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.
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.
Vice President, Development
Jennifer has been involved in the Fundraising field for over 20 years, working with not-for profits in the educational, health care, and social services sectors.
Before joining Science World in August 2012, Jennifer was Vice President Development with the BC Lions Society for Children with Disabilities and Easter Seals Services. Previously, Jennifer established Gifts in Time Consulting as Principal and Charitable Gift Planner. She worked with organizations like the Canadian Museum of Human Rights, the Arthritis Society, BC and Yukon Division, St. Augustine Faith and Foundation School Building Campaign, and the VGH & UBC Hospital Foundation as a Senior Gift Planner. Jennifer was part of BCIT's Development Team and Manager of the Alumni Association.
Jennifer has experience in all aspects of fundraising—capital campaigns, annual operating campaigns, planned giving, major gifts, fundraising events and social media giving, and has managed a successful fundraising team. Jennifer received her CFRE designation in 2005 and participates actively in the strategic planning and management of a complex mission-based organization, delivering valuable and highly appreciated services to the community.
Jennifer is one of the founding members of the CAGP Greater Vancouver Roundtable and LEAVE A LEGACY™ British Columbia Steering Committee, and is a member of the Canadian Association of Gift Planners and the Association of Fundraising Professionals.
Jennifer graduated with a BA in Political Science and a BA Hons. in Sociology from Carleton University.
Vice President, Community Engagement
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 Energy Literacy Project CASCADE Nominee (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.
Pauline began her science studies on her “home coast” at Cape Breton University and completed her BSc (Animal Science) with the University of British Columbia. She then went on to receive a Diploma in Environmental Studies from Langara College. Pauline is also a certified high school science teacher with her credentials from Simon Fraser University. Her first experiences with informal science education were as a university student facilitating school programs for the Richmond Nature Park Society and the Vancouver Aquarium. Her volunteer community work has included: BC Sports Hall of Fame Board, Science Fair Foundation Board, Genome BC Education Advisory Committee, NSERC-Pacific Advisory Committee, BC Innovation Council STEM Committee, SFU Science Times Advisory Committee, and BC National Science & Technology Organizing Committee.
Vice President, Human Resources
As Director of Human Resources, Suki is responsible for leading all aspects of human resources in line with Science World's strategic direction, while building a performance-based organizational culture. Suki brings to Science World an extensive Human Resources background gained from diverse industry sectors including hi-tech, telecommunications, government, and not-for-profit. Prior to joining Science World, Suki was Human Resources Manager at Fusepoint Managed Services where she had successfully built the HR function from the ground up for this high growth national organization. Prior to that, she held various HR generalist positions at organizations such as AT&T, Lucent Technologies, Electronic Arts, and District of West Vancouver. Most recently, Suki worked as an independent consultant focusing on compensation strategies and models and performance management systems.
Suki is a certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP) and a member of the BC Human Resources Management Association. She holds an honours B.A. from Baptist University of Hong Kong as well as an MBA in Human Resources Management from Royal Roads University.
Vice President, Marketing, Sales & Attendance Promotion
With over 20 years of marketing experience, Suan is responsible for Science World’s marketing, branding, sales and attendance promotion activities. She interacts extensively with both traditional and digital media to promote Science World’s programs and attractions and is an active participant in the attractions industry in BC.
Prior to moving to Vancouver, Suan had a varied career in marketing, serving as Marketing Manager at Exhibition Place and the Canadian National Exhibition in Toronto, following an assignment as special assistant to the President and the Chair of the Board of Governors.
Before moving to Canada, Suan worked in the hotel and hospitality industry as Incentive Tour Manager and Corporate Sales Manager in her native, Singapore, working with Sheraton Towers and Dynasty Hotel (now the Marriott Hotel).
Outside of work, Suan enjoys spending time with her family, travelling and keeping fit.