Board of Directors
Let’s Talk Science’s Board of Directors provides our organization with strategic guidance, ensuring we fulfill our mission to improve science literacy in Canada.
We asked them why they volunteer for Let’s Talk Science.
Hilary Foulkes, Chair
Tudor, Pickering, Holt & Co. Securities Canada
“Science education provides meaningful careers but also creates critical, independent thinking – important for the political and economic decisions facing Canadians. I also believe an understanding of science enhances our quality of life, allowing us to appreciate the wonders of our world and worlds beyond! Let’s Talk Science gets that message out.”
Hilary Foulkes joined the Let’s Talk Science Board of Directors in 2013 and was elected as its Chair in December 2016. She is also Chair of Tudor Pickering Holt & Co. Securities Canada and a Corporate Director for Enerplus Corporation and Modern Resources.
Ms. Foulkes is an oil and gas and investment banking executive with over 30 years’ experience. She began her career working as a geologist in remote mining camps and on oil drilling rigs in western Canada. Her career evolved from the technical application of geoscience in hydrocarbon resource capture, to the strategic; as the architect and lead negotiator of international joint ventures.
Hilary has had a number of executive roles in both investment banking and oil and gas operations, including Executive Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer for Penn West Exploration.
Ms. Foulkes is a Deloitte Women of Influence Speaker and a University of Waterloo Distinguished Alumni; she is a committed mentor and passionate promoter of education and science literacy. She is a member of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta, the Canadian Society of Petroleum Geologists and the Institute of Corporate Directors.
Hilary graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Earth Science from the University of Waterloo.
Rob Annan, Vice-Chair
Public Affairs and Communications
“Learning science isn't simply the accumulation of facts. It's about sparking curiosity and passion for the world, and providing students with a method to gather evidence think critically and draw their own conclusions. Of course, students with extensive science training will be the engineers, technologists and inventors of the future. But a strong foundation in science supports the development of the curiosity and critical thinking skills that benefit everyone.”
Rob Annan is Vice-Chair to the Let’s Talk Science Board of Directors, which he joined in 2016. He is also the Vice-President, Public Affairs and Communications at Genome Canada.
Dr. Annan joined Genome Canada in 2017. As a key member of the executive team, Dr. Annan drives an open and collaborative strategy that promotes the value and potential of genomics in Canada to major stakeholders.
Dr. Annan is an accomplished and respected expert on research and innovation policy. A Fellow of the Public Policy Forum, he has authored reports, led projects and convened discussions around research and innovation strategy.
Prior to joining Genome Canada, Dr. Annan served as Chief Research Officer and interim CEO at Mitacs, helping build a Canadian success story in the development and delivery of policy-driven innovation programs. He has undergraduate degrees in English from Queen’s University and in Biology from the University of Victoria and a Ph.D. in Biochemistry from McGill University, where he also served as a Let’s Talk Science outreach volunteer.
Michele Noble, Secretary
President, Michele Noble and Associates
Corporate Secretary, Ontario Institute for Cancer Research (OICR)
“I volunteer with Let’s Talk Science because I really believe in the importance of science literacy for everyone but in particular for the children and youth of today. The world around us is changing incredibly quickly and this knowledge is essential to an individual’s ability to fully participate.”
Michele Noble is Secretary to the Let’s Talk Science Board of Directors, which she joined in 2010. She is also the Corporate Secretary of the Ontario Institute for Cancer Research.
Ms. Noble began her public service career with the federal government before joining the Ontario government where she held senior positions in the Ministry of Community and Social Services before serving as a Deputy Minister. Michele served as a Deputy for 10 years across a number of ministries, including Revenue and Correctional Services and Deputy Solicitor General.
She was then appointed as Secretary of the Management Board Secretariat for six years, where she played an instrumental role in the reform of government operations including implementation of a renewed accountability framework for the Ontario Public Service. After leaving the Ontario government, Michele became a consultant in the area of public policy and administration as President of Michele Noble and Associates Inc.
Ms. Noble is the former Chair of the Board of Governors of the University of Western Ontario and of the Board of Directors of Belmont House. Michele holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Economics from the University of Western Ontario and a Masters of Business Administration from York University.
Warren Granger, Treasurer
Partner, Ernst & Young LLP
“Science and math are skills that underpin all things that we do in our everyday lives. Understanding the excitement that the Let's Talk Science team brings to the education of these skills is infectious and energizing – something that I want to pass onto my two sons.”
Warren Granger is the Treasurer of Let’s Talk Science. He has been with Ernst & Young LLP for 28 years, and currently as a Partner, Assurance and Advisory Business Services.
He has extensive experience working with public and private clients in the technology field, including pharmaceutical and medical device research and development companies, and manufacturing and distribution organizations in the medical industry.
Warren plays a very active role in the community and is currently a Treasurer and Executive member for the Institute of Corporate Directors, a Secretary for the Rotary Club of London Foundation and Chairperson for the Canadian Club of London.
He graduated from the University of Waterloo with a Masters of Accounting and is a member of the Chartered Accountants’ Association of Western Ontario.
Andre Boysen, Director
EVP, Digital Identity and Authentication Services
“Understanding the science of how our world works is fundamental to innovation and progress in business – Lets Talk Science is all about helping young minds acquire knowledge and skills to better understand our world. I have two daughters who thirst for knowledge of how the world works – and so I like to serve LTS Koolaid. ”
Andre Boysen has been connected to Let's Talk Science as an advisor for many years, and currently serves as a Director.
Mr. Boysen is the Chief Identity Officer at SecureKey Technologies Inc. Andre is responsible for positioning SecureKey’s growth strategy, cultivating opportunities in new and existing markets, and promoting demand for the company’s solutions globally.
