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CASC reflects on the associations many accomplishments and successes of 2018. Below are a few noteworthy milestones of the year.  

> Build & Leverage

Dr. Marianne Mader joined the association as the new Executive Director in June 2018.

A strategic planning task force was implemented and CASC invited members to contribute for the 2019 - 2022 strategic plan at the 16th Annual Conference in Prince George, BC. 

> Equity, Diversity & Inclusion

Inspired by their strong relationship with the local Lheidli T'enneh First Nation, The Exploration Place wanted to send a clear message at CASC 2018 that reconciliation through collaboration is a powerful strategy.

This webinar used engaging activities to highlight the latest scientific research on STEM equity. By gaining a deeper appreciation for how barriers are created for women and historically marginalized individuals in STEM, you will be better equipped to lead the challenging, yet necessary conversions about EDI in your science centre spaces. 

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> Funding & Programming

Science Outreach and Engagement Grant Recipients

Musée de la nature et des sciences de Sherbrooke, Sherbrooke, QC: Sortie ENTRE CIEL ET TERRE: rencontrez des chercheurs de l’Université de Sherbrooke

Ocean Wise, Vancouver BC: Ocean Wise National Dialogue on Plastics Writers Retreat

Science World British Columbia, Vancouver BC: To Catch a Falling Sky: A conversation series exploring challenges and solutions for water, energy and food resources

TELUS World of Science Edmonton, Edmonton, AB: Research Zone

> Government & Advocacy

During Science Literacy Week (September 17th - 23rd, 2018), CASC was invited to participate in the Prime Minister’s Science Fair in Ottawa. This unique opportunity was an excellent platform for CASC members to showcase the importance of informal education and science literacy across Canada. Exhibit displays from 9 of CASC Member Science Centres, Science Museums and Makerspaces were on display.

Dr. Marianne Mader, Dr. Arthur B. McDonald and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau

While on the Hill, the Minister of Science and Sport, Kirsty Duncan, also hosted a Roundtable with the following representatives from 11 CASC member organizations to discuss the impact we have on communicating science to Canadians of all ages:

Tracy Calogheros

CEO, The Exploration Place; President CASC Board of Directors

Sandra Corbeil
Strategic Partnerships and Networks, Ingenium - Canada's Museums of Science and Innovation; VP CASC Board of Directors

Alan Nursall
President and CEO, Telus World of Science - Edmonton

Andy Forest
Executive Director, STEAMLabs

Catherine Paisley
VP Science Education & Science Experience, Ontario Science 

Chris Kitzan
Director, Ingenium - Canadian Aviation and Space Museum

Jean-Daniel Doucet
Project Manager, Montreal Science Centre

Jo-Ann Coggan
Director of Community Outreach, Science World BC

Nicole Chiasson
Director of Education and Northern Programs, Science North

Sarah King
Science Advisor, Ingenium - Canada Agriculture and Food Museum

The third annual International Science Centre and Science Museum Day (ISCSMD) proved to be another great success! On November 10th, 2018, Science Centres and Museums across the world participated in this celebration of science as a Human Right, including several CASC members, promoting the role we play in reaching the Sustainable Development Goals put out by the United Nations.

> Networking & Partnerships

CASC is co-leading a new initiative with the Centre for Planetary Science and Exploration (CPSX) at The University of Western Ontario to build a collaborative space outreach and education community across Canada.

The goal of Space Matters is to use a connected-learning approach fostering dynamic collaborations among schools, out-of-school time programs, STEM expert institutions (e.g., museums, science centres, universities), the private sector, community-based organizations, youth and families, using Space as the connecting topic.

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