Science Alberta Foundation

Science Alberta Foundation

December 02, 2011 11:41 ET

Science Alberta Foundation: A Winning Organization With A Winning CEO

Dr. Arlene Ponting and Science Alberta Foundation recognized for multiple prestigious awards

CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - Dec. 2, 2011) - Science Alberta Foundation (SAF) is proud to announce that its CEO, Dr. Arlene Ponting, has been named as one of Canada's Most Powerful Women: Top 100™ by the Women's Executive Network (WXN) for the third consecutive year. The Canada's Most Powerful Women: Top 100™ list is Canada's most recognizable honour for the country's highest achieving female leaders in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors.

In addition to Ponting's achievements, Science Alberta Foundation was awarded the Webby Award in the film and animation category for its animation on nanotechnology. The Webby Award is the leading international award honouring excellence on the Internet. The animation also won a Digital Alberta Award in the same category. The Digital Alberta awards recognize leaders in innovation, creativity and evolving digital media in Alberta. The organization was also selected as an honouree by the ASTech Foundation in the science and awareness category.

"This has been an amazing year for us," said Dr. Ponting. "It is the leader of a small organization competing against the best female executives in Canada, and a small non-profit organization competing against the best digital agencies and developers in the world and Alberta ….and winning!"

Science Alberta Foundation pose two questions and helps children and youth answer them: They are "What do you want to be when you grow up™?" and "How do you know that to be true™?" The organization reaches over 800,000 children and youth each year and encourages youth to pursue careers in science and technology, helping to foster informed decision making about science topics.

Top 100™ honourees were celebrated December 1st during the Awards Gala Dinner at the Allstream Centre in Toronto, Ontario. A similar gala will be hosted in Calgary on March 8, 2012.

About Science Alberta Foundation

Science Alberta Foundation is a non-profit organization committed to encouraging youth to pursue careers in science and technology and to promoting science literacy. We develop engaging and innovative resources that bring science to life in classrooms, communities and homes. Our programs cultivate an interest and enthusiasm for science in children, youth and families. Parents are key influencers of career choices of their children. For more information on Science Alberta Foundation, please visit

About the Women's Executive Network

Since 1997, WXN has created and delivered innovative networking, mentoring, professional and personal development to inspire and applaud our community of 17,000 smart women and their organizations in the pursuit of excellence. WXN is Canada's leading organization dedicated to the advancement and recognition of women in management, executive, professional and board roles. WXN enables our partners and corporate members to become and to be recognized as employers of choice and leaders in the advancement of women.

WXN is a Founding Member of the Canadian Board Diversity Council, dedicated to increasing the diversity of Canada's corporate boards. In the fall of 2008, WXN launched in Ireland, a first step in creating an international community of female leaders.

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