The Faculty of Science honours alumni

Created in 2015, these awards of excellence recognize the outstanding achievements of Faculty of Science alumni. In 2016, the Faculty introduced a new category aimed at recognizing young alumni.

2021 Alumni Award of Excellence

David P. Wilkinson (PhD 1987 - Chemistry)

David P. Wilkinson

David P. Wilkinson is a pioneer and visionary inventor in the application of electrochemistry and electrochemical engineering to the fields of clean energy and water. In particular, his contributions to hydrogen science, fuel cells, electrolyzers and batteries have been widely recognized internationally. After a brief period of working as a Chemical Engineer, David began his studies with the preeminent electrochemist Dr. Brian Conway at the University of Ottawa. From there, he spent 20 years in industrial leadership roles including being the Director and Vice President of Research and Development at Ballard Power Systems, and then a brief period with the National Research Council as a Principal Research Officer and Group Leader.

In 2004, he joined the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering at the University of British Columbia (UBC) as a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair. David also held the Methanex Professorship for several years as the Executive Director of the UBC Clean Energy Research Center. He has more than 82 issued patents and 250 research publications, and a number of books and book chapters. David is co-founder and technical advisor for Mangrove Technologies (Mangrove Water Technologies, Mangrove Lithium), a company spun out from his research program with his graduate students. He has received a number of awards, and was recently appointed to the Order of Canada for his contributions to electrochemical science and engineering, particularly his work on the development of fuel cell technology.

2021 Young Alumni Award of Excellence

Véronique Lecault (BSc 2006 - Biochemistry/BASc Chemical Engineering (Biotechnology))

Véronique Lecault

Véronique Lecault is Co-founder, Chief Operating Officer and member of the Board of Directors at AbCellera. Combining microfluidics, hyper-scale data science, machine learning, bioinformatics, and genomics, AbCellera searches, decodes, and analyzes natural immune systems to find antibodies that its partners can develop into drugs to prevent and treat disease.

Véronique holds an Honours BSc in Biochemistry/BASc in Chemical Engineering (Biotechnology) dual degree from the University of Ottawa and received her PhD in Chemical and Biological Engineering from the University of British Columbia, where she co-invented the high-throughput microfluidic platform that is now part of AbCellera’s core technology.

A strong advocate of entrepreneurship, science and technology, Véronique was recently recognized as one of Canada’s Top 40 Under 40 and is a recipient of the L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Mentorship Award.

Past Recipients

2019 Alumni Awards of Excellence

Alumni Award of Excellence

Emlyn Koster
PhD Geology - 1977

Young Alumni Award of Excellence

Patrick Nadeau
BSc Biology - 2004

2018 Alumni Awards of Excellence

Alumni Award of Excellence

David Morris Johnston-Monje
BSc in Biology - 2001

Young Alumni Award of Excellence

Valérie Langlois
BSc in Environmental Science - 2005
PhD in Biology - 2010

2017 Alumni Awards of Excellence

Alumni Award of Excellence

David Bergvinson
PhD in Biology - 1993

Young Alumni Award of Excellence

Siba Haykal Hunter
BSc in Biochemistry - 2004
MD - 2007

2016 Alumni Awards of Excellence

Alumni Award of Excellence

Jean-Paul Bédard
BSc 1986 - Biology

Young Alumni Award of Excellence

Louis-Charles Campeau
BSc 2003 - Biopharmaceutical Science; PhD 2008 - Chemistry

Katherine Gibbs
PhD 2012 - Biology

Marie-Claude Robert
BSc 2004 - Biochemistry; MD, 2008

Contact Information

Hillary Rose
Manager, Alumni Loyalty
hrose@uOttawa.ca

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