Earlier this morning, Telus World of Science announced a new President and CEO – Vancouver-born Dr. Scott D. Sampson.
Speaking to Lynda Steele, Dr. Sampson says he is excited to return home.
“Science World is a phenomenal institution, with a great reputation. It was just getting going when I left Vancouver, so to be coming back and see it so healthy…I’m excited to have an opportunity to try and take it to the next level.”
The first time Dr. Sampson visited Science World was during Expo ’86, before it was actually used as a science center.
“When I did visit it as Science World I remember thinking, ‘Wow it’s about time that Vancouver had an institution like this.”
Dr. Sampson currently serves as the Vice President of Research and Collections and Chief Curator at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. He is also a paleontologist, and hosts a children’s show about dinosaurs.
He says his show, “Dinosaur Train“, will continue when he moves to Vancouver.
“My tagline at the end of every Dinosaur Train episode is ‘Get outside, get into nature and make your own discoveries.’ One of the things I’m always telling kids is, ‘No matter what you area of interest in Science and Nature, there are still amazing discoveries that you can make. Those textbooks make it sound like we’ve figured it all out, but that’s not true at all.'”
Dr. Sampson says his goal coming to Vancouver is to “try and make Science World more relevant that it already is.”
He will begin his new job on July 4th.