5 outstanding young researchers recognized by L’Oréal Canada
through the L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science program


MONTREAL, November 16, 2016 – During a ceremony held on November 15 at the French embassy in Ottawa, five Canadian researchers were honoured and rewarded through the L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science program, with the support of the Canadian Commission for UNESCO.

The L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science program was created in 1998 with a simple goal: to ensure that women are equally represented in all scientific disciplines. Since its creation 18 years ago, the program honoured 92 fellows for the excellence of their scientific work and supported 2,438 young women scientists and talented young researchers. These exceptional researchers have helped the world advance, each in her own way.

In Canada, the program recognized over 60 promising young researchers, whose work contributes to the advancement of therapeutic treatments, to the improvement of food supply, to sustainable development, to the survival of our planet, to a better understanding of our universe and to an enhanced comprehension of the very foundation of life.

“The five 2016 fellows are living proof that, despite the obstacles, talent, passion, determination and boldness can change the world”, stated Mr. Frank Kollmar, President and CEO, L’Oréal Canada. “These young Canadian researchers contribute to the advancement of science and knowledge by their exceptional work.”

List of 2016 Fellows

The L’Oréal-UNESCO 2016 Excellence in Research Fellowships, each worth $20,000, are awarded to support major postdoctoral research projects undertaken by young Canadians. They reward excellence and allow top scientists, selected by a panel of experts, to further their research. Ms. Christina Cameron, President of the Canadian Commission for UNESCO, had the pleasure to present them to:

  • Dr. Lorina Naci, PhD, Brain Injury, Cognition, Consciousness, Western University

  • Dr. Stephanie Vogt, PhD, Microbiology, University of British Columbia

To support the mission of the France Canada Research Fund (FCRF), fellowships of $5,000 each were awarded to encourage and develop scientific and university exchanges between France and Canada in all areas of knowledge, from fundamental science to human and social sciences. The L’Oréal Canada France Canada Research Fund 2016 fellows are:

  • Ms. Joanna Bundus, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Toronto

  • Ms. Stephanie Kedzior, Chemical Engineering, McMaster University

A $5,000 L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science – NSERC Postdoctoral Fellowship Supplement was awarded to a Canadian scientist involved in a promising research project, namely:

  • Dr. Victoria Arbour, NSERC Postdoctoral Fellow, Evolutionary biologist and vertebrate palaeontologist, University of Toronto and Royal Ontario Museum

About L’Oréal Canada

L’Oréal Canada is a wholly owned subsidiary of L’Oréal Group, the largest cosmetics company in the world. Headquartered in Montreal, L’Oréal Canada had sales of $1.054 billion in 2015 and employs more than 1,300 people. The company holds a portfolio of 35 brands, encompassing all aspects of beauty, and is present across all distribution networks: mass market, department stores, salons, pharmacies, drugstores, and branded retail.

About the Canadian Commission for UNESCO

The Canadian Commission for UNESCO serves as a bridge between Canadians and the vital work of UNESCO—the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization. By promoting UNESCO values, priorities and programs in Canada and by bringing the voices of Canadian experts to the international stage, the Commission contributes to a peaceful, equitable and sustainable future that leaves no one behind.

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For more information on L’Oréal Canada’s program or to organize an interview, please contact:

Virginie Hotte-Dupuis

Manager External Communications & Philanthropy

L’Oréal Canada


[email protected]

For more information on the Canadian Commission for UNESCO, please contact:

Angèle Cyr

Senior Advisor, Public Affairs

Canadian Commission for UNESCO

[email protected]

613-566-4414, ext. 4168