Board of Directors

Science World Board of Directors, standing in one line, outside


Chair: Launi Skinner
Vice Chair: Cheryl Slusarchuk
Past Chair: Walter Segsworth
Secretary: Dr Boris Wertz
Treasurer: Ivor Luk

'Lyn Anglin, Dr
'Lyn Anglin

Principal, Anglin and Associates
Former Chief Scientific Officer
, Imperial Metals Corporation
Former President and CEO, Geoscience BC

Dr. 'Lyn Anglin joined Imperial Metals Corporation in September 2014 as their Chief Scientific Officer, to oversee the scientific functions of the Company, including basic and applied research projects, as well as the development of relevant new process and technologies. She was President and CEO of Geoscience BC, a non-profit geoscience research organization, from January 2006 to September 2013. Prior to joining Geoscience BC, she was the acting Director of the Pacific Division of the Geological Survey of Canada (GSC). 'Lyn is a geologist and her research expertise is in mineral deposit geology and geochemistry. She has a BSc from Queen's University in Kingston, an MSc from Memorial University in Newfoundland and a PhD from Carleton University in Ottawa. She is registered as a Professional Geologist with the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of BC (APEGBC).

In addition to her research, 'Lyn has extensive experience in government relations, public consultation and community engagement, program management, policy development and science outreach. She is a member of the Premier's Women's Economic Council for BC and the APEGBC Council. She is also a member of the Steering Committee of The School of Exploration and Mining at Northwest Community College in Smithers and serves on committees of the Association for Mineral Exploration BC, the APEGBC, the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada and the Society of Economic Geologists. She recently served as a member of NSERC's Discovery Grants review committee and she is a former President of the Geological Association of Canada.

'Lyn is a strong advocate for science & technology and feels that all young people can and should be turned onto science. Her own interests are in earth sciences (rocks, minerals and metals, water, geothermal energy, etc.) and she looks forward to contributing to Science World's knowledge in these areas.

Ali Pejman, FCA

Partner, Fort Capital Partners

Mr. Pejman is a Partner at Fort Capital Partners, a boutique investment bank headquartered in Vancouver, BC.  In his capacity at Fort, Mr. Pejman works closely with corporations providing advisory services as it relates to mergers & acquisitions, and the development of their capital market strategies. Prior to Fort, Mr. Pejman served as Managing Director, Mining and Head of Public Venture Capital at Canaccord Genuity.

Mr. Pejman has served on several industry, government appointed, and charitable boards. He is a currently a Board Member of the Greater Vancouver Transit Police, member of the Toronto Stock Exchange Venture Advisory Committee and is an active contributor to Children’s Hospital.

Mr. Pejman holds the Chartered Accountants designation with a specialty in taxation, and completed his Bachelor of Commerce at the University of British Columbia in 1994. Mr. Pejman was bestowed Fellowship as a Chartered Accountant for the service and honour he has brought the profession.

Mr. Pejman was awarded the distinguished "Canada's Top 40 Under 40" in 2010, and was voted "Top Gun Banker - Metals & Mining" by Brandon Woods International in 2011.

Boris Wertz, Dr
Boris Wertz

Founder & General Partner, Version One Ventures
Secretary, Board of Directors, Science World British Columbia

Boris Wertz is one of the top tech early-stage investors in North America and the founding partner of Version One.  He is also a board partner with Andreessen Horowitz.

Before becoming an investor, Boris was the Chief Operating Officer of which sold to Amazon in 2008. He was responsible for marketing, business development, product, customer service and international operations – leading a team of 60 people. This deep operational experience helps him guide other entrepreneurs to start, build and scale companies.

Boris finished his PhD at the Graduate School of Management (WHU), Koblenz, majoring in Business Economics & Business Management. In 2005, he was named the Pacific Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year. Boris is passionate about science, technology, and entrepreneurship and sits on the boards of Science World and Canada Learning Code. He is also involved as a mentor with the Creative Destruction Lab in Toronto and Vancouver.


Cheryl Slusarchuk
Cheryl Slusarchuk

CEO & President, NumerixS Investment Technologies
Vice-Chair, Board of Directors, Science World British Columbia

Cheryl is the CEO & President of NumerixS Investment Technologies, which uses massive amounts of data together with technology and innovative research to create sophisticated quantitative trading strategies. Cheryl has a passion for creating and leading high-performance teams that enable outstanding people to excel.

Cheryl's background in commerce and computer science supported a highly sucecessful legal career helping technology companies realise their commercial goals in a practical, precise, and no-nonsense way. Cheryl loves the technology space: the creative energy, the focus, and the collective intellect creates a fertile ground for the high-performance teams she embraces.

