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2015 - 2018 Strategic Plan

Science Centres reach Canadians of all ages with informal science engagement, including parents and tots programs geared to early science introductions for the critical 0-6 years, school programs to reinforce school STEM curriculum, and adult-based after-hours events that present current science research.  These programs are delivered in many formats like demonstrations, outreach, lectures, citizen science and so on.  In addition, many of our members work closely with educators to create instructional resources in critical STEM programs.

The Canadian Association of Science Centres has created a three-year strategic plan that outlines priorities through 2018.  This plan is designed to support our members to deliver programs to increase science literacy nationally.


The Canadian Association of Science Centres builds capacity for its members to inspire a creative and prosperous Canada through science and technology engagement. 


We accomplish our Mission by facilitating and assisting in leveraging opportunities, relationships and knowledge sharing.

To achieve our mission, CASC has established two strategic priorities:

Raise our member profiles and value to the community by:

  • Increasing CASC profile among members, professional organizations and individual professionals
  • Enabling a collective celebration of success

Millions of people visit Canadian science centres each year, yet broader populations aren’t aware of the impact they have on our nation’s science culture.  By increasing the CASC profile to key stakeholders, awareness of the Canadian science centre industry as a whole is raised and our members will be in a better position to reach their goals.

Develop an enhanced learning and sharing network by:

  • Initiating and supporting new and innovative ways of sharing knowledge and best practices
  • Increasing connections of individuals and organizations
  • Leverage relationships internally and externally
  • Coordinate efforts to expand capacity to participate in conferences and other events through a variety of initiatives

Canada is a vast geographic region with a relatively small population.  Science centres are spread out across the country, which makes networking more difficult.  This priority exists to increase opportunities for science centre professionals to develop relationships within the industry, learn from each other, increase professional development opportunities and enable participation from all members.

Download the full Strategic Plan (pdf)

To help us achieve our strategic priorities, CASC works diligently with the volunteers from its numerous committees. 

Advocacy and Fundraising Committee  

Guy Labine, Science North

Dov Bercovici, The Discovery Centre

Jennifer Martin, TELUS Spark

Lieff SaloniusScience East 

Tracy Calogheros, The Exploration Place

Stephanie Deschenes, CASC

Canada 150 Steering Committee 

Bryan Tisdall, CASC Honorary Member

Genevieve Breton, Canada Science and Technology Museum 

Guylaine Archambault, Musée Armand Frappier

Lisa Lambert, TRIUMF

Maurice Bitran, Ontario Science Centre

Scott Young, Manitoba Museum

Stephanie Deschenes, CASC

Diversity Committee 

Emily Kerton, Science North

Cindy Wagner, Science World BC

Karen Lee, Science World BC

Merissa Scarlett, Saskatchewan Science Centre

Samantha Matters, TELUS World of Science - Edmonton

Stephanie Puleo, Churchill Northern Studies Centre

Trish Pattison, HR MacMillan Space Centre

Tina Leduc, CASC

Governance Committee    

Catherine Paisley, Ontario Science Centre

Bryan Radburn, Science World BC

Jeff McCarron, The Discovery Centre

Stephanie Deschenes, CASC

Program Development Committee    

Lisa McIntosh, H.R. MacMillan Space Centre

Jo-Ann Coggan, Science World BC

Julie Fisowich, Saskatchewan Science Centre

Lora Clausen, Science North

Michael Edwards, Science East

Tina Leduc, CASC 

Research Committee     

Jeff McCarron, The Discovery Centre

Donna Francis, Ontario Science Centre

Julie Fisowich, Saskatchewan Science Centre

Ruth Munro, The Discovery Centre

Want to get involved? 

This is your opportunity to have an impact on the direction of the science centre industry in Canada.  We are always seeking new ideas and energy.  Please contact us for volunteer and committee opportunities.

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