Hall of Fame Outstanding Alumni

The Outstanding Alumni Award was created in 2012 for the 50th anniversary of Science Atlantic.  The Award recognizes former students from Atlantic Canada who excelled at a Science Atlantic (or APICS) student conference and then went on to meaningful careers. It is one of four categories for recognition in our Science Atlantic Hall of Fame.

Criteria and the nomination form can be found here.



Holly Baker

Holly Baker
BSc (Honours) Physics (2009)
Memorial University


Twenty-four members and former students were inducted as the first members of the Science Atlantic Hall of Fame at the 50th Anniversary Celebration held April 27, 2012. Members were recognized for their contribution to Science Atlantic/APICS and former students for their exceptional work during their undergraduate studies.

Steven Beyea1

Dr. Steven Beyea
BSc Physics (1995)
University of New Brunswick, Fredericton
Supervisor: Dr. Bruce Balcom
Then: APICS Universities Physics & Astronomy Conference (AUPAC), Honourable mention (1995)
Now: NRC Research Officer; Assistant Professor, Department of Radiology & School of Biomedical Engineering, and Adjunct Professor, Department of Physics, Dalhousie University

Josée Boudreau

Josée Boudreau, PhD
BSc Chimie (2006)
Université de Moncton
Superviseure : Prof. Céline Surette
Avant : ChemCon : APICS Science Communication Award (2006)
Maintenant : Chimiste, Institut de recherche sur les zones côtières ; Chercheure postdoctorale R&D Industrielle du CRSNG

Erik Demaine

Dr. Erik Demaine
BSc Computer Science (1995)
Dalhousie University
Supervisor: Dr. Srinivas Sampalli
Then: APICS Computer Science Conference (1994)
Now: Professor, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Mark Fast

Dr. Mark Fast
BSc Marine Biology (1999)
Dalhousie University
MSc (2001) Atlantic Veterinary College, UPEI
Supervisors: Dr. John Burka, Dr. Neil Ross
Then: APICS Aquaculture Conference, Moore-Clark Award (2000); Aqua Bounty Canada Award (2001)
Now: Novartis Research Chair in Fish Health, Assistant Professor, Atlantic Veterinary College, UPEI

Nigel Higson1

Dr. Nigel Higson, FRSC
BA (Honours) Mathematics (1982)
PhD Mathematics (1985)
Dalhousie University
Supervisor: Peter Fillmore, Professor EmeritusThen: APICS Mathematics Problem Solving Competition (1979, 1980, 1981)
Now: Evan Pugh Professor of Mathematics, Pennsylvania State University

Kyle Hill

Kyle Hill, PhD
BSc Physics and Mathematics (2006)
Mount Allison University
Supervisor: Dr. Robert Hawkes
Then: APICS Universities Physics & Astronomy Conference (AUPAC), First place (2004)
Now: Strategy Consultant, Boston Consulting Group; Co-founder, Teach For Canada

Daniel Lizotte

Dr. Daniel Lizotte
BSc Computer Science (2001)
University of New Brunswick, Saint John
Supervisor: Dr. Ruth Shaw
Then: APICS Computer Science Conference, top paper (1998)
Now: Assistant Professor, David R. Cheriton School of Computer Science, University of Western Ontario

Ellen Milley

Ellen Milley
BSc Physics (2007)
Mount Allison University
Supervisor: Dr. Robert Hawkes
Then: APICS Universities Physics & Astronomy Conference (AUPAC) (2007)
Now: Continuing studies

Jon Sharkey

Jon Sharkey
BSc Computer Science (2004)
Saint Mary’s University
Team Coach: Dr. Pawan Lingras
Then: APICS Computer Programming Champion (2000, 2002, 2003); Member of the first Atlantic Canadian team to compete in the ACM-ICPC World Finals (2002)
Now: Senior Software Engineer, Google+, Google Inc.

Sherry Stewart

Dr. Sherry Stewart
BSc Psychology (1987)
Dalhousie University
Supervisor: Dr. John Connolly
Then: APICS Psychology Conference (1987)
Now: Professor, Departments of Psychiatry and Psychology, Dalhousie University

Matt Stimson

Matt Stimson
BSc Geology (2015)
Saint Mary’s University
Supervisor: Dr. Andrew MacRae
Then: Atlantic Geosciences Conference (AUGC), APICS-NSERC Award (top paper) (2009)
Now: Geologist, New Brunswick Department of Natural Resources