Advisory Council

The Advisory Council is a group of community leaders who support the goals of Science World. Members meet regularly and are ambassadors for the organization by contributing time, talent and resources to help Science World fulfill its mission.

Dr. Robin Louis

Chair, Science World Advisory Council

Dr. Louis is a long-time Science World donor, Board Member 2006-2014, chair of the successful $35 million capital campaign, Patron, and current Chair of the Advisory Council. His other main not-for-profit interest is Vancouver Social Venture Partners where he has been active since 2004 and a Director 2012-2019. He has also served on the boards of the Vancouver Enterprise Forum, the AceTech Academy for Technology CEOs and the Vancouver Museum.

Robin was a long-time participant in the Canadian venture capital industry—partner at Ventures West 1991-2008, Managing General Partner 1999-2005 and Chairman 2005-2008. During this time Ventures West became Canada’s largest VC company, managing almost $1 billion. He was also a member of the board of the Canadian Venture Capital & Private Equity Association 2001-2008, President 2003-2005 and Chairman 2006-2008. In 2013 the Canadian government appointed him to the Expert Panel which advised the government on deployment of its VC Action Plan.

Prior to his VC career, Dr. Louis was CEO of Columbia Computing Services, a software company which became the dominant supplier of school administration systems to K¬ 12 schools in the US.

Dr. Louis is an active angel investor, backing more than a dozen emerging technology companies. He also invests in diverse investment funds and serves on the Advisory Board of one of Vancouver’s most successful private equity funds.
Dr. Louis earned B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees from the University of Victoria and a Ph.D. in physics from UBC.