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.
Rick Dobson, Past Chair
Retired International Senior Executive
“Being an engineer and from the Oil Industry I am well familiar with Canada’s challenge to generate more STEM educated youth for the future workplace. Canada’s productivity and world competitiveness depends on it.”
Rick Dobson joined the Let’s Talk Science Board of Directors in 2008 and is currently Past Chair. Mr. Dobson is a retired senior executive of 37 years with Imperial Oil Ltd. and Exxon Corporation. He has an extensive background in business management, marketing, accounting, human resources, communications and risk management.
An engineer by profession, his career took him to several international posts and various positions, including Government Relations Advisor, Executive Manager and Executive Region Director Americas South Fuels Marketing and President of Esso InterAmerica leading operations.
Rick holds a Bachelor of Applied Science in Civil Engineering from Queen’s University and a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Western Ontario.
Dr. Randy Frank, Vice-Chair
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.
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.
Will Rogers, Director
Retired Research Department Manager
“Leadership in science, technology, engineering and math is critical for Canada’s success in a global economy. Achieving this leadership requires us to engage all of our youth early in their life’s journey to ignite a passion for STEM.”
Will Rogers joined the Let’s Talk Science Board of Directors in 2008 and is currently a Director. Retired from his role as Manager of Research for Imperial Oil, he began his career as a Research Chemist at Imperial Oil and was then appointed as Section Head for Industrial Lubricants R&D.
He then became Product Manager, where he was responsible for merging the product line after the Imperial Texaco Canada merger. This was followed by positions as Ontario Industrial Sales Manager, Lubes and Specialties Marketing Manager and Lubes and Specialties Marketing, Technical Manager, Product Research Manager and Department Manager.
Over his career, Will has been involved in a number of special initiatives for Imperial and ExxonMobil including leading a Research and Engineering study on the Globalization of R&D and Engineering, which resulted in a restructuring of technology delivery for ExxonMobil and Imperial Oil.
Will graduated with a PhD in Organometallic Chemistry from Queen's University. He volunteers as a hospital trustee in Grey Bruce 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.
Don Sancton, Director
Don Sancton Communications
“The future is science – in so many ways. We can’t build a prosperous, innovative society for the 21st century without strong scientific literacy and expertise. And we can’t do that without reaching and inspiring young people. That’s what Let’s Talk Science does so well and why I’m proud to help.”
Don Sancton joined the Let’s Talk Science Board of Directors in 2006 and is currently a Director.
Mr. Sancton is a Communications Consultant and Principal of Don Sancton Communications, in Beaconsfield, Quebec, where he advises numerous health, pharmaceutical and non-profit clients. He started his career as a reporter and subsequently as an editor and publisher for a group of award-winning Montreal-area community newspapers.
He became the Head of Corporate Communications and Corporate Affairs for Pfizer Canada Inc. in 1995, where he managed all external communications and the national corporate philanthropy program and acted as a corporate spokesperson.
A decade later, he became National Practice Leader, Health and Pharma, for the Canadian operations of the global public affairs agency, Hill & Knowlton.
Don has been a volunteer in a variety of capacities for many professional, community and nonprofit organizations and he is a graduate of McMaster University.
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.
Robert Annan, Director
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.”
Dr. Rob Annan joined the Let’s Talk Science Board of Directors in 2016 and is currently a Director. Rob is a Fellow at the Public Policy Forum and an accomplished and respected expert on research and innovation.
As Chief Research Officer, Rob helped establish Mitacs as a major Canadian success in the development and delivery of policy-driven innovation programs. He consults with governments, organizations and institutions across Canada on innovation strategy and policy, and speaks regularly with public and private audiences across Canada. In 2015, Rob served as interim CEO for Mitacs, leading the organization through its most successful growth campaign to date.
Dr. Annan has a PhD in Biochemistry from McGill University and undergraduate degrees in English from Queen’s University and in Biology from the University of Victoria.
Dr. Bonnie Schmidt, Officer
Founder & President
Let’s Talk Science