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It’s one of the best spots in Canada to see and study Arctic species and the non-profit Churchill Northern Studies Centre is a key support facility for researchers. Located 23 kilometres outside Churchill, the LEED silver-certified centre has research labs, dormitories, a cafeteria and other facilities that are used by scientists and visitors. “I couldn’t do my research without the Churchill Northern Studies Centre,” asserted Nick Lunn, a scientist with Environment and Climate Change Canada. Lunn has been studying polar bear ecology and Arctic marine ecosystems for more than 30 years and he made the comment during an educational presentation for visitors on a learning vacation at the centre. Read more
Sudbury MPP Glenn Thibeault channeled his inner Luke Skywalker on May the 4th as he announced $1 million in funding support for the THINK project, a major renewal of visitor experiences on level 4 of Science North and at six Northern Ontario THINK hubs on behalf of the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC). Read more.
The provincial government is giving $1.4 million to the Manitoba’s Museum Bringing Our Stories Forward renewal project.
This project aims to renew 42 per cent of the museum’s galleries, including Grasslands, Nonsuch, Orientation and Urban. It is also set to create a new Winnipeg Gallery. Read more.
Calling it 'historic,' the Ontario provincial government made a major funding announcement in Science North on Wednesday.
Minister of Energy and Sudbury MPP Glenn Thibeault said the province will spend $16 million on the science centre and Dynamic Earth over the next two years.
Thibeault said the province invested in Science North because of what the science centre means for Northern Ontario.
"It's an economic driver when it comes to tourism. This is going to generate more tourism dollars for us. It's going to create jobs. It's going to actually really tell people the importance of science," Thibeault said. "So, this is just a win, win, when it comes to the economy, tourism and education." Read more.
LOS ANGELES / MONTRÉAL (APRIL 24, 2018) - Thinkwell Group and Réalisations-Montréal are pleased to announce a strategic alliance between the two companies. This partnership will allow Réalisations-Montréal to further develop its creative laboratory for both multimedia content and interactive and video mapping technologies for projects initiated by both companies, while it will provide Thinkwell with a direct point of access to the cutting-edge research and technology initiatives driven by Réalisations-Montréal.
Roger Parent, President of Réalisations-Montréal, comments, “Réalisations-Montréal is an ideas-driven company that creates and masters technology to reach the full potential of each project and each client’s vision. Our research into the creation of meaningful experiences generated through interactive technologies is now strengthened through our alliance with Thinkwell. Réalisations-Montréal will continue to nurture its relationships with our existing clients and will have the opportunity to partner with Thinkwell on projects where our creative collaboration can benefit an exciting new portfolio of clients.”
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For the first time ever, Canada Council for the Arts has given $40,000, in support of an exhibition curated by THEMUSEUM. INTERACTION, part of Digital Dynamics 2018 which runs until May 13, 2018 features 14 Canadian artists and artist collectives, two of which are located at CIGI and Communitech. The new media art festival was created with the Region’s tech community in mind and encourages visitors to explore how interactivity can be used to engage the public. The installations are not complete until visitor interacts with them.
Aiming to broaden its base, THEMUSEUM intends to attract new audiences, including tourists, scholars, students and gamers, who are interested in engaging with technology through a variety of platforms. Read more
We’ve been excited about the Resources for Future Generations 2018 conference but reading through the Preliminary Program has got us inspired!
RFG2018 aims to provide participants with a program that will explore six vital and inter-related themes that are multidisciplinary in nature: the Earth, Energy, Minerals, Water, Resources and Society, and Education and Knowledge.
The four-day technical program has 1,500+ authors already committed to the conference, with 50% of the presenters from Canada and the other 50% from all other regions of the world. It’s a truly impressive cohort from a vast array of disciplines.
The topics of both keynotes and technical sessions are central to the United Nations 2030 Sustainable Development Goals. RFG2018 will provide an unprecedented view of the earth and the availability of resources for human sustainability. Expect big picture thinking, dialogue, technical presentations, and social interaction. Established science, innovation, policy, social benefits, and impact will all be part of RFG2018.
Check out the preliminary program here: http://ow.ly/Ms5w30jCtEd #RFG2018
The new Canada Science and Technology Museum is thrilled to be the first national public institution in Canada to receive the Accessibility Certified Gold rating under the Rick Hansen Foundation Accessibility Certification™ (RHFAC) program.
The RHFAC program works to help improve accessibility of the built environment – the places where we live, work, and play – in Canada. The new museum, which reopened its doors on Nov. 17, 2017 following a complete renewal, integrates accessibility into many aspects of its design.
In designing the new museum, we focused on making the overall experience as barrier-free as possible, for as many needs as possible. People with disabilities – and the technologies developed for and by them – are featured in exhibitions throughout the museum. Read more
In 2014, Stephanie Deschenes took a leave from Science North to join the Canadian Association of Science Centres (CASC) as the Executive Director. During her secondment, Stephanie and her staff have increased membership and strengthened CASC’s role nationally. There is no doubt that the Innovation 150 initiative would not have been nearly as successful if not for Stephanie’s dedication to the project and commitment to the members of CASC.
In the fall of 2017, Stephanie informed the Board of Directors of CASC that she would be returning to Science North at the end of June 2018. While we knew her departure would leave a big gap in our organization, we also recognized that we had an opportunity to build on Stephanie’s good work and make CASC a stronger organization.
With this knowledge, we immediately began the process of planning for and initiating an extensive national search process for her successor. We were pleased to have received numerous resumes from across the country from very strong candidates. After completing a formal interview process, I am thrilled to announce Dr. Marianne Mader has accepted our offer of employment to be the new Executive Director of CASC.
Marianne comes to us with a wealth of knowledge, experience and a vast network in the science field that CASC and our Members will certainly benefit from. Currently, Marianne is the Managing Director, Earth & Space and Fossils & Evolution Centres of Discovery at the Royal Ontario Museum. She is also the Co-Founder of STEAMLabs makerspace.
Marianne has a PhD in Planetary Science and Exploration from the University of Western Ontario, an MSc in Space Studies from the International Space University, an MSc in Earth Sciences from Memorial University of Newfoundland and a BSc in Geology from the University of New Brunswick. Marianne’s professional and volunteer experience includes a wide range of Board and committee appointments, keynote presentations and conference organization.
If you don’t already know her, those of you attending the CASC Conference in Prince George May 9 - 11 will have the opportunity to meet Marianne and attend a session she is presenting. She will also participate in board discussions and strategic planning.
Marianne will officially join CASC on June 4 and will work through a 4-week transition with Stephanie. As Marianne’s home is in Toronto we have made arrangements for her to maintain an office there while the CASC head office will remain at Science North where Tina Leduc, Office Manager will be located.
On behalf of the Board of Directors of the Canadian Association of Science Centres, I extend our deepest gratitude to Stephanie for her commitment to CASC and welcome Marianne to the association.
Steve BakerPresident, Board of Directors
Canadian Association of Science Centres
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