40 Under Forty
2006 Award Recipient
36, is the Co-Director of the Science North - Laurentian
University graduate program in Science Communication.
After studying psychology at the University of Western
Ontario, Chantal obtained a master's of communicating
science at the University of Glamorgan in Wales. She
has been in her current position for two years which
includes teaching courses in the program . As a staff
scientist at Science North (1998-2004), she was a member
of the team that developed the Jane Goodall and the
Wild Chimpanzees travelling exhibit. Chantal is a devoted
mother of 2 young children and has spent many volunteer
hours sharing her love of science with young people.
is your greatest professional accomplishment?
My greatest professional accomplishment is the development
and establishment of the Science Communication Graduate
Diploma program at Science North and
is your favourite movie or book?
favourite book is Sacajawea by Anna Lee Waldo. This
historical-fictional novel, which is about the young
Shoshoni woman who played an important role in the Lewis
and Clark expedition of 1805, inspired me as a young
adult and remains one of my favourite stories.
is your personal motto?
whatever works to get it done.
is the No. 1 thing you are working toward
you haven’t yet accomplished?
Completing my PhD.
advice would you give to young leaders under the age
of 40 to get more involved in their community?
Find a niche and fill it.
There are needs and holes to be filled in your community
and you have the initiative, motivation, knowledge and
commitment to fill them.