Opening Keynote - Dr. Malu Celli
Dr. Malu Celli is a biologist that joined the Calgary Zoo to help transform their Animal Department. Her career spans almost 25 years, from researcher to filmmaker, animal trainer and zookeeper, across five continents. Passionate about wildlife and traveling, she traded the urban jungle of Sao Paulo, Brazil, where she was born, to the dwindling rainforests of Guinea, West Africa - where she saw firsthand the impact of education on species conservation. Dr Celli earned a master and doctorate in Science from Kyoto University, but chose to go beyond academia. To connect people with nature, she explored producing wildlife documentaries in Japan and Namibia and dedicated the last 14 years to engaging zoo guests in the UK and now Canada. Today she is responsible for the welfare of gorillas, giraffe, penguins and 200 other animals, and collaborates with other professionals across the world to improve animal care and develop the role of zoos. She is actively involved in supporting various conservation activities, including education and public awareness to the importance of wildlife conservation.
Keynote Speaker - Jenni Sidey-Gibbons
Dr. Jenni Sidey-Gibbons holds an honours bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from McGill University in Montreal, Quebec (2011) and a Ph.D. in engineering with a focus on combustion from the University of Cambridge (2015). She worked as an assistant professor in internal combustion engines at the Department of Engineering of the University of Cambridge. She also taught undergraduate and graduate students in the Energy, Fluid Mechanics and Turbomachinery Division on topics ranging from conventional and alternative energy production to introductory thermodynamics and flame physics.
She is the co-founder of the Cambridge chapter of Robogals, a student-run international organization that aims to inspire and empower young women to study STEM through fun and educational initiatives. These outreach activities, along with the technical success she achieved in her academic career, led to her receiving the prestigious Institution of Engineering and Technology's Young Woman Engineer of the Year Award and a RAEng Young Engineer of the Year Award in 2016.
Jenni was one of two recruits selected by the CSA in July 2017 through the fourth Canadian astronaut recruitment campaign. In July 2017, she relocated to Houston, Texas, to start the two-year Astronaut Candidate Training Program at the Johnson Space Center as a member of the 2017 National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) astronaut class. The program includes scientific and technical briefings, intensive instruction in International Space Station (ISS) systems, simulated extravehicular activities (EVAs, or spacewalks), robotics, physiological training, flight training, Russian language courses, and sea and wilderness survival training.
Closing Keynote - Bob McDonald
Host of CBC Radio's Quirks & Quarks
Bob McDonald is one of Canada’s best known science journalists, bringing science to the public for more than 40 years. In addition to hosting Quirks & Quarks, the award-winning science program that is heard by 500,000 people each week, McDonald is also science correspondent for CBC TV’s The National and host and writer of the children’s series Head’s Up.