Meet the Board of Directors
STAN aims to be represented by a diverse and eclectic group of STEM professionals from across Canada. All Directors are volunteers who are currently working within the industry, with unique ideas and a good understanding of what is required to help network all Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics professionals, in order to promote and translate innovations within Canadian borders and abroad.
Alison Symington, Ph.D.
Alison is the Principal of Strategic Life Science Consulting where she provides strategic expertise in the development of life science solutions to address industry needs, particularly in “omics” technologies. She also develops and evaluates research proposals, business plans and strategic positioning for academia, government and industry operating in the life sciences sector. Alison has also been involved in science literacy initiatives for over 20 years and continues to be an advocate for STEM throughout Canada.
Alison has served on the Board since 2010.
Arinjay Banerjee, M.Sc., Ph.D.
Arinjay Banerjee is a postdoctoral researcher at the Michael G. DeGroote Institute for Infectious Disease Research, McMaster University. He investigates emerging viruses that jump from wildlife to humans. Arinjay has served on National and International committees and Boards. He aims to integrate student bodies across Canada with STAN to include Millennials in the conversation and to foster an environment of interdisciplinary collaborations and scientific awareness.
Arinjay joined the STAN Board in 2019.
Julie Bolduc-Duval is the director of the national astronomy training program Discover the Universe/À la découverte de l’Univers where she trains teachers and informal educators across Canada and abroad. For the last 15 years, she has been involved in astronomy and science education both in formal and informal education settings in BC and Quebec. Passionate about education and the power of science to make the world a better place, Julie collaborates with educators and professionals around the globe.
Julie joined the STAN Board in 2017.
Sandra Corbeil is the Director Strategic Partnerships and Networks for Ingenium - Canada's Museums of Science and Innovation. She has more than 25 years working as an education, communication, and outreach leader. She is known for her strategic thinking and creativity.
Sandra has served on the Board since 2013.
Isabel Deslauriers is the Director, Youth and volunteer engagement, at Let’s Talk Science. She oversees volunteered-delivered programming including the Let’s Talk Science Outreach program and professional development for the post-secondary STEM students who volunteer through it. Working with volunteers inspire her and she is passionate about making sure that all Canadian audiences are served by science outreach.
Isabel joined the STAN Board in 2019.
Greg is the Director of Educational Outreach at the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics. He has 25+ years of experience leading and catalyzing change around the globe. Perimeter Institute's educational outreach resources have engaged students more than 20 million times across Canada and around the globe in over 60 countries. Greg is committed to advancing education through collaboration, communication, and thoughtful strategy that leverages the best of formal and informal learning opportunities.
Greg has served on the Board since 2014.
Sandy Eix has been inventing exhibits, programs, and shows at Science World for more than 20 years. Her job lets her play with all sorts of science and share her discoveries with kids of all ages. Some highlights so far include developing exhibitions; running summer camp for teachers; creating resources for preschoolers; training science centre professionals in Turkey; and opening Science World’s brand-new Tinkering Space.
Sandy joined the STAN Board in 2019.
Eleanor Haine Bennett
Eleanor Haine Bennett is the Program Officer for Natural Sciences at the Canadian Commission for UNESCO. She has a background in ecology research, science communication, and education, and is the former Executive Director of a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in Eastern Ontario.
Eleanor has served on the Board since 2019.
Josephine Tsang, Ph.D., P.Chem.
As the Community Engagement Specialist- Energy Sustainability at TELUS Spark (the Calgary Science Centre Society), Josephine leads public programming and partnership development for the Energy Transitions project. She is a proactive influencer and innovator, continuously striving to build relationships between private enterprise, communities, and governments, ultimately strengthening Canada’s science and technology culture. With more than 15 years of experience in the chemical and environmental sciences industries, Josephine is determined to show the public that STEAM is for everyone.
Josephine has served on the Board since 2019.
Tracy is the Education Programs Lead at the Canadian Light Source, Canada's only synchrotron research facility. The education team focuses on building bridges between science research and science education and is working on understanding how Indigenous ways of knowing and western science processes can work together. She has been involved in education with pre-kindergarten learners and has classroom experience at the elementary, high school, and university levels in addition to the informal science education programs at CLS. Her passion for experiential transformative learning was the subject of research in achieving a Master’s of Education degree.
Tracy has served on the Board since 2020.
Caitlin is an educator, researcher, and science communicator with 15+ years of experience in STEM education and outreach. As the Senior Manager of Education for Actua, she leads a national teacher training program infusing experiential learning into K-12 classrooms and professional development. Caitlin has built meaningful partnerships with policy, higher education and industry to launch impactful programs, driving increased diversity in STEM and advancing teaching and learning across Canada.
Caitlin has served on the Board since 2020.