Senior Leadership Team


Scott D Sampson, PhD
President & CEO

Scott Sampson is a dinosaur paleontologist, science communicator, and passionate advocate for reimagining cities as places where people and nature thrive.

Scott’s scientific research has focused on the ecology and evolution of Late Cretaceous dinosaurs, and he has conducted fieldwork in many countries, including Kenya, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Madagascar, Mexico, the United States, and Canada. He has published numerous scientific and popular articles, and regularly speaks to audiences of all ages on topics ranging from dinosaurs and education to sustainability and connecting kids with nature.

Scott has appeared in many television documentaries and served as a science advisor for a variety of media projects, most recently the BBC movie, Walking With Dinosaurs. He has also authored multiple books, including Dinosaur Odyssey: Fossil Threads in the Web of Life, and How to Raise a Wild Child: The Art and Science of Falling in Love with Nature. However, he is perhaps best known as “Dr. Scott,” host and science advisor of the Emmy-nominated PBS KIDS television series Dinosaur Train, produced by the Jim Henson Company.

Scott was born and raised in Vancouver, BC and is thrilled to be back in his hometown. He lives in West Vancouver with his wife Toni and his daughter Jade.

 

Brian Radburn, CPA, CA
Vice President, Corporate Operations & Chief Financial Officer

Brian is a Chartered Professional Accountant with over thirty years of financial experience.  He is a retired partner of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, after which he worked as the CFO for a number of private companies in the technology sector.  Brian has considerable governance experience, serving on Boards of Health Care related institutions, charities and not-for-profit organizations.

As Vice President, Corporate Operations & Chief Financial Officer, Brian plans and directs corporate operations that support the capabilities of the Science World team to deliver on its strategic priorities.  As well, he oversees the financial operations and financial planning at Science World.  Through analysis, discipline and organization Brian ensures that each of these areas best support and serve the mission and priorities of Science World.

 

Andrea Durham
Vice President, Exhibits, Digital and Evaluation

Andrea joined Science World in November 2013, bringing 17 years of experience in the museum field. Previously, Andrea was the Director of Exhibits at the Museum of Science, Boston. Prior to that, she was the Director of the Nanoscale Informal Science Education Network and Manager, Exhibit Projects. Concurrent to those positions, Andrea headed the Architectural Master Planning project and co-led the Environmental Sustainability Committee of the Board of Trustees. Andrea has worked as a management consultant at Mercer Management Consulting, as a technology consultant at Arthur D. Little, and as a packaging engineer at Polaroid Corporation.  

A graduate of the Noyce Leadership Institute, Andrea’s strategic initiative for the year-long program was to engage the greater community in creating a comprehensive exhibition on technology and increase public understanding of the importance of technological literacy to society. 

Andrea holds a Bachelor of Science degree in packaging engineering from Rochester Institute of Technology. She also holds a Masters of Business Administration degree from Babson College. 

 

Pauline Finn
Vice President, Community Engagement & Customer Service

Pauline has been working with learning-focused, non-profit organizations since 1994.  Prior to joining Science World in 2005, Pauline managed school and public programs at H.R. MacMillan Space Centre, the Richmond Nature Park, and the North Vancouver Museum and Archives.  Throughout her years at Science World she has worked with a variety of teams including:  Outreach, Education, Exhibits & Special Projects, Customer Service, and Community Engagement. 

Pauline is a recent Fellow of the Noyce Leadership Institute along with over 100 senior-level leaders from science centres, children’s museums, and other science-intensive institutions from around the globe. 

Her team’s efforts have been recognized by the Canadian Association of Science Centres, including:

  • Best Program for Future Science Leaders (2016)
  • Best Energy Literacy Project for BC Green Games (2012)
  • Best Outreach Program for Community Science Celebrations (2010)
  • Best Outreach Program for the Super Science Club after-school program for inner-city youth (2006)
  • Best Program or Exhibit for the Space Centre’s Sharing Space Youth Mentorship Program (2002).

Her current team is responsible for the development and implementation of programs, learning experiences and visitor services.

 

Teresa Virani 
Vice President, Marketing & Communications

Teresa is a passionate and creative marketer always looking to experiment with good ideas. With over 20 years’ experience in all aspects of marketing and communications, she is known for building meaningful brand stories that create emotional connections. Teresa has broad experience in developing omni-channel marketing programs that deliver impactful and memorable experiences, both here and in the UK.

As Vice President, Marketing & Communications, Teresa leads Science World’s marketing, communications and brand strategy to drive audience engagement and support Science World’s institutional priorities.

Prior to joining Science World, Teresa was Director of Marketing at Chimp Technology. Teresa started her career in publishing & events in the UK, she then transitioned into the Tech space where she led the marketing strategy across 12 European countries for Yahoo! Search Marketing.

From early childhood, Teresa has always loved hearing and sharing stories. “So many people have their own personal stories about Science World and I love that I get to hear those stories. I’m thrilled to be part of creating and sharing the next chapter of Science World’s story!”