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CWSF 2004 - St. John's Newfoundland

CWSF 2004 - St. John's Newfoundland,  May 15- 23, 2004 at Memorial University of Newfoundland   

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CWSF 2004 - St. John's Newfoundland,  May 15- 23, 2004 at Memorial University of Newfoundland 

Team Quinte

Team Quinte » for CWSF 2004: from left to right: 
Raphael Morin, Erik Yao, Connor Emdin, Lorraine Chuen, Erika Jackson, Katherine Kerr

St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador
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For the first time in 15 years, 500 of the country’s brightest young scientists and innovators will gather in St. John’s for the annual Canada-Wide Science Fair, the signature event of Youth Science Foundation Canada.
Details were announced during a special event at Holy Heart of Mary Regional High in St. John’s this morning, where winners from the school’s annual fair, held on March 4, displayed their science projects. Special guests included the Honourable R. John Efford, Minister of Natural Resources Canada; the Honourable John Ottenheimer, Minister of Education; Bert Tulk, Avalon East School District; and members of the Canada-Wide Science Fair 2004 Host Committee. The Canada-Wide Science Fair is taking place from May 15- 23, 2004 at Memorial University of Newfoundland and will bring together junior and senior high school students who qualify from the top ranks of the competitors at 100 regional science and technology fairs from across Canada. Approximately 350 scientists and experts will be at the event to judge the
The Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA) is providing $85,700 towards the Canada-Wide Science
Fair. “The Canada-Wide Science Fair exposes young people to the emerging opportunities in science and
innovation. It will bring together the next generation of inventors, scientists, engineers and technologies
that will help advance our country’s innovation agenda in the years to come,” said Minister Efford. “This
event will also raise the profile of Atlantic Canada as a centre for innovation, and will offer a networking
venue for the leaders in Canada’s research and innovation community.”
The Government of Newfoundland and Labrador has committed approximately $45,000 in direct funding
and support to the event. “It is a privilege to host this prestigious event in Newfoundland and Labrador,
and is a wonderful opportunity to showcase our outstanding students and teachers,” said Minister
Ottenheimer. “The potential of our youth is a great resource. In nurturing their abilities and encouraging
their ambitions, through an event such as the Canada-Wide Science Fair, we are investing in the promise of future success.”
Youth Science Foundation Canada, a not-for-profit group, engages and supports Canada's young scientists and innovators through project-based science and technology, aiding in the development of skills and knowledge for excellence in a global economy.
The host committee, which is organizing the national fair in May, is co-chaired by teachers Renee Boyce and John Barron. “The Canada-Wide Science Fair is a fun and interesting way to provide innovation and technology skill building for our nation’s youth, with an emphasis on commercialization of research,” said Ms. Boyce.
“The national science fair also encourages youth to transfer their ideas into reality and pursue
entrepreneurship and science and technological fields as a career option,” said Mr. Barron.
The Canada-Wide Science Fair includes a “Discovering Opportunities” component to teach students how to protect their innovations through intellectual property rights, and how to commercialize their research
through entrepreneurship. A “Mentorship Forum” will provide senior participants with valuable information
on the role of mentoring, career development and opportunities in science and technology.
Other partners include EnCana, the provincial government, the Avalon East School District, Memorial
University of Newfoundland, Genome Atlantic, Petrocan, Pfizer and Inco.
“The Avalon East School District is very pleased to have their teachers and students involved in this world class event as both participants and hosts. We wish all students the best of luck at the Canada-Wide Science Fair and encourage everyone to view the projects at this fair," said Bert Tulk, assistant director, programs, Avalon East School District.
ACOA is providing funding for this initiative under the Business Development Program, which offers
non-commercial investments to support the promotion of entrepreneurship, trade, marketing and
education through industry, community, youth and business associations.
This May, St. John’s will host the annual Canada-Wide Science Fair, a national event that will bring
together 500 of the country’s brightest young scientists and innovators. The event is organized by not-for profit group Youth Science Foundation Canada, and is receiving $85,700 in funding support from the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency.
This is the first time in 15 years the event has been held in Newfoundland and Labrador. Approximately 350 scientists and experts will be at the event to judge the competitions. The high school students attending will also learn about copyright protection of their inventions, commercializing their research through entrepreneurship, and career development.
Other partners include EnCana, the provincial government, the Avalon East School District, Memorial
University of Newfoundland, Genome Atlantic, Petrocan, Pfizer and Inco.
For more information, please contact:
Stephen Heckbert
Director of Communications,
Office of the Honourable Joseph McGuire
(613) 948-7293
Doug Burgess
Director, Public Affairs
(709) 772-2935
John Barron
Co-chair, Canada-Wide Science Fair 2004 Host Committee
(709) 727-4952
Lynn Salter
Director of Communications
Department of Education
(709) 729-0048
Backgrounder Youth Science Foundation Canada
Youth Science Foundation (YSF) Canada’s mission is to engage and support youth innovation through
project-based science and technology, aiding the development of skills and knowledge for excellence in a global economy.
YSF Canada provides or takes part in programs to: increase awareness and involvement of youth in
science and technology; set standards for scientific experimentation by young people; promote the
creation and support of science and technology fairs; and engage scientists, educators, parents and
leading public and private sector organizations in the development of a national science and technology
network of Canadian youth.
For more than 40 years, YSF Canada has been the country’s leading organization for the promotion of
innovation and celebration of excellence in science and technology among our nation's youth. A national non-profit, registered charitable organization, YSF Canada relies on the largest volunteer network of its kind in Canada - more than 8000 dedicated parents, teachers and scientists.
YSF Canada is best known for its showcase event, the annual Canada-Wide Science Fair, which attracts the best young scientists from across the country, and for excellence in international competition as Team Canada at the annual Intel International Science and Engineering Fair.
This year’s Canada-Wide Science Fair is being held in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador from May 15-23. The event, which has not been held in this province since 1989, will play host to over 500 of the brightest young minds in the country. It will be open to the public from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on May 22. More than 300 volunteers and judges have been brought together to host the fair. Dubbed “The Seafair 2004,” it is based on the theme of the days of sail, with many of the events stemming from this central idea.

