Margaret-Ann ArmourMargaret-Ann Armour was born in Scotland and received her BSc and MSc from Edinburgh University. In 1970, Armour graduated from the University of Alberta with a PhD in physical organic chemistry. In 2002, she received the Governor General's Award in Commemoration of the Persons Case, an award which honours those who have promoted the equality of women in Canada. Armour was made a Member of the Order of Canada on April 6, 2006. These awards honour Armour's dedication to increasing the presence of women in the fields of science and engineering. Her pursuit of this goal led her to help found the Women in Scholarship, Engineering, Science, and Technology (WISEST) program. She also served as Vice-Chair and Convener of WISEST, a University of Alberta-based organization that promotes gender equality in the sciences.
Armour is a respected scientist, specializing in hazardous chemical management. She has been honoured for her teaching with the 1994 McNeil Medal of the Royal Society of Canada for public awareness of science and the 1996 3M Teaching Fellowship. During Edmonton's centenary celebrations, Armour was named one of the One Hundred Edmontonians of the Century. She was also a 2004 recipient of the University of Alberta Alumni Association’s Distinguished Alumni Award.