On Tuesday, November 20, 2012 representatives of Team 1114 – Simbotics, and FIRST Robotics Canada attended the 1st Annual Killam Prize Symposium at Rideau Hall hosted by the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada.
Lead mentor Karthik Kanagasabapathy, Allaire medal winners Taylor Nicholson and Brittany Shaw, and John Hobbins of FIRST Robotics Canada were invited to attend the 1st Annual Killam Prize Symposium. The symposium held at Rideau Hall was hosted by the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada and featured the Killam Prize winners who have been awarded this due to their outstanding career achievements as Canadian scholars in health science, engineering, humanities, natural sciences and social sciences. The discussion topic of this evening was “How do we find things out? What are the ideal conditions for discovery?” The Killam Prize winners held an enlightened discussion on these topics, which helped illustrate the power of bringing together some of the top minds in Canada in a diversity of fields.
At the conclusion of the event, we had the opportunity to meet and talk to the Right Honourable David Johnston himself. He immediately recognized us as FIRST participants, and congratulated us on becoming the first ever Canadian team to be inducted into the FIRST Hall of Fame by winning the 2012 Chairman’s Award. It was truly an honour to have been part of such a distinguished group of guests, and to represent FIRST in front of one Canada’s most important dignitaries. It was an evening that will live with us forever.