CASC HONOURARY MEMBERS
"Making a Difference"
David makes a difference every day: be it with the students in his workshops, the adults watching his shows appreciating his deadpan approach, or his commitment to the support and development of his coworkers. His dedication to science education is unwavering and he is highly respected and admired at Science
Annika (Aurora Research Institute) is passionate about learning and helping others learn around her. Her dedication and enthusiasm about science is infectious. When she is in schools, she presents herself as a consummate professional and her excitement about the topic causes students and teachers to become enthralled in what she has to present. She always goes above and beyond in her supportive role.
Cathy has devoted close to 30 years to developing and delivering science programming at Science North. In her different roles as Staff Scientist - Camps, Senior Scientist at Dynamic Earth, and most recently as Senior Scientist – Informal Learning Programs, she developed and delivered quality experiences that captured the imaginations of the young.
Through his enthusiasm and guidance, Science East is a much-loved place to tinker, experiment, and test “what-ifs”. Michael's involvement in planning school programs and summer camps to designing exhibits and performing science shows make him a central to the unique style, quality and creativity that has come to define the organization.
John works closely with volunteers and the Board of Directors to develop new, hands-on insect programs for audiences of all ages. He insists on mandatory hands-on engagement from Entomica’s volunteer staff, whom he recruits and trains himself on weekends and holidays.
John Chu is a volunteer of 20 years with over 2,900 hours at the TELUS World of Science - Edmonton. Trade shows, conventions, public and school programs, nothing is out of his scope to build links with the community.
Eric has led the the National Research Council’s Centre of the Universe (CU) team in completing their first museum exhibit. Each year he inspires co-op students with his love of astronomy and the night sky.
From leading training sessions on Bio Scientific Terminology at the Science North “Bluecoat Conference” to creating interactive and educational tabletop exhibits on the floors, Linda is always seeking creative and innovative ways to share her knowledge and ideas.
By initiating the museum’s first-ever Reading Artefacts Summer Institute, David brought together students, curators, and other experts to learn how to discover the stories behind scientific instruments. The result has opened up a new avenue of collaborative teaching to the Canada Science and Technology Museum.
Sally began as the Exhibitions Manager at Discovery Centre in 2002. In the fall of 2006, Discovery Centre found itself without a leader. As a result of a request from the Board of Directors, Sally assumed the role of ‘acting Executive Director’ for the next six months.
Nicola Focht 2006
Nicole made efforts to ensure all school programs were examined and changed, or removed and created anew, to ensure they met the needs of teachers and 2004 saw amazing growth in the Exploration Place’s school programs.
Outstanding Career Achievement
Cathie Spencer 2021
During her 40 years at the Ontario Science Centre (OSC), Cathie served several roles, including host, Principal of the OSC Science School and project consultant in International Sales. Cathie is a true science communicator, leader and champion who worked to connect and push boundaries to innovate.
Tracy Calogheros 2021
Tracy has been with The Exploration Place Museum and Science Centre since 1994, becoming CEO in 2003. Tracy received the Employees First Award from Tourism BC in 2008 and the Award for Leadership in the Field: Experienced Leadership from ASTC in 2006. In 2019, The Exploration Place won the Chamber of Commerce Award for Top Workplace Culture. She has served on many local, regional, provincial, national and international associations and committees, including the CASC Board of Directors, where she served as Board president from 2018-2020. Tracy is a leader in the areas of Reconciliation, repatriation, and relationship-building with Indigenous peoples. She has carefully and respectfully built a strong relationship of trust and friendship with the Lheidli T’enneh Nation, an example of how a regional institution can think, work with, and represent the First Nation on whose territory it is located.
Ardith Edwards 2020
Ardith was instrumental in building TELUS World of Science Edmonton volunteer program. During her 27-year tenure Ardith recruited, trained and cultivated thousands of volunteers who grew into strong ambassadors for the value of science centres in their community.
Nicole Chiasson 2020
Throughout her 32 years at Science North her skills and abilities as a visionary team builder and leader have allowed Science North to expand its activities throughout the vast 800,000km2 of Northern Ontario, with greater reach and impact than ever in our 35-year history.
Amanda Smedley 2019
Amanda (Exploration Place Museum & Science Centre) steps forward to take on leadership of exciting but complex and unproven STEM education initiatives for children and youth. She enthusiastically and competently engages community stakeholder as partners in the pursuit of enhanced science literacy across all ages.