Originally from Canada, Cheryl spent several years in Australia followed by several more in the US, before returning to Canada and settling in Vancouver with her husband and 2 children.

Cheryl is currently Vice-Chair of Science World and formerly a board member of the BC Innovation Council and BCTech, Cheryl's other community activities have included being President of the Premier's Tech Council, Chair of the Climate Action Team and Chair of the Green Energy Advisory Taskforce.

Cheryl's accomplishments include Business in Vancouver's 40 under 40 and L'expert Canada's 40 under 40.

In addition to work and promoting STEM, and technology in all forms ranging from financial markets to sustainability, Cheryl's other passions include her family, snowboarding and sailing.

Claire Cupples, Dr
Claire Cupples

Professor, Molecular Biology & Biochemistry, Faculty of Science
Simon Fraser University

In her role as Dean, Dr. Cupples works with 8 science departments to set the strategic direction of the Faculty, oversees the budgeting process and represents the Faculty of Science within the larger university as a member of the administration of SFU and of the University Senate. SFU Science is renowned for its extensive science outreach programs centred on the Trottier Studio and on the Trottier Observatory and Science Courtyard.

Dr. Cupples received her BSc at the University of Victoria, her MSc at the University of Calgary and her PhD at York University. After post-doctoral studies at UCLA she held academic and administrative positions at Concordia University, in Montreal, and at the University of Victoria. Her research focuses on the causes, consequences and prevention of mutations in microbes and in humans. Dr. Cupples has taught university courses in microbiology and molecular biology throughout her career. She currently serves as Past-President of the Canadian Council of Deans of Science and sits on the Board of Management of TRIUMF.

Doug Sheppard
Doug Sheppard

Superintendent of Schools, Delta School District No. 37

Doug Sheppard is currently the Superintendent of Schools for the Delta School District.  With a BSc in Zoology from UBC and a Masters of Educational Leadership from SFU, Doug has over 25 years in public education beginning as a Secondary School teacher of Math and Science followed by various school and district administrative positions in the Richmond, Coquitlam and the Delta School District.  Doug was named one of Canada’s Outstanding Principals by the Learning Partnership in 2009. 

As Superintendent in Delta, Doug is focused on achieving the District’s vision of becoming a “Leading District in Innovative Teaching and Learner Success”.  The district’s focus on questioning and inquiry as methods of investigating both student learning and educator practice is central to the achievement of this work. 

Doug lives in Delta with his wife and three children and remains deeply curious about the natural world close to home and globally.  

Ivor Luk, ACA (UK)
Ivor Luk

BC Financial Advisory Managing Partner, Deloitte LLP
Treasurer, Board of Directors, Science World British Columbia

Ivor is the Partner in charge of the Financial Advisory Group in British Columbia and also leads the M&A Transaction Services team.  He transferred from the Deloitte London office in August 2005 where qualified as a UK Chartered Accountant and spent 7 years in the audit practice.  His education background includes: London School of Economics & University College London, UK, Bachelor of Science, Mechanical Engineering with Business Finance, 1996 & Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales, 2000.

Ivor’s global experience includes 8 years with Deloitte’s UK London practice (from 1997 to 2005), focusing on providing assurance, M&A and IPO advisory services to high growth private and listed companies in the UK, Europe, and the Americas. 

Since 2005, Ivor has resided in Canada.  In Toronto, he provided service to entrepreneurs and high growth companies assisting with raising private capital, growing through acquisitions, and completing public financings for companies focused on resources, healthcare, technology, and consumer business.  Working directly with C-Suite and Boards of Directors in Vancouver and Western Canada, Ivor provides business advisory, financial due diligence, financial oversight and control assessment and counsel to our most complex, high growth clients.  

He is a Senior Partner at Deloitte, Partner in charge of the Financial Advisory Group in British Columbia, is a member of the BC Office Leadership team and Deloitte’s Canadian National Financial Advisory Executive, and accordingly has responsibility over some of Deloitte’s most significant relationships.

As a father to 3 young boys aged 9, 7 and 5, Ivor and his family have been long term supporters of Science World and understands firsthand the impact and benefit the organisation has on the community.  Ivor trained as a Mechanical Engineer and Economist prior to his financial training and appreciates the need for continued investment and focus on developing and inspiring future generations in the STEM disciplines.

