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Harriet Brooks. Born Exeter, Ontario January 1, 1876. Died January 1, 1933. She graduated from McGill University in 1888 and began research with the renowned Dr. Ernest Rutherford as Canada’s 1st woman nuclear physicist. In 1901 she was the first woman to study at the Cavendish Laboratory at Cambridge University in England. After she earned her Masters degree she worked for a short period of time in the Laboratory of Dr. Marie Curie. She returned to Canada to resume her work with Dr. Rutherford until 1907 when she married Frank Pitcher. Since protocol of the day was for women not to work once they were married, Harriet was forced to give up her work as a physicist. She turned her energies to raising her three children and remained active in the Federation of University women.
Elizabeth Muriel Gregory  (Elsie) MacGill.  Born Vancouver, British Columbia 1905. Died November 4, 1980. She became Canada’s 1st woman graduate to hold a degree in electrical engineering.  She also held a master’s degree in aeronautical engineering from the U.S. During WW II her primary responsibility was the production of the Hawker Hurricane fighter aircraft. Her staff of 4,500 people produced more than 2000 aircraft In 1937 she was the first woman to be admitted corporate membership in the Engineering Institute of Canada.  She is a member of Canada’s Aviation Hall of Fame. She is considered the first woman to be a designer of airplanes.
Helen Irene Battle.  Born August 31, 1903,London, Ontario. Died June 17, 1994, London, Ontario. She earned her BA at the University of Western Ontario in 1923.One of the first women to enter the male dominated field of zoology.  she earned her PhD at the University Of Toronto in 1929 and was the 1st woman in Canada to earn a PhD in marine biology. She pioneered the use of fertilized fish eggs to study the effects of carcinogenic substances on development. The penetrating insights of her published papers were often accompanied with detailed pen and ink drawings done by her own hand. In 1949 she became a full professor. She always stated that her 1st love was teaching and many of her students visited their old professor years after their graduation.  In 1961, she co-founded the Canadian Society of Zoologists and became its President in 1962-1963.In 1967 she was presented with the Canada Centennial medal.  In the 1970’s Battle took on the role of Associate Editor of the Canadian Journal of Zoology. She did her research for the National Fisheries Research Board, the Ohio State Fisheries Lab, the Atlantic Biological Station in St. Andrews, N.B., and the Marine Biological Lab in Plymouth, England. In 1975 she was selected by the National Museum of Natural Sciences in Ottawa as one of 19 outstanding women scientists in Canada and was represented in a travelling exhibit to mark International Women's Year. In 1977 Prof. Battle was the first woman to be awarded the F. E. J. Fry medal from the Canadian Society of Zoologists and within a few weeks she received the first J. C. B. Grant award from the Canadian Association of Anatomists. Many student awards and a memorial lecture are named in her honour at the University of Western Ontario. Sources: Canadian Encyclopedia  Online. (accessed June 2010; University of Western Ontario, A part of our History: Helen Irene Battle. www.uwo.ca (accessed July 2015)
Alice Evelyn Wilson.  Born Coburg, Ontario August 26, 1881. Died April 15, 1964. A paleontologist who worked at the Geological Survey of Canada, where she described fossils in papers and books.  She lectured and traveled to bring geology to the public, especially children. In 1937 she was the 1st woman to be elected a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.
Thelma Finlayson. Born June 29, 1914. Died September 15, 2016 Burnaby, British Columbia. Thelma attended the University of Toronto graduating in 1936. She began her entomological career in 1937 as a Technical Officer for the Canada Department of Agriculture at the Belleville Research Institute. She was one of the 1st women scientists to enter the federal government research branch. In 1967 she was appointed Assistant professor and Curator of Entomology at Simon Fraser University, the 1st women in the Department of Biological Sciences. A founding member of SFU's Centre for Pest Management she became a full professor in 1976.  She was a Professor Emeritus for the Department of Biological Science at SFU in 1979. The Thelma Finlayson Society at the University is named for her as is the Thelma Finlayson Centre for Student Engagement. As a student counsellor she helped more than 8,000 students as she worked past the age of 95.She wrote approximately 40 research papers, and several books in entomology. She severed as director of the International Organization of Biologists. In 2005 she was inducted into the Order of Canada. She was elected a lifetime Member of the Canadian University Women's Society. In 2007 she was recognized with a YMCA Woman Of Distinction Award and in 2010 she received SFU's Chancellor's Distinguished Service Award.
