Senior Leadership Team

Tracy Redies

President & CEO

Tracy Redies joined as President & CEO of Science World British Columbia in 2020, inspired by Science World’s mission to ignite wonder and empower dreams through science and nature. She is passionate about disseminating STEAM-learning to more people in BC, believing these skill sets will be key to the province's and Canada's success in the coming decades. 

Tracy has over 25 years of experience as a high-growth organization builder with a strong commitment to serving the province and its communities. Tracy spent much of her career leading complex financial institutions, serving as CEO of Coast Capital Savings Credit Union and, before that, Executive Vice President and Head of Personal Financial Services of HSBC Bank Canada. In 2017, she joined the B.C. Liberal party as MLA, Surrey-White Rock serving as Finance Critic for the Opposition.

Tracy has served on the University of Victoria board of governors, the Surrey Memorial Hospital Foundation board, and as a corporate director for BC Hydro. As a member of the Premier's Women's Economic Council for BC, Tracy supported the improvement of economic outcomes for women entrepreneurs and business leaders.  She was also a past director of the Vancouver Board of Trade and the Sauder Advisory Council.  She is currently on the Sources Foundation Board, an organization responsible for supporting local food banks, women’s shelters and affordable housing options.

Tracy and her husband have raised their 4 children in the Surrey-White Rock area. In her spare time, she enjoys gardening, horse racing and spending time outdoors with her family and dogs.

Brian Radburn, CPA, CA

Vice President, Corporate Operations & Chief Financial Officer

Brian is a Chartered Professional Accountant with over thirty years of financial experience. A retired partner of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, he's served as the CFO of a number of private companies in the technology sector. Brian has considerable governance experience, serving on Boards of various healthcare-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 supports and serves the mission and priorities of the organization.

Teresa Virani 

Chief Experience & Marketing Officer 

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 omnichannel marketing programs that deliver impactful and memorable experiences, both here and in the United Kingdom.

Teresa leads Science World’s brand strategy, marketing, communications and visitor experience in a way that helps people to feel welcomed, inspired and delighted.

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!”

Nancy Roper

Vice President, Development

Nancy joined the Science World team in July 2018, bringing with her over twenty years’ experience in the charitable sector. As Vice President, Development, Nancy leads a critical team dedicated to corporate development, philanthropy, donor and member relations, grants and research, all critical to the success of a not-for-profit organization. Indeed, Nancy is committed to the success of each of her colleagues and staff to ensure that the organization thrives for years to come.

Prior to joining Science World, Nancy was the VP Philanthropy and Corporate Partnerships at JDRF, where she worked with staff, organizations and volunteers across the country to drive a major gifts campaign and develop successful corporate partnerships. Previously she acted as Executive Director of the Arthritis Society, BC & Yukon Division, and has held roles with BC Special Olympics and the Aberdeen Cyrenians.

Carla Bitter

Vice President, Learning and Programming

Carla Bitter has 20 years of experience in creating, managing and delivering high impact and award winning public science education and outreach programs, interactive web and digital media projects and museum/zoo exhibits. She is thrilled to have joined Science World in Vancouver BC in 2019 as the VP of Learning & Programming!

Previously Carla was the Integrated Projects Manager/Public Engagement Manager at Seattle's Museum of Flight, and formerly Associate Director of Interpretive Engagements at Woodland Park Zoo. She served as Chief of Outreach at Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History, as well as Education & Public Outreach Manager for NASA's Phoenix Mars Mission. She has contributed to multiple U.S. science education panels, museum advisory committees and climate change communication reviews.

Carla earned an MS LSFC in Biology with concentrations in Molecular Genetics and Conservation Ecology and a BA in Anthropology/Archaeology. Her early career was spent working as a field archaeologist in the U.S. Mid-Atlantic, Gulf Coast, and American Southwest regions, and at hominid sites in Great Britain.

In her free time she enjoys her honorary title of Head Explorer of Science World, trail running, kayaking, and family travels to the great wine growing and Cretaceous fossil regions of the world. Interests, passions and desires reflected at @carlabitter.

Pia Collins

Vice President, Human Resources

Pia is a strong proponent of energizing and engaging employees in support of business goals, and of encouraging personal growth within an organization. She possesses extensive experience in building and motivating high-performance teams, and believes in building leadership at all levels of an organization.

An HR veteran with more than 20 years’ experience, Pia’s experience comes from a wide range of industries, including hospitality, not for profit, funds management and health care. Her previous roles include responsibility for all human resources initiatives including strategic workforce planning, recruitment, training and leadership and culture development.

Pia’s education includes the Human Resources program at the British Columbia Institute of Technology and also graduated from the Sauder School of Business Strategic Leadership and Project Management programs.
Pia is a long-standing Vancouver resident and avid runner, and has also served as a Human Resources mentor and sat on a number of boards sharing her expertise.