CASC 2021-2022 BOARD OF DIRECTORS
CASC bylaws dictate that the Board of Directors be comprised of between three (3) and fifteen (15) members. In order to hold a position on the Board of the Canadian Association of Science Centres, a Director shall be either an officer or employee of a voting member. The CASC Board of Directors currently includes 13 Board Members and three (3) vacant seats.
CASC recently joined the 50/30 Challenge, an initiative by Innovation, Science and Economic Development (ISED) Canada.
To meet this challenge, the Board consensus was to not fill the available vacancies at this time. By creating this space on our Board, we can be deliberate about seeking representation that is truly reflective of the workforce and visitors of Science Centres across Canada. This leaves (3) vacant seats on the CASC Board of Directors, which can have a maximum of 15 Board Members.
The 50-30 Challenge strives to increase representation and inclusion at senior leadership levels. As part of this challenge, we aspire to achieve gender parity (50%) and significant representation (30%) of other under-represented groups: racialized persons including Black Canadians, persons living with disabilities (including invisible and episodic disabilities), Canadians who identify as LGBTQ2+, and First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples.
We’re looking forward to taking part in this challenge to help accelerate our diversity actions.
Director Strategic Partnerships and Networks
Ingenium - Canada's Museums of Science and Innovation, Ottawa, ON
Sandra Corbeil is the Director Strategic Partnerships and Networks for Ingenium - Canada's Museums of Science and Innovation. She has more than 25 years working as an education, communication, and outreach leader. She is known for her strategic thinking and creativity.
Saskatchewan Science Centre, Regina, SK
Sandy Baumgartner is CEO of the Saskatchewan Science Centre and has a passion for science learning. She joined the Saskatchewan Science Centre in November of 2008 and served on the CASC Board of Directors from 2009 to 2015. She rejoined the Board in 2019 and is currently leading the COVID-19 Recovery Working Group.
Prior to joining the SSC Sandy spent 18 years as the Executive Director of Programs and Communications with the Canadian Wildlife Federation in Ottawa. During that time she led the development and implementation of a variety of education and awareness programs for the public and schools, including the revitalization of the popular Hinterland Who’s Who public service announcements. Sandy was involved in a variety of public policy discussions and committees including a task force appointed by the federal Minister of Environment on the development of the Species at Risk Act.
Sandy is a graduate of the University of Regina, Faculty of Administration and spent two years with the provincial government as a ministerial assistant to the Minister of Parks, Recreation and Culture prior to joining the Canadian Wildlife Federation.
Science North and Dynamic Earth, Sudbury, ON
A member of the Science North team since 1985, Julie leads the development and operations of Canada’s 2 nd and 8 th largest science centres, Science North and Dynamic Earth: Home of the Big Nickel, located in Sudbury, Ontario.
With a career focused on developing and implementing high impact visitor experiences in Sudbury and globally, Julie specializes in working with cross-functional teams developing and delivering impactful science experiences to visitors of all ages. Partnerships with scientists, researchers and innovators to keep current science at the forefront of the science centres is an important part of her work!
Formally trained as a biologist, Julie has a keen interest in the natural sciences, with a particular passion for her area of expertise, entomology.
In 2020-21 Julie is honoured to join a global team of women in STEMM as a part of the Homeward Bound Projects team, culminating in an expedition to Antarctica!
Director, Marketing and Sales
Discovery Centre, Halifax, NS
Jennifer joined the Discovery Centre as Director, Marketing & Sales in 2016 before the launch of the new facility on the Halifax waterfront. She found herself immediately at home in the science centre community and was thrilled to welcome CASC members to Halifax for the 2019 CASC Conference.
A 20-year veteran in Marketing and Communications with a degree in Public Relations from Mount Saint Vincent University in Halifax, Jennifer has extensive experience in branding, marketing, media planning, and event management. Her various roles in marketing agencies and as Director of Marketing for a local private career college developed her strategic thinking and project management skills. Most recently, Jennifer led both the marketing and then sales departments at The Chronicle Herald, Nova Scotia’s provincial media network.
A competitive curler, dedicated volunteer, and mother of two, Jennifer is often accompanied by a jammed packed schedule, priority list and work back plan for any occasion.
Exploration Place, Museum + Science Centre, Prince George, BC
Tracy is the CEO for the Exploration Place, Museum + Science Centre in Prince George. Past-President of the Canadian Association of Science Centres and newly appointed to the Fraser Basin Council, her past roles have included work as the Vice Chair of the Emily Carr University of Art + Design’s Board of Governors, President for both the British Columbia Museums Association and Northern British Columbia Tourism Association. Ms. Calogheros was honoured in 2017 with the Governor General’s Award for History in Community Programs for her work with the Lheidli T’enneh Nation and, in 2006, received the Association of Science and Technology Centres’ award for Experienced Leadership in the Field. Married with three adult-ish children, she is passionate about her community and the role her facility plays in its richness of life.
Director of Development
THEMUSEUM, Kitchener ON
Jordan Baker is the Development Specialist in Corporate and Government Relations at THEMUSEUM in Kitchener, Ontario. He also serves on the Heritage Kitchener Municipal Advisory Committee and is a Director on the board of the Woolwich Thrashers Sledge Hockey Organization. In addition to teaching at Nipissing University and Conestoga College he has sat on many Ontario museum boards and committees, worked in economic development and not for profit management in West Nipissing, helped lead historic programs at Black Creek Pioneer Village, and worked in numerous academic research roles. He lives in Kitchener with his wife.
