2015 By The Numbers

Lead the Science Conversation

From the creation of the The Science Garage to the new IMAX Laser Projection System and dozens of special activities and programs, we remained focused on inspiring and educating our guests in many areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Our diverse activities made an impact on nearly 500,000 people. 

Engage and Inspire our Audience

Our diverse set of exhibitions, films and activities extended beyond our walls and across Alberta.

Reaching non-traditional audiences with programs like the Dark Matters – which attracted 5,956 guests in 2015 – enhanced our engagement and education with new audiences.

Our partnerships like the one with Jasper Dark Sky Festival continues to grow and extend our reach as we build rockets and inspire science learning to new audiences. 

Feature exhibitions and IMAX films continue to provide a maximum impact in attracting the community to the science centre.

2015 Annual Report

Executive Summary

In 2014, TWOSE celebrated its thirtieth anniversary. In 2015, the focus shifted squarely toward the future and the next thirty years, we as build on success and aim to become Edmonton’s ‘must visit’ attraction’.

It all starts with the science. Great museums and science centres are judged by their content. In 2015, outstanding science experiences drew impressive attendance and great audience response, from Dinosaurs Unearthed to Beyond Rubik’s Cube to the supremely popular Dark Matters adult evenings. Summer camps attracted over 2,000 participants, an increase of 30% over 2014. We hosted 83,000 school students in science workshops. [Continued...] 

Practice Sustainable Financial Operations

Build A Standout Facility for our Community

With a $12M commitment from the City of Edmonton, planning began in 2015 for the Aurora Project – a bold vision of what our science centre should be, with emphasis on Northern Science, engineering and technology.

Our Supporters. 

Thank you!

Cenovus Energy
The City of Edmonton
Shell Canada
Syncrude Canada Ltd.

Coca-Cola Refreshments Canada
Dow Canada

The Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta Edmonton
(Host) Lions Club
Edmonton Airports
Insight Medical Imaging

Chandos Construction Ltd.
Coca-Cola Refreshments Canada
Pat Macdonald
Servus Credit Union
Pat Whittaker

Cisco Meraki
Chandos Construction
PC Corp

School Programs
Presented by Shell Canada

Discoveryland Subsidy Support Supported by Success by 6

High Needs School Program
Edmonton (Host) Lions Club

Science in Motion
Cenovus Energy, Dow Canada, and Calmont Group

2015 Board of Directors

Jordan Hokanson, Chair
Mark Flint, Vice Chair
Ron New, Treasurer
Bill Stephens, Secretary
Jackson von der Ohe, Past Chair

Sue Bohaichuk
Kara Flynn
Sharilee Fossum
Richard Hughes
Aneela Hussainaly
Frank Mannarino
Darin Rayburn
Andrew Ross
Jonathan Schaeffer
Larry Schindel
Keith Shillington


2015 Foundation Members

Janet Lynn Adams
Dr. Mohamed Ally
Jane Batty
Vi Becker
Tim Boston
Jerry Bouma
Rick Brommeland
Joan Carr
Joan Cowling
Kerry Day
Karyn Decore
Jason Ding
Brad Ferguson
Frank Gibson
Luther Haave


2015 Executive Team

Alan Nursall, President & CEO
Steve Baker, Chief Operating Officer
Cathy Barton, Exec. Asst. to the President & CEO
Karin Dowling, VP, Business Services
Frank Florian, VP, Science
Scott Henderson, VP, Finance
Annie Prud'homme-Généreux, VP, Science
Mike Steger, VP, Marketing & Communications


Edmonton Space & Science Foundation

Greg Hadubiak
Ron Hayter
Ben Hochhausen
J. D. Hole
Dr. Douglas Hube
Barry James
Donald Kramer
Jennifer Kwan
Anna LaBrie
Dr. Michael Leung
Dr. David Lewin
Franklin Loehde
Rod McConnell
Jack McBain
Bruce McCurdy
John McDougall

Deb Manz
Lisa Miller
Reg Milley
Dr. Stephanie Minnema
Dennis Mozak
Eric Newell
Ken Nichols
Myka Osinchuk
Dr. Nils Petersen
Ken Pilip, P. Eng.
Rick Prentice
Dr. Bill Preshing
John Radostits
Stephen Rawlinson
Braidon Reid
Dr. Dale Ripley

