Lee Wilson

Lee Wilson is a Research Associate in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Saskatchewan. He has made significant contributions to the investigation of the formation of sugar-like materials widely used in food and pharmaceuticals and their relations to other materials. Reviewers of his research have been uniformly impressed in their appraisals saying that his work is thorough and deserves recognition. Dr. Wilson was born in St. Boniface, Manitoba and grew up in the small rural community of Lake Francis. His interest in chemistry began in high school where he credits a teacher for encouraging his interest in mathematics, chemistry and physics. This encouragement led to Dr. Wilson enrolling at the University of Winnipeg, where he obtained a B.Sc. in 1992. He then transferred to the University of Saskatchewan where he graduated with a Ph.D. in Chemistry in 1998, becoming the first M├ętis student to earn such a degree. He has served as a role model and mentor throughout his graduate years, especially to young Aboriginal students through the Innovators in the Schools Program. As well, he has developed science programs and camps for Aboriginal students at the University of Saskatchewan. He has published many papers in highly respected peer reviewed journals and currently has four more in preparation. He speaks at conferences and has won many awards and honours including the Governor General’s Gold Medal in Graduate Studies, the Graduate Thesis Award and the Visiting Fellowship in a Canadian Government Laboratory Award. Dr. Wilson is an inspiration, using his skills to encourage young people and his knowledge to benefit his fellow Canadians.