July 2, 2020


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CASC continues to advocate for the science centre and science museum sector. We are committed to providing our members with the most up-to-date information to help organizations navigate a changing landscape. 

Association Updates

2020 Canadian Association of Science Centres (CASC) Annual General Meeting

Join us VIRTUALLY in shaping your CASC at the 2020 Annual General Meeting  on September 22, 2020. The start time is being finalized and will be communicated over the summer. 

What to expect:

  • 2019-2020 year in review

  • Appointment of the 2020-2021 Board of Directors

  • Sharing details of our 2020-2022 Strategic Plan

  • Engaging presentations by stakeholders and industry leaders

  • Opportunity to connect with your friends and colleagues from across Canada

We’re looking for new talent and perspectives to join our Board of Directors. Send your expression of interest to Marianne at before August 1, 2020. 

Your CASC 2019-2020 Board of Directors.

#ScienceStartsHere CASC Campaign

Currently, science centres are among the hardest hit sectors during the COVID-19 pandemic. With the support and contribution of the senior leadership from across our membership, CASC will launch an industry-developed Recovery & Stimulus Proposal that seeks sector-specific government support to ensure Canadians can still engage with their science centre during and post-pandemic. We are looking for your support to spread the word for the recovery of Canada’s most impactful science communicators, at a time when tackling misinformation is vital. 

The #ScienceStartsHere Campaign will launch the week of July 6, 2020. More information will be shared across our network soon.

COVID-19 Recovery & Updates

> Government Announcements

Support for students serving their communities and opportunities to gain paid work experience The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, announced the launch of the Canada Student Service Grant (CSSG) on June 25, which will support post-secondary students and recent graduates as they volunteer to serve in their communities’ COVID-19 response and gain valuable experience at the same time. The CSSG will provide these volunteers with a one-time payment of between $1,000 and $5,000 based on the number of hours they serve. To find not-for-profit organizations looking for help during the pandemic, post-secondary students and recent graduates can use the new I Want to Help platform, which also launched June 25.

> Connecting our Members

Video Discussion Groups: As we all continue to navigate this rapidly-evolving global situation, CASC is here to help, support, and connect our community during these challenging times. Please contact us at if you have ideas for how we can further support your organization.

Topic: Sharing Summer Camp Strategies 

Friday, July 10, 2020 11:00 AM EST

Led by a group of Education and Programming staff  from CASC member institutions this meeting addresses new challenges and opportunities with school programming and camps. Invitations are sent via email. Please contact if you did not receive an invitation and would like to join. Open to all CASC Members.

Topic: CASC CEO Discussion 
Thursday, July 16, 2020 2:00 PM EST

CASC will continue coordinating a "CASC COVID-19 Response Discussion" for CASC Member CEOs and Executive Directors to address advocacy efforts, re-opening issues, long-term plans, etc. Invitations are sent via email. Please contact if you did not receive an invitation and would like to join. Open to all CASC Members.

News & Opportunities


  • STAN's Unconference is now Online: Join STAN on July 9, 2020 at 3 p.m. EDT for an Unconference Online, for a discussion on racism in STEM, the Black Lives Matter and Indigenous Lives Matter movements and how we as a community can support and assist the necessary changes taking place around the globe. 
  • Canadian Space Ambassadors: The Canadian Space Agency (CSA) would like to get as many Canadians as possible excited about space. Giving them direct contact with space specialists is the best way to do so. On this page, you can find Canadian Space Ambassadors available to speak at your space-themed events across Canada. Are you a space expert? Would you like to speak at conferences? Register here.
  • SWCC's 2020 Virtual Conference: Starting June 30th and following each Tuesday afternoon until July 28th. Public registration is closed but SWCC Members can join for free. 

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