Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

May 12, 2006 12:34 ET

AAFC/400 Top Young Scientists Compete in Canada-Wide Science Fair

SAGUENAY, QUEBEC--(CCNMatthews - May 12, 2006) - Move over, hip hop. Canada is honouring the talent and creativity of its top young scientists at the Canada-Wide Science Fair taking place in Saguenay, Quebec this week. Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC), a supporter of this event, will present six awards totaling $5,000 for achievements in agriculture science and technology.

"When it comes to the best and brightest young minds in science, Canada takes first prize,"said Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada and Minister for the Canadian Wheat Board, Chuck Strahl. "Events like this one showcase not only the exciting new ideas that await the agriculture sector, but also the talented young Canadians who may one day lead that change."

Attracting youth to science careers is an overarching goal of the Fair. Each year, approximately half a million young Canadians undertake science and technology projects, either through personal interest or as part of their school work. Through regional competitions, over 400 qualify to compete in the national championships. This number is nearly matched by the 300 plus scientists who participate as judges.

"Saguenay is shaping up to be a superb science experience for Canada's young scientists,"says Lorne Heslop, Director of Science and Innovation at AAFC. "This year's theme is 'A Green Science Fair' and the youth will explore ways to minimize waste and plant new trees to promote a greener environment. What a wonderful experience and lasting memory for these kids!"

The Canada-Wide Science Fair is held in a different Canadian city each year, with next year's event slated for Truro, Nova Scotia.

Contact Information

  • Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
    Media Relations
    (613) 759-7972
    Minister Strahl's Office
    Jeff Howard
    Press Secretary
    (613) 759-1059