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President and CEO

Alex Benay
President and Chief Executive Officer
Canada Science and Technology Museums Corporation

Alex Benay was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of the Canada Science and Technology Museums Corporation (CSTMC) by the Minister of Canadian Heritage in July 2014. The CSTMC operates three national museums: Canada Agriculture and Food Museum, the Canada Aviation and Space Museum, as well as the Canada Science and Technology Museum, which together reached close to 14 million Canadians last year.

Prior to joining the Corporation, Mr Benay was, since 2011, Vice-President, Government Affairs and Business Development at Open Text, Canada’s largest software company. Over the years, he has played a leadership role in Canada’s digital industry as well as promoting global digitalism in organisations and groups such as the G20, the Commonwealth Secretariat, and the Olympics. Prior to his time at OpenText, Mr Benay managed various teams and programs at the Canadian International Development Agency, the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, Natural Resources Canada, as well as Library and Archives Canada.

A native of Quebec City, Mr Benay grew up in Ottawa and attended the University of Ottawa, where he studied history. He is a community volunteer and an active hockey coach for close to 20 years. In addition to his current position, Mr Benay acts as Director on the Board of the Canadian Association of Science Centres, is an advisory board member on Algonquin College's Applied Museum Studies program, and is an active member of the International Council of Museums. Mr Benay lives in Ottawa with his wife and two children.

Alex Benay, Dr Gary Polonsky, Fernand Proulx

Left to right: Alex Benay, President and CEO; Dr Gary Polonsky, Chair, Board of Trustees; Fernand Proulx, Chief Operating Officer

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