September 30, 2013
by Canadian Architect
The Ontario Science Centre’s signature annual fundraiser, the LG Innovators’ Ball, will continue to build on its impressive track record of raising funds to support its community access initiatives on November 14, 2013. The gala fundraiser, which raised $2.5 million net in its first seven years, broadens the Centre’s reach to people of all ages who could otherwise not afford to visit.
“The LG Innovators’ Ball is one of the most important events of the year, as it celebrates innovation in Canada and raises funds to help foster our next generation of innovators,” said Chris Tambakis, CEO, North America, Adgar Investments & Development Inc., and Rebecca Leigh, Co-Chairs of the 2013 LG Innovators’ Ball. “Most importantly, this event provides critical funding for the Science Centre’s community access programs, including Adopt-a-Class – a vital initiative that supports Science Centre visits and ensures that all students in our community have the same opportunities for learning and discovery, regardless of financial means.”
The Adopt-a-Class program makes science engagement more accessible to children from identified schools in underserved Toronto neighbourhoods. Working with social service agencies and community groups, the Ontario Science Centre’s community access programs, including Adopt-A-Class, offer subsidized and complimentary Science Centre admission, family memberships, and summer camp opportunities to over 100,000 people every year.
2013 marks the second year for presentation of the associated Ontario Science Centre Innovator Awards, recognizing Canadian leaders in business, science and the broader community who have been trailblazers in their fields. According to CEO Lesley Lewis, “This year’s LG Innovators’ Ball is themed around what it means to be human. Both of our honourees demonstrate what can be achieved by individuals who are risk-takers and who have the determination to push their own limits to succeed beyond expectations.”
The 2013 Innovator Awards will be presented to Bruce Poon Tip, founder of G Adventures, which has grown to become the world’s largest adventure travel company with over 1,350 employees, and renowned architect Raymond Moriyama.
Since founding Raymond Moriyama, Architect and Planner in 1958, Raymond Moriyama has applied his humanistic vision to numerous landmark buildings. In addition to the Ontario Science Centre, his most notable projects include the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre, the Toronto Reference Library and the Bata Shoe Museum in Toronto, along with the Canadian War Museum in Ottawa. Moriyama’s many honours include a Gold Medal from the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada, a Lifetime Design Achievement Award from the Ontario Association of Architects and honourary degrees from 11 universities. He has received the Order of Ontario and the Order of the Rising Sun (Japan), and is a Companion of the Order of Canada.