SUDBURY, ON, Oct. 11, 2017 /CNW/ - As part of its ongoing international business development, Science North, Canada's 2nd largest science centre, recently signed a cooperation memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Grandview Enterprise Co., Ltd., in Guangzhou, China. The MOU between Science North and Grandview Enterprise Co., Ltd., will formalize their relationship and will leverage Science North's expertise in science centre operations, science education, commerce, professional services, and talent training to aid in the creation of a new science centre in Guangzhou, China.
Guy Labine, Science North CEO and Max Xie, CEO of Grandview Enterprise were on hand to sign the MOU in the presence of Ontario's International Trade Minister Michael Chan during the Guangzhou International Shopping Festival (ISF). This year, the festival's theme is Creating a World Class Tourist City, with a focus on Canadian collaboration. The city's mission is to foster the cultural awareness, exchange, and sensitivity between Guangzhou and Canada, while promoting commercial prosperity and tourism between both regions.
"The signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between Science North and Grandview Enterprise Co., Ltd. marks the start of an excellent partnership. Science North's expertise in science centre development is an example of how Ontario and China are working together to promote tourism products to meet the demand of Chinese consumers, while also strengthening the ties that connect our jurisdictions through tourism and trade."
Michael Chan, Minister of International Trade
"Ontario is pleased to have the opportunity to share resources and information and to promote innovation with our partners in Guangzhou. Science North is a world-leader in developing and implementing science centre exhibits, film projects and multimedia experiences that educate and entertain. This is a wonderful way to establish collaborative relationships, explore new frontiers and offer unique exhibitions for residents and visitors alike."
Eleanor McMahon, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport
"Science North's collaboration with Grandview Enterprises will benefit both our organizations as we share our knowledge and expertise in operating a science centre as well as in science communication to the public. Not only does the partnership help Science North expand on its international external consulting, but it also demonstrates that Science North is beginning to become a global voice on the topics of science, education, tourism and culture."
Guy Labine, Science North CEO
"Grandview's new museum developments are a great opportunity for us to collaborate with Science North. Our work together will become a connecting thread between our cities and our two countries. These new developments offer a wonderful opportunity for Science North to return to Guangzhou again and again."
Max Xie, President, Grandview Enterprise
About Science North
Science North is Northern Ontario's most popular tourist attraction and an educational resource for children and adults across the province. Science North maintains the second-and eighth-largest science centres in Canada. Science North's attractions include a science centre, IMAX® theatre, digital Planetarium, butterfly gallery, special exhibits hall, and Dynamic Earth – Home of the Big Nickel, a separate science centre focused on mining and earth sciences. In addition to the two science centres in Sudbury, Science North also oversees an award-winning Large Format Film production unit, as well as an Exhibit Sales and Service unit, which develops custom and ready-made exhibits for sale or lease to science centres, museums, and other cultural institutions all over the world. Science North, in partnership with Laurentian University, have developed North America's first and only comprehensive Science Communication program, a 10-month joint graduate 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.
About Grandview Enterprise Co., Ltd
Grandview Enterprise Co., Ltd, based in Guangzhou, China, has always been constantly exploring new business ecosystem mode, aiming at establishing a world-class tourist destination, so as to inject imagination into the city and bring happiness to its citizens. In 2016, Grandview Theatre opened. In the near future, Grandview will establish more projects including "Nature Museum", "Rainforest Ecological Museum" and "Cantonese Culture Street", so as to enrich peoples' spiritual and cultural life.
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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