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Meet the 2020 Exec Team

Kelly Xu – Chair


Kelly is a graduate student in Neuroscience at the University of Ottawa. A volunteer since 2014, Kelly is in charge of managing the ORC committee. She is enthusiastic about encouraging children to get interested in programming and engineering. Please contact her if you have any questions about the competition.

Heidi Li – Advisor

Heidi is a 2nd year medical student at the University of Ottawa. She competed in the ORC with a powerful sumo robot that led to the no striking rule in the Sumo Challenge since 2010.

David Huynh – Advisor

David is a 2nd year MSc candidate in the Health: Science, Technology and Policy program at Carleton University. He competed in the ORC and won 2nd place in 2008.

Imman Jami – Vice Chair & Event Planning Lead

Imman is a graduate in chemical engineering and biochemistry from the University of Ottawa. She has volunteered with ORC for the last two years as various roles. She has joined the committee this year as a Vice Chair leading the ORC Event Planning Committee.

Loïc Darboux – Vice Chair & Arduino Team Member

Loïc is a 2nd year software engineering student at the University of Ottawa. He is a past ORC competitor in both Arduino challenges and has volunteered as a judge. This year, he is assisting the Co-Chair and is in charge of making sure the Arduino challenges run smoothly.

Adrian Bailey – Lego Team Lead

Adrian is a first year medical student at the University of Ottawa. He first started volunteering with the ORC doing data entry on competition day but is now a member of the Lego Team. In his spare time, he likes to play hockey.

Matilda Bakare – Arduino Team Lead

Danny Ke – Event Planning

Danny is a 2nd year BSc candidate in Biomedical Sciences at the University of Ottawa. He was a volunteer for the Sumo Challenge last year. He is a member of the ORC Event Planning Committee.

Molly de Barros – Event Planning

Molly is a 3rd year biomedical science student minoring in law at the University of Ottawa. She became part of the ORC Event Planning Team after volunteering as a judge for 2 years.

Justin Vanderkloot – Lego Team Member

Justin is a grade 11 student and past competitor. After being a competitor in grade 8, Justin has been a volunteer at ORC for the last three years. He is now in charge of compliance and enforcement.  He has been instrumental in building the newest LEGO Golf Competition.

Mark Vanderkloot – Lego Team & Event Planning

Mark is a Research Analyst at PHAC for the last 25 years and has a B.A. majoring in Geographic Information Systems.  Mark has been a volunteer for the ORC for the past three years – helping with Events coordination and board construction.  He was also instrumental in building the newest LEGO Golf Competition.

Melody Habbouche – Graphics Designer and External Communications Officer

Melody is a 4th year Computer Science student at the University of Ottawa. She works as a software developer at Klipfolio and enjoys photography in her spare time! She has been volunteering with the ORC since 2017; she started out as a judge, and now enjoys being the photographer & graphics designer!

Sanmeet Chahal – External Communications Officer

Sanmeet is a 1st year medical student at the University of Ottawa. Sanmeet has been volunteering with ORC since 2016. His roles with ORC have included Graphics Designer, External Communications Officer, and Sumo and DaVinci Judge. Fun fact: he has never participated in ORC as a competitor.

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      Hi everyone,We hope you and your families are all well. Over the past month, we have been assessing the interest and feasibility of alternative solutions to host the ORC this year, given the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.After reviewing survey responses, alternative formats, and public health guidance, we are sad to announce that there will be no competition this year. While our mission is to expose students to STEM, your health and safety is our number one priority, especially in these uncertain times.While there is no competition this year, we remain dedicated to our mission and still want you to explore STEM while at home. Check out Virtual Ventures (Virtual Ventures Summer Camps and Programs) for some STEM at home experiments. Please also stay tuned on our social media pages, as we develop and post online tutorials.Stay safe, keep practicing physical distancing, and wash your hands regularly! We hope to see you all next year!Public Health ResourcesOttawa Public Health – ottawapublichealth.ca/coronavirus Government of Ontario – ontario.ca/coronavirus Quebec Government – quebec.ca/en/coronavirus Public Health Agency of Canada – canada.ca/coronavirus Mental Health ResourcesKids Help Phone - kidshelpphone.ca/Distress Centre Ottawa - www.dcottawa.on.caWellness Together Canada - ca.portal.gs/ ... See MoreSee Less
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      [Le français suit.]Hi everyone,Given the evolving nature of the COVID-19 global health crisis, the ORC committee is reviewing how the competition will be conducted this year in order to follow social distancing guidelines and ensure your health and safety. We are considering the interest and feasibility in possible alternate delivery formats for ORC that would allow teams to compete remotely.We will update you as soon as we figure out the best plan moving forward. Thank you for your understanding, stay safe.COVID-19 ResourcesOttawa Public Health – ottawapublichealth.ca/coronavirusGovernment of Ontario – ontario.ca/coronavirusQuebec Government – quebec.ca/en/coronavirusPublic Health Agency of Canada – canada.ca/coronavirus-----Salut tout le monde,Étant donné la nature évolutive de la pandémie COVID-19, le comité de la CRO est en train d’examiner d’autres formats pour la compétition cette année afin de suivre les directives de distanciation sociale et de protéger votre santé et sécurité. Nous évaluerions l'intérêt et la faisabilité de formats alternatifs pour la CRO qui permettraient aux équipes de participer à distance.Nous vous informerons dès que nous aurons trouvé le meilleur plan pour aller de l’avant. Merci de votre compréhension, prenez soin.Ressources pour le COVID-19Santé publique d’Ottawa – santepubliqueottawa.ca/coronavirusfrGouvernement d’Ontario – ontario.ca/nouveaucoronavirusGouvernement du Québec – quebec.ca/coronavirusAgence de la santé publique du Canada – canada.ca/le-coronavirus ... See MoreSee Less
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