Former CEO of Science World, Bryan Tisdall, attended his investiture ceremony, receiving the Order of Canada on Thursday, September 6th, 2018. Contributing to science education in British Columbia, he has had a remarkable career including nearly two decades as the CEO of Science World BC (1997-2016).
During his years at Science World, he was known for not shying away from controversial exhibitions and focused on what exhibits visitors would find interesting. Tisdall believes the appetite for such knowledge speaks to the importance of scientific education that’s done in a fun and accessible way.
“It's to develop an appreciation for the (the fact that) science isn't only test tubes and laboratories and old white guys with curly hair. It's everywhere and it's all-pervasive.”
He also says learning to think like a scientists is important, no matter what one does with their life. “It's being analytical. It's being questioning. It's being open,” he said. “It's appreciating you may never have all the answers.”
At the ceremony, governor general Julie Payette bestowed him with a medal which held special meaning to Tisdall as he and Payette are personal friends from her time serving as director of the Montreal Science Centre.Read more.