Staff & Volunteers

Meet the people who make Discover the Universe possible!

Discover the Universe

Julie Bolduc-Duval

Executive Director

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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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 pup, Maple.

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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

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 Gaensler

Deft Director

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 West

Remarkable Researcher

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

She helps Discover the Universe with various projects, from creating interactive web pages to presenting workshops.  Jennifer has been a long-time advocate for outreach initiatives in astronomy and she's won awards for her contributions to astronomy education and outreach. 

Meaghan MacSween

Multimedia Maven

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.


Discover the Universe is offered by the Dunlap Institute for Astronomy and Astrophysics and the Canadian Astronomical Society in collaboration with the Centre for Research in Astrophysics of Quebec.


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