Ottawa, ON, May 27, 2019 —Ingenium – Canada’s Museums of Science and Innovation is thrilled to welcome a new Chair and Vice-Chair to its Board of Trustees. The new board members will help the institution further its mission of celebrating Canadian ingenuity – past, present, and future – to inspire the next generation of innovators. The appointments were announced by the Honourable Pablo Rodriguez, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Multiculturalism.
The newly appointed Board Chair will succeed Dr Gary Polonsky, who has served as Chair for the past decade - during a period of great change and progress – and has helped to bring Ingenium to the leadership position it now holds in Canada’s science and innovation ecosystem. The new Chair, Neil Russon, holds more than 30 years of experience providing fiscal, strategic, and operations leadership in diverse settings. Currently, he is Managing Director of the Ascension Advisory Group, and has volunteered his time to a wide range of community organizations. He served as board member and Chair of the Finance, Audit, and Risk Management Committee for Ingenium, and as a board member and Chair of the Canadian Cancer Society (New Brunswick Division).
Joining Mr. Russon is newly elected vice chair Marian K. Brown, who holds a wealth of experience in corporate governance, museums, and law. Marian has served on various committees of the Canadian Bar Association; on the Vancouver Heritage Commission and Vancouver Planning Commission; and on the editorial boards of Scientia Canadensis and Material History Bulletin. She has authored publications in law, museology, and the history of technology.
Matthew A. Lafrenière has also been appointed to the Board, effective immediately.
The eleven-member Board of Trustees is responsible for strategic guidance and oversight of the business activities and affairs of Ingenium’s three museums – the Canada Agriculture and Food Museum, the Canada Aviation and Space Museum, and the Canada Science and Technology Museum. Ingenium operates under the Museums Act as the National Museum of Science and Technology (NMST). More information on the Board of Trustees can be found .
“With the appointments of these new Chair and Vice Chair to our Board, we look forward to continuing the important work of Canada’s Museums of Science and Innovation under the leadership of such an experienced, diverse and accomplished group of Canadians.”
-Christina Tessier, President and CEO, Ingenium – Canada’s Museums of Science and Innovation
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About Ingenium – Canada’s Museums of Science and Innovation
Ingenium celebrates the innovative spirit of Canadians by telling the stories of those who dared to think differently. Inspired by the power of ingenuity, Ingenium encompasses three national institutions: the Canada Agriculture and Food Museum, the Canada Aviation and Space Museum, and the Canada Science and Technology Museum. These three museums are places where the past meets the future, with spaces where visitors can learn and explore, play and discover. Ingenium continues to evolve — a new Collections Conservation Centre is currently under construction, designed to protect priceless Canadian heritage artifacts for the benefit of many generations to come. Beyond the physical walls of its museums, Ingenium’s engaging digital content, outreach programs and travelling exhibitions serve to educate, entertain, and engage audiences across Canada and around the world.