Five inspirational youth receive national award for leadership in STEAM

Young people work with learning instruments at a table.

OTTAWA, ON, May 25, 2022 – Ingenium is thrilled to recognize five inspirational youth who have made positive changes in their community using science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (STEAM).

The winners of the 2022 Ingenium-NSERC STEAM Horizon Awards are:

  • Ispeeta Ahmed - Antigonish, Nova Scotia
  • Sarvnaz Ale Mohammad - Richmond Hill, Ontario
  • Jaityn LaBelle - Calgary, Alberta
  • Kiana Mercredi - Winnipeg, Manitoba
  • Avery Parkinson - Ottawa, Ontario

Full profiles on the award winners can be found here.

From mentoring others in robotics, to authoring research papers on environmental issues, or developing nationally-recognized science fair projects, these teens are innovators and leaders.

The Ingenium-NSERC STEAM Horizon Awards help set the stage for a new generation of Canadian innovators to excel in the STEAM fields. Each winner in the national prize program is awarded $25,000 to go towards their post-secondary education in a STEAM field at a Canadian university, college or CÉGEP. Two of these awards are exclusively given to Indigenous students.

These awards are made possible by a consortium of partners, including the Ingenium Foundation, the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), Indspire, Lockheed Martin, and Syncrude.

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“Each year I am astounded with the ingenuity and passion of these students. Supporting the creativity, leadership, and innovation of our youth will have a direct impact on our future which is why Ingenium is so proud to recognize these five incredible students.”

- Christina Tessier, President and CEO, Ingenium

“NSERC is a proud partner of the Ingenium-NSERC STEAM Horizon Awards because we know the future of Canadian science and engineering is in the hands of outstanding young people. The remarkable students we’re celebrating today have shown ingenuity, ambition, and leadership – the qualities of individuals who go on to change lives and communities for the better through their vision and hard work. On behalf of the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, congratulations to each of this year’s winners of the Ingenium-NSERC STEAM Horizon Awards.”

- Danika Goosney, Vice-President, Research Grants and Scholarships, the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC)


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Ingenium – Canada’s Museums of Science and Innovation

About Ingenium – Canada’s Museums of Science and Innovation

Ingenium oversees three national museums of science and innovation in Ottawa— the Canada Agriculture and Food Museum, the Canada Aviation and Space Museum, and the Canada Science and Technology Museum. It’s lngenium Centre houses an exceptional collection, research institute, and digital innovation lab. Our museums, digital content, outreach programs, travelling exhibitions, and collaborative spaces help to educate, entertain, and engage audiences across Canada and around the world. Our mission is to bring science literacy and inspiration to Canadians of all ages, abilities, and backgrounds.


NSERC invests over $1.2 billion each year in natural sciences and engineering research in Canada. Our investments deliver discoveries—valuable world-firsts in knowledge claimed by a brain trust of over 11,000 professors. Our investments enable partnerships and collaborations that connect the makers and users of discoveries. Research partnerships established by NSERC help inform research and development and solve scale-up challenges.

NSERC also provides scholarships and hands-on training experience for more than 30,000 post-secondary students and post-doctoral fellows. These young researchers will be the next generation of science and engineering leaders in Canada.