Free Professional Development Event for Educators Features Noted Canadian Innovator James McEwen

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The  National Inventors Hall of Fame, Inc. (Canada) and the Science Teachers’ Association of Ontario (L’Association des professeurs de sciences de l’Ontario) invite elementary school teachers to join an invention education professional development workshop featuring James McEwen, the Canadian inventor who created the automatic surgical tourniquet and a new Inductee in the National Inventors Hall of Fame (U.S.).

During this free online event — to be held from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Eastern time on Wednesday, Jan. 13 — participants will explore how sharing the stories of world-changing inventors can inspire students to become future innovators. Research has shown that when children are introduced to inventors they can relate to at an early age, they are more likely to become innovative adults.

A Canadian biomedical engineer, McEwen invented the world’s first microprocessor-controlled automatic surgical tourniquet system. Devices based on his innovations are used worldwide in 20,000 surgeries each day. McEwen is also an Officer of the Order of Canada and has received numerous other honours and distinctions including the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal.

“We are thrilled to have James McEwen joining us for next week’s event. This is a unique opportunity to gain insight from an accomplished Canadian inventor and entrepreneur on the skills needed for students to develop an innovation mindset,” said Shelley Jones, vice president of NIHF Canada. “His own personal story is also very inspiring and highlights the positive impact of teachers on future innovators.”

To register for the free workshop, visit

STAO/APSO and NIHF Canada are working together to provide unique professional development opportunities for STAO/APSO members as well as promoting creativity and advancing the spirit of innovation and entrepreneurship. This includes, for example, sharing innovative ways for STAO/APSO members to incorporate invention education in their classrooms and highlight Canadian innovation. For more information on NIHF Canada, visit