Margaret Newton. Born Montreal, Quebec April 20, 1887. Died April 6, 1971. During her early days of university study Margaret took an interest in diseases that related to Canada stable agricultural product, wheat. She was one of the first women in Canada to earn a degree in agriculture and she was the 1st Canadian woman to earn a PhD in agricultural sciences. Her lifetime work in wheat rust was well respected. In 1922 she was invited to Russia to discuss her work. She was the second woman to become a “Fellow” in the Royal Society of Canada. In 1942 she became the 1st woman recipient of the Flavelle Medal for meritorious achievement in biological science. The list of winners of this award that is recorded online contains no other winners who are women! The University of Victoria named one of its residences “Margaret Newton” Hall.  After more than 25 years exposure from her research she was forced to retire because of ill health.
Helen Battles Hogg-Priestley.  (née Sawyer) Born Lowell, Massachusetts U.S.A. August 1, 1905. Died January 28, 1993.  An astronomer who joined the teaching staff of the University of Toronto in 1936, she was nominated professor emeritus in 1976.  A world expert who receive numerous honours including being a Companion in the Order of Canada, she took her profession to radio and TV in a clear and understandable manner for all listeners.  She wrote a book, “The Stars Belong to Everyone”.  For her efforts to bring information to the public she was the 1st person to win the Klumpke-Roberts Award and she is also the only Canadian woman to have a minor planet (#2917) named after her!
Ursula Martius Franklin Born September 16, 1921 Munich, Germany. Died September 22, 2016 Toronto, Ontario. During the Nazi regime in Germany in World War ll Ursula was separated from her parents and sent to a forced labour camp and fortunately were reunited in Berlin after the war. In 1948 she earned her Ph.D. in experimental physics from the Technical University of Berlin. Offered a post doctoral fellowship at the University of Toronto she moved to Canada becoming a senior scientist at the Ontario Research Station from 1952-1967. An expert in metallurgy and materials science she was the 1st woman to become a professor at the Faculty of Engineering, University of Toronto. She authored some 100 research papers and reports and is an acclaimed contributor to books on the structure and properties of metals and alloys. She contributor to the 1977 report : Canada as a Conserver Society which recommended steps to reduce wasteful consumption and environmental problems it causes. She was active in the Voice for Women (VOW) and called for the U.S. military withdrawal from Vietnam. She fought for the right to refuse military service on the grounds of conscience to be extended to the right to refuse to pay taxes for war preparations. The case was refused by The Supreme Court of Canada. In 1982 she was named as an officer of the Order of Canada and this was upgrade to Companion of the Order of Canada in 1992. In 1987 she was presented the Elsie Gregory McGill Memorial Award for her contributions to education, science and technology.  In 1989 she was the author of the Real World of Technology based on her 1989 Massey lectures for CBC Radio. In 1990 she was inducted into the Order of Ontario. After her retirement she was part of a group of women she fought for pay equality from the University of Toronto. The university made a pay equity settlement to some 60 retired women faculty. In 1991 she received the Governor General’s Award in Commemoration of the Person’s Case for advancing the equality of girls and women in Canada. In 1995 the Ursula Franklin Academy, a high school in Toronto was founded.  In 2006 the Ursula Franklin Reader included her articles and speeches on pacifism, feminism, technology and teaching. In 2012 Ursula was inducted into the Canadian Science and Engineering Hall of Fame. In April 2013, Franklin donated her extensive collection of writings devoted to Chinese culture and history to the Confucius Institute at Seneca College in Toronto. Sources: Ursula Franklin, Quakers in the world, Online (Accessed September 2009) ; Dr. Ursula M. Franklin, United Nations Association in Canada. Online (Accessed 2009)
