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Sabine Mai

One of Canada’s most powerful women

Awards recognize female leaders in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors

November 25, 2015 — 
Sabine Mai

Sabine Mai

The University of Manitoba and CancerCare Manitoba are pleased to announce that professor Sabine Mai has been chosen as a 2015 Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Award Winner in the Sun Life Financial Trailblazers and Trendsetters category by the Women’s Executive Network (WXN).

The Top 100 Awards recognize Canada’s strong, fearless female leaders who have become agents of change in reshaping Canadian organizations at the highest levels.

“We are extremely proud of Dr. Mai. She is indeed a trailblazer and role model of female scientists in Canada and around the globe,” said Digvir Jayas, vice-president (research and international) at the U of M.

Mai is professor in the departments of physiology, biochemistry and medical genetics, human anatomy and cell science at the College of Medicine, Faculty of Health Sciences. She is a scientist with the Research Institute of Oncology and Hematology, a joint institute of the U of M and CancerCare Manitoba.

Mai established and directs the Genomic Centre for Cancer Research and Diagnosis, a cutting edge and unique molecular imaging facility. Her research focuses on how instability of DNA occurs in cancer cells and has the potential to lead to new tools to diagnose cancer. She uses 3D imaging technologies to identify signs of gene instability. She was the first to introduce the use of super resolution microscopy to Canada and her facility purchased the first commercially available super resolution system in North America.

Mai joins a prestigious community of past Award Winners, including Canada’s most iconic women trailblazers: Margaret Atwood, best-selling author; Dr. Roberta Bondar, astronaut; Arlene Dickinson, chief executive officer, Venture Communications; Christine Magee, president, Sleep Country Canada; Michaëlle Jean, former Governor General of Canada; Heather Reisman, founder and chief executive officer, Indigo Books & Music; and, Kathleen Taylor, chair of the board, Royal Bank of Canada.

The full list of WXN’s 2015 Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Award Winners can be found at

Research at the University of Manitoba is partially supported by funding from the Government of Canada Research Support Fund.

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