CANADIAN LEADERSHIP TASKFORCE ON EDUCATION & SKILLS

Dr. Bonnie Schmidt, PhD, C.M.

President & Founder
Let’s Talk Science

Chair of Education & Skills Taskforce

Dr. Bonnie Schmidt is the founder and president of Let’s Talk Science, an award-winning, national charitable organization that she started in 1991 while completing a PhD in Physiology. Let’s Talk Science helps children and youth fulfill their potential and prepare for their future careers and citizenship role by supporting their learning through science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) engagement. During its 20+ year history, well over 4 million youth and educators have been reached and an estimated 26,000 volunteers have been engaged with Let’s Talk Science. Supporting education transformation and developing creative, critical thinkers the organization has a bold plan to impact 5 million more youth by 2020.

Bonnie has been active in a variety of national and provincial organizations and initiatives. Currently she serves on the Board of Directors of Ontario Genomics and the Board of Governors of the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT). She is also on the Governor General’s selection panel for the Meritorious Service Award and the MaRS Studio-Y National Advisory Panel. In June 2016, Bonnie was named Chair of the National Leadership Taskforce on Education & Skills for the Information and Communications Technology Council (ICTC).

For her efforts in education and youth development, Bonnie was named a Member of the Order of Canada in 2015 and has received several awards, including the Life Sciences Ontario Community Service Award; Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Award; Top 40 Under 40; and Western’s Young Alumni Award.