top of page

Staff & Volunteers

Meet the people who make Discover the Universe possible!

Julie Bolduc-Duval

Executive Director
JBD Portrait.png

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 25 years. In 2020, Julie was recognized for her work with Discover the Universe when she was awarded the Qilak prize for Communication, Education and Public Outreach in Astronomy by the Canadian Astronomical Society .

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.

julie @

Charles CJ Woodford

Education Coordinator

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, undergraduate physics course developer, and knowledge translation specialist. CJ also works full time as a Research Associate at the World Data System International Technology Office hosted by Ocean Networks Canada at the University of Victoria.

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

charles @

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 communications, brand, and design. She's been working for science and heritage non-profits for more than 15 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 and Grover.

lindsay @

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.   

bottom of page