The 2017 winner of the Purvis Memorial Award is:
Let's Talk Science
Bonnie Schmidt is the founder and president of Let’s Talk Science, which she started while completing a PhD in physiology at Western University. She is responsible for leading the development and implementation of the organization’s strategy. Since its inception, Let’s Talk Science has impacted nearly 4.5 million youth and educators and engaged more than 26,000 volunteers.
Schmidt has been active in many national and provincial organizations and initiatives. Currently she serves on the Board of Directors of Ontario Genomics and the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT). She is also on the Governor General’s selection panel for the Meritorious Service Award and was recently named Chair of the National Leadership Taskforce on Education & Skills for Information and Communications Technology Canada. She was the founding co-chair of the Science and Technology Awareness Network (STAN).
For her work in education, Schmidt was named a Member of the Order of Canada in 2015 and has received several awards, including the Life Sciences Ontario Community Service Award; Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Award; Top 40 Under 40; and Western’s Young Alumni Award.