SUDBURY, ON, Oct. 24, 2017 /CNW/ - The Association of Science and Technology Centers (ASTC) announced Guy Labine, Science North CEO, as the new Chair of the board of directors for ASTC today at their Annual Conference in San Jose, California, USA.
Mr. Labine begins his 2-year term leading a 670 member strong organization. In accepting the role he stated, "I am honoured to succeed Linda Conlon as Chair and grateful for the board's confidence. I look forward to working with my fellow directors from around the world and the skilled team at ASTC, led by the newly-appointed CEO, Ms. Cristin Dorgelo, to help ensure we continue to inspire and communicate to people of all ages about the discoveries and breakthroughs in science and technology."
Science North, under Guy's leadership, has continued to achieve its vision of being the leader among science centres in providing inspirational, educational and entertaining science experiences. Science North celebrates the importance of science communication, whether it is in Sudbury where they manage Canada's second and eight largest science centres or across all of Northern Ontario through camp programs, community outreach or science festivals. Science North continues to help grow the field of science communication with Canada's first Diploma and Masters programs in Science Communications, in partnership with Laurentian University. They are raising their profile internationally with the continued expansion of their external sales, multimedia productions, consulting and travelling exhibitions. The entire staff and Board at Science North is excited to support Guy in his new role as Chair of ASTC.
ASTC is a global organization providing collective voice, professional support, and programming opportunities for science centers, museums, and related institutions, whose innovative approaches to science learning inspire people of all ages about the wonders and the meaning of science in their lives. Through strategic alliances and global partnerships, ASTC strives to increase awareness of the valuable contributions its members make to their communities and the field of informal STEM learning.
"Guy has demonstrated great leadership qualities with nearly two decades of work at Science North. We know he will do great work in leading the ASTC Board into the future. He has energy, a great love of science learning and great leadership skills. The entire board at Science North congratulates Guy on his new role."
Scott Lund, Chair, Science North Board of Trustees
"I am pleased to congratulate Science North and its CEO, Guy Labine, as he begins his term as the Chair of the Association of Science and Technology Centres, the largest science centre and science museum network in the world. As an agency of the Ontario government, Science North has consistently demonstrated leadership by bringing a diversity of inspirational, entertaining and engaging science attractions and experiences to large audiences. This announcement further demonstrates the important work that Mr. Labine and Science North have been doing on behalf of the people of our province, and we are proud that they are receiving international recognition for their advancement of science education."
Eleanor McMahon, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport
"ASTC plays an important role in representing and supporting our field. I've enjoyed my time leading the Board and look forward to supporting Guy as he takes over the Chairman's role. I'm sure Guy will do a superb job as a senior leader in this field."
Linda Conlon Immediate Past Chair and Chief Executive, International Centre for Life
About Science North
Science North is Northern Ontario's most popular tourist attraction and an educational resource operating the second- and eighth-largest science centres in Canada. Science North's attractions include a science centre, IMAX® theatre, planetarium, butterfly gallery, special exhibits hall, and Dynamic Earth: Home of the Big Nickel. Science North also oversees an award-winning International Sales unit, which develops custom and ready-made exhibits and multimedia experiences for sale to science centres, museums, and other cultural institutions all over the world. Science North, in partnership with Laurentian University, offers North America's first and only comprehensive Science Communication program, a joint Master's and Diploma program. As part of its mandate, Science North provides science experiences throughout Northern Ontario including outreach to schools and festivals, summer science camps and more, and has a permanent base in Thunder Bay providing outreach to the Northwest. Science North is an agency of the Government of Ontario. For more information please visit sciencenorth.ca.
Science North is an agency of the Government of Ontario and a registered charity #10796 2979 RR0001. IMAX® is a registered trademark of IMAX Corporation.
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