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For Immediate Release

APRIL 22, 2016

Media Release

DYNAMIC GROUP OF PARTNERS CONTINUE TO HIGHLIGHT LOCAL SCIENCE RESEARCH AND INITIATIVES THROUGH LOCAL SCIENCE FESTIVAL

BACKGROUNDER

(SAULT STE. MARIE, ON) – Eight local community partners, along with Northern Ontario’s science centre, Science North, are proud to demonstrate their commitment to science education and inspiring life-long learning in science through their respective participation in the second annual Sault Ste. Marie Science Festival, to be held from April 26 to 30, 2016.

The Sault Ste. Marie Science Festival is presented by a group of Sault Ste. Marie science, technology, cultural, and educational institutions, under the direction of Science North. The group of partners also includes Algoma University, Canadian Bushplane Heritage Centre, Entomica, Invasive Species Centre, Natural Resources Canada – Canadian Forest Service, Sault College, Sault Ste. Marie Innovation Centre and Fisheries and Oceans Canada. They have committed to collaborate, plan, organize, coordinate and execute all activities associated with the festival, and will work together in the delivery of programs and events.

The Festival strives to:

− engage audiences in experiences that highlight science and technology in Sault Ste. Marie;
− inspire children and youth about science, and highlight careers in science;
− engage members of the teaching profession in delivery of special science experiences and provide opportunities for professional development in science and technology;
− provide science and technology field trip opportunities to local students;
− highlight real world issues, current science and global issues;
− create an event where families can do science together; and where science professionals can network to share resources and expertise and promote their projects within the community;
− become a sustainable annual event that results in economic benefits for Sault Ste. Marie.

“Science North is committed to serving Northern Ontario and engaging people in the science in the world around them. The inaugural Sault Ste. Marie Science Festival was a great success and we are proud to be a part of the festival once again.”
—Scott Lund, Chair of the Science North Board of Trustees

“This initiative allows Science North to build and strengthen relationships with important partners in Sault Ste. Marie. We look forward to continuing to develop more science experiences for the region through our Bluecoat brand of interactive and hands-on delivery, highlighting in particular the science and technology happening here in the Sault."
—Guy Labine, CEO, Science North

“Algoma University is thrilled to be a partner in the SSM Science Festival again this year. It is events like this that encourage citizens of all ages to become more engaged in science, and more knowledgeable about the way that it affects our lives, our region and our city. Science and innovation are drivers of economic growth and social change in our world. As a leader in scientific research and teaching, Algoma University is helping to shape the future of our region. We look forward to sharing our love of science with the community at the SSM Science Festival.”
—Dr. Craig Chamberlin, President, Algoma University

“The Science Festival is rapidly becoming a significant event for all ages in our community. People are discovering that there is a substantial amount of science that occurs in Sault Ste. Marie as a result of the festival. This can only enhance our community’s profile in the knowledge economy.”
—Michael Delfre, Executive Director, Canadian Bushplane Heritage Centre

“Freak out, find out, bug out with Entomica where you get up close and personal with fantastic live insects at several events at the Sault Ste. Marie Festival. We are proud to be an organizing partner and encourage everyone to come to the events and discover the world around them.”
—John Dedes, CEO, Entomica

“The Invasive Species Centre takes pride in partnering with Science North and Sault Ste. Marie’s leading innovators to bring the Science Festival to our city once again. This event promotes collaboration, innovation, and science education which will build capacity and ensure Sault Ste. Marie’s continued success in producing scientific solutions to real-world problems for generations to come.”
—Tracey Cooke, Executive Director, Invasive Species Centre

“Through a variety of activities for all ages, our community will gain an interest in science, learn something new about science, experience science learning as fun and enjoyable and feel connected to science happening in our city. We will also have a chance to further develop innovative solutions to real-world problems in a fun and interactive way while fostering an appreciation for the science and technology field. As Ontario’s number one College two years in a row, in the business of educating the next generation of science and technology professionals, Sault College is proud to partner with Science North and our community partners to be a part of this festival.”
—Dr. Ron Common, President, Sault College

“The Sault Ste. Marie Innovation Centre in partnership with Science Festival is excited to be hosting its 9th annual ARTIE (Advanced Research & Technology Innovation Expo). ARTIE gathers elementary school students for one day to gain hands-on experience from local exhibitors in the fields of science and technology. ARTIE provides a fun and exciting opportunity for students to learn, explore and understand science and technology, and to spark their interest in these fields. Engaging with the youth in our community and fostering the next generation of science and technology leaders is an important part of the work that the Innovation Centre does, and we look forward to this year’s ARTIE event!”
—Tom Vair, Executive Director, Sault Ste. Marie Innovation Centre

The Sault Ste. Marie Science Festival is sponsored locally by CTV, 104.3 Country, KiSS 100.5, Fountain Tire, SK Group, Sault Online, Connection, Quality Inn & Suites Bay Front, The Machine Shop, The TECH, Fisher Wavy, Palmer Construction Group Inc., Pioneer Construction and BioForest Technologies Inc.

To find out more about the Sault Ste. Marie Science Festival visit: sciencenorth.ca/ssmscifest

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Media Contacts:

Meaghan Kent
Media Relations
Algoma University
705-949-2301 ext. 4121
Meaghan.kent@algomau.ca
algomau.ca

Justine Martin
Marketing Specialist – Media & Communications
Science North & Dynamic Earth
(705) 522-3701 ext. 227
jmartin@sciencenorth.ca
sciencenorth.ca

Science North is an agency of the Government of Ontario and a registered charity #10796 2979 RR0001. Dynamic Earth is a Science North attraction. IMAX® is a registered trademark of IMAX Corporation.

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Communications avec les médias :

Justine Martin
Spécialiste en marketing – Médias et communications
Science Nord et Terre dynamique
(705) 522-3701, poste 227
jmartin@sciencenorth.ca
sciencenorth.ca

Science Nord est une agence du gouvernement de l’Ontario et un organisme de bienfaisance enregistré (no 10796 2979 RR0001). IMAX® est une marque déposée d’IMAX Corporation.