Officers


Chair: Walter Segsworth
Vice Chair: Launi Skinner
Past Chair: Andrew Harries
Secretary: 'Lyn Anglin
Treasurer: Lui Petrollini

Board of Directors

'Lyn Anglin, Dr

Chief Scientific Officer, Imperial Metals Corporation
Former President and CEO, Geoscience BC
Secretary, Board of Directors, Science World British Columbia


Dr. 'Lyn Anglin joined Imperial Metals Corporation in September 2014 as their Chief Scientific Officer, to oversee the scientific functions of the Company, including basic and applied research projects, as well as the development of relevant new process and technologies. She was President and CEO of Geoscience BC, a non-profit geoscience research organization, from January 2006–September 2013. Prior to joining Geoscience BC, she was the acting Director of the Pacific Division of the Geological Survey of Canada (GSC). 'Lyn is a geologist and her research expertise is in mineral deposit geology and geochemistry. She has a BSc from Queen's University in Kingston, an MSc from Memorial University in Newfoundland and a PhD from Carleton University in Ottawa. She is registered as a Professional Geologist with the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of BC (APEGBC).

In addition to her research, 'Lyn has extensive experience in government relations, public consultation and community engagement, program management, policy development and science outreach. She is a member of the Premier's Women's Economic Council for BC and the APEGBC Council. She is also a member of the Steering Committee of The School of Exploration and Mining at Northwest Community College in Smithers and serves on committees of the Association for Mineral Exploration BC, the APEGBC, the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada and the Society of Economic Geologists. She recently served as a member of NSERC's Discovery Grants review committee and she is a former President of the Geological Association of Canada.

'Lyn is a strong advocate for science & technology and feels that all young people can and should be turned onto science. Her own interests are in earth sciences (rocks, minerals and metals, water, geothermal energy, etc.) and she looks forward to contributing to Science World's knowledge in these areas.

Ali Pejman, FCA

Partner, Fort Capital Partners

Mr. Pejman is a Partner at Fort Capital Partners, a boutique investment bank headquartered in Vancouver, BC.   In his capacity at Fort, Mr. Pejman works closely with corporations providing advisory services as it relates to mergers & acquisitions, and the development of their capital market strategies. Prior to Fort, Mr. Pejman served as Managing Director, Mining and Head of Public Venture Capital at CanaccordGenuity.

Mr. Pejman has served on several industry, government appointed and charitable boards. He is a currently a Board Member of the Greater Vancouver Transit Police, member of the Toronto Stock Exchange Venture Advisory committee and is a active contributor to Children’s hospital.

Mr. Pejman holds the Chartered Accountants designation with a specialty in taxation, and completed his Bachelor of Commerce at the University of British Columbia in 1994. Mr. Pejman was recently bestowed Fellowship as a Chartered Accountant for the service and honour he has brought the profession.

Mr. Pejman was awarded the distinguished "Canada's Top 40 Under 40" in 2010, and was voted "Top Gun Banker - Metals & Mining" by Brandon Woods International in 2011.

Amiee Chan
Amiee Chan

President and CEO, Norsat International Inc
Board Member, Dean's External Board, Beedie School of Business, SFU
Board Member, Dean's Advisory Council, Faculty of Applied Science, UBC


Dr Amiee Chan has over 15 years of experience in executive management and in research and development in the telecommunications industry. Offering a rare blend of technical and corporate strength, Amiee’s strategic vision has driven Norsat’s innovative product development program, resulting in consistent revenue growth since her appointment as CEO, in 2006.

In 2012, Amiee won a Women’s Executive Network Top 100 Award, ranked third in PROFIT/Chatelaine’s list of Top Female Entrepreneurs and led Norsat to win a BC Export Award for Advancing Technology & Innovation.

Amiee holds an Executive MBA from Simon Fraser University where she majored in Strategy and New Ventures and a PhD in Satellite Communications from the University of British Columbia. An accomplished engineer, she has been published over a dozen times, holds three US patents and has been involved in high-level research teams such as the NASA ACTS Terminal Program.  Amiee is a member of the UBC Engineering Advisory Council and serves on the Dean’s External Advisory Board for the Beedie School of Business at SFU. 

