Meet our presenters

peter_mcmahon_peterborough_planetariumPETER MCMAHON
peter@ontarioplanetarium.com

Peter is an award-winning science journalist who has worked for CTV News (where he currently serves as a TV science commentator), Discovery Channel, and written for MSN.ca, The Toronto Star, CAA online, and Frommer’s Travel.

He’s also written print science features for such magazines as Canadian Geographic, Reader’s Digest, Today’s Parent, Air Canada’s in-flight magazine enRoute, OWL Magazine, the U.S. magazine Sky & Telescope, and Sky News: The Canadian Magazine of Astronomy and Stargazing where he writes the “Wilderness Astronomer” column in each issue and serves as a contributing editor.

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An avid “wilderness astronomer” , Peter was the first to propose that Jasper National Park become a dark sky preserve, and worked with Parks Canada to have it designated the world’s largest astronomy park, as of March 2011.

In February of 2010, he covered health science stories at the Vancouver Winter Games for CTVolympics.ca

peter_mcmahon_presentation_peterborough_planetariumPeter has spoken on science communication and astronomy at countless universities, science centres, conferences, and national parks, as well as delivering science communication workshops at Science North/Laurentian University’s Science Communication program and The Banff Centre.

Peter’s second installment in the Machines of the Future science experiment book series – Space Tourism (Kids Can Press, 2011) is an Official Selection for the prestigious U.S. Junior Library Guild. His next two books – The Space Adventurer’s Guide and a guide to the First Nations Constellations of North America – are due to be published by Kids Can Press, and OWL Kids Canada respectively, in early 2016.

 

rick_stankiewicz_peterborough_planetariumRICK STANKIEWICZ
rick@ontarioplanetarium.com 

Amateur astronomer Rick Stankiewicz’s striking and inspiring astrophotography has appeared on such web sites as NASA’s Astronomy Picture of the Day, Earth Science Picture of the Day, Lunar Picture of the Day, and Optical Picture of the Day.

His photos have also appeared in Sky & Telescope Magazine, Astronomy Magazine (the world’s most-read stargazing periodical), Sky News: The Canadian Magazine of Astronomy & Stargazing, the Journal of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada (RASC) and a variety of newspapers and magazines.rick_stankiewicz_aurora_peterborough_planetarium

Since his wife gave him his first “serious” telescope 15 years ago, Rick has combined his hobbies of astronomy and photography

rick_stankiewicz_moon_mars_peterborough_planetariumRick enjoys sharing his passion for astronomy with the public at any opportunity.  He joined the Peterborough Astronomical Association (PAA) in 1998, has previously served as President (5 ½ yrs).

He is currently the PAA’s Publicity and Light Pollution Abatement Directors.  He is also a member of the RASC.

(Photos by Rick Stankeiwicz: Top, Northern Lights; Above, Mars rising over the craters of our Moon; Below, the transit of Venus across the Sun; Bottom,  Moonrise in Ontario.)

rick_stankiewicz_sun_peterborough_planetariumBorn and raised in the Cambridge, ON area, Rick graduated from the Fish and Wildlife Technologist program at Sir Sandford Fleming College (Lindsay-1977).

Before retiring in (2011) after 32 years of service, Rick served as a Conservation Officer for the Ministry of Natural Resources.

rick_stankiewicz_tree_moon_peterborough_planetariumAfter living throughout Ontario, Rick and his family have called the Peterborough area home since 1995.

Rick is married and has three grown children, with whom he has shared his love and appreciation for the outdoors.

 

olivia_longo_ontario_planetariumOLIVIA LONGO
olivia@ontarioplanetarium.com 

Olivia is an accomplished outdoor stargazing and planetarium presenter with a universe of experience hosting thousands of people under the stars.

Olivia has worked at our flagship facility, The Jasper Planetarium in the Alberta Rockies, presenting popular astronomy content to visitors to Jasper Dark Sky preserve in a variety of locales (mountain tops, canyons, etc…)

An accomplished world traveller, Olivia holds an honours degree in Cognitive Science from Carleton University (which she sometimes puts to use when asked questions about our perception of the night sky and the universe overall.)

 

Educators, groups, institutions and individuals interested in booking this portable facility can call or email:
bookings@ontarioplanetarium.com / 905.885.9471

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