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Making the Invisible, Visible: Black Scientists in Canada

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September 23, 2020
5:00 pm – 6:30 pm

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Once a mind has been stretched by a new idea it can never return to its original size.” – O.W. Holmes

Join Professor Juliet Daniel and four outstanding Black Canadian scholars for a galvanizing discussion of the impact of race within the Canadian Academic and scientific community.

Dr. Juliet Daniel is a Professor in the Dept. of Biology and the Acting Associate Dean of Research and External Relations in the Faculty of Science at McMaster University. Prof. Daniel co-founded the African Caribbean Faculty Association of McMaster (ACFAM) in 2010 and serves on the President’s Advisory Committee for Building an Inclusive Community (PACBIC). Prof. Over the past 25 years, Dr. Daniel has been a passionate advocate, mentor and role model for Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) and African-Caribbean McMaster students and youth whose potential contributions to Science and Engineering have not been fully realized in Canada and beyond. Daniel’s research program is currently focused on elucidating the molecular/genetic causes of the disparities in incidence and poor outcomes of triple negative breast cancer in Black and Hispanic women.

Dr. Daniel has been recognized with several awards including a UWI Vice Chancellor’s Award, a Black Business and Professional Association (BBPA) Harry Jerome Award, a Hamilton YWCA Women of Distinction Award, and a Barbados National Honor Gold Crown of Merit, among others. In 2018 Prof. Daniel was recognized as one of 100 Accomplished Black Canadian (ABC) Women and she has been featured in “Millenium Minds: 100 Black Canadians” and “Who’s Who in Black Canada”.

Dr. Maydianne Andrade is a Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Toronto Scarborough. Andrade uses black widow spiders as models for understanding how selection shapes traits related to mating, affecting species diversification and adaptive plasticity. She was named a Canada Research Chair in Integrative Behavioural Ecology, and elected to the American Academic of Arts & Sciences, among other recognitions. As a Vice-Dean, she promotes the hiring, retention and success of a diverse and inclusive faculty. Recent outreach includes hosting an episode of the Nature of Things (First Animals), and a dialogue on Darwin for CBC’s Ideas.

Dr. Lisa Robinson is a Professor, Department of Paediatrics, University of Toronto, Associate Dean, Inclusion & Diversity, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto, Head of the Division of Nephrology, The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) and Senior Scientist in the Program in Cell Biology at the SickKids Research Institute. As Associate Dean, Inclusion & Diversity, Dr. Robinson provides leadership on matters of diversity and inclusion. She works collaboratively to build alliances, develop strategic partnerships, and engage internal and external partners to enhance and promote the diversity and inclusion of faculty, learners and staff across the Faculty of Medicine.

Dr. Kevin Hewitt is a Full Professor in the Department of Physics & Atmospheric Science, and Chair of Senate (2015-22) at Dalhousie University. In his Molecular imaging lab ( https://hewitt-lab.com/ ), he has developed novel nanoparticle probes for cancer imaging and treatment, new optical imaging approaches and a prototype medical diagnostic tool.  At Dalhousie he unified his deep and abiding interests in science and community engagement by co-founding (in 2003) the award-winning Imhotep’s Legacy Academy ( https://www.dal.ca/faculty/science/imhotep.html ), a STEM outreach program for African Canadian students from junior high to university.  His contributions have been recognized by a Youth Community Service Award (1999), the Harry Jerome Award for Professional Excellence (2014) and the Nova Scotia Discovery Centre Science Champion (2018).


Dr. Loydie Jerome-Majewska is an Associate Professor in the Department of Pediatrics and Associated Member in the Departments of Anatomy and Cell Biology and Human Genetics at McGill University. Her research seeks to uncover the processes that enables normal development of embryos to viable fetus, and to understand how disruption in these processes contribute to developmental defects in newborn babies

In partnership with the Faculty of Science.