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Morris Kates

  • Person
  • 1923-2013
Morris Kates was born in Galati, Romania, in 1923. He came to Canada with his parents in 1924 and grew up in Toronto. He began his musical studies with violin lessons at the age of eleven and began composing music at sixteen. He discovered both science and music about the same time in High school. He studied music harmony, counterpoint, and composition as a hobby, along with his studies in science (physics, chemistry, and biochemistry) at the University of Toronto. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Toronto in 1948.
From 1950 until 1968 he worked at the National Research Council of Canada, Ottawa, first as a post-doctoral fellow and then as a research scientist. In 1968, he was appointed Professor of Biochemistry at the University of Ottawa, and in 1989 he retired as Professor Emeritus. He was renowned in the field of biochemistry for his discovery of the isopranyl glycerol diether lipids of Halobacterium and other members of the Halobacteriaceae. Among biochemists, Morris Kates is also best known for his textbook ‘Techniques in Lipidiology’ (1972, revised in 2010). Altogether Morris wrote about 250 scientific papers on lipid biochemistry and lipid metabolism. He received the Excellence in Research Award (1981), the Supelco Award for lipid research from the American Oil Chemist Society (1984) and was nominated as Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada (1973).
Lipid biochemistry was one field in which Morris Kates was famous, music was the second. He published more than 20 compositions that include orchestral works, chamber music, choral works, and more. He showed an interest in his compositions in Impressionism, twelve-tone technique, neoclassicism, and more recently, Renaissance music. His major works are: Variations for Strings (1964), Symphonia for Strings (1967), Sonata for Cello and Piano (1973), Piano Trio “Hommage à Einstein” (1979), Elegiac Variations for Solo ‘Cello (1984), Woodwind Quintet (1988), Sonata for Double Bass and Piano (1989), and Festine Suite (1990). The first two of these compositions won him the CBC (Ottawa) Music Award for 1965 and 1967, respectively. Variations for Strings and Festive Suite have been performed by the University of Ottawa Symphony Orchestra conducted by David Currie. He was an Associate Composer with the Canadian Music Centre and a member of the Canadian League of Composers.

MacKay-Lassonde, Claudette

  • Canada
  • Person
  • July 2, 1948-June 15, 2000

Claudette MacKay-Lassonde was a prominent engineer and leader in energy and telecommunications fields. She was also an outspoken advocate for science and engineering as viable career options for women. Dr. MacKay-Lassonde was born in Montreal, Québec, where she earned her Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering at École Polytechnique. She married fellow engineering student, Pierre Lassonde (b. 1947–) in 1970, and the couple had two children.

After graduating from École Polytechnique in 1971, Claudette MacKay-Lassonde earned her Master of Science in Nuclear Engineering from the University of Utah. She went on to earn her Master of Business Administration (MBA) in 1983 from the University of Toronto. Dr. MacKay-Lassonde’s honourary degrees encompass numerous doctorates of engineering, including the University of Windsor’s honourary engineering doctorate (1986), an Honourary Doctor of Science from Queen’s University (1993) and an Honourary Doctor of Laws from Concordia University (1996).

Claudette MacKay-Lassonde challenged hostilities and stereotypes towards women within science and engineering fields. She spoke in such diverse settings as elementary school career fairs, university engineering convocations and conventions of women engineers. She helped found Women in Science and Engineering (WISE), in 1977, and also organized the First Canadian Convention of Women Engineers in Toronto, Ontario (1981) to help engineering women communicate and mobilize to advance their careers.

From 1986-1987 Claudette MacKay-Lassonde served as the first woman president of the Association of Professional Engineers Ontario (APEO). From 1987-1988 she was a member of the National Advisory Board on Science and Technology, and from 1988-1990 was chair of the Canadian Engineering Manpower Board. In 1991, she became Ontario Provincial Assistant Deputy Minister of Trade and International Relations.

Claudette MacKay-Lassonde was the first woman vice president of the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), in 1987. She was also nominated to the Mississauga riding of the Ontario Liberal Party, although the Conservative representative was elected to power, in 1987. After the École Polytechnique massacre, in 1989, Dr. MacKay-Lassonde founded the Canadian Engineering Memorial Foundation (CEMF) to provide scholarship opportunities for promising young female engineering students—an initiative that continues today.