Andrew Harries

Tom Foord Professor of Practice in Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Simon Fraser University's Beedie School of Business
Board Chair, Bsquare Corporation
Board member and past chair, Beedie School of Business Dean's Advisory Board
Past Chair, Science World British Columbia


Andrew Harries has been a director of Science World since 2004 and was the board Chair from 2010-2013 during which time he chaired the organization through the successful completion of a $38m renovation and expansion and a major capital campaign.

Andrew is the Tom Foord Professor of Practice in Entrepreneurship and Innovation at SFU’s Beedie School of Business and is a business advisor and corporate director. Andrew chairs the board of directors at Bsquare Corporation (NASDAQ: BSQR), which delivers enterprise Internet of Things software solutions, and chaired the board at Contractually through its acquisition by Coupa Software in December 2015. He also serves on the board and is the past-chair of the Beedie School of Business Dean's Advisory Board .

Andrew was a co-founder of Sierra Wireless Inc. where he served in a variety of leadership roles. During his 11 years at Sierra Wireless the company grew from inception through IPO to over $200m in annual revenues. Subsequently Andrew co-founded Zeugma Systems Inc. where he served for six years as the President and CEO from its initial funding to the revenue stage. Tellabs acquired substantially all of Zeugma Systems in November 2010. Andrew also held a variety of positions at Motorola Inc. He holds three US patents and a Master of Business Administration from Simon Fraser University.

Boris Wertz, Dr

Founder & General Partner, Version One Ventures


Dr Boris Wertz is one of the top tech early-stage investors in North-America and the founding partner of Version One Ventures. His portfolio encompasses over 35 early-stage consumer internet, SaaS and mobile companies, including Chloe & Isabel, Edmodo, Flurry, Golnstant (acquired by Salesforce), Indiegogo, Indochino, Julep, Suitel01, Sparkbuy (acquired by Google), Summify (acquired by Twitter), Top Hat Monocle, Tynt (acquired by 33across), Wattpad and Yapta. Boris is a venture partner of Munich-based Acton Capital Partners, a consumer Internet fund that is focused on later stage companies with an established track record of revenues and profitability. He is also one of the founders of GrowLab, a Vancouver-based start-up accelerator.

Before becoming an investor, Boris was the Chief Operating Officer of AbeBooks.com, the world's largest marketplace for new, used and rare and out-of print books which got sold to Amazon in 2008. Boris joined the company in 2002 after JustBooks, the German company he co-founded in 1999, was acquired by AbeBooks. At AbeBooks, Boris was primarily responsible for marketing, business development, product, customer service and international operations and led a team of about 60 people. This deep operational experience helps Boris to help other entrepreneurs start, build and scale companies passing on some of the lessons he learned the hard way over 8 start-up years.

He successfully finished his PhD as well as his graduate studies at the Graduate School of Management (WHU), Koblenz, majoring in Business Economics / Business Management. In 2005, Boris was named the Pacific Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of The Year award winner and in 2011 a Top 40 under 40 nominee by Business in Vancouver as well as BC's Angel of the Year.

Cheryl Slusarchuk

Partner, Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP
 

Cheryl is an expert in private M&A, outsourcing and cloud and technology transactions, particularly with respect to cross-border deals and global roll-outs. In that capacity, she represents clients in complex technology transactions, including those relating to exclusive licences, rights in source code, open source software, social networking and media, online commerce, as well as data privacy aspects of outsourcing and cloud computing services.

Before joining Blakes, Cheryl was a partner at another leading national law firm in the areas of corporate and technology law. Prior to that, she was a partner in the technology/e-commerce group of a large, international firm in the US Cheryl was also general counsel of a NASDAQ-listed international provider of technology and outsourcing solutions. Her responsibilities included an initial and secondary public offering, as well as significant outsourcings and international acquisitions.

Cheryl also worked for six years in Australia, focusing on corporate and commercial transactions in the Asia-Pacific region.

Cheryl provides legal services through Cheryl Slusarchuk Law Corporation.
 

