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The H.R. MacMillan Space Centre

More than a tourist attraction, the H.R. MacMillan Space Centre is a non-profit community resource that provides a unique learning experience for all. Visitors can learn about space and the night sky through planetarium star theatre shows, live demonstrations, and an interactive exhibit gallery. Next to the Space Centre is the Gordon MacMillan Southam Observatory
The H.R. MacMillan Planetarium opened its doors on October 28, 1968, a gift from lumber magnate H.R. MacMillan to the citizens of Vancouver. With the advent of space exploration during the 1960s, H.R. MacMillan wanted to provide a resource for his day and future generations. 
When the facility opened, it consisted of the Planetarium Theatre. With the addition of an exhibit gallery and a new theatre in 1997, the Space Centre evolved into the community resource it is known for today, providing learning opportunities for everyone.  
Building and surroundings 
The distinctive structure was designed by architect Gerald Hamilton, and has become one of the most recognized buildings in Vancouver. While the roof of the building may look like a spaceship, this unique dome was in fact designed to resemble the hats of the Haida people. Since its opening in 1968, the Space Centre has shared the building with the Museum of Vancouver. 
Outside the building, and standing more than six metres tall, the stainless steel crab was a gift from the women of the Vancouver Centennial Committee to celebrate Canada's According to Haida legend, the crab is the guardian of the entrance to the harbour.100th birthday in 1967. Designed by Vancouver artist, George Norris, and built by Gus Lidberg, the statue took three months to weld together and was barged down False Creek for the final installation on October 14, 1968, two weeks before the opening of the Planetarium. According to Haida legend, the crab is the guardian of the entrance to the harbour.
Name Changes  
1968 H.R. MacMillan Planetarium
1997 Pacific Space Centre
2000 H.R. MacMillan Space Centre
Non-profit Charity Organization
The H.R. MacMillan Space Centre is a non-profit community resource and relies on generous donations to develop programs (charitable registration number 10681 2183 RR0001).

H.R. MacMillan 

Harvey Reginald (H.R.) MacMillan was born in Newmarket, Ontario, on September 9, 1885. Although his family was not well off, and farming would have been a typical career choice at the time, the thought of endless hours working on a farm to produce a few crops did not appeal to him. Instead, MacMillan opted for a career in forestry. MacMillan prepared himself well for success in the field, graduating from the Ontario Agriculture College in 1906, and earning a Master of Science degree in Forestry at YaleUniversity in 1908.
As a pioneer in the BC forestry industry, MacMillan ran BC's first privately owned lumber export company. He later merged his company with Bloedel, Stewart and Welch Ltd. However, MacMillan was more than just a forester; he was an industrialist and a philanthropist. Besides the H.R. MacMillan Space Centre (formerly known as the H.R. MacMillan Planetarium), other legacies include the MacMillan Provincial Park (east of Port Alberni) and the H.R. MacMillan Theological Library (University of British Columbia). 
MacMillan and wife Edna had two daughters: Jean MacMillan Southam and Marion Hawley.
Honourary Degrees   
University of British Columbia   
Simon Fraser University   
University of Toronto   
University of Guelph   
Carlton University   
Special Appointments   
1912 – first Chief Forester of British Columbia  
1933 – Commander of the Order of the British Empire   
1970 – Companion of the Order of Canada 



Board of Directors
Matthew Anthony
Financial Advisory
ZLC Financial Group, Vancouver
Keith Acton
Manager, Business Analyst
Dr. Aaron Boley
Assistant Professor
UBC Dept of Physicss & Astronomy
Jonathan Burke
President & CEO
Canadian Heating Products (Montigo)
Amber Coady
Director, Customer Strategy & Marketing
Tony Fogarassy
Eric Hopkins
Senior VP & Chief Business Unity Officer
Vern Kasdorf
Directory, IoT Delivery & Support
Larkin MacKenzie-Ast
Trish Pekeles
Eric Pringle (Past Chair)
Wyvern Group
Greg Stanway
Customer Strategy, Projects & Partnerships
BC Hydro
Roger Watts
Associate Lawyer
Lyndsay LLP
Penny Wilson
Chief Marketing Officer
Senior Management
Raylene Marchand
Executive Director


Lyndsey Barton
Director of Community Engagement
Lisa McIntosh
Director of Learning


Samaneh Badiei, C.A.
Director of Finance

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Phone: 604.738.7827 Ext 246 
Email:   info@spacecentre.ca  
Mail:     H.R. MacMillan Space Centre, 1100 Chestnut Street, Vancouver, BC V6J 3J9 

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