The speaker series is a regularly scheduled public event designed to tell the story of women’s participation in science and engineering.
We encourage interdisciplinary and intergenerational discussion and learning, and the series is an ideal opportunity to gather, share and learn.


Tuesday, May 26th, 2015 from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM NDT


EN2006, Angus Bruneau Engineering Lecture Theatre 
S.J. Carew Building
Memorial University of Newfoundland
St. John's, NL A1C 3X5  


Vesna Kerezi, Speaker Series Coordinator 
864-2484 or 727-7883 

Conversation with Dr. Margaret-Ann Armour 

The May WISE NL-Statoil Speaker Series lecture features Dr. Margaret-Ann Armour, an accomplished scientist with a prolific career in the field of hazardous chemical management. Dr. Armour is also a distinguished ambassador of science and is a founding member and past Vice-Chair of women in Scholarship, Engineering, Science and Technology, WISEST, at the University of Alberta. Dr. Armour will give an  introspective reflection on her career path and talk about her advocacy in improving the situation of Canadian women in science and technology.  



 Dr. Margaret-Ann Armour   
Associate Dean of Science, Diversity 
The University of Alberta 

Born in Scotland and educated at Edinburgh University (BSc, MSc), and the University of Alberta (PhD), Margaret-Ann Armour joined the Chemistry Department at the University of Alberta in 1979, and from 1989 to 2005, was Assistant Chair of the Department. Since 2005, she has been Associate Dean of Science, Diversity.  Her research has been into methods for the management and disposal of small quantities of hazardous chemicals. The results are described in "Hazardous Laboratory Chemicals Disposal Guide" published by CRC Press (3rd edition, 2003). Dr. Armour has presented talks on the work to many groups of small quantity generators of hazardous waste in North America and throughout Asia. She is member of the Board of the Pacific Basin Consortium for Environment and Health and has been a Scientific Advisor to the Asian Association for Academic Activity on Waste Management.

Outside her professional career, Dr. Armour has been highly engaged in encouraging young women to consider careers in the sciences and engineering. She is a founding member and past Vice-Chair of women in Scholarship, Engineering, Science and Technology, WISEST, at the University of Alberta. She is currently President of the Board of the Canadian Centre for Women in Science, Engineering, Trades and Technology, the WinSETT Centre.  

She has received a number of awards for her research, teaching and outreach activities including a 3M Teaching Fellowship, Canada’s premier award for undergraduate teaching, a Governor General’s Award in Commemoration of the Person’s Case, the Montreal Medal of the Chemical Institute of Canada, twice named one of the top 100 most powerful women in Canada by the Women’s Executive Network and an Innovator Award at the 2011 APEC Summit on Women in the Economy.  She was named a member of the Order of Canada in 2006 and has honorary degrees from the University of British Columbia, the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology, MacEwan University and the University of Alberta and is about to receive an honorary DSc from Memorial University.


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