Select Experience

  • Acting for BlackBerry in the purchase by the Rockstar Consortium of Nortel Networks patents for C$4.5 billion
  • Acting for customers and providers on complex outsourcing, procurement and offshoring transactions for IT functions, call centres and business processes
  • Acting for technology and clean technology companies in the acquisitions of US-based and international companies
  • Acting for technology and clean technology companies on cross-border commercial agreements, including licensing distribution and outsourcing for numerous countries like Australia, Brazil, China (Hong Kong and China), France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Pakistan, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, Venezuela, Vietnam and the United Kingdom

Awards & Recognition

Cheryl has been consistently ranked among Canada's top lawyers by numerous publications including:

  • The Best Lawyers in Canada 2014 (Technology Law and Information Technology Law)
  • Legal Media Group's Guide to the World's Leading Banking Finance and Transactional Lawyers 2013(TMT/Information Technology)
  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2013 (Corporate Mid-Market, Technology Transactions, Computer & IT Law, and Private Equity)
  • Chambers Global: The World's Leading Lawyers for Business 2014 (Information technology)
  • Legal Media Group's Guide to the World's Leading Women in Business Law 2013 (Technology, Media and Telecommunications)
  • Law Business Research's The International Who's Who of Internet, e-Commerce and Data Protection Lawyers 2012

Cheryl has also been selected as one of the  Leading Lawyers Under 40 by Lexpert magazine and as one of the "Forty under 40" business people by Business in Vancouver.

Chris O'Riley

Deputy Chief Executive Officer, BC Hydro
 

Chris O'Riley is the Deputy Chief Executive Officer of BC Hydro. He began his career at BC Hydro in 1990 and has been a member of the Executive Team since 2007. Over 25 years, he has worked in many groups throughout BC Hydro including Generation, Customer Care, Powerex and Corporate Risk.

Chris is responsible for the delivery of capital infrastructure projects across BC Hydro including engineering, aboriginal relations and environmental risk management. He is also responsible for dam safety and properties.

Chris is a graduate of UBC's electrical engineering program, is registered as a Professional Engineer, and holds a Master in Business Administration. He is a board member of Powertech and is a board advisor to Yukon Energy Corporation. Chris lives in Vancouver with his wife and three children, where he is active in his local community.

Chris came in second place in his fifth grade science fair with a project on crystal radios and has had a lifelong interest in science education. He enjoys spending time at Science World with his young family.

Claire Cupples

Dean, Faculty of Science
Professor of Molecular Biology & Biochemistry
Simon Fraser University
 

In her role as Dean, Dr. Cupples works with 8 science departments to set the strategic direction of the Faculty, oversees the budgeting process and represents the Faculty of Science within the larger university as a member of the administration of SFU and of the University Senate. SFU Science is renowned for its extensive science outreach programs centred on the Trottier Studio and on the Trottier Observatory and Science Courtyard.

Dr. Cupples received her BSc at the University of Victoria, her MSc at the University of Calgary and her PhD at York University. After post-doctoral studies at UCLA she held academic and administrative positions at Concordia University, in Montreal, and at the University of Victoria. Her research focuses on the causes, consequences and prevention of mutations in microbes and in humans. Dr. Cupples has taught university courses in microbiology and molecular biology throughout her career. She currently serves as President of the Canadian Council of Deans of Science and sits on the boards of TRIUMF and the Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre.

David R Parker

Adjunct Professor and Executive in Residence, Norman B Keevil Institute of Mining Engineering, UBC


David Parker has recently joined the Norman B. Keevil Institute of Mining Engineering at the University of British Columbia Faculty of Applied Science on a two year secondment as an Adjunct Professor and Executive in Residence.  In addition to teaching in the graduate program, David is developing new programs and initiatives related to Mining and Sustainability. He is also working closely with academia, the mining industry, civil society, and government to establish the recently announced Canadian International Institute of Extractive Industries and Development. 

