LAUNCH was founded in 2018 with a mission to transform STEAM (science, technology,
engineering, arts and math) programming from touchpoints to a continuous model of engagement that most Canadians are familiar with...minor sports!
LAUNCH’s programs are focused on removing barriers so that ALL youth have access to programs that may change their lives.
Get in the game and join us as we make STEAM a team sport!
Hi everyone! My name is Amanda. I'm a student studying to become a pharmacist so I can help people take medications safely.
I love exploring things like the chemistry (the science of matter) behind baking and finding ways to make new, delicious creations.
I look forward to exploring STEAM with everyone this season!
Hello! My name is Darren and I am studying physics at McMaster University.
I love watching and explaining how everyday things work, like why do baseballs fly the way they do? Why do bubbles pop? Why do hockey sticks bend so much? I want to share this curiosity by becoming a teacher when I graduate! In my free time, I like to play sports like Ultimate Frisbee and volleyball, and play musical instruments like the guitar and clarinet.
I look forward to exploring STEAM with all of you!
Director, Engagement and Marketing
I am thrilled to be a member of the LAUNCH team and help shape its future. My career has always been focused on marketing and engagement, working in various industry sectors, including construction, renewable energy and at the world-renowned Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics. My experience working in these vastly different industries has formed my love for STEAM and STEAM outreach.
When I'm not working with our amazing team, you can find my husband and I enjoying the outdoors. I am passionate about living life to the fullest, travelling and exploring this amazing country I now call home.
LAUNCH Program Manager
I love science and learning, and I have been helping kids discover science for 10 years! When I was younger, I wanted to learn about why the world works the way it does and how everything around us interacts, so that led me to study physics. I also love travelling, baking, or settling in with a cup of tea and a good book. I can’t wait to dive into all the action with our upcoming STEAM activities!
Co-founder and Executive Director
LAUNCH is my passion project. After an amazing career working with world-leading companies, universities, researchers and more, I'm thrilled that our vision for LAUNCH is coming to life. In 2018, when we started LAUNCH, we wanted to inspire kids to explore science, technology, engineering, art and math because we knew these were the areas of the future. Today, we've welcomed hundreds of kids to our teams and I can't wait to see what they do next!
I am also a Governor with the Grand River Hospital Foundation, a board member for the Canadian Association of Science Centres, a Regional Co-chair for the 2021 Governor General’s Canadian Leadership Conference and I seek adventure at every turn.
"Every child is curious. Every child is creative. Our programs give children and youth an opportunity to explore their curiosity and creativity in science, technology, engineering, art and math."
Co-founder, VP Marketing and Operations
After working in and with museums, galleries and science centres for fourteen years, I can definitely say I have found my niche! I have worked with world-renowned quantum scientists at the Institute for Quantum Computing, on exhibition marketing with the Art Gallery of Ontario and THEMUSEUM. I developed the national tour of the first-ever travelling exhibition on quantum science and information technology, QUANTUM: The Exhibition – a Canada 150 Signature Initiative that was hosted by science centres across the country. I’ve also lead the development of the popular game app Quantum Cats, helped IQC win a Guinness World Record and travelled a quantum pop-up exhibition all around Europe.
I am now the Donor Marketing Director at Grand River Hospital Foundation and a proud member of the LAUNCH team.
"I am so proud and so lucky to have built a career around inspiring kids. From my early days leading Girl Guides to touring quantum science - I continue to see first-hand the profound impact that STEAM can have on kids."
Science outreach has been my passion throughout my career. I firmly believe that successful outreach programs can change lives by making young people aware of education and career opportunities available to them. I have developed and managed a broad range of programs and strategic international partnerships in the university, technology and not-for-profit sectors across Canada, within North America and in Africa, Europe and China. My career has focused on connecting diverse partners from technology, science and the arts to work together on exciting and innovative projects.
I am a graduate of the Faculty of Mathematics and am active in the community as an Executive Committee member of the Waterloo Region Chapter of Women in Communication and Technology and chair of the Communications Committee for ACM SIGGRAPH.
"I am a graduate of the Faculty of Mathematics at the University of Waterloo and am active in the community as a member of the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony Board of Directors and the University of Waterloo Alumni Council and founder of the Wise Women networking group."
Scott is President of HIP Developments and has over 15 years of real estate and corporate finance experience. At HIP he actively participates in all aspects of the business, including acquisitions, finance, investment partnerships, design & development, construction, sales & marketing and dispositions.
HIP Developments was founded in 2012 after a partnership was formed between long time Waterloo-based general contractor Melloul-Blamey and long time KW real estate financier Scott Higgins. Their first project was a purpose built rental apartment in Cambridge in a partnership with Killam Properties REIT. Since those early days the growth of this local developer has been tremendous and they are now tackling some the largest and most progressive projects in Waterloo Region.
"I have a passion for building more than just real estate. Through my leadership at HIP I support creative initiatives throughout the Region. I believe it is Creativity and Culture that will matter most for the success of our Cities."