Co-founder and Executive Director
LAUNCH Waterloo, Waterloo, ON
Tobi Day-Hamilton is the Co-founder and Executive Director of LAUNCH Waterloo, a social enterprise transforming Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math (STEAM) programming for children and youth.
Tobi began her career in advertising working with brands like FedEx, Sprint, and SunLife. She then moved to the University of Waterloo where she led strategic projects including the development of a new satellite campus focused on digital media and the government relations portfolio for the Institute for Quantum Computing (IQC). At IQC, Tobi led an award-winning team that shared the excitement and possibilities of quantum technologies with global stakeholders.
A lifelong learner, Tobi holds a BA in Rhetoric and Professional Writing from the University of Waterloo and a Masters of Communications Management from McMaster University. She is a member of the Board of Governors for the Grand River Hospital Foundation, the Regional Co-chair for the 2020 Governor General’s Canadian Leadership Conference and seeks adventure at every turn.
Dr. PAUL KORTENAAR
Ontario Science Centre, Toronto, ON
Dr. Paul Kortenaar joined the Ontario Science Centre as CEO in March 2020. He is an innovative museum professional with experience leading science centres in the United States through successful transformations. Prior to joining the Science Centre, he was the Executive Director of the El Paso Children’s Museum in El Paso, Texas, and was the Executive Director of SciWorks/Kaleideum in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. The CEO appointment marks a return for Kortenaar to the Ontario Science Centre, where he was the Director of Education from 2008-2012. Complementing Kortenaar’s science centre leadership experience is his academic background in science and education.
With a PhD in Education from York University, he has been an Adjunct Professor at Wake Forest University School of Medicine in North Carolina, taught at both high school and university levels, and was the de facto Principal of the Ontario Science Centre Science School.
Manager of Education Conservation
Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada, Toronto, ON
Katie has been with Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada (RAC) as the Manager of Education and Conservation since 2013. RAC aims to motivate guests to protect aquatic life around the globe through Conservation, Education and Inspiration.
Katie designed and implemented all of the RAC’s current educational programming and manages a diverse team as well as spearheading the conservation efforts of the organization. Recently, Katie led RAC through the process of accreditation with the Association of Zoos and Aquariums and took on additional responsibilities to help RAC through a time of closure and crisis because of the pandemic.
Katie has worked at three other CASC member institutions over the past 20 years, working alongside passionate individuals and increasing her enthusiasm for the importance of science education to Canada’s future.
Katie is a dynamic leader, creative thinker and empathetic coach who looks forward to contributing to the CASC Board of Directors.
President & CEO
TELUS World of Science – Edmonton, Edmonton, AB
Alan Nursall joined TELUS World of Science – Edmonton (TWOSE) in January, 2014, following a 24-year career at Science North and six years running his own company.
He helped launch Science North in 1984 and served as Science Director from 1999- 2007, responsible for the science experience at Science North and its companion facility, Dynamic Earth.
Nursall started NEXT Exhibits, Inc., in 2007, creating exhibits, shows, and other experiences for science centres and museums.
Nursall returned to his hometown in 2014 to join TWOSE where he is leading the development and implementation of the Aurora Project, a $40-million renovation and expansion.
He is currently Board Chair of the Giant Screen Cinema Association.
For 22 years, he hosted a weekly science segment called the Alan Nursall Experience on Discovery Canada’s national science and technology show, Daily Planet.
Montréal Science Centre, Montréal, QC
With a Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology, and a Master’s in Museology, Cybèle Robichaud was not necessarily destined for a career in science museums!
However, her journey led her to the Botanical Garden and the Biosphère, to finally land at the Montréal Science Centre in 2005. She has been in charge of exhibition projects for a number of years and has been the Programming Director since 2017.
Director of Development and Communications
Science East, Fredericton, NB
Lieff Salonius provides leadership and advocacy in the development of the science centre and its programs through meaningful engagement with government, businesses and individuals. She was involved in the planning, design, and implementation of critical steps to move the centre forward including the completion of a master plan aimed at future growth, land acquisition and attaining the ownership of the heritage building in which Science East is located. She received an M.A. in Communication Studies from the University of Calgary and a B.A. (Sociology/ Anthropology) from the University of New Brunswick.
Prior to joining Science East, she held various roles in fund development and communications for Mount Royal University (Calgary), Confederation Centre for the Arts (Charlottetown), New Brunswick Film and Learnstream Inc. (Fredericton) and served on the Women in IT committee, 2013-2015 (Fredericton, NB), the board of Canadian Women in Communications (Calgary Chapter, 2001-2003) and the Municipal Affairs Committee of the Fredericton Chamber of Commerce.
Director, Marketing and Business Development
TELUS Spark, Calgary, AB
Pamela Todd is the Director of Marketing and Business Development at TELUS Spark in Calgary Alberta.
After many years of leading digital innovation, communications, large scale projects, marketing strategy and customer experience strategy for the Canadian Tire Corporation, Pamela moved into her current role at the science centre. Her project leadership skills, development of teams and award-winning internal communication platform executions, have helped to support the growth of the new Roadmap at Spark.
Pamela also sat on the boards of The Allied Arts Council, The Southern Alberta Art Gallery, Digital Alberta and other art related boards. As a supporter, artist and passionate enthusiast of creative spaces and teams, she is excited to be a part of the growth at Spark and in science education.