Over the 21 years that David has been with Teck Resources Limited he has led and collaborated in several initiatives to advance Teck’s approach to sustainability. He led the development and launch of Teck’s sustainability strategy and for 11 years produced the company’s annual Sustainability Report.  Most notably, under his leadership, Teck was named to the 2012 Dow Jones Sustainability World Index (DJSI) for the third straight year, indicating that Teck’s sustainability practices rank in the top 10 percent of companies in the resource industry worldwide. Teck’s leadership in sustainability was also recently recognized through its being named to the Global 100 Sustainable Corporations at the recently held World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

David has chaired the Mining Association of British Columbia and the International Council on Mining and Metals Social and Economic Development Task Force.  He has been instrumental in creating mutually respectful and collaborative relationships with First Nations in Canada over the years.  

He has conceived and implemented a number of visionary initiatives, such as the Sullivan Round Table, a conference co-chaired by Teck, the City of Kimberley and the World Bank to examine best practices in mine closure.  David was the inspiration and architect of the Zinc Saves Kids program with UNICEF, which is active in saving children’s lives in Nepal and Peru. This initiative was launched by former U.S. President Bill Clinton and is expanding to include India. David also developed Teck’s role in the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games and chaired the Olympic Sponsor’s Sustainability Initiative.

David’s education includes a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Acadia University, a Law degree from Dalhousie University and a Masters of Law degree from the University of British Columbia where he has served as an adjunct professor in environmental law.

Doug Kinsey

Executive Director, Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada, Government of Canada
Strategic Policy Sector—Pacific Region


Doug Kinsey was appointed Executive Director for the Pacific Region of Industry Canada in December 2009. Prior to this Doug was Deputy Director and Director of Policy, Intelligence and Analysis since 2001. Doug has spent his career working in economic development and innovation policy at regional, national and international levels.

Doug is a BC native and returned to British Columbia in 1996 after working at Industry Canada and International Trade in Ottawa. He has a Master’s of Public Administration from Carleton University and a Bachelor of Arts from Simon Fraser University. 

He is married to Annie Desgagné and they live in Vancouver, British Columbia.
 



Doug Kinsey a été nommé directeur général pour la région du Pacifique d'Industrie Canada en décembre 2009. Avant cela, Doug était directeur adjoint et directeur de la politique, de renseignement et d'analyse depuis 2001. Doug a fait toute sa carrière dans la politique du développement économique et de l'innovation aux niveaux régional, national et international.

Doug est natif de la Colombie-Britannique et est retourné en Colombie-Britannique en 1996 après avoir travaillé à Industrie Canada et Commerce international à Ottawa. Il possède une maîtrise en administration publique de l'Université Carleton et un baccalauréat ès arts de l'Université Simon Fraser.

Il est marié à Annie Desgagné et ils vivent à Vancouver, Colombie-Britannique.

Jenny Drake

Principal, Connor, Clark & Lunn Investment Management Ltd


Jennifer Drake is the Principal of the Quantitative Investment Team at Connor, Clark & Lunn Investment Management, Ltd in Vancouver. She focuses on the development of short term investment models and is an equity trader for the firm. She holds a BA in Physics, with a concentration in Computer Science, from Columbia University.

Prior to relocating from Chicago to Vancouver in 2007, Jenny was a Managing Director at NYSE Group, Inc. / Archipelago Holdings, Inc. Launched as a startup in 1997, Archipelago developed a computer-based stock trading network, providing investors with an alternative to the more traditional phone and handshake trading methods. The firm grew to become the largest fully electronic stock exchange in the United States, before going public in 2004 and ultimately merging with the New York Stock Exchange in 2006. Jenny started with Archipelago in 2000 as a market policy analyst and became a Managing Director for the firm in 2003. She created and led the market data group, which was responsible for the sale and distribution of stock-related data. She was also co-head of the corporate client group, overseeing corporate listings on the exchange. Prior to that, Jenny was an analyst at the National Association of Securities Dealers, Washington, D.C., parent of The Nasdaq Stock Market, Inc. There, she provided analytical support and recommendations to constituencies including NASD senior management, Department of Justice, Securities and Exchange Commission, and the Nasdaq trading community.

Jenny has always been drawn to science and math as a way to explain the world around us. She enjoys mechanics and has restored several vehicles. She is passionate about the importance of Science World in the community, is keenly interested in Science World’s education programs and impact on the community, and is a personal financial supporter of Science World’s Community Engagement activities. 

Jenny is married with two young children and visits Science World regularly. She lives is West Vancouver.

