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Friday, May 29 • 9:00am - 10:20am
Minding Other People’s Business: What do entrepreneurial partners want in a Science Centre community hub? | Se mêler des affaires des autres : Qu’est-ce que veulent les associés d’entreprise dans un carrefour communautaire d’un centre de sciences?

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Science centres can spark economic activity and help people build their work lives. But our ideas about and approaches to partnership must evolve if we want to build resilience while creating new opportunities.

First step? Listen to those we engage!

Kicking off with a rapid-fire series of provocations and examples, private sector presenters ranging from a maker café, to a ‘bits and kits’ retail start-up, to a book publisher, to an internationally-recognized maker space creator, will share their experiences working with a large Canadian science centre – the good, bad and the at-times-ugly. The goal? Drive dialogue with and among session participants about how we can create compelling new experiences for science centre visitors as we co-create new kinds of community partnerships.


Les centres des sciences peuvent susciter des activités économiques et aider les gens à créer leur vie de travail. Cependant, nos idées et approches relatives au partenariat doivent évoluer, si nous voulons accroître la capacité de résilience tout en créant de nouvelles possibilités.

La première étape? Être à l’écoute des personnes que nous engageons?

Débuter par une série de provocations et d’exemples rapide comme l’éclair, de présentateurs du secteur privé que ce soit d’un café d’atelier collaboratif à un magasin au détail « petites pièces et nécessaires » en démarrage à un éditeur de livres, un créateur d’espace collaboratif d’envergure internationale, qui partageront leur expérience à travailler avec un grand centre des sciences canadien en évoquant ce qui a porté fruit, ce qui a ruiné l’affaire et les moments très douloureux. L’objectif? Susciter un dialogue parmi les participants aux sessions sur la manière dont nous pouvons créer de nouvelles expériences convaincantes pour les visiteurs du centre des sciences, alors que nous créons conjointement de nouveaux types de partenariats communautaires.

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Lorrie Ann Smith

Director, Education | Directrice, Éducation, Ontario Science Centre | Centre des sciences de l’Ontario
As  Director Of Education, Lorrie Ann leads the creation and delivery of school programs for more than 200,000 student visitors every year. She combines her education expertise with diverse experience working in cultural and arts organizations ranging from the Art Gallery of Ontario... Read More →

Kevin von Appen

Director, Science Communication | Directeur, communication sur les sciences, Ontario Science Centre | Centre des sciences de l’Ontario
Kevin leads a group responsible for the Centre's art initiatives, science writing and digital science communication, on-floor hosting and current science updates and operations in the Weston Family Innovation Centre and KidSpark children's museum.────Kevin dirige un groupe... Read More →

Hannah Baker

UI Designer | Conceptrice IU, SEED Interactive Inc.
Hannah is an expert in user interface, illustration and  coding for mobile games, console games, or emerging technologies like virtual and augmented reality. She has done a wide variety of work in support of SEED Interactive's partnership with Ingenium in Ottawa.────Hannah... Read More →

Graham Green

President | Président, Gorilla Store Incorporated
Graham is the passionate founder of a retail chain of hands-on-learning in science and STEAM related stores. He's a partner in education with the Centre for Social Innovation, Toronto District School Board, Toronto Catholic District School Board, Ontario Science Centre, and the Toronto... Read More →

Rick Wilks

Director/Publisher | Directeur/éditeur, Annick Press Ltd.
Rick is the co-founder and leader of Annick Press, an independent children’s publisher based in Toronto, Canada recognized internationally as one of the most innovative publishers of fiction and nonfiction for children and young adults.────Rick est le cofondateur et le chef... Read More →

Lorraine Sit & Chris Caira

Founders | Fondateurs, The Maker Bean Cafe
After 10 years in management consulting, Chris and his wife Lorraine founded The Maker Bean Cafe. The Maker Bean's philosophy revolves around creating a warm, welcoming environment in which guests connect, learn and collaborate using creative technology such as 3D printing and laser... Read More →

Friday May 29, 2020 9:00am - 10:20am PDT
Ottawa Convention Centre | centre des congrès d'ottawa
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  • Room Number | Numéro de chambre 118 B