Monday, January 30, 2012

Zoé Masson

Pioneer school teacher

Opened a private school for French Canadians in 1838, the first of its kind in Bytown. Her maiden name was Quévillon; she had married Antoine Masson before their arrival in Bytown.é

Monday, January 23, 2012

Louise Logue

Expert advisor in the field of crime prevention, youth intervention and criminal diversion

Has worked for the Ottawa Police Service since 1994, most recently as manager of a new Ottawa Police Service Youth Strategy Office where she oversaw the implementation of prevention, intervention, diversion and educational initiatives for at-risk youth.

Her efforts for dealing with youth gangs, auto theft, illicit drugs and sexual exploitation have been adopted by police services across Canada.

Was director of the National Intervention/Diversion Program with the RCMP.

Has lectured at numerous conferences and held volunteer positions with several community groups, including board member of the Community Care Access Center, president of the Wabano Center for Aboriginal Health and National Advisory Panel Member for the RCMP National Crime Prevention Services.

Was assigned Justice of the Peace to the Ontario Court of Justice in 2010.

Was named to the Order of Ontario in 2011.

Elizabeth Ann Kinsella

Founder of the Youville Centre (Ottawa)

Sister Betty Ann Kinsella was the driving force behind the creation of the Youville Centre in 1985, the first program in Canada to address the comprehensive needs for education, child care, housing and support services for young, single mothers and their children.

Sister Betty Ann, as she is known, was named to the Order of Ontario in 2011.

Gail Beck

Child and adolescent psychiatrist

Is the Director of Youth Inpatient Psychiatry at the Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre and serves as an OMA board member.

Has been working in children’s mental health throughout her 27 year career; recognized for her work on behalf of youth, including championing the HPV public immunization program and securing $300 million in funding to support it nation-wide.

Serves on the boards of the Canadian Medical Association, the Ontario Medical Association, and the Foundation of the National Museum of Science and Technology; is also a past president of the Ottawa Chapter of Bereaved Family of Ontario.

Was named to the Order of Ontario in 2011.

Suhayya Abu-Hakima

Technology entrepreneur, high-tech visionary

One of Canada’s very few female founders and CEOs in the field of technology.

Co-Founder, President/CEO of Amika Mobile Corporation launched in 2007 in Kanata (Ottawa).

Her first company, launched as a spin-off from NRC in 1998, is AmikaNow! ; over her tenure as a CEO,  has created over 180 jobs.

Holds a B.Eng. from McGill University, M.Eng. and Ph.D. degrees from Carleton University specializing in Artificial Intelligence.

Is an adjunct Professor at University of Ottawa and has mentored countless undergraduate and graduate students in AI.

Vice Chair of the Board of Directors of the Ontario Centers of Excellence.

Has contributed to the Prime Minister's Task Force on Women Entrepreneurs and has given countless invited talks on entrepreneurship, AI as it pertains to messaging and security.

Was chosen Canada's Advanced Technology Entrepreneur in 2007; has filed 30 International patents in messaging and content analysis; has published and presented over 100 papers.

Was named to the Order of Ontario in 2011 for excellence and achievement.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Lynn Miles

Singer, songwriter

Born outside Montreal in Sweetsburg, Quebec; has lived in Ottawa, Los Angeles, Nashville and Austin; presently lives in Ottawa.

Studied classical music history and theory at Carleton University in Ottawa.

Served as a voice teacher at the Ottawa Folklore Center. While at the center, she taught voice to many students including a then fourteen-year-old Alanis Morrisette.

In 1987, recorded 9 original compositions for a demo at Happyrock Studio in Ottawa.

Won the 2005 Canadian Folk Award for the CD Love Sweet Love.

Won the 2003 Juno Award for the CD Unravel.

Her latest album "Fall for Beauty" was nominated for a Juno Award in 2011 and won the Canadian Folk Award that same year.

Jean Casselman Wadds

Pioneer politician

"It was thanks to three women that we were eventually able to reform our Constitution - the Queen, who was favourable; Margaret Thatcher, Prime Minister, who undertook to do everything that our Parliament asked of her; and Jean Wadds, who represented the interest of Canada so well in London." – Pierre Elliott Trudeau

Born in 1920 in Newton Robinson, Ontario; died in 2011.

Third woman to be elected to the Canadian House of Commons in Ottawa, filling the seat of her husband Arza Casselman (known as Cass), who was first elected in 1921 and held the seat from 1925 until his death in 1958.

When elected, she joined her father, the Hon. Earl Rowe, as the first ever father-daughter team to serve in the House of Commons.

First woman in Canadian history to be appointed as a parliamentary secretary.

First woman to be appointed by the Canadian government as a delegate to the United Nations in 1961.

First woman to be appointed Canadian High Commissioner to Great Britain in 1979. It was during her time in London that the Canadian Constitution was repatriated.

Was awarded the Order of Canada in 1982.