Brenda Koziol 2018
Brenda is a Scientist, Exhibit Developer, Project Manager and mentor who has been responsible for leading the creation of some of Science North’s award winning projects and exhibits.
Rob Lunde 2018
Since 1986, Rob has been involved with some of Science World’s most successful experiences, delighting visitors of all ages.
Jennifer Pink 2017
Jennifer has been instrumental in the development of Science North’s global reputation as an innovative, engaging centre for science exploration. Often involved in collaboration with other science centres and scientists she contributed to the development and delivery of the Science Communication program at Laurentian University.
For almost 20 years, the former CEO of TELUS World of Science British Columbia has led the charge to promote innovation and science literacy with a focus on developing programs outside of the Vancouver core, working with local farmers, regional schools and other organizations to bring science to a broader audience.
Dr. David Desjardins joined the executive committee of the Board of Directors of Science East in1997 and in 2001 he became the CEO of New Brunswick’s only science centre. Through cooperation, collaboration, and constant cheerleading, he's directed Science East to many notable accomplishments.
Marie is one of the founders and original board members of Science East and was also one of the original directors of CASC. In memory of Dr. Marie MacBeath 1925-2015
Lesley has continually advanced the profile of both the Ontario Science Centre and science centres globally as important pieces of free-choice, inquiry-based learning. From serving on a number of boards and committees, to presenting at global conferences, to hosting North Americas first Science Centre World Congress.
In 1979, Ron Pears and Phil Aldrich combined their backgrounds in education, planning, and architecture to create AldrichPears Associates. Ron and Phil have demonstrated leadership in business,informal learning, and a commitment to the growth of their industry, leaving an indelible mark on science centres in Canada and abroad.
Ian McLennan 2009
Integral in the field of science communication for almost 50 years Ian began his career as a science centre executive. He has now developed an international reputation as an ‘extra-ordinarily well-informed and effective consultant’ in the development and operations of science centre, museum and planetarium experiences.
Bill worked in the planetarium and science centre field for more than thirty years with his final stint as the leader TELUS World of Science-Calgary from 1987 until his retirement in late 2008. Throughout that time, Bill led the transformation of a fledgling planetarium to become a vibrant and growing science centre.
For more than 25 years, Jim has made many outstanding contributions to the Canadian Science Centre community, including senior management positions at Science North since 1982 and CEO from 1987. Jim served as the first President of CASC, he was also a Board member of ASTC and President of the GSTA (now GSCA).
Outstanding Project or Program Leadership
As the education leader, Gillian is a vision setter as evidenced by the scope of programs that have been developed and implemented since joining Manuels River. She understands the importance of and how to surround herself with exceptional talent and empowers her team to be creative and bring their ideas to life.
Dov Bercovici 2018
Dov demonstrated vision and passion during the construction of the new Discovery Centre in Halifax. His leadership resulted in raising more than $24 million and forging substantial partnerships with local industry.
Rich Vieira 2017
He was the project manager for Circus, a highly successful travelling exhibition that has been touring for 15 years, and has contributed to most Ontario Science Centre exhibitions. Rich is a positive force on a project, moving through the work with optimism and enthusiasm.
In September 2015, George delivered a stunning exhibit experience at the Philip J. Currie Dinosaur Museum as its founding President and CEO, completing interpretive content--design-build-install phases in under 8 months on budget, making it the fastest project implementation in Canadian history.
When gaps were identified in The Manitoba Museum’s programming for Grade 8 students, Anya built specific full day programs to complement the temporary WRAPPED! The Mummy of Pesed exhibit, making it easier for teachers to sell the field trip to their administration.
Katherine led her team through the development of newly created Special Event Weekends and seeded the idea for the ever-popular Adults Only at TELUS Spark. Known as one of the most thoughtful and thought-provoking exhibit developers in the science and museum industry in North America.
Few museums simultaneously renew all their permanent exhibitions at once. And yet Carol Pauzé, Exhibitions Director of the Montreal Science Centre, unhesitatingly took on this complex challenge with a project that saw three existing exhibitions replaced with six original permanent exhibitions, occupying an area of over 2,300 square meters.
Chantal worked closely with Dr. David Pearson to create a Science Communication program, a partnership between Laurentian University and Science North. In addition, she has brought on board other partners, from government ministries and departments to the Discovery Channel, Canadian Geographic, other science centres and more.
Special Achievement Award
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