Senior Leadership Team

Janet Wood

President & CEO

Janet Wood serves as interim President & CEO of Science World British Columbia, where much of her focus is to continue to drive Science World’s mission to expand STEAM-learning (science, technology, engineering, art & design, and math) throughout the province of British Columbia.

Janet Wood has enjoyed a rewarding career in the technology industry having held a variety of executive positions in SAP, Business Objects, Crystal Decisions and IBM. Career highlights include global responsibility for indirect sales and leading a global organization to protect and grow a multi-billion Euro maintenance business. In her last 5 years with SAP, Janet was global leader for talent and leadership development and HR leader supporting the worldwide CEO in strategic HR initiatives, including leadership development, diversity, fostering a continuous feedback culture, and attracting and retaining top talent in the highly competitive tech market.

Janet is active in her community as a partner in BC Social Venture Partners, a not-for-profit organization that supports children and families at risk in BC. She also holds board positions on the Insurance Corporation of BC and Junior Achievement BC. She is a member of the University of Alberta Business School Advisory Council and is the BC Chapter Chair of Young Presidents’ Organization. Janet is a past recipient of the Canadian Women’s Executive Network Top 100 Women Award and the YWCA Women of Distinction Award.

In her spare time, she golfs, cycles, travels and plays tennis.

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.

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 in 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.She has also worked as a management consultant at Mercer Management Consulting, 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 thus increase public understanding of the importance of technological literacy to society. 

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

Teresa Virani 

Vice President, Marketing & Visitor Experience

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 here @carlabitter