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Meet Canada’s 3MT Judges


Culture, Communications, and Entrepreneurship. Judges for the 2017 Canada’s 3MT competition bring a lot of experience and heart to their role. And three of them were so impressed with last year’s competition that they are returning for a second year.

 

  • Tragically Hip’s Rob Baker returns to the judge’s chair. His role as a performer, musician and visual artist give him insight into how to engage an audience. 

  • Radio Producers Nicola Luksic and Tom Howell have been the driving force behind CBC Radio’s Ideas from the Trenches.  The series uses dissertations from Canadian graduates and works with the authors to create long-form radio documentaries. 


Ian Baines - This is the first year on the judges panel for Ian Baines. As an engineer, he has worked with a lot of PhDs while building his alternative energy company.  He knows the power of a good pitch, the passion involved in great research, and the importance of clear communication.  Ian is the founder of one of Ontario’s first wind power companies and remains active as an owner / financier and engineer and holder of the largest Ontario wind contract.


Rob Baker

3MTBorn in Kingston, Rob picked up the guitar at age 12 and was soon playing in local bands. When the five-gig-a-week pace began to distract him from his studies (Queen’s University) he decided to pull back, finish his BFA, and just play music for fun with his friends. He has continued to do just that for the past 30 years ... writing, recording and touring internationally with the Tragically Hip. Currently the band is working on their 14th studio album at their studio in Bath, ON. 


When he’s not on the road or recording with The Hip, Rob spends time writing and recording in his home studio, studies other instruments (pedal steel, banjo, mandolin...), and occasionally collaborates with fellow musician and friend, Craig Northey. Their band Strippers Union has released two studio albums to date, neither of which received critical acclaim (they're really good though).
Rob and his Kingston band mates have been big supporters of their community, giving time, money, and profile to both local and national charities, focusing their efforts on medical, musical, and environmental causes.


Nicola Luksic/Tom Howell

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CBC radio producers Luksic and Howell team up to produce regular segments profiling the work of Canadian graduate students in Ideas from the Trenches.   Now, they team up to judge the 2017 Canada’s 3MT.  

As a documentary producer Nicola has travelled to war-torn regionals of the globe, worked with David Suzuki, CBC’s The Current, and produced an award-winning show about language.  She has a Masters of Journalism.

Tom Howell is an author, broadcaster, and recovering lexicographer who worked on the Canadian Oxford Dictionary. His semi-fictional account of our language is called The Rude Story of English,  Tom is a regular panellist on CBC’s weekly comedy quiz, Because News.




Ian Baines

3MTThis is the first year on the judges panel for Ian Baines. As an engineer, he has worked with a lot of PhDs while building his alternative energy company.  He knows the power of a good pitch, the passion involved in great research, and the importance of clear communication.  Ian is the founder of one of Ontario’s first wind power companies and remains active as an owner / financier and engineer and holder of the largest Ontario wind contract.











Judging


Three non-specialist judges will be viewing the top nine videos in the Canada’s 3MT competition. Here’s what they will be looking for from the winners.

Comprehension


  • Did the presentation provide a background to the research question being addressed?
  • Was the significance and context of the research explained?
  • Did the presentation clearly describe the key results of the research including conclusions and outcomes?
  • Did the presentation follow a clear and logical sequence?

Engagement


  • Did the oration make the audience want to know more?
  • Was the presenter careful not to trivialize or generalize their research?
  • Did the presenter convey enthusiasm for their research?
  • Did the presenter capture and maintain their audience's attention?

Communication


  • Was the thesis topic, key results and research significance and outcomes communicated in language appropriate to a non-specialist audience?
  • Did the speaker avoid scientific jargon, explain terminology and provide adequate background information to illustrate points?
  • Did the speaker have sufficient stage presence, eye contact and vocal range; maintain a steady pace; and have a confident stance?
  • Did the presenter spend adequate time on each element of their presentation - or did they elaborate too long on one aspect?
  • Did the presentation feel rushed?
  • Did the PowerPoint slide enhance the presentation - was it clear, legible and concise?



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The Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) is an academic research communication competition developed by The University of Queensland (UQ), Australia.

www.threeminutethesis.org




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