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50th Anniversary

SA 50th anniversary logo

On April 27, 2012, current and former members and students from across Atlantic Canada and beyond gathered at the Discovery Centre in Halifax to celebrate 50 years of advancing science education and research through APICS (Atlantic Provinces Council on the Sciences), now Science Atlantic. Below you will find a list of speakers, award winners, and news coverage.

University Affairs article (Fall 2011):  After 50 years, introducing Science Atlantic

Travel Scholarship Recipients

In celebration of the 50th Anniversary, an anonymous sponsor pledged $1500 for a student scholarship fund, which was augmented by other donors. From a large pool of applicants, three exceptional undergraduate students were chosen to attend national or international academic conferences. Selection was based on academic record, the student’s acceptance as a presenter at the conference, the letter of support from the supervisor, the conference itself, and the overall quality of the student’s application and experience.


Christopher van Bommel

Mathematics major, St. Francis Xavier University
Supervisor: Dr. Xu (Sunny) Wan
Conference: 40th Annual Meeting of the Statistical Society of Canada
University of Guelph, Guelph, Ontario
June 3-6, 2012

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 to read about his experience at the conference.


James Jabalee

Biology major, Mount Saint Vincent University
Supervisor: Dr. Tamara Franz-Odendaal
Conference: Experimental Biology
San Diego, California
April 21-25, 2012

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 to read about his experience at the conference.


Alyssa Jaeschke

Chemistry major, Mount Saint Vincent University
Supervisor: Dr. Ian Pottie
Conference: 15th Symposium on the Latest Trends in Organic Synthesis (LTOS-15)
St. Catharines, Ontario
August 8-12, 2012

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 to read about his experience at the conference.

50th Anniversary Gala Highlights

All photos  |  Event program (.pdf)


  • Dr. John F. Read, “Mackerel”
  • Josée Boudreau, PhD, “My journey from ChemCon 2006 … to R&D leader 2012”
  • Jon Sharkey, “How the SMU programming team prepared me for the world”
  • MC’d by Richard Zurawski

News coverage

Dalhousie University: Scientific honours: Science Atlantic’s Hall of Fame inductees

Saint Mary’s University: Saint Mary’s Shines at Science Awards Gala and From Saint Mary’s to Silicon Valley

St. Francis Xavier University: StFX’s Dr. Keith De’Bell and Dr. Michael Steinitz inducted into Science Atlantic Hall of Fame