Xiaoyi Bao is Canada Research Chair professor at the University of Ottawa. She received BSc and MSc in Physics from Nankai University in 1982 and 1985, and PhD from Anhui Institute of Optics and Fine Mechanics in 1987. Her research involves nonlinear effects in optical fibers and their applications for sensors, lasers, devices and communications. She is a fellow of Royal Society of Canada (RSC) and Optical Society of America (OSA), and served as the honorary secretary of Academy of Science (2009-2011) of RSC. She received the Ontario Premier's Research Excellence Award in 2001, the 1st University of Ottawa Inventor of the Year Award in 2003, Researcher of the Year Award in 2004 from Faculty of Science (U of Ottawa), the NCE (National Centers of Excellence) Chair’s Medal in 2006 (one of the five in Canada), the Canadian Association of Physics (CAP)-National Optics Institute (NOI) Medal for Outstanding Achievement in Applied Photonics in 2010.