Science Alberta Foundation

Science Alberta Foundation

November 29, 2010 11:20 ET

Science Alberta Foundation CEO Named One of Canada's Most Powerful Women: Top 100™ for 2010

Dr. Arlene Ponting named to distinguished Top 100™ list for second consecutive year

CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - Nov. 29, 2010) - 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 second 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. Arlene joins a community of 521 women across Canada who have received this recognition since 2002.

Recognized for her dedication to the advancement of science literacy, Dr. Ponting has served as SAF's Chief Executive Officer since 1999, leading the creation of a high-performance organization that has exponentially increased the number of people reached with creative, innovative and widely distributed programs in science and technology. Through her leadership, SAF's programs, community initiatives and exhibitions have garnered numerous awards such as the Canadian Association of Science Centres' "Best Program Award" and the Alberta School Board Association's "Friend of Education Award".

"I am thrilled and honoured to have been recognized by an organization so committed to the advancement of women who are proven achievers in Canada," said Dr. Ponting. "It has been my greatest pleasure to lead an organization that contributes so much to Alberta's ability to compete in the global marketplace. To be in the company of so many accomplished women is an added honour."

Dr. Ponting is a member of the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) where she also serves on the Executive Committee and the Committee on Professional Scientific Integrity. Dr. Ponting is a member of several boards including the Board of Directors of the Calgary Chamber of Voluntary Organizations, the Advocacy Committee of the Science and Technology Awareness Network of Canada and was previously Trustee of the Alberta Ingenuity Fund. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy and a PhD in Educational Administration from the University of Alberta.

Top 100™ honourees will be celebrated November 29th during the Top 100 Awards Gala Dinner at the Allstream Centre in Toronto, Ontario. The gala will be the culmination of a day-long event providing networking and professional development for Top 100™ winners. The theme of this year's summit is the Power of Collaboration and Connectivity. Details are available at

About Science Alberta Foundation

Science Alberta Foundation is a non-profit organization committed to increasing science literacy and awareness. We develop engaging resources bringing science and math to life for Albertans of all ages. Our programs motivate children, youth and families to embrace lifelong science and technology learning. We are helping create tomorrow's knowledge workers and instill an appreciation of science in a new generation of Albertans. For more information on Science Alberta Foundation, please visit

About the Women's Executive Network

The Women's Executive Network (WXN) is Canada's most influential female audience and the country's leading organization dedicated to advancement and recognition of executive-minded women in the workplace. Since 1997, WXN has expanded rapidly to meet the needs of the growing number of female managers and executives across Canada. In the fall of 2008, WXN launched in Ireland, a first step in creating an international community of women leaders. WXN now delivers innovative networking, mentoring and professional development to 16,000 members across Canada and Ireland. WXN is also a founding member of The Canadian Board Diversity Council, dedicated to increasing the diversity on corporate and federal public sector boards. More information details are available at or

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