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Join a Committee

As a SWCC member you are entitled to participate in any of the working committees. Just let us know and we'll add you to the list. 

SWCC 2018/19 Committees

2019 Conference Committee: chair Jay Whetter

Sumeep Bath, Bryce Hoye, Justine Hudson, Gordon Leathers, Jennifer MacRae, Katilin Vitt, Eva Wasney, Jeremiah Yarmie, Scott Young, Miriam Shuchman. 

Ethics Committee Working Group: chair Ivan Semeniuk

core committee: Patchen Barss, Elizabeth Howell

committee members:

Jenny Boon, Julie Mullins, Simone Larin, Richard Zurawski, Yuxuan (Max) Jiang, Allyson Rowley

Membership Committee: chair, Elizabeth Howell

Carolyn Fell

Alternative Sponsorship Models: chair, Jennifer Gagne

Jay Whetter, Michael Dwyer, Douglas Keddy

Website:chair, Patchen Barss 

Douglas Keddy, Natasha Waxman, Michael Dwyer, Melinda Knox

ED Position: chair, Jennifer Gagne

Janice Benthin, Douglas Keddy, Andy Visser de Vries, Tim Lougheed, Christal Binnie

Social Media: chair, Marg Sheridan

Terry Lavender, Michelle Reidlinger

People's Choice Awards: chair, Eva Everything

Nomination/Election Committee: chair, Past-President Tim Lougheed

Michael Dwyer, Jennifer Gagne 

Upcoming events

    • 17 Nov 2018
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Victoria, BC
    • 2

    A workshop on science writing in an age of reconciliation: What science writers can learn from indigenous community members about better representation and relationships

    We invite science writers and other communicators to join us for a dynamic workshop that will cover ways journalists and communicators can start meaningful conversations and explore unconscious bias to frame their writing in a time of reconciliation.  Including interdisciplinary and Indigenous viewpoints is the starting point for generational positive change.

    This is a unique opportunity to experience hands-on learning and gain more confidence in writing about issues that concern local First Nations groups. The event will take place overlooking the beautiful Victoria waterfront, on the traditional territories Lekwungen peoples, today represented by the Songhees and Xwsepsum (Esquimalt) Nations.

    Workshop participants will put together a summary of points to be circulated to local science writers, to also form the basis of a national position paper for development by SWCC.

    This professional development event is endorsed by members of SWCC, Science Borealis, and Curiosity Collider.

    November 17, 2018

    9:00 am to 12:00 pm

    1010 Langley Street, 3rd floor. (Hakai Institute conference room)

    Workshop Fee: $55 per person

    Coffee, tea, and a light breakfast will be provided as part of the workshop fee. 

    All participants are invited to an optional informal lunch at their own expense following the workshop.

    If you have specific questions that you could like to see addressed in the workshop, please email them by November 10th to:

    This event is made possible through in-kind support from Hakai Institute.

    Workshop Presenters:

    Michelle Washington

    Ahjechwut, my ancestral name is Siemthlut and I am known as Michelle Washington.  I was born and raised in the village of Tla’amin which is a Northern Coast Salish Nation.  I also have ancestral ties to Sechelt and Maori on my grandfather’s side and Klahoose and Sto:lo on my grandmother’s side.  I am so thankful to be raising my family in the beautiful homeland of the Lkwungen speaking people now known as Victoria.  I have completed studies in Public Sector Management and Aboriginal Governance at UVIC and have returned to continue studies in Anthropology.

    Recent work includes managing the exhibition “Our Living Languages” for First Peoples’ Cultural Council at the Royal BC Museum.  Programming with the Office of Indigenous Affairs at UVIC and have also worked for my Nation and others in several capacities including Lands and Resources, Governance, Culture and Treaty for well over a decade.  I am also the liaison for a multi-year archaeology, anthropology and history field school project with Simon Fraser University and the University of Saskatchewan.

    Lou-ann Neel

    Gilakas’la, my name is Lou-ann Neel and I am from the Mamalilikulla and Kwagiulth people of the Kwakwaka’wakw Nation. My formal education is in public administration (Certificate in the Administration of Aboriginal Governments, and a Diploma in Public Sector Management from U-Vic) and I have been a practicing artist since age 14, so I also have a Bachelors Degree in Fine Arts from Emily Carr University of Art & Design.  In my professional career, I blend these two disciplines together to bring creative solutions to my work — from program management, policy writing, and strategic planning to community consultations and engagement. I have worked with both federal and provincial governments, and numerous urban Indigenous organizations throughout BC, and I am currently the Repatriation Specialist at the Royal BC Museum as part of the museum’s work to honour the Calls to Action of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People, and other important reports.

    • 23 May 2019
    • 25 May 2019
    • Winnipeg, MB

Past events

14 May 2018 SWCC2018 delegate membership discount
12 Apr 2018 SciComm Social, tickets
12 Apr 2018 On The Edge 2018 Annual Conference
22 Sep 2017 Book Award Presentation Event
20 Sep 2017 Youth Book Awards Presentation
03 Apr 2017 CSWA Constitution Vote 2017
28 Nov 2016 CSWA Runoff Name Vote
14 Oct 2016 CSWA Name Vote
02 Jun 2016 CSWA Conference & Annual Meeting: Guelph 2016
20 Feb 2016 Improv for Science Communicators
25 Jan 2016 data journalism/journalisme des données, 2016
11 Jan 2016 Science Journalism Award Submission, 2016
11 Jan 2016 Science Communication Award Submission, 2016
15 Dec 2015 2016 Herb Lampert Emerging Journalist Award Submission
26 Nov 2015 Pub night Ottawa
20 Nov 2015 Pub night: Vancouver
03 Apr 2015 CSWA 2015 Annual Conference, Saskatoon
19 Jan 2015 Science Journalism Award Submission
19 Jan 2015 Herb Lampert Emerging Journalist Award Submission
19 Jan 2015 Science Communication Award Submission
30 Jul 2014 Science of Beer pub night
26 Jun 2014 CSWA pub night
05 Jun 2014 CSWA 2014 Annual Conference, June 5 - 8
15 Apr 2014 CSWA Board Nominations Open, Deadline April 25
17 Feb 2014 Fast Talker 3 minute thesis competition
01 Feb 2014 Science Journalism Award Submission
01 Feb 2014 Science Communication Award Submission
01 Feb 2014 Herb Lampert Emerging Journalist Award Submission
06 Jun 2013 CSWA 2013 Annual Conference, June 6-9
28 Jan 2013 Understanding Medical Journal Articles & Medical Statistics - Webinar
02 Jun 2012 CSWA 2012 Annual Conference, June 2-5
30 Sep 2011 Coffee with Chris Hadfield
09 Jun 2011 CSWA 2011 Annual Conference, June 9-13