Manufacturing the Future Contest


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Congratulations to our Bursary Winners!


Chin Chin J.

Age 18, Ontario

Madeline L.

Age 18, Ontario

Emmanuelle B.

Age 17, Quebec

Sanad A.

Age 17, Alberta

Benjamin G.

Age 18, Ontario

Elissa G.

Age 17, Quebec

Marie-Ève M.

Age 16, Ontario

Jason D.

Age 18, Saskatchewan

Raphael J.

Age 16, Quebec

Jaimil D.

Age 17, Ontario

In my home country Myanmar, millions of people do not have access to clean drinking water. Drinking unclean water leads to problems like infertility, infections, and birth defects, which have afflicted several generations of Burmese and rural Asian populations. The solution to accessing clean water for everyone starts with identifying contaminated water first.”

— Chin Chin J., 18

“We can work together as a global community to elevate ideas and traditions from within a nation. With the resources available from Canada, and the experts who know their land best in an underserved community, we can learn about the nation’s native agriculture, plants, and animals, study food science, and find the most nutritious and sustainable long-term solution.”

— Madeline L., 18

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At every stage of the science fair, without realizing it, I learned a great deal, both about science and technology, and about myself. Now, at the end of my last year of High School, I realize the impact this adventure has had on my interests and on my journey, which is just beginning. I can envision myself as part of a research and development team in the scientific field because I have always been curious about science, and have dreamt of participating in the innovation of revolutionary technology. ”

— Emmanuelle B., 17

“2020 has exposed a lot of faults in our global supply chain. The pandemic clearly highlights how much reliance we have on relatively few suppliers. My proposal would be a new revamped 21st century global supply chain that utilizes advanced manufacturing to solve many of these problems as well as innovate beyond them.”

— Sanad A., 17

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Even though eco-friendly alternatives to plastic exist today, none can match the cost-effectiveness and practicality of plastic. As a result, plastic has continued to be the norm across many industries, despite the innovation that has occurred. Without major change, this will persist as, at the end of the day, profits drive decision-making in the business world. Advanced manufacturing, however, has the ability to sow this change.”

— Benjamin G., 18

“For example, regenerative medicine researches how cell therapy can treat chronic diseases and provide alternative treatments to traditional medicine and surgeries, such as the Centre for Commercialization of Regenerative Medicine. I would also like to be part of the Canadian Medical Community, to find solutions to incurable diseases with the support of advanced manufacturing. You can absolutely count on me for research and development, as I am a highly educated and skilled worker who can help propel the advanced manufacturing sector.”

— Elissa G., 17

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Imagine a world where everyone has access to a cost effective tool to gain insight into their emotional state and mental well-being based on objective data: an intelligent advanced sensor adapted into a discreet earpiece that will gather data regarding intensity and location of brain activity. Is this possible? Only if cutting edge advanced manufacturing is used: it would take a concerted effort over a number of fields ranging from human biology, bio-metrics, psychiatry, sensor technology, AI and machine learning to develop a cost effective customized product that would be accessible to all.”

— Marie-Ève M., 16

“What problem could not be solved by advanced manufacturing? If I were to narrow it down to a single issue, the most obvious choice for me would be aiding those with disabilities. I would like to create products that are more capable than what is available at the current standard for less cost.”

— Jason D., 18

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Launching a human spaceflight into space is a pretty hard thing to do, almost impossible, outside of the International Space Station. Virtual reality, combined with robotics, could, despite video delays, allow us to perform complex tasks as if we were in the spaceship, without risk of the artificial intelligence running into technical issues throughout the trip. ”

— Raphael J., 16

“Global warming has been a serious issue for the past century and there are cleaner ideas such as electric vehicles and reusable energy. We are all looking for the key to a door for a sustainable future which can be found by tackling the problem at its root: pollution and improper waste management. Advanced manufacturing can tackle this and lead us all through that door. Creating a software system for drones and robots to dispose of waste appropriately in manufacturing plants is crucial in reducing pollution.”

— Jaimil D., 17

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