Ivor is passionate about supporting the local community:

  • The Treasurer and Board Director, St Paul’s Hospital Foundation
  • Board Director, Madrona School Society
  • He is a mentor, Vancouver School Board Gifted Kids Enrichment Program
  • He is a Rescue Assistant, Vancouver Aquarium Mammal Rescue Centre  
Jenny Drake
Jenny Drake

Partner, Connor, Clark & Lunn Investment Management Ltd.

Jennifer Drake is a partner on the Quantitative Equity Team at Connor, Clark & Lunn Investment Management, Ltd in Vancouver. She is currently part of the portfolio management group and also works closely with the firm’s clients, when a greater level of investment insight is needed. She has previously held roles within quantitative equity research and equity trading. She holds a BA in Physics, with a concentration in Computer Science, from Columbia University.

Prior to relocating from Chicago to Vancouver in 2007, Jenny was a Managing Director at NYSE Group, Inc. / Archipelago Holdings, Incorporated. Launched as a start-up in 1997, Archipelago developed a computer-based stock trading network, providing investors with an alternative to the more traditional phone and handshake trading methods. The firm grew to become the largest fully electronic stock exchange in the United States, before going public in 2004 and ultimately merging with the New York Stock Exchange in 2006. Jenny started with Archipelago in 2000 as a market policy analyst and became a Managing Director for the firm in 2003. She created and led the market data group, which was responsible for the sale and distribution of stock-related data. She was also co-head of the corporate client group, overseeing corporate listings on the exchange. Prior to that, Jenny was an analyst at the National Association of Securities Dealers, Washington, D.C., parent of The Nasdaq Stock Market, Inc. There, she provided analytical support and recommendations to constituencies including NASD senior management, Department of Justice, Securities and Exchange Commission, and the Nasdaq trading community.

Jenny has always been drawn to science and math as a way to explain the world around us. She is passionate about the importance of Science World in the community, is keenly interested in Science World’s education programs and impact on the community, and is a personal financial supporter of Science World’s Community Engagement activities. 

Jenny is married with two children and visits Science World regularly. She lives in West Vancouver.

Katherine Scouten
Kathie Scouten

President, Board of Directors, The Exploration Place Museum and Science Centre

Kathie has dedicated her career to science and innovation, education, economic and community development, and not for profit leadership in Prince George and Northern BC for the past 25 years.

Most recently as Director of Development and Alumni Relations at the University of Northern BC she strategically led growth of the university's relationships with corporations, individuals and foundations that culminated in the successful $15m Northern Leadership Campaign. Prior to joining UNBC, Kathie was Vice President, Economic Development with Initiatives Prince George Development Corporation where she was involved with attracting critical investments in transportation, mining, tourism and downtown development during a significant period for Prince George's growth and diversification. She was a founding director for Tourism Prince George as it matured to a destination marketing organization.

Kathie is currently the President of the Board of the Exploration Place, an award winning cultural museum and science education centre in Northern BC recognized especially for its leadership with First Nations relationships, nationally.

She has a BSc (Hons) and MBA from the University of Manitoba and currently holds the CFRE designation. She spent many years in her earlier career in the biosciences industry, developing and commercializing agricultural technologies that are now the foundation of the the western Canadian seed industry.

Kirsten Sutton
Kirsten Sutton

Vice President and Managing Director, SAP Labs Canada
Global Head Engineering, SAP Jam

Kirsten Sutton is an unconventional tech leader. From a professionally trained chef, Kirsten navigated a significant career pivot to become one of Vancouver’s most celebrated tech execs. As Vice President and Managing Director of SAP Labs Canada, Kirsten is one of only two female Managing Directors within the worldwide SAP Labs Network. She is also the Global Head of Engineering for SAP Jam, leading a multinational development team on a product with over 51 million subscribers. Kirsten was recognized in 2018 as one of Business in Vancouver’s Influential Women in Business and a YWCA Woman of Distinction.

An advocate for girls in tech, she supports education initiatives like Templeton STEM and GIRLsmarts4tech and has led the way for SAP Canada’s adoption of [email protected], an initiative to hire 650 individuals on the autism spectrum globally. Kirsten proudly gives her time as co-chair of the President’s Group, a network of British Columbia business leaders who champion accessible, inclusive workplaces and as board chair of Minerva BC. She also serves as director of the board of the Greater Vancouver Board of Trade and Science World British Columbia and as governor on the Honorary Governor’s Council of the Vancouver Foundation.