Sol Rolingher, Q.C.
David Salloum
Bruce Saville
Tim Schultz
Michael Sharp
Gisele Simard
Sandy Slator
John Stobbe
Gord Syme
Dr. Gregory Taylor
Merle Taylor
Robert J. Turner, Q.C.
Dr. Larry Wang FRSC
Dr. Robert Westbury
Pat Whittaker

B & B Demolition Ltd.
Calmont Group
Christenson Group
Joan & Douglas Hube
Success by 6
Union 52 Benevolent Society

Alberta Blue Cross
Steve & Tina Baker
BioWare ULC
Blue Water Group
Canadian Museums Association
Darren Chivers
CHS Benefits Consulting Group Inc.
Donna Clare
Coalition of Edmonton Civic Unions
Diana de Sousa & Neil Burkard
Howard Dudley

Edmonton Catholic Schools
Edmonton Eskimo Football Club
ENMAX Corporation
Enterprise Paper

Kara Flynn & Tom Maloney
Leslie Gauchier
Frank Gibson
The Grocery People
Gulnaz Jiwa Professional Corporation
E. (Ben) Hochhausen Family
Richard Hughes
Jiffy Lube
Knoxville’s Tavern
Franklin & Audrey Loehde
Frank Mannarino
Doug McConnell
Melcor Developments Ltd.
Lee Morin
Thomas & Melanie Nakatsui
Alan Nursall
Parlee McLaws LLP

Darin Rayburn
David Salloum
Larry & Darlene Schindel
Carl H. Shields
Graham Shields
Table Top Café
TELUS Edmonton Community Board
The Grocery People
The Love Boutique
University of Alberta - Faculty of Science
Vantix Systems Inc.

Alberta Blue Cross
B & B Demolition Ltd.
Blue Water Group
Capital Colour
Christenson Group
CHS Benefits Consulting Group Inc.
Coalition of Edmonton Civic Unions
Coca-Cola Refreshments Canada
Enterprise Paper
Jiffy Lube
Bill & Cindy Knight
Melcor Developments Ltd.
The Grocery People
Union 52 Benevolent Society
Vantix Systems Inc.
Canar Rock Products
Phoenix Fence Inc.

Feature Exhibition Sponsors

Dow Canada

The Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGA)

IMAX Sponsors

A unique fund-raising program where the public is invited to designate stars valued from $50 to $15,000 to support the programs and operations of TELUS World of Science.
Stars Designated = 443
Total Donations = $40,180

The VEGA Scholarship Program was established in 1987 through the generous support of Helen Tkachenko. This fund sponsors elementary school-aged children to attend a summer science camp or computer camp. In 2015, 18 children received VEGA Scholarships to attend camps at TELUS World of Science.
Fund Value = $91,219

In honour of Les Young’s dedication and leadership of Edmonton’s space and science centre, in 1999 the Edmonton Space & Science Foundation Board established the Les Young Fund for Science Education as a permanent legacy in his name. The fund provides for the development and presentation of unique and innovative programs to inspire, motivate and challenge students to advance their knowledge and understanding of science and technology.
Fund Value = $26,263

Established in 2015 by John and Avery Stobbe.  Revenues will support ongoing operations and programming at TELUS World of Science – Edmonton.

Edmonton Airports

Insight Medical Imaging

Program Sponsors

Free IMAX Movie Night
Servus Credit Union

Dark Matters
BioWare ULC
Knoxville’s Tavern
Table Top Café
The Love Boutique

Every effort has been made to ensure the listing of donors in this Annual Report is accurate. Please accept our apologies if your name has been inadvertently omitted or listed incorrectly.  Please notify the Edmonton Space & Science Foundation so that we may correct our records. All recognition is for 2015.

Funds & Endowments


TELUS World of Science - Edmonton is operated by the Edmonton Space & Science Foundation, a non-profit organization. 

Our Vision

To inspire voyages of life-long discovery. 

Our Mission

To create a positive science and technology culture in our region that inspires and motivates people to learn about, and contribute to, science and technology advances that strengthen themselves, their families, and their community.

January 1, 2015 – December 31, 2015

11211 142 Street, Edmonton, Alberta T5M 4A1