Our 2022 Patron is Walter Segsworth! Read his story here.
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Twenty years ago, Science World was raising money to renew Eureka!, our gallery devoted to bringing the science of physics to life.
Paul Geyer had just founded Medical Ventures (Neovasc), his second medical devices company, after growing his first to 200 employees and exiting in 1999.
Science World’s Development team approached Paul to see if he had interest in becoming a donor, inviting him to meet then-President Bryan Tisdall and take a tour.
As he explored the dome, Paul learned there was no life sciences gallery. As a leader in Vancouver’s growing biotech industry, he understood acutely the need to spark curiosity for this field in local youth.
“We had some good green talent coming out of the universities here,” Paul explains, “but not as much in the biomedical engineering field. A gallery would be a great way to engage kids at a young age, which could lead them to a great career.”
After the tour, Paul pledged $50,000 to Eureka! Gallery and another $50,000 of seed money to develop a plan for interactive exhibits devoted to human health. He brought friends and colleagues to the table, such as Doctors Julia Levy and the late Don Rix, to consult.
The ultimate result was BodyWorks, Science World’s first gallery featuring the science of the human body. Since its original iteration, the space has educated millions on the aging process; our organ and skeletal systems; and reproductive science.
Paul and wife Nicole have been Science World donors ever since, being named Patrons in 2014 and 2018 respectively. Paul also sits on our Advisory council.