Innovation150 Job

Looking for a unique work experience? Are you interested in STEM education and inspiring Canadian youth to reach their potential and become future innovators?  Join us on a cross-Canada tour as we engage youth with a travelling science exhibition, interactive presentations and STEM-based festivals in celebration of Canada’s 150th birthday.

The Power of Ideas Tour is a collaboration between Perimeter Institute and Actua to engage youth across Canada in STEM related activities.  The tour consists of the following elements;

Travelling Exhibition
Participants will discover the process of science through engaging hands-on, mind-expanding exhibits by having a science centre quality exhibition available to them right in their own community.  A walk through this exhibition will spark curiosity, promote creativity, encourage critical thinking, celebrate collaboration and inspire exciting and more in-depth discussions of science both in the classroom and around the dinner table.

Interactive Presentation
This dynamic interactive presentation will explore Canada’s innovative past, present and future to encourage students to imagine the endless opportunities that await them.

Maker Mobile Workshops (presented by Actua staff)
The Maker Mobile is a mobile maker space full of exciting technology including 3D printers, a laser cutter, programmable circuit boards and more, allowing participants to experiment with hands-on learning and to create their own innovations.

Supported by the Innovation150 Operatons/Logistics Manager, members of the Perimeter Institute Power of Ideas Tour staff will work over a 4 month term* as part of a 4 person team to support the success of the Innovation150 Power of Ideas tour activities at the highest levels of quality.   This will involve a high level of collaboration with the Innovation150 logistics team, and Actua’s MakerMobile staff to ensure the success of the tour.

Each team members’ major duties and responsibilities will include:

  • Program delivery of all elements of the Power of Ideas Tour, including;
  • Inspiring, interactive presentation to both small groups and up to audiences of 200+
  • Power of Ideas exhibition programming including participation counter (demo station)
  • Assembly and dismantling of the Power of Ideas Exhibition at host locations (schools, community centres etc)
  • Assist with set up of interactive multi-media presentation
  • Ensure tour schedule is maintained with dedicated check in’s with the ops/logistics manager
  • Collecting, maintaining and reporting program data and metrics
  • Establishes positive relationships and maintain expectations among program participants, contributors and others
  • Serve as a front-line Perimeter Outreach representative among a wide variety of parties including teachers, community leaders and local media
  • Responsible for growing positive relationships among regional and national outreach partners
  • Shared driving of an SUV


  • Available to travel across Canada for a minimum of 4 months*
  • Preferred: Completion of a Honours degree, and/or Completion of Bachelor of Education and/or Science Communication Diploma, Consideration will be given to students enrolled in a 4th year of a STEM related Honours degree program
  • Excellent presentation skills, bilingualism considered an asset
  • Proven success working in a dynamic, fast-paced team setting
  • Demonstrated achievements driving events for students, teachers, or the general public
  • Ability to think critically and problem solve in unique situations
  • Ability to work in a non-traditional work environment
  • Ability to lift or move objects up to 50 pounds
  • Must submit to a criminal abstract and vulnerable sector check
  • Technical expertise not required for all team members but will be considered an asset
  • Valid G Driver’s license
  • First Aid training will be considered an asset
  • Other duties and responsibilities as required

*These positions are contract positions during 2017 which require a minimum commitment of 4 months but some additional contracts may be awarded for longer.  Please indicate your term preference and your available months in 2017 when applying.

We welcome all candidates to apply by January 15, 2017, however applications will be considered until all positions are filled. APPLY HERE

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however Canadian citizens and Permanent Residents will be given priority. Perimeter Institute encourages applications from all qualified individuals, including women, members of visible minorities, native peoples and persons with disabilities. Applicants who require special accommodation in order to complete their application/interview are encouraged to contact for assistance.

The Power of Ideas Tour is a joint partnership between Perimeter Institute and Actua and is part of the larger Innovation150 initiative celebrating Canada’s 150th birthday, and involving 5 eminent Canadian scientific outreach organizations.