Claudette MacKay-Lassonde’s career also spanned senior positions within organizations such as Ontario Hydro, (manager of the Load Forecasting Department), Northern Telecom, Xerox and Enghouse systems (Chair and CEO), Firelight Investments (president), AGF Group of Funds, Abitibi-Price, Clearnet Communications and Les Laboratories Aeterna.

Bédard, Lois

  • Canada
  • Person
  • [December 31, 1923] - December 14, 2007

Lois (née Dowson) Bédard was born in 1923 in Weston, Ontario – to a working-class family of 7 children. Mother, Mary Brittania Dowson worked as a stenographer and father, Walter L. Dowson, was a printer. Lois Bédard was notable for her activism in the Canadian Trotskyist movement and for promoting feminist causes, both independently, and through union activism, increasingly from the 1960s to the early 2000s.

Lois Bédard earned her Bachelor’s degree from York Memorial Collegiate and her Master’s of Education from the University of Toronto. In the late 1940s, she married Jean-Marie Bédard: a prominent Québec union activist and committed socialist, who served as president of the Quebec Socialist Party (PSQ) from 1966-1968.

Lois Bédard was one of the few women involved in the Canadian Trotskyist movement. In 1946, her fellow sibling activist, Ross Dowson, had led the Canadian branch of the Trotskyist movement, called, “The Revolutionary Workers Party (RWP.)” In 1974, Lois Bédard was among the members that split from the Canadian Trotskyist group to become a member of the Socialist League, (or the “Forward Group,”) along with founding member, Ross Dowson.

Throughout her activist career, Lois Bédard promoted feminist causes, both independently, and within the labour movement. She was a founding member of Organized Working Women, in 1977, which promoted women’s rights in the workplace and advocated for their involvement in traditional labour organizations. They adopted, “A Woman’s Place is in Her Union,” as one of their slogans. She served on the first executive council of Organized Working Women, before becoming its president, early in 1986.

Lois Bédard lobbied for pay equity between men and women and for women’s rights to free universal childcare. In 1980 she presented a brief to the Ontario Legislative Committee Hearings into Bill 3 – an Act to Amend the Ontario Employment Standards Act. The brief was entitled “Equal Pay for Work of Equal Value.”

Women's Studies Program, University of Ottawa / Progamme en Études des femmes, Université d'Ottawa

  • Corporate body
  • 1980-1999
In the 1970s, a few pioneers women from various disciplines such as English, History, French Letters, Psychology, Political Science, Religious Studies and Sociology developed the first courses dealing with women's issues at the University of Ottawa. In the 1980s, a coordinating committee made up of professors and students from the Faculty of Arts and the Faculty of Social Sciences developed the framework for a program in Women's Studies. In 1983, the creation of a bilingual program in Women's Studies was officially approved by the Senate. The program is offered at the undergraduate level and is attached to the Office of the Vice-President, Academic. In 1985, the Department of the Secretary of State granted a Joint Chair in Women's Studies at the Universities of Ottawa and Carleton. In 1995, a fully bilingual, multidisciplinary program in Women's Studies at the Master's level was established. The objective of the program is to combine graduate studies in a particular discipline with the feminist approach and issues developed in Women's Studies. In 1999, the Women's Studies Institute replaced the Women's Studies program. In 2004, the Women's Studies Institute was transferred to the administration of the Faculty of Social Sciences. In 2014, the Women's Studies Institute becomes the Institute of Women's and Gender Studies. (Source : / Dans les années 1970, quelques pionnières provenant de diverses disciplines telles que English, Histoire, Lettres françaises, Psychologie, Sciences politique, Sciences religieuses et Sociologie développement les premiers cours traitant de questions reliées aux femmes à l’Université d’Ottawa. Dans les années 1980, un comité de coordination constitué de professeures et d’étudiantes de la Faculté des arts et de la Faculté des sciences sociales, conçoit le canevas d’un programme en études des femmes. En 1983, la création d’un programme bilingue en études des femmes est approuvée officiellement par le Sénat. Le programme est offert au niveau du premier cycle et rattaché au cabinet du vice-recteur aux études. En 1985, le Secrétariat d’État accorde une Chaire conjointe en études des femmes aux Universités d’Ottawa et de Carleton. En 1995, un programme pluridisciplinaire entièrement bilingue en études des femmes au niveau de la maîtrise est mis en place. L’objectif du programme est de combiner des études de deuxième cycle dans une discipline particulière avec l’approche féministe et les problématiques développées en études des femmes. En 1999, l’Institut d’études des femmes remplace le programme en études des femmes. En 2004, l’Institut d’études des femmes passe sous l’administration de la Faculté des sciences sociales. En 2014, l'Institut d'études des femmes devient l'Institut d'études féministes et de genre. (Source : )