Launi Skinner

CEO, First West Credit Union 
Chair, Board of Directors, Science World British Columbia

Launi is the Chief Executive Officer of First West Credit Union, one of Canada’s leading credit unions with $10 billion in assets under administration, 240,000 members and 1,700 employees. Launi leads visioning and strategic direction for First West.

Before joining First West, Launi served as president of Starbucks U.S., where she oversaw 7,000 company-owned stores and 3,400 licensed stores, and managed an extensive management team with operational responsibility for 130,000 employees.

Known for inspiring change and achieving results, Launi has been recognized as one of Canada’s Most Powerful Women and as one of Fortune Magazine’s 50 Most Powerful Women’s feature “Four Women to Watch”.

Launi is currently a board member for Qtrade Financial Group, Rocky Mountaineer and Science World.

In the community she serves as a leader for the Minerva Foundation for BC Women as well as past event chair for the Vancouver YWCA Women of Distinction Awards.

Laurence R Stinson, QC
Laurence Stinson

Partner, Baker Newby, LLP

Larry Stinson was born in Rossland, British Columbia in 1944 and grew up in Calgary, Alberta where he obtained his BA (with distinction) from the University of Alberta. He was the recipient of the gold medal in Arts for the 1965 graduating class. He subsequently attended the University of British Columbia where he obtained his law degree in 1968. Following graduation, he articled with the corporate/securities firm of Armstrong, Brawner & Co. Larry was admitted to the Bar in 1969 and continued to practice with that firm in Vancouver until 1975. Larry then joined Davies, Baker & Company (as the firm was then known) in Chilliwack, where he now practices.

Larry has focused his community involvement on his keen interest in the agricultural heritage of Chilliwack, where he was a Director and Executive Committee Member of the Chilliwack and District Agricultural Society, for many years. He has also acted as voluntary general counsel to Chilliwack Community Services and became a member of the Chilliwack Rotary Club in 1993, serving as its president in 2001–2002 and Governor of his Rotary District in 2008–2009. Larry has also served on the Board of Governors of The University of the Fraser Valley for six years, the last two as Board Chair.

Larry’s interests include his hazelnut farm, his horses (he played polo for some ten years) and just about anything to do with trains. He is a recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in recognition of his contributions to his community and country.

Larry has over 45 years of experience in the broad range of corporate and business law from assisting the small businessman in acquiring and establishing his business to acting as general counsel to larger corporate groups. He is particularly knowledgeable with respect to the various tax-related reorganizations and estate planning transactions affecting the farming and business communities and works closely with tax accountants in giving effect to these plans. He is also uniquely experienced in the legal affairs of member-based organizations such as co-operatives, credit unions and societies.

Lui Petrollini
Lui Petrollini

Partner, Assurance, Ernst & Young LLP

Lui has been a Chartered Accountant since 1989 and has 29 years of public accounting experience serving private and publicly listed Canadian, US and multinational companies. He is an Assurance Partner at Ernst & Young LLP and is the leader of both the Ernst & Young Media and Entertainment Group for British Columbia and the Ernst & Young Private Mid-Market Services Group for Vancouver. Lui is also the Director of the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Program - Pacific Region.

Lui has been involved in several not-for-profit organisations including acting as a Director and Treasurer of British Columbia Technology Industry Association since 2006 and a Director of the Motion Picture Production Industry Association of British Columbia since 2014.  He was the former Treasurer and Finance Coordinator in St. Helen's Catholic Church in Burnaby and was actively involved in the Burnaby Field and Indoor Box Lacrosse Associations between 2002 and 2012 acting as a coach, manager and Director.

Lui graduated from Simon Fraser University in 1986 with a Bachelor of Business Administration with concentrations in Accounting, Finance, and Organizational Behavior.

Pankaj Agarwal
Pankaj Agarwal

Founder & Managing Partner, Optimus Information Inc.

Pankaj Agarwal is the Founder and Managing Partner at Optimus Information Inc., a privately held company with 100+ employees in Vancouver and New Delhi. Optimus is a leading provider of IT services to mid and large size organizations across the globe. In addition, Pankaj is an active investor in private technology companies in Canada, USA, and India. He also serves on the boards of private companies.

Prior to founding Optimus Information Inc., Pankaj was a member of the Executive Committee at Sopra Group (a $2 Billion IT consulting company in Europe) and CEO at Momentum Technologies Inc.

Pankaj is active in local community. He is past president and current board member of TiE, Vancouver (The Indus Entrepreneurs), the world’s leading entrepreneurship organization. Pankaj has also served on the Board of BCTIA, BC’s leading technology association. In addition, Pankaj helps [email protected] and Science World (Future Science Leaders program). Pankaj was winner of “BC’s Top 40 under 40” a few years ago.

