Lesley Lewis

CEO, Ontario Science Centre

Topics: Science & Technology, Business & Finance
Interview Date: July-17-2012
Extraordinary Insights: "The purpose of life is a life of purpose. Whenever I have changed jobs in my career, I have always said to myself, "What is that going to do?" Is this going to help make the world a better place? This has really motivated me and guided me."

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Lesley Lewis is the Chief Executive Officer of the Ontario Science Centre, and has led a major evolution of the landmark cultural attraction. From 2000 to 2006, Lesley spearheaded the Centre’s $47.5 million Agents of Change transformation, sharpened the organization’s focus and introduced an array of programs designed to ensure accessibility to all members of the community.

She is a respected member of the international science centre community, and has been active in global forums describing the Ontario Science Centre’s evolution into a new model for public engagement with science.

Ms Lewis is an invited member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science’s Committee on Science and Technology Engagement with the Public. She also currently serves on the Board of Directors of Tourism Toronto. From 2007 to 2009, she was President of the global Association of Science-Technology Centers based in Washington D.C. She was a member of the China Association for Science and Technology’s international advisory committee for a new science and technology museum in Beijing that opened in 2009 and Chair of the Fifth Science Centre World Congress which was hosted by the Ontario Science Centre in 2008. In that capacity, she led the development of the Toronto Declaration, the science centre field’s first-ever shared global statement of beliefs and goals.

Prior to joining the Ontario Science Centre, Ms. Lewis was the Executive Director of the Ontario Heritage Foundation for six years and, for three years, Executive Director of the Ontario Human Rights Commission.