Staff & Volunteers

Meet the people who make Discover the Universe possible!

Discover the Universe

Julie Bolduc-Duval

Executive Director
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The brains behind this operation, Julie is the one with the scientific know-how and the big ideas! She creates most of the awesome resources available here on our website. She loves sharing her passion for astronomy with everyone, believing that a greater understanding of the Universe will deepen our appreciation of our planet and its inhabitants.


Julie studied Physics, Astronomy, and Education and has been working in science education for over 20 years. 

When she's not working, Julie loves spending time with her husband and three children. She enjoys outdoor activities such as biking, cross-country skiing and looking at the sky.

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Marie-eve naud

Educational Content Developer

Marie-Eve is an astrophysicist and science educator. She is fascinated by the universe, and is particularly interested in exoplanets and the search for life. She collaborates with Discover the Universe's team on several projects and leads the creation of various resources.

Additionally, since the end of her PhD in 2016, she has been working as the Education and Public Outreach Coordinator at the Institute for Research on Exoplanets, at the Université de Montréal. 


She believes that the wonders of the universe belong to everyone and wants her work to facilitate the sharing of knowledge.

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Lindsay P. Mann

Communications Coordinator

Lindsay is the super-organized wizard behind the scenes, making sure everything is running like clockwork! With a background in the communications, Lindsay's expertise is in making everything look great, and making sure you know how to find what you need.

She studied English Literature and Psychology, leading to a fulfilling career in publishing, communications, and design. She's been working for science and heritage non-profits for more than 10 years.

In her spare time, Lindsay enjoys reading, knitting, playing table-top and video games, and going on adventure walks with her wonderful pups, Maple & Grover.

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Charles CJ Woodford

Educational Content Developer

CJ works on delivering the rad science and astronomy content in accessible, friendly formats. This includes leading webinars, building presentation files to share with teachers, and designing activities for your classrooms.

He graduated with his PhD in physics from the University of Toronto in 2020. He has science education experience as a middle and high school teacher, planetarium operator, and undergraduate physics course developer. CJ also works full time as the Knowledge Translation Specialist for the Arthur B. McDonald Astroparticle Physics Research Institute at Queen's University.

When not working, he enjoys playing open-world video games, baking, and spoiling his dog, Chip.

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Dunlap Institute for Astronomy and Astrophysics

The Dunlap Institute for Astronomy & Astrophysics at the University of Toronto adopted Discover the Universe in 2016 and since then they have been our main supporters and collaborators. We love being part of their team and collaborating with them on our projects.   

Michael Reid

Polished Professor


Bryan Gaensler

Deft Director


Jennifer West

Remarkable Researcher


Meaghan MacSween

Multimedia Maven


Michael is an Associate Professor, Teaching Stream in the Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics at the University of Toronto. He is also the Public Outreach Coordinator for the Dunlap Institute. He specializes in making astronomy concepts accessible to everyone, whether in the classroom or beyond. 

Michael collaborates closely with Julie to create educational content and workshops for teachers.

Bryan is the director of the Dunlap Institute and a researcher interested in the ways celestial objects change, flicker, flare, and explode. He's the author of the fascinating book The Extreme Cosmos and a science-fiction fan. Bryan is also a strong advocate to improve diversity and inclusivity in research.


We thank Bryan’s continued support for making Discover the Universe possible.

Jennifer is a researcher at the Dunlap Institute where she uses radio telescopes to study magnetic fields in our galaxy, the Milky Way.


She helps Discover the Universe with various projects, from the creation of interactive web pages to the presentation of workshops. Jennifer has long worked to popularize astronomy and has won awards for her contribution to education and awareness in astronomy.

Meaghan is the Communications and Multimedia Officer at the Dunlap Institute. She has a background in journalism and video production.


Being part of outreach initiatives at the Dunlap Institute and with Discover the Universe fulfills Meaghan's passion for sharing knowledge, and making it accessible to everyone.