Arctic gallery: Former oil executive donates $500,000 to Telus World of Science

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Eric Newell came to the helm at Syncrude back in 1989, was chancellor at the University of Alberta from 2004 to 2008, and a member of the TWOS board of directors for seven years.

“The TELUS World of Science – Edmonton Aurora Project will present the Circumpolar World, recognizing that the role it plays in the global scientific conversation has never been greater,” said Newell in the news release.

“Our family has a strong passion for education and youth, especially pertaining to science, technology and the history of Canada’s Indigenous communities of the North. And it’s with that, The Newell family is super excited to fund the permanent Arctic Exhibition that will include educational programming targeted at Northern Indigenous communities and sharing their traditional knowledge within the science centre.”

Construction on the 20,000-square-foot expansion started July 30, with a groundbreaking that included a smudging ceremony by elder Tony Arcand of Alexander First Nation.

When the Aurora Project is completed in 2022, every gallery in the science centre will have been updated to address emerging trends in science and technology from a uniquely Albertan perspective. TWOS is now $2 million away from reaching a fundraising target for the project, having so far raised $39.5 million from all three levels of government as well as philanthropic donations.

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