Friday, November 20, 2009

Isobel Stanley (Lady)

Women's Hockey Pioneer

Was the daughter of former Governor General of Canada Lord Stanley of Preston. Mr. Stanley was the sixth Governor General of Canada from 1888 to 1893.

While she lived in Ottawa, Isobel Stanley helped to popularize ice hockey in Canada and is considered one of the first women to play the game.

One of the first women to be photographed with a puck and stick circa 1890 while playing hockey on the natural ice rink beside Government House (now known as Rideau Hall) in Ottawa. The rink was built by her father, Lord Stanley who was Canada's Governer General from 1888 to 1893. The whole family played hockey together including their mother Lady Stanley.

The first recorded women's hockey game was played on March 8, 1889 as reported by the Ottawa Evening Journal. The game was between Government House team and the Rideau Ladies team. Stanley was part of the lineup for Government House.

She played an instrumental role in getting her father Lord Stanley to donate a trophy to hockey hence the Stanley Cup.

Moyra J. McDill

Professor of Engineering, Carleton University, Ottawa

Obtained a B.Eng., an M.Eng. and a Ph.D.from Carleton University in Ottawa.

Full professor in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Carleton University and Associate Chair of Undergraduate Studies.

Co-author of multiple technical papers related to the numerical simulation of manufacturing processes such as welding as well as a number of papers related to women in engineering.

In 2007, published "When Cancer Entered the Family: How We Lived, Laughed, Cried and Survived", Novalis Publishing Company, Ottawa.

Techniques developed by Dr. McDill have been used by international researchers and by such companies as Volvo and Bayer.

Served for seven years as a Governor-in-Council Appointed Commissioner of the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC).

Leading advocate and researcher on gender issues within the engineering profession.

First woman to complete a doctorate degree in mechanical engineering at Carleton University, the first female faculty member hired by the department and the first woman to be promoted to full professor in the faculty of engineering.

Recognized with awards for Student’s Choice, Teaching Achievement, and Favourite Professor.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Madge Macbeth

Journalist, writer

Born Madge Hamilton Lyons in Philadelphia, USA in 1881; moved to Ottawa circa 1904.

Educated at Hellmuth Ladies' College, London, Ontario.

Writer of first-wave feminist fiction. Her first novel was The Winning Game in 1910. Tackled pertinent political and social issues of her time such as the right of women to perform traditionally male occupations (The Patterson Limit, 1923) and the double day of labour for married women (Shackles, 1926).

Was a prolific writer - articles, short stories, novels, memoirs, radio and stage drama, history; published articles in Canadian Courier and Mayfair magazines.

Founding member of the Canadian Authors Association, being its first woman, and only three-time national president. Headed the Ottawa branch of the CAA.

Actively involved in the Canadian Women´s Press Club and the Ottawa Drama League. Founding organizer of the Ottawa Little Theatre, Canada's longest running community theatre.

Granddaughter of Louisa Hart Maffitt, one of the first professional American press women.

Wrote a column titled "Over my shoulder", featured in the Ottawa Citizen throughout the 1950s.

Key figure behind the establishment of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.

Wrote The Superwoman, in 1926, possibly the first Canadian play written for radio.

Ruby Heap


"Leadership can and must come in many forms. I strongly believe that diverse points of view and ways of doing things enrich an organization." - Ruby Heap

Born in Montréal, Québec; works in Ottawa.

Full professor, History Department, University of Ottawa; fields of interest are history of women, history of education and history of the professions in Canada, 19th-20th centuries.

Professor of the year in 2007, Faculty of Arts.

Coordinator of the University of Ottawa Women in Engineering Research Group, founding director of the Institute of Women’s Studies and assistant vice-dean at the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies since 2001.

Active researcher, author of three books, a textbook, multiple chapters and articles, and co-editor of three volumes, one of which was awarded the Founders’ Prize of the Canadian History of Education Association.