Katherine Scouten

Development Manager, University of Northern British Columbia
Vice President, The Exploration Place Museum and Science Centre


Over the past twelve years, Kathie has been very involved with community and economic development in Prince George. Currently she is responsible for fundraising programs at UNBC—one of Canada’s best small universities. Her responsibilities include: supporting strategic institutional priorities, including annual and endowed scholarships and bursaries; new programs to enhance experiential learning and renewable energy initiatives; advancing health care education in rural and remote communities through the Northern Medical Program; Timberwolves athletics; and many other important designations.  

Prior to joining UNBC, Kathie was Vice President, Economic Development with Initiatives Prince George Development Corporation. She was responsible for the marketing of Prince George and region in order to diversify and grow the economy with a focus on transportation and logistics, mining, tourism and downtown development.

Kathie has served as a Trustee for The Exploration Place Museum and Science Centre since 2004 and holds the position of Vice President.  The Exploration Place is a dynamic and innovative organization that provides cultural and science education for all ages, in Northern BC.  She was also a founding director for Tourism Prince George, established in 2010.

She holds a BSc (Hons) and an MBA from the University of Manitoba and spent her earlier career in the commercial development of new technologies sector of the agriculture and life sciences industry.  She has a strong interest in and values the importance of science education in our rapidly changing world.

Ken Schneider

President & CEO, Quejos Ancient Foods Inc


Ken Schneider is a sales and marketing executive with a creative and entrepreneurial bent, his latest venture is in the natural foods industry. Ken has 30 years of education and experience in sales, marketing, management and small business ventures. Ken is a creative thinker with a broad range of interests in business, science, humanities and the arts, he is Vancouver born and raised, a father, musician, writer and a culinary enthusiast who enjoys building connections and community.

Launi Skinner

CEO, First West Credit Union
 

Launi is the Chief Executive Officer of First West Credit Union, one of Canada’s leading credit unions with $10 billion in assets under administration, 240,000 members and 1,700 employees. Launi leads visioning and strategic direction for First West.

Before joining First West, Launi served as president of Starbucks U.S., where she oversaw 7,000 company-owned stores and 3,400 licensed stores, and managed an extensive management team with operational responsibility for 130,000 employees.

 Known for inspiring change and achieving results, Launi has been recognized as one of Canada’s Most Powerful Women and as one of Fortune Magazine’s 50 Most Powerful Women’s feature “Four Women to Watch.”

Launi is currently a board member for Qtrade Financial Group, Rocky Mountaineer and Science World.

In the community she serves as a leader for the Minerva Foundation for BC Women as well as past event chair for the Vancouver YWCA Women of Distinction Awards.

Laurence R Stinson, QC

Partner, Baker Newby, LLP


Larry Stinson was born in Rossland, British Columbia in 1944 and grew up in Calgary, Alberta where he obtained his BA (with distinction) from the University of Alberta. He was the recipient of the gold medal in Arts for the 1965 graduating class. He subsequently attended the University of British Columbia where he obtained his law degree in 1968. Following graduation, he articled with the corporate/securities firm of Armstrong, Brawner & Co. Larry was admitted to the Bar in 1969 and continued to practice with that firm in Vancouver until 1975. Larry then joined Davies, Baker & Company (as the firm was then known) in Chilliwack, where he now practices.

Larry has focused his community involvement on his keen interest in the agricultural heritage of Chilliwack, where he was a Director and Executive Committee Member of the Chilliwack and District Agricultural Society, for many years. He has also acted as voluntary general counsel to Chilliwack Community Services and became a member of the Chilliwack Rotary Club in 1993, serving as its president in 2001–2002 and Governor of his Rotary District in 2008–2009. Larry has also served on the Board of Governors of The University of the Fraser Valley for six years, the last two as Board Chair.

Larry’s interests include his hazelnut farm, his horses (he played polo for some ten years) and just about anything to do with trains. He is a recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in recognition of his contributions to his community and country.

