Chief Executive Officer & Chief Science Officer
Dr. Maurice Bitran joined the Ontario Science Centre as Chief Executive Officer on June 16, 2014.
Maurice is a seasoned executive with a passion for science education. Before joining the Ontario Science Centre, he was the Assistant Deputy Minister (ADM) of the Integrated Environmental Policy Division, Ministry of the Environment, where he was responsible for the environmental policy agenda, including climate change, the great lakes, and air and water quality.
Maurice was also the ADM of Policy and Programs at the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade, ADM of the Secretariat to the Premier’s Jobs and Prosperity Council, and the Ontario chief negotiator for the trade negotiations with the European Union.
Maurice has an academic background in physics and astronomy, including a Ph.D. in radioastronomy, and has taught science at the grade-school, high-school and university levels. During his tenure as the 2012 -13 Ontario Visiting Fellow at the University of Toronto, he taught a graduate course on the role of science in public policy.