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Let's Talk Science Appoints Richard Longtin as Vice President, External Relations

Media Releases | May 16, 2024 | Share on:
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Let’s Talk Science, a leading non-profit in STEM education, is thrilled to announce the appointment of Richard Longtin as its new Vice President of External Relations, effective June 17th, 2024.

Longtin is a proven advancement professional with deep experience in government relations and the post-secondary sector. He brings a wealth of experience and a passion for community involvement to Let’s Talk Science. Over his 15 years in higher education, Longtin has overseen advancement, alumni relations, communications, government relations, and marketing. With a proven track record of driving growth, Longtin is poised to help lead Let’s Talk Science into a new era of success.

As Vice President, External Relations, Longtin will oversee Let’s Talk Science’s advancement and government relations strategy, development, and execution. As a member of the Senior Leadership Team, he will work closely with the President, other Vice Presidents and the Board of Directors to support the organization’s strategic objectives through engagement and partnership with funding prospects, donors, government representatives, and other relevant stakeholders. 

“I am delighted to welcome Richard to the Let’s Talk Science family and the senior leadership team,” says Bonnie Schmidt, President and Founder of Let’s Talk Science. “He is an accomplished advancement professional who shares our corporate values, is purpose-driven and deeply committed to supporting youth and education. A strategic leader, he has experience working with diverse audiences to achieve shared goals.”

In Longtin’s previous role as Associate Vice President of External Relations at Red Deer Polytechnic, he successfully oversaw areas of alumni relations, development, and government relations. During his career, Longtin has helped raise more than $100M for multiple causes in secondary and post-secondary education and health care. Longtin has worked for elected officials on Parliament Hill and Queen’s Park, including cabinet ministers and members of the official opposition. He has also managed successful campaigns in both federal and provincial elections by leading the strategy and operations of the campaign, along with managing hundreds of volunteers.

Passionate about his communities, Longtin has served as a board member of multiple organizations, including the Royal Ontario Museum, the Town and Gown Association of Ontario, the Haldimand War Memorial Hospital, the Thunder Bay Museum, and Rotary. Longtin’s strong commitment to community and uplifting those around him aligns perfectly with Let’s Talk Science’s core values, making him an excellent cultural fit for the organization. 

"Education is the great equalizer, and the power and pursuit of it is beyond just knowledge, wealth or a credential,” says Longtin. "I’m excited for this opportunity to work with Let’s Talk Science to open new doors, learning experiences and possibilities for youth while advancing educational opportunities for future generations."