Dr. Margaret-Ann Armour

An academic researcher with a bold vision of more women in science, engineering, trades and technology (STEM).

Dr. Margaret-Ann Armour’s vision has been described as infectious – in the nicest possible way, of course.

Margaret-Ann is currently the Associate Dean, Diversity, in the Faculty of Science at the University of Alberta. Her research has involved the safe handling and management of chemicals and she has shared her findings to groups in North America, Japan, China, Thailand, Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, Korea and Australia.

Important as this work is, Dr. Armour is equally if not more invested in encouraging women to consider careers in the sciences, engineering and technology. Accordingly, she has established and led three action-oriented organizations which have been successful in recruiting, retaining and advancing women in these important areas of work. Her vision of more women in science has spread across Canada and beyond.

Dr. Armour’s scientific work and leadership success have been recognized through a number of awards and honours, including the order of Canada, Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal and being named one of the top 100 most powerful Canadian women by Women’s Executive Network

This dedicated scientist and visionary credits her success to three factors: having mentors who believed in her, a willingness to take risks, and a commitment to democratic, collegial leadership.

Despite the advances she has seen and influenced, Dr. Armour feels it is critically important that aspiring women leaders are aware of the systemic barriers that still exist in our society and are prepared to respond appropriately to situations that arise due to these intrinsic biases. She will share this and other valuable insights at the conference.