Microsoft Canada recognizes youth entrepreneur for excellence in
innovation, science and technology at Canada-Wide Science Fair
LETHBRIDGE, AB, May 14, 2013 /CNW/ - Microsoft Canada was proud to
present Canadian inventor Ben Gulak with the first-ever Microsoft
Canada Alumni Award at Youth Science Canada's annual Canada-Wide
Science Fair (CWSF) on Sunday, May 12, 2013, hosted at the University
of Lethbridge. In connection with Youth Science Canada, the Microsoft
Canada Alumni Award recognizes past science fair winners who best
personify excellence in innovation, science and technology.
"Participating in science fairs across the country is what got me to
where I am today, so I am incredibly honoured to receive the 2013
Alumni Award from Microsoft Canada and Youth Science Canada," said
Gulak, who is best known for creating the Uno - an eco-friendly
electric unicycle that he debuted at age 18 during the 2007 Intel
International Science and Engineering Fair.
The Uno captured people's imaginations around the world— including Popular Science magazine and CBC's Dragon's Den. Gulak, now 24, has since gone on to co-found BPG Werks, a North
American alternative vehicle company.
"There are brilliant young people all over this country who dream of
making the world a better place but don't have access to the resources
they need to make it happen, so it's incredibly important for companies
like Microsoft Canada to continue to support youth, and for
organizations like CWSF to inspire young people to innovate," said
This award is a part of Microsoft's YouthSpark initiative, a companywide
initiative designed to create opportunities for hundreds of millions of
youth around the world. Through relationships with governments,
nonprofits and businesses, Microsoft aims to empower youth to imagine
and realize their full potential by connecting them with greater
education, employment, and entrepreneurship opportunities
"Youth like Ben, who are excited about new discoveries and innovations,
are the future of Canada and our global economy," said Mike Eisen,
Chief Legal Officer, Microsoft Canada ."Through YouthSpark, the
Microsoft team is committed to using Microsoft technology, talent, time
and resources to empower young people to realize their full potential
and change their world."
Youth Science Canada is proud to work with Microsoft Canada because of
the large impact the company continues to have on youth and educators
across the globe.
"There are more young people on earth than ever before and it is
important to nurture their scientific impulse," said Reni Barlow,
Executive Director, Youth Science Canada. "We hope that highlighting
the successes of past science fair winners will inspire and encourage
younger generations to continue to invest in their creativity."
Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq "MSFT") is the worldwide leader in
software, services and solutions that help people and businesses
realise their full potential. At Microsoft Canada, we are passionate
about helping people, businesses and communities thrive both socially
and economically. There is nothing more rewarding than coming together
and sharing ideas across our organization and working with government,
business and communities to foster economic growth and to have a
positive impact on Canadians. For more information, please visit www.microsoft.com/en-ca/citizenship.
About Youth Science Canada
Since 1962, Youth Science Canada has been Canada's leading organization
for the promotion of innovation and celebration of excellence in
science, engineering and technology among our nation's youth. A
national, registered charitable organization, Youth Science Canada
provides or partners in programs to increase awareness and involvement
of youth in science, engineering and technology, to engage, mentor and
recognize Canada's young scientists, and to engage leading public and
private sector organizations in the development of a national science,
engineering and technology network of Canadian youth. For more
information, please visit youthscience.ca.
SOURCE: Microsoft Canada Inc.
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