National Research Council of Canada recognizes scientific and technological achievements

News release

2018 Outstanding Achievement Awards honour employee excellence

December 12, 2018 — Ottawa, Ontario

Employees were recognized and celebrated today for their contributions to the National Research Council of Canada's (NRC) scientific and technological achievements over the past year.
Award recipients are peer-nominated and nominations must clearly demonstrate how the nominee or the team's contribution is exceptional and how it benefits stakeholders.

NRC Outstanding Achievement Awards categories include excellence in research, partnerships, and research and technology breakthrough. These awards reward achievements and actions that support the NRC's values, recognize top performers and leaders from across the organization, and promote scientific and technological advances that benefit Canadians.


"The National Research Council of Canada’s Outstanding Achievement Awards showcase the talent and dedication of our employees. The NRC has many accomplishments in science, engineering and technology, and also as a collaborator with business, academia, and other governmental departments. The NRC’s talented employees contribute to the success of the organization and, ultimately, to science and innovation in Canada."

— Iain Stewart, President, National Research Council of Canada

"Canada benefits tremendously from the talents and achievements of the National Research Council employees we are recognizing today. Their efforts contribute to developing critical knowledge and technologies that make a difference in the lives of Canadians."

— Kristy Duncan, Canada's Minister of Science

Quick facts

  • The National Research Council of Canada recognized 123 employees with an Outstanding Achievement Award in 2018.

  • The Schneider medal is the highest distinction bestowed upon National Research Council of Canada employees. Dr. Wayne Conlan received the Schneider medal this year in honour of his career-long contributions to the fight against infectious diseases.

  • The National Research Council of Canada, Canada’s largest federal research organization, comprises four research and development divisions that oversee 14 research centres across Canada. Focusing on research and development in key industry sectors including transportation and manufacturing, engineering, life sciences, and emerging technologies, the NRC boasts a unique offering of technical and advisory services, research facilities, licensing opportunities, and programs and partnership opportunities.

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