University of Calgary

Success through science

UToday HomeApril 20, 2012

University of Calgary President Elizabeth Cannon will be joined by entrepreneur, plastic surgeon and MBA candidate, Dr. Breanne Everett, to address participants at the 50th Calgary Youth Science Fair (CYSF) at the Olympic Oval today.

Everett will speak to the budding researchers and practitioners with familiarity; she was a participant at six science fairs between 1997 and 2002.

She says it had a “domino effect” on her career. Everett is on a one-year leave from medical residency to take an MBA at Haskayne and focus on her start-up medical technologies company Orpyx.

“The Calgary Youth Science Fair really gave me an appreciation for science, the scientific method, and the desire to explore new ideas and concepts,” Everett says.

Her commitment to research and extracurricular activities resulted in her being named a 2002 Loran Scholar, which enabled her to pursue a Bachelor of Science degree at McGill University.

In 2006, Everett returned to Alberta to attend medical school at the University of Calgary.

“In 2009, I began doing a residency in plastic and reconstructive surgery with the hope of continuing—long-term—down a career centred around life sciences,” she says. “Two years into my residency, I became intrigued by the use of preventative devices in diabetes, and so began Orpyx.”

Everett’s participation in the CYSF led to success at the Canada-Wide Science Fair, with a bronze medal in 1997 and a silver medal in 2001, both in the Life Sciences category.

“I really owe where I am today to the experience I gained with participating in the science fair.”