Larry has over 45 years of experience in the broad range of corporate and business law from assisting the small businessman in acquiring and establishing his business to acting as general counsel to larger corporate groups. He is particularly knowledgeable with respect to the various tax-related reorganizations and estate planning transactions affecting the farming and business communities and works closely with tax accountants in giving effect to these plans. He is also uniquely experienced in the legal affairs of member-based organizations such as co-operatives, credit unions and societies.

Lui Petrollini

Partner, Assurance, Ernst & Young LLP
Treasurer, Board of Directors, Science World British Columbia


Lui has been a Chartered Accountant since 1989 and has 29 years of public accounting experience serving private and publicly listed Canadian, US and multinational companies. He is an Assurance Partner at Ernst & Young LLP and is the leader of both the Ernst & Young Media and Entertainment Group for British Columbia and the Ernst & Young Private Mid-Market Services Group for Vancouver. Lui is also the Director of the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Program - Pacific Region.

Lui has been involved in several not for profit organisations including acting as a Director and Treasurer of British Columbia Technology Industry Association since 2006 and a Director of the Motion Picture Production Industry Association of British Columbia since 2014.   He was the former Treasurer and Finance Coordinator in St. Helen's Catholic Church in Burnaby and was actively involved in the Burnaby Field and Indoor Box Lacrosse Associations between 2002 and 2012 acting as a coach, manager and Director.

Lui graduated from Simon Fraser University in 1986 with a Bachelor of Business Administration with concentrations in Accounting, Finance, and Organizational Behavior.

Pankaj Agarwal

Founder & Managing Partner, Optimus Information Inc


Pankaj Agarwal is the Founder and Managing Partner at Optimus Information Inc., a privately held company with 100+ employees in Vancouver and New Delhi. Optimus is a leading provider of IT services to mid and large size organizations across the globe. In addition, Pankaj is an active investor in private technology companies in Canada, USA, and India. He also serves on the boards of private companies.

Prior to founding Optimus Information Inc., Pankaj was a member of the Executive Committee at Sopra Group (a $2 Billion IT consulting company in Europe) and CEO at Momentum Technologies Inc.

Pankaj is active in local community. He is past president and current board member of TiE, Vancouver (The Indus Entrepreneurs), the world’s leading entrepreneurship organization. Pankaj has also served on the Board of BCTIA, BC’s leading technology association. In addition, Pankaj helps TEDxKids@BC and Science World (Future Science Leaders program). Pankaj was winner of “BC’s Top 40 under 40” a few years ago.

Pankaj holds a MBA from the Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Bangalore, and an Engineering degree from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Roorkee.

Pankaj is a keen traveller and is working towards his goal of visiting 100 countries before he turns 60. His interests include helping entrepreneurs succeed and encouraging youth to build careers in science. 

He lives in Vancouver with his wife and two daughters. 

Sandra L Wear

Innovator | Entrepreneur | Advisor
Tykra Inc


Sandra is a successful tech entrepreneur, who now helps entrepreneurs get both customer and investment ready. Her 15-year track record includes: DocSpace Founder—an SaaS company acquired for $568M; and CEO and Founder of Atalum—an SaaS clean tech company, first-to-market with a standardized platform for controlling ZigBee wireless networks.

Sandra has held executive positions in North America and Europe while playing a critical role in defining and executing corporate strategies. She has led marketing and business development efforts and worked with Fortune 500 companies at either the CXO or VP level.

Sandra wants to see a robust, entrepreneurial culture built on innovation, in Canada and gender parity achieved in North America. She takes on leadership, advocacy and volunteer roles for organizations, to help her achieve this vision. She is Chair of Big Sisters of BC Lower Mainland, Member of the National Leadership Council for the Canadian Advanced Technology Alliance (CATAAlliance), CEO of Canadian Women in Technology (CanWIT) and serves on Resource Works Board of Advisors.

Sandra is fluent in English and Spanish and holds a BSc from UBC.

Steve M Cardwell, Dr

Director, Transformative Educational Leadership Program and Professor of Teaching, Faculty of Education, University of British Columbia

Steve Cardwell began his career teaching secondary science and biology in Kitimat. During his time in this Northern BC community, Steve served as President of the BC Science Teachers’ Association (BCScTA) and coordinated many conferences with this provincial group, including the National Science Teachers’ Association (NSTA) regional conference. He was also pedagogical consultant and an author of Science Probe 7 (1ed), a textbook that was used throughout BC.

