be a leader in delivering compassionate programs for the poor & homeless. Pat's work at Calgary’s Mustard Seed Street Ministry changed lives and encouraged thousands across Canada to join him in building stronger communities.

                             -  2005 Order of Canada Golden Jubilee Medal
                             -  2007 Alberta Order of Excellence 
                             -  2009 ASTech Societal Impact Award

Dr. Martha C. Piper: Former President and Vice Chancellor at the University of British Columbia

Dr. Piper is a global educator. Prior to her role at UBC, which she held from 1997-2006, and again as Interim President in 2015-2016, Dr. Piper was the Vice President, Research at the University of Alberta. She currently sits on numerous boards in Canada, including Bank of Montreal, Shoppers Drug Mart and the Dalai Lama Center for Peace and Education.

                             - 1996 ASTech Outstanding Contribution to the Alberta Science and Technology Community Award
                             - 2002 Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal
                             - 2003 Officer of the Order of Canada
                             - 2005 Order of British Columbia
                             - 2012 Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal

Dr. David W. Schindler:  Professor of Ecology at the University of Alberta

Dr. Schindler teaches limnology; the philosophy, sociology and politics of science; science and public policy in Canada; and environmental decision making. His research interests include the study of fisheries management in mountain lakes, the bio-magnification of organochlorines in food chains, effects of climate change and UV radiation on lakes, and global carbon and nitrogen budgets. Dr. Schindler has appeared in films and television programs multiple times, speaking on issues of water and air quality, particularly regarding the environmental impact of Alberta's oil sands.

                             - 1999 ASTech Alberta Science Award
                             - 2001 Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada
                             - 2002 Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal
                             - 2004 Officer of the Order of Canada
                             - 2008 Alberta Order of Excellence
                             - 2012 Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal

Dr. Eldon Smith:  Clinical Emeritus Professor at the University of Calgary

Dr. Smith was Dean of Medicine at the University of Calgary. He founded and served as President for the Peter Lougheed Medical Research Foundation, the Alberta Health Professions Advisory Board and the Premier's Advisory Council on Health in Alberta. He is the Chair of the Strategic Advisory Board of the Libin Cardiovascular Institute of Alberta.

                           - 2005 Officer of the Order of Canada
                             - 2007 ASTech Alberta Science and Technology Community Leadership Award
                             - 2013 Grant MacEwan Lifetime Achievement Award


Ed Struzik: 
Environmental Journalist

Ed has contributed to outstanding environmental journalism for more than 20 years. As the Edmonton Journal science writer, he educated the public on important issues related to the environment and conservation. Ed is currently a fellow in the School of Policy Studies, Institute for Energy and Environmental Policy at Queen’s University.

                             - 2004 ASTech Journalism: General Public Award
                             - 2013 Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal

Dr. Kim Sturgess:  CEO, Alberta WaterSMART

Dr. Sturgess is a driver of innovation and sustainability. Following successful careers as an engineer and entrepreneur, she founded Alberts WaterSMART to develop and improve Alberta’s water resources. She has also paved the way for women in engineering as a trailblazer and a mentor.

                             - 2015 Member of the Order of Canada
 

Surface Medical Inc. 

Surface Medical produces products that address hospital-acquired infections.

                             - 2015 Ernest C. Manning Innovation Award
 

Dr. Garnette Sutherland: Neurosurgeon, Professor of Neurosurgery at the University of Calgary

Dr. Sutherland spearheaded NeuroArm™. The University of Calgary project allows neurosurgeons to guide a robotic arm through the complex areas of brain surgery while the patient is inside an MRI machine. NeuroArm's goal is to be able to bring a high field MRI into the OR. Dr. Sutherland and his team created the world’s first mobile high field magnet.

                             - 2004 Ernest C. Manning Award of Distinction
                             - 2007 ASTech Alberta Technology Award 
                             - 2011 Member of the Order of Canada
                             - 2012 Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Medal

Dr. Richard E. Taylor: Professor Emeritus at Stanford University

Along with Dr. Jerome Friedman and Dr. Henry Kendall, Dr. Taylor received the 1990 Nobel Prize in Physics for their work verifying the quark theory in particle physics. Dr. Taylor began his physics research at the University of Alberta.

    - 1990 Nobel Prize in Physics
    - 1992 ASTech Alberta Pioneer in Science & Technology Award
                             - 2005 Companion of the Order of Canada
                             - 2008 Canadian Science and Engineering Hall of Fame
                             - 2012 Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal

Dr. John L. Wallace: Pharmaceutical Research Scientist & Adjunct Professor of Physiology & Pharmacology at the University of Calgary

Dr. Wallace’s research is focused on mediators of inflammation and their contribution to mucosal injury and dysfunction. He also studies the mechanisms of injury induced by the gastrointestinal tract by anti-inflammatory drugs, and the factors that regulate healing of ulcers. He has published more than 400 peer-reviewed papers and 100 book chapters, and is among the top 0.5 per cent of biomedical scientists in the world in terms of citations.

                             - 2001 ASTech Alberta Science Award
                             - 2008 Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada 
                             - 2009 Premier's Summit Award
                             - 2011 William Harvey Medal for Outstanding Contributions to Science
                             - 2013 Heyman's Memorial Award

Dr. Sam Weiss:  Professor of Cell Biology and Anatomy at the University of Calgary

Dr. Weiss made a discovery that allows the generation of new brain cells. This advancement has proven significantly important for those who have suffered strokes, head or spinal injuries, or are affected by diseases such as Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, Huntington's or multiple sclerosis.

                           - 2002 ASTech Alberta Science Award
                             - 2008 Canada Gairdner Award
 

Dr. Robert Wolkow:  Professor, iCORE and Alberta Innovates Technology Futures Research Chair, the Principal Research Officer at the National Institute for Nanotechnology, and Chief Technical Officer at Quantum Silicon Incorporated

Dr. Wolkow and his team are dedicated to creating a next-generation replacement for conventional transistors found in electronics by using nanotechnologies.

                           - 1999 Rutherford Memorial Medal in Physics
                             - 2015 ASTech Outstanding Leadership in Alberta Technology Award