TORONTO, May 23, 2014 /CNW/ - The Ontario Science Centre announced today
the appointment of Maurice Bitran as the incoming Chief Executive Officer of the Ontario Science Centre.
"A seasoned executive with a passion for science education, Maurice is
ideally suited to lead one of Canada's foremost cultural, educational
and tourist attractions," said Brian Chu, Chair of the Ontario Science
Centre Board of Trustees. "The Ontario Science Centre has been a world
leader in inspiring curiosity and engaging minds in active learning for
generations. We look forward to working with Maurice on continuing to
grow and change to meet the needs of the 21st century."
Maurice is currently the Assistant Deputy Minister (ADM) of the
Integrated Environmental Policy Division, Ministry of the Environment,
where he is responsible for the environmental policy agenda, including
climate change, the great lakes, and air and water quality. Maurice was
the ADM of Policy and Programs at the Ministry of Economic Development
and Trade, ADM of the Secretariat to the Premier's Jobs and Prosperity
Council, and the Ontario chief negotiator for trade negotiations with
the European Union. He has also provided strategic and operational
leadership in the ministries of Labour, Agriculture, and Energy,
Science and Technology.
Maurice has an academic background in physics and astronomy, including a
Ph.D. in radioastronomy and has taught science at the grade school,
high school, and university level. During his tenure as the 2012 - 13
Ontario Visiting Fellow at the University of Toronto, he taught a
graduate course on the role of science in public policy.
"I am very excited to join the Ontario Science Centre, an Ontario icon
and one of the leading institutions of its kind in the world," said
Maurice Bitran. "This is a unique opportunity to bring together my
passion and experience in science, education, and public service to the
furthering of science education and innovation. I look forward to
working with the Board of Trustees and the Ontario Science Centre staff
towards this goal."
Maurice will assume his new role on June 16th.
"We would like to thank Lesley Lewis for her leadership over the past 16
years and for staying on as CEO until the selection process was
completed", said Brian Chu. "Lesley has led an amazing transformation
of the Ontario Science Centre's experience offerings and has championed
the Centre's leadership within Canada and internationally. She leaves
an indelible impression on a generation of Canadians of the importance
of science in today's society."
The Ontario Science Centre delights, informs and challenges the
communities we serve, enriching people's lives and understanding
through engagement with science of local, national and global
relevance. Since 1969, the Ontario Science Centre has welcomed more
than 48 million visitors, with an interactive approach that was the
model for Science Centres around the world. It is the public centre for innovative thinking and
provocative dialogue in science and technology, aiming to inspire a
lifelong journey of curiosity, discovery and action to create a better
future for the planet. Please visit us at OntarioScienceCentre.ca.
SOURCE: Ontario Science Centre
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