Jennifer E. Flanagan

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Jennifer E. Flanagan
Occupation CEO and President of Actua

Jennifer E. Flanagan is the President and CEO[1][1][2][2][3][4] of Actua,[5] a national charitable organization[6] based in Ottawa that delivers science, engineering and technology programs to youth.[7]

Education and awards[edit]

Jennifer Flanagan received a Bachelor of Science from the University of New Brunswick[8][9] and a Masters in Management from McGill University[10] in Montreal in 2002. Named one of Canada's Top 100 Most Powerful Women by the Women's Executive Network in 2007,[11] she received a Women in Technology International award in 1999, a Community IT Hero Award[12] in 2001, and an Alumni Award of Honor from UNB.[13] In 2011, Jennifer was awarded the Y Women of Distinction Award in the Education and Training category and named a recipient of the Ottawa Business Journal Forty Under 40.[14] Under her leadership, Actua was honoured with the Michael Smith Award for Science Promotion[15] in 2000, and the Minister's Award by the Ontario Trillium Foundation in 2009.[16]

Non-profit leadership[edit]

Her interest in developing youth science and technology programs began in 1993 while attending UNB, where she became involved in the university's summer science and engineering program for children, Worlds UNBound. She subsequently served as the New Brunswick provincial director of the Innovators in the Schools program, where she created a province-wide science club for girls.

In 1997, she co-founded Actua to deliver science and technology programming to youth. The organization engages more than 200,000 young people in over 450 communities annually.[17][18][19] and has a particular focus on reaching those who are typically underrepresented and underserved in science and technology, including girls, Aboriginals, underprivileged youth, and youth living in remote communities.[9][20][21][22][23][24][25][26][27][28]

Public speaking[edit]

Jennifer Flanagan has been invited to present across the country and internationally on issues relation to science education and youth engagement, speaking to groups and audiences ranging from the Women's Executive Network,[29] Science and Technology Awareness Network[30] and Canadian Millennium Scholarship Foundation[31] to the International Network of Women Engineers and Scientists,[32] and Canadian Millennium Scholarship Foundation[31] to the International Network of Women Engineers and Scientists[33] and the Association of Canadian Community Colleges.

Personal life[edit]

She has served on the boards of the Girls Action Foundation (founding member and treasurer, (1999–2009);[34] the International Network of Women Engineers and Scientists (2003–2006);[35] and the Science and Technology Awareness Network (founding member and treasurer, 2004–2010). She lives in Ottawa with her husband, Michael Plamondon, owner and President at Origin Studios[36] and their daughter.

Jennifer has also volunteered on numerous other committees, organizing groups and boards including Wired Women, Pathmakers,[37] UNESCO-L'Oréal For Women in Science Program,[38][39][40] Virtual Ventures, Canadian Engineering Memorial Foundation, and the Michael Smith Awards.

External links[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Worlds UNBound Encourages Young Females to Science, Engineering Projects - March 31, 2005 - News@UNB". 2005-03-31. Retrieved 2011-01-26. 
  2. ^ a b "leadership team | Actua". Retrieved 2011-01-26. 
  4. ^ Northern News Services (2010-07-19). "Feds invest in science camps". Retrieved 2011-01-26. 
  5. ^ Actua
  6. ^ Canada Revenue Agency
  7. ^ "Science Inspires Arctic Youth", Leslie Cuthbertson, Above and Beyond Magazine, November/December 2007
  8. ^ University of New Brunswick
  9. ^ a b "Wise/Fsi". Retrieved 2011-01-26. 
  10. ^ McGill University
  11. ^ Women's Executive Network
  12. ^ "Kevin von Appen" (PDF). Retrieved 2011-01-26. 
  13. ^ "Wise/Fsi". Retrieved 2011-01-26. 
  14. ^ "Forty Under 40 Recipients Revealed". Retrieved 2011-07-13. 
  15. ^ National Science and Engineering Research Council
  16. ^ "Great Grants Award Recipients Chosen". Retrieved 2011-01-26. 
  17. ^ “Having Fun for West Moberly Science Camp”, Max Fawcett, Chetwynd Echo, Chetwynd BC, 31 July 2009
  18. ^ “Science Camp inspires young minds”, Kristjanna Grimmelt, The Record Gazette, Peace River AB, August 25, 2010
  19. ^ GE Canada
  20. ^ Canadian Women’s Foundation
  21. ^ “Ados Sciences en vacances au Canada”, Le Monde, Paris, France, October 16, 2008]
  22. ^ Women in Engineering
  23. ^ "Outreach to Aboriginal Communities - CIHR". Retrieved 2011-01-26. 
  24. ^ “Science and camp: a winning combination”, Heather Andrews Miller, Alberta Sweetgrass, Pg. 8, September 8, 2010
  25. ^ “Feds invest in science camps”, Kassina Ryder and Emily Ridlington, Nunavut News/North, Nunavut, July 19, 2010
  26. ^ Aboriginal Health Human Resources Initiative
  27. ^ "Okanagan Boys and Girls Clubs". Retrieved 2011-01-26. 
  28. ^ “Kelowna Kids Enjoy Actua Science Summer Camp”, Okanagan Boys and Girls Club website, August 23, 2010
  29. ^ "Previous Winners". 2011-01-15. Retrieved 2011-01-26. 
  30. ^ "The Science and Technology Awareness Network - STAN". Retrieved 2011-01-26. 
  31. ^ a b "CANADA MILLENNIUM SCHOLARSHIP FOUNDATION | Media Advisory - Celebrating the Achievements of Canada Millennium Scholarship Foundation Excellence Awards". Retrieved 2011-01-26. 
  32. ^ "Previous Winners". 2011-01-15. Retrieved 2011-01-26. 
  34. ^ "Board of Directors | Girls Action Foundation". Retrieved 2011-01-26. 
  35. ^ International Network of Women Engineers and Science Board of Directors [1]
  36. ^ Origin Studios
  37. ^ "Events In Ontario". Retrieved 2011-01-26. 
  38. ^ Post, National (2007-03-17). "Program shows girls a future in science". Retrieved 2011-01-26. 
  39. ^ "2010 For Women in Science Laureates". YouTube. Retrieved 2011-01-26. 
  40. ^ "Round-table on Careers for Women in Science, UNESCO HQ, 2 March 2005: SCIENCE". Retrieved 2011-01-26.