Prior to joining SecureKey, Andre co-founded and served as Chief Technology Officer of 724 Solutions Inc. and he served as Chief Technology Officer for Footprint Software and as Chief Executive Officer for the company’s Asia Pacific business.
For four years, he was the Chief Executive Officer of Open Systems Limited. Andre also served on the boards of 724 Solutions Inc., Dexit Inc., Footprint Software Pty. Ltd., 305 Management Services and Open Identity Exchange. In 1999, he was named one of Canada’s Top 40 Under 40 in recognition of his vision and accomplishments.
He earned a Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering from the University of Ottawa, a Masters of Business Administration from the Richard Ivey School of Business, and a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics Education from the University of Maine at Presque Isle. He currently lectures at Wilfred Laurier’s Schlegel Entrepreneurship Centre.
Dr. Randy Frank, Director
Director, Research and Development
“As the leader of a Canadian R&D organization, I see every day how central science, technology, engineering and math are to the advancement of our economy and society. The great work of Let’s Talk Science fosters interest in STEM in our youth along with many of the soft skills needed to succeed in industry.”
Dr. Randy Frank currently serves as a Vice-Chair for Let’s Talk Science.
Randy is also Director of Research and Development at 3M Canada. He currently leads 3M Canada's technical organization including research and development, product engineering, technical services, quality and regulatory affairs.
Dr. Frank has spent much of his career at 3M leading new product development programs in a wide variety of industries including oil and gas, telecommunications, electrical utilities, mining and automotive. His expertise is in fostering a corporate culture that encourages creativity and risk-taking while still maintaining a focus on commercial success.
Randy obtained his Ph.D. in Polymer Chemistry from McMaster University and holds an undergraduate and Masters degree from the University of Waterloo.
Linda Thomas, Director
Senior Vice President, Commercial Finance
“For me, Let's Talk Science is the perfect intersection between the needs of our youth, our educators, and our country; in order to create a high functioning and productive society that competes and contributes successfully in a global economy. Advancing STEM education in Canada helps build critical thinking skills which benefit learners, workers, employers and ultimately all Canadians.”
Linda Thomas joined the Let’s Talk Science Board of Directors in 2016 and is currently a Director. Linda is also Senior Vice President, Commercial Finance, for Shaw Communications.
Over her 25-year career, Linda has acquired experience in hardware and software technology as well as consumer packaged goods. Her work in strategy, product management, marketing, finance, sales and logistics has given her valuable insights across the spectrum of core business functions.
Linda's critical thinking capabilities were first developed at the University of Waterloo, where she earned a co-operative Honours Bachelor of Mathematics degree with a specialization in Business and Information Systems.
Linda's commitment to advancing STEM education was sparked during her eight years at SMART Technologies and her prior experience serving as a board and audit committee member for IMS Global, a not-for-profit community of education technology leaders. In addition, Linda volunteers for speaking engagements which have included University of Waterloo alumni, the University of Calgary and various conferences.
Dr. Bruce Archibald, Director
Archibald Innovations Inc.
“Throughout my career I have seen an increased need for people with skills and understanding in science, math and engineering. Technological advances are growing exponentially. If Canadians are going to fully realize the societal and economic benefit of these advances we need highly skilled people. That begins with making the necessary upfront investments to encourage young and eager minds to pursue learning in science. Let's Talk Science is the perfect way for me to help make that goal a reality.”
Dr. Bruce Archibald joined the Let’s Talk Science Board of Directors in 2017 and currently serves as a Director.
Dr. Archibald is President of Archibald Innovations Inc., a Management Consulting Company specializing in science evaluation, management and policy.
Dr. Archibald is also Executive Director of Ontario Global 100, an industry sponsored organization designed to increase international growth and sales of mid-sized Ontario companies. Dr. Archibald has extensive experience serving as a Deputy Minister for over 8 years across a number of ministries, including the Science and Technology Community; Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs; International Trade and Investment; and Economic Development and Trade.
In 2012, Dr. Archibald was presented with the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal for Public Service to Canadians.
Dr. Archibald holds a BSc. (Agr.), MSc and PhD from the University of Guelph. He also holds an Honorary Doctor of Science degree from McMaster University.
Leann Sweeney, Director
Business Unit Director
“STEM education and a passion for science led me to a career I love. Even though science is forever changing and evolving, a STEM education builds the skills needed to tap into opportunities as the world transforms. Let’s Talk Science sparks the enthusiasm and curiosity of Canadian youth and shows them pathways to rewarding careers that will also benefit everyone around them.”
Leann is a Business Unit Director for Amgen Canada. She has more than 25 years of experience spanning, the pharmaceutical, medical supply, clinical diagnostics and biotechnology industries. She presently leads a team of people focused on the analyzing the success of commercialization and sale of products as well as preparing & planning for the pipeline compounds with the intent to improve patient outcomes and optimize care.
Leann is a native of Ontario and a graduate of the University of Western Ontario and McMaster University with degrees in the health sciences.
Jonathan Kochis, Director
“Our general well-being as a society is underpinned by STEM — the world depends on it and is in need of an excited, educated, and curious workforce now and for years to come. I’m excited to play a part in helping students find and navigate rewarding STEM career paths. ”
Jonathan Kochis is a UX research and product design leader and entrepreneur with over 10 years of experience in product development both as an individual designer and researcher and as a team lead.
As the founder of Res.im, Jonathan has directed the growth and transformation of the company while facilitating workshops, conducting evaluative UX research, designing digital products, and helping the team with larger UX research and design projects.
Jonathan works as both an external consultant and as an embedded designer on development teams delivering web and mobile products. Jonathan’s experience ranges from helping pre-product start-ups get off the ground to advising Fortune 500 companies through design strategy, product strategy, and usability testing.
Dr. Bonnie Schmidt, Officer
Founder & President
Let’s Talk Science