University of Toronto and Defining Moments Canada announce funding partnership.

August 30, 2021

TORONTO, August 30th, 2021— Defining Moments Canada/Moments Déterminants Canada, a heritage education organization, is announcing a funding partnership with the University of Toronto for the HERZBERG50 and ‘NobelCanadian’ national commemorative projects honouring the 50th Anniversary of Dr. Gerhard Herzberg’s Nobel Prize in Chemistry, which will develop into a full commemoration project honouring all of Canada’s Nobel Laureates in 2022-2023.

HERZBERG50 will spotlight Dr. Herzberg’s Nobel-Prize winning research, as well as celebrate his impact on science policy and education, and his remarkable life journey. This storytelling initiative will be enhanced by ‘NobelCanadian’, a digital space to recognize Canadian Nobel Laureates, their achievements, and their deep imprint on this country. “The team at Defining Moments Canada is honoured to commemorate the achievements of Canada’s Nobel Laureates over the next two years. Paying special tribute to the remarkable life of Dr. Gerhard Herzberg is emblematic of all our inspiring Nobel Prize recipients,” said Neil Orford, President of Defining Moments Canada. “Herzberg’s lifetime commitment to research defined a new standard for science education in Canada, and we are proud to inaugurate the ‘NobelCanadian’ project with Herzberg50 in 2021.”

The University of Toronto has previously partnered with Defining Moments Canada for the Insulin100 project commemorating the 100th anniversary of the discovery of insulin by Frederick Banting, Charles Best, and James Collip under the direction of John Macleod at U of T. Banting and Macleod earned a Nobel Prize, Canada’s first, for their work in 1923. By sponsoring the HERZBERG50 and ‘NobelCanadian’ projects, they are continuing this successful partnership that has already produced outstanding educational resources and lesson plans.

Defining Moments Canada/Moments Déterminants Canada is a digital heritage and education company, leading innovative educational engagement and the commemoration of Canada’s history using twenty-first century tools and storytelling skills. It has previously carried out the national commemorations of the 1918-1920 Influenza Pandemic  in Canada and the 75th Anniversary of D-Day –  ‘Juno75’. In 2020, Defining Moments Canada began Insulin100’  a three-year commemorative project to celebrate the 100th Anniversary for the Discovery of Insulin, and led the national digital commemoration for VEDay75, in partnership with Veteran’s Affairs Canada.

For more information, digital images or to set up an interview, please contact:

Neil Orford, President Defining Moments Canada

Jenifer Terry, Executive Director Defining Moments Canada