Scientists in School Welcomes Six Distinguished Professionals to its Board of Directors 

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Pickering, February 22, 2024 – Scientists in School, a leading Canadian charity dedicated to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) education for children and youth, is proud to announce the appointment of six accomplished professionals to its Board of Directors. These new additions bring a wealth of expertise and diverse perspectives that will further strengthen the organization’s commitment to inspiring curiosity and fostering a love of science among young learners. The newest Board of Directors were formally elected at the organization’s Annual General Meeting held on February 6th, 2024. 

The newly appointed members of the Board of Directors are: 

Niroshan Arumugam – An accomplished leader in biopharmaceutical innovation and transformative medicines, Mr. Arumugam brings valuable insights into the importance of engaging children with the wonders of biology and health sciences. His financial acumen and understanding of business dynamics will be instrumental in supporting Scientists in School’s mission of promoting STEM education for children across the country. 

Melissa Chee – A seasoned tech executive and entrepreneur spanning more than two decades, Ms. Chee will help strengthen and expand the organization’s impact. Additionally, her commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion aligns with the organization’s goal of making STEM education accessible to all children, ensuring that underrepresented communities have opportunities to engage with and excel in STEM. 

Prabhat Juneja – A skilled industry executive and community leader with a passion for exploring the outdoors, Mr. Juneja will contribute to Scientist’s in School’s mission of promoting environmental literacy and empowering young people to become stewards of the planet. His involvement with community programs focused on mentoring students and helping youth realize their potential will help support the organization’s efforts in encouraging students to consider careers in STEM.  

Astrid Landeau – With extensive experience and a discerning perspective in engineering and science, Ms. Landeau can propel Scientists in School’s mission to help children discover the relevancy of science in their everyday world. Her insights and strategic guidance will play a crucial role in advancing the organization’s efforts to cultivate curiosity and nurture the next generation of innovators and leaders, with a focus on removing barriers.  

Monika Lenkiewicz – With a broad background in health sciences and fundraising, Ms. Lenkiewicz brings valuable experience in fundraising and partnership development to support Scientists in School’s initiatives. Her involvement in science and research will help support efforts to spark a passion for STEM amongst Canadian youth.  

Myrna Salleh – With a well-established foundation in healthcare and technology and a proven track record working within high-profile healthcare organizations, Ms. Salleh will be a valuable addition to Scientists in School’s Board of Directors. An advocate of engaging diverse communities, Myrna can contribute to expanding the organization’s reach and impact across different demographics helping to foster a love of science among young learners across Canada. 

Jim Tom, Chair of Scientists in School’s Board of Directors, introduced these talented, passionate individuals at the organization’s Annual General Meeting stating, “These newly elected members hold significant senior leadership roles and are ideally suited to propel the charitable organization forward. With expertise spanning non-profit, corporate, government relations, finance, strategy, STEM education, HR, fundraising, and operations, they possess a wealth of experience vital for driving Scientists in School’s advancement. Additionally, their dedication to the organization’s mission adds depth to their qualifications.” 

“We are delighted to welcome these outstanding individuals to our Board of Directors,” said Cindy Adams, Executive Director of Scientists in School. “Each new member brings unique talents, experiences, and perspectives that will help us advance our mission of lifelong curiosity among children and youth across Canada. Together, we are committed to creative transformative learning experiences that empower the next generation of innovators and problem-solvers.” 

The addition of these esteemed professionals reflects Scientists in School’s ongoing commitment to excellence and innovation in STEM education. Their collective expertise will guide the organization as it continues to evolve and adapt to meet the needs of our students, educators, and communities coast to coast to coast. 

For more information about Scientists in School and its innovative, national youth STEM programming for elementary school years, please visit  

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