Canadian excellence, global recognition 2024


April 9, 2024, 4:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. ET

Where: Carleton University, Richcraft Hall Atrium and Conference Rooms, 1125 Colonel By Dr, Ottawa, ON K1S 5B6

Join us for a celebration of Canada’s top research achievements while learning about the rewarding, yet at times challenging, journey to national and international recognition. 

As part of the Global Excellence Initiative, this inaugural event will convene emerging researchers in a first-of-its-kind celebration of Canada’s outstanding researchers while inspiring and equipping the next generation for success. 

Launched in 2012 while David Johnston was Governor General of Canada, the Global Excellence Initiative promotes the recognition of Canadian research talent on the international stage by identifying and offering assistance to meritorious candidates for prestigious national and international awards.

This is a free event convening emerging researchers.


Pathways to prestige: Insights from award-winning researchers 

4:30 – 5:30 p.m. 

Join this panel discussion between four distinguished, award-winning researchers as they reflect on their journeys towards research success, the challenges they faced along the way and the pivotal figures who supported them.   


Keynote fireside chat with Nobel Prize winner Donna Strickland 

5:45 – 6:30 p.m.  

In a fireside chat with Dr. Elizabeth Cannon, hear from acclaimed physics professor, Donna Strickland, as she shares about her research career, starting as a young researcher, and the forces that helped and hindered her on the path towards winning the distinguished Nobel Prize. 


Networking reception 

6:30 – 8:00 p.m. 

The event will conclude with a networking reception where guests will enjoy light refreshments, build connections with emerging and accomplished researchers, get to know members of the Global Excellence Initiative’s canvassing committee and learn more about some of Canada’s top research award programs.

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