With financial support from the Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport, the two institutions have established formal relationships with two major science museums in China. The signed agreements will foster the increased exchange of ideas and commercial activity among the participants.
So far, the initiative has resulted in two signed three-year Memorandums of Understanding (MOU) between the Ontario Science Centre, Science North and the China Science and Technology Museum, located in Chaoyang District, Beijing, China, and the Ontario Science Centre, Science North and the Shanghai Science and Technology Museum, located in Pudong New District, Shanghai, China.
Both agreements outline key areas of collaboration including the exchange of information regarding exhibit research and development, staff exchange programs to enhance training opportunities, the exchange of information on educational programs and other activities, co-operation in science education film development, and the support of mutually beneficial research and business collaboration opportunities including the development of markets in China for Ontario developed science engagement commercial products.
“I am pleased that the Ontario Science Centre and Science North are expanding their horizons, exploring new frontiers and establishing collaborative relationships with their Chinese counterparts to share resources, information and promote innovation,” said Michael Chan, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport.
“Through positive partnerships, meaningful co-operation and mutual exchange — together, we will offer unique exhibitions for residents and visitors alike that will enhance their educational experience.”
“We are extremely pleased to partner with the Ontario Science Centre, the China Science and Technology Museum and the Shanghai Science and Technology Museum in order to promote the exchange of skills, research, new exhibits and films, as well as business opportunities,” said Guy Labine, Science North CEO.
“Science North and the Ontario Science Centre want to increase self-generated revenues and one of those avenues includes selling services and exhibits to other science centres and museums worldwide.
"Our first foray into the Asian market was in 2012. These MOU agreements signed with museums in China open new doors for us, and as a result we are very excited about the new business opportunities Science North will be able to deliver to this market.”