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Actua is a national charity that is preparing youth to be innovators and leaders by engaging them in exciting and accessible STEM experiences that build critical skills and confidence.

How We Deliver

Actua reaches youth through two main mechanisms: a national network of 35 university and college-based members, and a national Outreach Team. Together we inspire over 250,000 youth every year, reaching every province and territory in Canada through the delivery of summer camps, classroom workshops, clubs, and community outreach activities.

How We are Different

Actua is unique in many ways-- from our focus on engaging the hardest to reach youth to our multi-sector partnerships to our delivery in the most remote parts of Canada, we proudly go the extra mile to ensure all youth can have quality experiences in STEM.  Our network members’ massive student employment rate- over 1,000 undergraduate students annually - enable the delivery of 1 million face-to-face hours of high impact, evidence based programs each year.

Actua has continued to evolve over the past twenty years constantly remaining relevant to the needs of youth and of the STEM sector. Most recently, Actua is taking a national leadership role in advancing digital literacy through our new Codemakers program supported by Google. Actua is also continuing its focus on breaking barriers to STEM through its National Aboriginal Outreach Program, National Girls Program and its Go Where Kids Are Program, a unique strategy for engaging at-risk youth.

A National Voice for Youth in STEM

As a nationally recognized voice for STEM outreach, Actua is a strong advocate for the critical importance of youth engagement in STEM.  We use that national voice to advocate for ongoing investment in youth STEM programs and to specifically bring attention to the ongoing underrepresentation of key groups in STEM fields. Actua is frequently called upon to speak on youth engagement in STEM through conference presentations, media interviews, community events and social media opportunities. We actively share our research findings and experiences with a broad community in order to advance understanding and innovation in the field of STEM engagement.

Network Members

Actua represents 35 university and college based network members. These network members share Actua’s commitment to engaging all young Canadians in hands-on STEM and to breaking barriers to youth participation in STEM studies and careers.  Network members deliver a host of on and off campus programming including significant outreach work within their local communities and beyond. This outreach is what contributes to Actua’s collective impact of reaching 500 communities covering every province and territory each year.

  • Camps: Network members offer week-long day camp experiences mainly in July and August. Camps offer a wide variety of STEM fields, with some specialty camps offering specific themed weeks.
    Camps:

    Network members offer week-long day camp experiences mainly in July and August. Camps offer a wide variety of STEM fields, with some specialty camps offering specific themed weeks.

  • Workshops: Network members deliver school workshops that meet the required learning outcomes of provincial or territorial curricula.Teachers can select from a variety of STEM themes and book workshops directly through a local network member program.
    Workshops:

    Network members deliver school workshops that meet the required learning outcomes of provincial or territorial curricula.Teachers can select from a variety of STEM themes and book workshops directly through a local network member program.

  • Clubs: Many of our network members offer year-round after-school club experiences, giving youth opportunities to deepen their engagement in STEM.
    Clubs:

    Many of our network members offer year-round after-school club experiences, giving youth opportunities to deepen their engagement in STEM.

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Outreach Team

Actua's Outreach instructors are a team of dynamic, diverse, engaging leaders who are committed to delivering fun, hands‐on science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) programs for youth. Our "for youth by youth" model is extremely effective at helping young people build self‐confidence, connect with role models like them, and engage with STEM programming in an inclusive and safe space.

Actua's Outreach team delivers programming primarily in rural, remote, and Indigenous communities that are not yet served by our network members. We work in partnership with communities; engaging local Indigenous volunteers and/or Elders who share their traditional knowledge and integrate cultural experiences into our camps. In this way, we connect youth to what they already intrinsicly know about STEM from within their own community context and we ensure that the programming we deliver remains relevant and meaningful.

Our Outreach Team delivers school workshops, week-long summer camps, and community science events in Indigenous, northern, rural, and remote communities across Canada. 

  • Jennifer Flanagan

    President and CEO

  • Leslie Cuthbertson

    Senior Director, Strategy and Organization Development

  • Virginia Hall

    Director of Operations and Research

  • Tracy Ross

    Director of Network Membership

  • Kristina Martin

    Director of Communications

  • Doug Dokis

    Senior Advisor, National Indigenous Youth in STEM (InSTEM) Program

  • Mark Zwicker

    Senior Advisor, Information Technology and Digital Capacity

  • Jenifer Spencer

    Senior Manager of Education and Outreach

  • Valeria Iannitti

    Senior Manager of Development

  • Kaitlynn Carroll

    Manager of Communications and Special Projects

  • Brian Aspinall

    Manager of Digital Skills and Training

  • Lana Bodorik

    Office Manager and Executive Assistant to the CEO

  • Laura Bouwman

    Manager of Network Membership

  • Lucas Kavanagh

    Codemakers Coordinator

  • Emmanuelle Provost

    Communications Coordinator

  • Lauren Dickhout

    Outreach and Innovation150 Coordinator

  • Jac Curry

    Outreach Coordinator

  • Abby Bradley

    Administrative Coordinator

  • Lauren Sortome

    Maker Mobile Instructor

  • Kevin Semple

    Maker Mobile Instructor

  • Dan Munro

    Researcher in Residence

  • Paul Ledwell, Chair

    Deputy Minister, Policy & Priorities, Executive Council Office, Government of P.E.I.

  • Susan Holt, Vice-Chair

    Chief, Business Relationships (Executive council office), Province of New Brunswick

  • Jennifer Flanagan, Secretary

    CEO, Actua

  • Kim Warburton, Director

    Vice-President, Communications and Public Affairs, GE Canada

  • Trevor Cuddy, Director

    Director, Continuing Professional Development, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto

  • Kris Smith, Director

    Executive Vice President, Refining & Marketing, Suncor Energy

  • Karen Kabloona, Director

    Associate Deputy Minister, Quality of Life, Government of Nunavut

  • Jan O'Donnell, Director

    Independent Contract CFO

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Supporters and Partners

Actua is fortunate to have world-class funders from the private sector, foundations and from all levels of government. The majority of our supporters have been with us over the long-term. We are known for our unique partnership approach that creates value and engagement far beyond financial contributions. We offer a range of investment opportunities at regional and national levels with demonstrated accountability and impact.

Actua is also proud to partner with many organizations that share our interest in empowering youth through STEM education. Through these partnerships we reach more youth who would otherwise have little access to the kinds of experiences we provide. We enhance these experiences with dynamic content that is reflective of current innovations in today's rapidly changing world.

Please contact us for more information.

Employment

Actua is growing and looking to expand our team with the following available positions.