Quinlan, Judith

  • Person

Judith Quinlan is a graduate of the University of Alberta in Edmonton and was on the Student Council (1970) and was part of starting the first Edmonton Women's Centre and the Isis women's shelter while a student. After graduating, she moved to Vancouver and worked on the Pedestal Women's Newspaper. In 1972, she moved to Toronto and worked on The Other Woman newspaper, helped start the Toronto Women's Bookstore, was one of the founders of Cora the Women's Bookmobile, and the Toronto Women's Centre. Judith later wrote for Broadside and worked on the LOOT project. She started the All Girls Hit and Run Feminist Marching Band and joined the Wages for Housework group and started Wages Due Lesbians.

After stepping away from these groups, she wrote poetry and songs (including the Mama Quilla name song) and then moved to rural British Columbia, where she worked with the 100 Mile House Women's Centre, acted as the editor of The Open Door (Rural Lesbians of BC), and got involved in choirs and music teaching. She later moved back to Vancouver and then Victoria where she currently resides.

The University Women's Club of Ottawa

  • Corporate body
  • 1910-
The University Women's Club of Ottawa was formed on 15 April, 1910. The purpose of the Club was to advance the interests of women and to serve the community in social, educational and cultural areas. The club awarded scholarships to secondary school and university students. It participated in the establishment of the Ottawa Little Theater, The Elizabeth Frye Society of Ottawa and the National School Volunteer Association. The Club presents the view of women on contemporary economic, social and cultural problems. It is affiliated with the Canadian Federation of University Women.

University of Ottawa Library COVID-19 Telling Her-Stories project / Bibliothèque uOttawa projet COVID-19 Elle, ses histories

  • Corporate body
  • 2020-

Telling her-stories in Canada: Documenting COVID-19 in your voice
The University of Ottawa Library is working on a small scale pilot project to build a unique and special collection around your stories and experiences of and during the COVID-19 pandemic as a woman in Canada. The Library is currently home to the Women’s Archives, an invaluable resource for those examining the history of women in Canada. By actively collecting the stories of how the pandemic has impacted you, we can ensure that the historical record of the pandemic will include your stories, voices, and perspectives.

Why is this important?
History has often overlooked the experience of women. Her-stories have been invisible and oftentimes little is known about the true impact of major events on the lives of women (told from their own perspective). The content you share will let us hear your voice and share your experience with others now and in the future. Through your stories, we can understand your successes, struggles, happiness, and disappointments as well as how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted you, for example, in terms of economics, health, career, unpaid care work, and domestic violence, etc.

Women throughout Canada will be given the opportunity to upload their content to a platform where it will be captured, preserved, and made available to researchers as part of the Women’s Archives collections at the Library’s Archives and Special Collections unit. Traditionally, archives have passively waited for donors to reach out to them with records for donation, however, in this case, we will actively approach the community for contributions and donors will be able to quickly upload their content directly through a specially designed platform. This approach is currently being implemented by GLAMs across Canada and the U.S. who understand the magnitude of the pandemic and the importance of capturing people’s immediate response. Our team has designed the platform using the open-source web publishing system called Omeka. With the help of our supporters and community of users, we will reach out to our target community of women across the country and from all different backgrounds and experiences. Once content has been uploaded to the platform, it will be reviewed, described, processed for preservation, and made available long-term to those interested in the topic. The content will become part of the Library’s Women’s Archives collections and accessible on the Library’s website and archives collection database.

Andrew, Caroline

  • Person
Caroline Andrew was the co-chair of the Steering Committee for the Women's World Congress held at the University of Ottawa in 2011. She is a full professor at the University of Ottawa School of Political Studies and the Director of the Centre on Governance. She has worked at the University of Ottawa for over 30 years. Caroline Andrew was also the former dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences (1997-2005) and is nationally recognized authority on urban and feminist studies, as well as on cultural diversity. She has degrees from the University of British Columbia, Universite Laval and the University of Toronto.

Canadian Feminist Periodicals Association

  • Corporate body
The Canadian Feminist Periodicals Association hosted the Canadian Feminist Periodicals Conference yearly. They also participated in consultations with Government organizations, such as the Secretary of State, regarding women's issues.
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