Pankaj holds a MBA from the Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Bangalore, and an Engineering degree from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Roorkee.

Pankaj is a keen traveller and is working towards his goal of visiting 100 countries before he turns 60. His interests include helping entrepreneurs succeed and encouraging youth to build careers in science. 

He lives in Vancouver with his wife and two daughters.

Richard Simons
Rich Simons

Business/Marketing Advisor, Archerra Leadership Team

Rich Simons is a proven business leader. His background includes building companies in Vancouver, Toronto and Seattle. His diverse experience, with the full range of marketing and business building skills, provides a unique perspective, strength and depth.

His background includes manufacturing, advertising and the high tech industry. He started his career in 1968 when he founded the Simons, Palmer & Lecky Advertising Agency. As the senior partner from 1968-1975, Rich developed the agency’s business into a firm with billings in excess of $1,500,000.

He then established his own full-service advertising agency, Simons Advertising. There, he generated billings in excess of $35 million and an impressive client base including Kentucky Fried Chicken, Canada Safeway, Federal Government of Canada, and the Province of British Columbia. In 1988, Simons Advertising merged with Palmer Jarvis Advertising.

Rich also founded PJS Communications, which he built into a leading public relations firm in British Columbia, with client billings in excess of $1.5 million. He also served as Executive Vice-President of Babykins International from 1990-1992. During this time Babykins became a $6 million per year public company, manufacturing “environmentally friendly” baby products.

In late 1992, Rich accepted an offer to move to the U.S. where he had great success with the Raymond Group, doubling its size in three years. In June of 2001, he returned to Vancouver. One year later, he accepted the position of President and CEO of RewardStream Inc., a software development company providing innovative Customer Lifestyle marketing solutions worldwide. From July of 2004 until the present, Rich has been actively involved with several hi-tech companies in the Vancouver market. He advises on board composition, business structures, and commercial transaction formulation. He also provides entrepreneurial guidance for new CEOs and plays an advisory role in business building.

Rich was elected to the Science World Board of Directors in 2006, served for seven years, and appointed for an additional year in 2013.  Rich participated on a number of Committees and Task Forces:  Governance & Nominating, Government Relations, Strategic Marketing, Chair's Council, Champions Circle (Chair), Capital Campaign Cabinet, Equity (Chair), and Strategic Fund Development.  Currently Rich is on the Chair’s Council, the Equity Giving Committee and is the Chair of the Champions Circle & Chairs Club. Rich was named a Patron of Science World in 2015.

Rich and his wife, Linda Kathleen, have two children who are now married and residing in the United States.

Sandra L Wear
Sandra Wear

Innovator | Entrepreneur | Advisor
Tykra Inc.

Sandra is a successful tech entrepreneur, who now helps entrepreneurs get both customer and investment ready. Her 15-year track record includes: DocSpace Founder—an SaaS company acquired for $568M; and CEO and Founder of Atalum—an SaaS clean tech company, first-to-market with a standardized platform for controlling ZigBee wireless networks.

Sandra has held executive positions in North America and Europe while playing a critical role in defining and executing corporate strategies. She has led marketing and business development efforts and worked with Fortune 500 companies at either the CXO or VP level.

Sandra wants to see a robust, entrepreneurial culture built on innovation, in Canada and gender parity achieved in North America. She takes on leadership, advocacy and volunteer roles for organizations, to help her achieve this vision. She is Chair of Big Sisters of BC Lower Mainland, Member of the National Leadership Council for the Canadian Advanced Technology Alliance (CATAAlliance), CEO of Canadian Women in Technology (CanWIT) and serves on Resource Works Board of Advisors.

Sandra is fluent in English and Spanish and holds a BSc from UBC.

Walter Segsworth
Walter Segsworth

Corporate Director
Past Chair, Board of Directors, Science World British Columbia

Walter Segsworth has been an active and respected member of the international mining industry for 40 years. He is currently a board member of four companies in the resource sector. He was President, COO and Director of Homestake Mining Company from 1998 – 2002, and prior to that President and CEO of Homestake Canada and President and CEO of Westmin Resources. Previously, Walter had an extensive and varied career with Noranda Minerals. Walter is widely recognised as a mining industry expert in turn-around situations, environmental excellence, and employee safety. Walter is a past Director and Chairman of the Mining Associations of Canada and British Columbia, and was voted British Columbia Mining Industry Person of the Year in 1996. He has a BSc in Mining Engineering from Michigan Technological University.