Steve was a school administrator in Richmond before joining the Delta School District, where he supported teaching and learning starting as Science Coordinator in 1991 and concluding in 2009 as Superintendent/CEO for Delta. Steve combined his roles in Delta with secondments as a Faculty Associate and various sessional appointments at UBC and at SFU. In 2010, Steve was appointed as the Superintendent/CEO with the Vancouver School District where he served for 5 years. In 2015, Dr. Cardwell was appointed as Professor of Teaching and Director of the newly established Transformative Educational Leadership Program with the Faculty of Education at UBC.

Steve holds a B.Sc. (Biology), Professional Teaching Certificate and a research-based M.A. - all from UBC. In 2012, he completed a doctorate in Educational Leadership at SFU with a focus on student engagement in urban secondary schools. He was honored to speak on behalf of all graduates at his convocation. Steve has presented many times on the important topic of student engagement, including giving key sessions for the BCSTA, BCSSACUPEBC, UBC, BCPVPA and LearningForwardBC and in Hong Kong and China in 2016.  Steve has served as co-chair and on planning committees for previous Learning Forward BC conferences. He served on the 2004 Vancouver national conference host committee and is Program Chairperson for the 2016 Learning Forward conference.

Steve is a recent Past President of the BC School Superintendents' Association (BCSSA), having previously served as President, Vice President and for three years as PD chairperson. He was also PD chair for the Metro Chapter. Steve serves with the Learning Forward Board. the national Canadian Education Association (CEA) Council, Science World Board, the Technology Education and Careers Council (TECC) and recently, the BCIT Technology Teacher Education Program Advisory Committee. Steve has just completed terms serving on the UBC Faculty of Education External Advisory Committee, and the BC Council on Admissions and Transfer (BCCAT). Steve also recently served on the BC Council for International Education (BCCIE). He maintains a strong interest in building connections on a global level and has travelled in Europe, South Korea, Hong Kong and China. Steve is a BC Offshore School Inspector with the BC Global Education Program (K-12).

Steve was awarded the Queen's Diamond Jubilee medal in 2013 for his outstanding service to public education. In April of 2015, he received the Distinguished Service Award from the BC School Superintendents’ Association for his long contributions to the profession and was selected as one of Education’s 100 Alumni – UBC Faculty of Education in October 2015.

Steve is known for his valuing of ethical leadership and responsibility, building and fostering strong working relationships, leading with technology and demonstrating exemplary communication skills.  

Stuart Culbertson

Director, Management Consulting Practice, Sierra Systems


Stuart Culbertson is the Director, Management Consulting Practice with Sierra Systems Consultants Inc. based in Victoria, British Columbia. Stuart consults widely on public sector transformation, organization, strategy, and program development with executive-level clients in the federal, provincial and municipal governments, intergovernmental councils and task forces, international organizations, health authorities, and post-secondary institutions. Stuart specializes in helping build collaboration across public sector organizations to advance key strategic initiatives and transform program and service delivery. 

Prior to embarking on his consulting career, Stuart spent 15 years with the government of British Columbia where he held several Deputy Minister and Assistant Deputy Minister positions - including over three years as Deputy Minister, Information, Science and Technology and Government Chief Information Officer. In this capacity, Stuart served on the Board of Science World British Columbia as provincial government representative (1999-2001).

Stuart lives in Victoria, British Columbia.

Walter Segsworth

Chair, Board of Directors, Science World British Columbia


Walter Segsworth has been an active and respected member of the international mining industry for 40 years. He is currently a board member of four companies in the resource sector. He was President and CEO of Homestake Mining Company from 1998 – 2002, and prior to that President and CEO of Homestake Canada and President and CEO of Westmin Resources. Previously, Walter had an extensive and varied career with Noranda Minerals. Walter is widely recognised as a mining industry expert in turn-around situations, environmental excellence, and employee safety. Walter is a past Director and Chairman of the Mining Associations of Canada and British Columbia, and was voted British Columbia Mining Industry Person of the Year in 1996. He has a BSc in Mining Engineering from Michigan Technological University.