Julie has been a key member of the Science North team since 1985, with a career focused on developing and implementing high impact visitor experiences. As Science Director, Julie leads the strategic development and operations of Canada’s 2nd and 8th largest science centres. Julie works hand in hand with a large team of scientists to develop and deliver informal science experiences to visitors of all ages. Partnerships with scientists, researchers and innovators to keep current science at the forefront of the science centre is an important part of her work. Formally trained as a biologist, Julie has a keen interest in the natural sciences, with a particular passion for her area of expertise, Entomology. One of her favourite Science North projects was leading and implementing the tropical Butterfly Gallery ecosystem project.
Since the early 1990’s, Science North has used interactive exhibits and multi-media theatre experiences to communicate complex SNO science to the public. In 2016, Science North launched the New Eyes on the Universe travelling exhibition to showcase the exciting capabilities and successes of the SNO science research community.
As a Course Instructor for the joint Science North and Laurentian University Masters in Science Communication program, Julie is deeply engaged in training future generations of science communicators.
Julie’s previous roles have included leading the earth sciences and mining centre, Dynamic Earth: Home of the Big Nickel, and the International Sales team in creating experiences for global cultural attractions. Julie sits on the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA) and the Themed Entertainment Association (TEA) boards. Professional memberships include the Association of Science & Technology Centers (ASTC), Canadian Association of Science Centres (CASC), European Network of Science Centres & Museums (ECSITE), Asia Pacific Network of Science & Technology Centres (ASPAC), Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada (PDAC), Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum (CIM) and Women in Mining Canada (WIM). A recipient of Sudbury’s 40 Under 40 Award, Julie is also the Fundraising Chair for the Sudbury Regional Science Fair.