Veena Rowat. Born India. She moved to Ottawa, Ontario in 1968. She is the 1st Canadian  woman PhD graduate in electrical engineering and the only woman in her 1973 graduating class at Queens University, Kingston, Ontario. In 1974 she joined the Canada Department of Communications (forerunner of Industry Canada) . Her 36 year public service career has been studded with recognition. She has received the Public Service Award of Excellence in 2011 for her contribution to telecommunications and to women in leadership. 1n 2003 she received the Queen Elizabeth ll Golden Jubilee Award as well as the Excellence in Leadership Award from Industry Canada. 2004 saw her as Canadian Woman of the Year in Communications for the Canadian Women In Communications. In 2005 she was included in too listing of Canada’s most Powerful Women as expressed by Canada’s Executive Women’s Network. That same year she was Professional Woman of the Year for the Indo-Canada Chamber of Commerce. In 2008 she won the Sara Kirke Award recognizing her as Canada’s leading woman high Tech Entrepreneur from the Canadian Advanced Technology Alliance. In 2004 she was the first woman president of the Communications Research Centre which is an internationally-renowned agency of Industry Canada. She retained this position until her retirement in June 2011.  Always a mentor for women in the 1990’s she worked with groups concerned with violence against women and with high school girls sports teams. She is also a volunteer mentor with the Women’s Executive Network. Source: Canadian Women in Technology http://www.catawit.ca/mission_vision/ambassadorscircle... accessed June 2011; Women in Ottawa: Mentors and milestone http://womeninorttawa.blogspot.com accessed June 2011. 
Roberta Lynn Bondar. Born December 5, 1945 Sault Ste Marie, Ontario. Roberta's 1st university degree was earned at the University of Guelph in 1968. Her post graduate studies began at the University of Western Ontario with a Master of Science in 1971 followed by a PhD from the university of Toronto in 1974.She earned her medical degree from McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario  in 1977. In 1992 Canada’s 1st woman astronaut had flair. She took her favourite food, Girl Guide cookies, into space with her. She brought from space a real sense of just how delicate our small blue planet really is and is now using her photography to help show and save our earth’s environment. She was inducted into the Order of Canada in 1992 and the Order of Ontario in 1993. She is a Specially elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada in 1999. She has been awarded the Queen's Golden Jubilee Medal in 2002. In 2003 she began a tenure of service as Chancellor of Trent University, Peterborough, Ontario the same year that Canada Post brought out stamps honouring our individual Canadian astronauts. She also has a Star on Canada's Walk of Fame in Toronto. She has served on numerous boards of directors of organizations and served as well government committees. A respected and busy motivational speaker in 2017 for the 150th anniversary she toured the country to encourage youth to take the Bondar Challenge in photography. She encourages youth to study science and follow their dreams.  Check out how many schools she went to in the Canadian Who’s Who at your library.
Julie Payette.  Born Montreal, Quebec October 21, 1963.  Did you know that this Canadian astronaut plays piano and has sung with the Montreal symphonic Orchestra Chamber Choir?  She is active in various community activities and has an ongoing commitment to volunteer work. She attended school at the United World International College of the Atlantic, located in South Wales, United Kingdom. She studied for her bachelor of engineering at McGill University, Montreal, Quebec and took her Masters at the University of Toronto, 1990. This exceptional engineer was chosen as an astronaut in June 1992. From May 27 to June 6, 1999 she was a member of the STS 96 space mission and flew on the space shuttle Discovery. She is the 1st Canadian to visit and work on board the international space station. In 2017 Prime minister Justin Trudeau appointed her as Governor General of Canada.

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