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Canadian Science and Engineering Hall of Fame Nominations

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Alex Benay
President and Chief Executive Officer
Canada Science and Technology Museums Corporation
P.O. Box 9724, Station T
Ottawa, Ontario

April 14, 2015

Dear Sir,

We, faculty members at the University of British Columbia and other Universities, stand with our colleagues Judy Illes and Catherine Anderson in their demand that the Canada Science and Technology Museum better recognize the excellence of Canadian women scientists and engineers. The failure of the Museum’s Selection Committee for the Canadian Science and Engineering Hall of Fame to honour even a single woman for two years running is disturbing and unacceptable. We urge the Museum to re-assess its nomination process and to take immediate steps to develop a robust and focused campaign that ensures that excellent women from across Canada are nominated and receive due recognition for their exceptional contributions to science and technology. We applaud Professors Illes and Anderson for bringing this issue to the attention of the Canadian public and their strong statement in support of all women scientists and engineers.

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