HRH Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden presents their awards
to Christina Norris (centre) and Kiera Hodkinson.

Christina Norris and Kiera Hodkinson, of Kingston, Ontario, were
named the winners of the 2004 Canadian Stockholm Junior Water
Prize (CSJWP) sponsorship. The senior students from Kingston
Collegiate Vocational Institute were selected for their project,
“Pseudomonas Putida.....It’s a Phenol Free Biology”. They were awarded
an all-expense paid trip to Stockholm, Sweden, where they represented
Canada in the International Stockholm Junior Water Prize competition.
This trip was supported by the five WEF Canadian Member Associations
Atlantic Canada Waterworks Association, RÉSEAU environnement,
WEAO, Western Canada Water and Wastewater Association,
and British Columbia Water and Waste Association, as well as WEF
and major sponsor ITT Flygt.
The CSJWP competition took place in St. John’s, Newfoundland,
as part of the Canada Wide Science Fair from May 15 to 23, 2004. This
year, Atlantic Canada Waterworks Association (ACWWA) Director
Gary Chew organized the Canadian finalist selection process. The winning
project was selected from a pool of three finalists chosen from entries
to the Canada Wide Science Fair. The three projects were evaluated
by Water Environment Federation Member Association judges from
Canada, Robert Helleur, Tom Kendall and Blair McNiven, who had
picked the finalists out of a large group of projects in St. John’s.
A copy of the project abstract submitted by the students is on
Page 13.
WEAO is a proud sponsor of this initiative. It is recognized that
our organizations have a responsibility to promote and elevate youth
interest in water environment science and research.
The winners of the International Stockholm Junior Water Prize
competition held in Stockholm were from Japan. These students attended
the 2004 WEFTEC conference in New Orleans along with the
Canadian and U.S. winners. The Canadian winners, Christina and
Kiera were presented with glass statues at the Canadian Affairs Council
meeting at WEFTEC.
For more information visit:
Gary Chew, Local Chair, Atlantic Canada Waterworks Association
Additions/Revisions by Cindy Toth, WEAO representative on Canadian
Junior Stockholm Water Prize Committee


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