Jim Marchbank brings a long history of community service and a wealth of experience as a business leader and innovator to TVO's board.
Jim was CEO of Science North in Sudbury for 25 years, leading the organization through many expansions that established it as the second-largest science centre in Canada. During his tenure, Science North added the F. Jean MacLeod Butterfly Gallery, an IMAX® theatre and began producing and distributing IMAX films.
After immigrating to Canada from Scotland with his parents at age 17, Jim studied economics and Canadian history at Laurentian University. Upon graduation in 1972 he worked as a reporter and news director at CKSO Television in Sudbury before moving on to public affairs in municipal government. Jim also served as Councillor and Alderman for the City of Sudbury from 1985 -1991.
Jim was awarded a Sudbury Chamber of Commerce Bell Business Excellence Award for Professional Achievement; a Commemorative Medal for the 125th Anniversary of the Confederation of Canada; an Ontario Global Traders Northern Region Award of Merit for Leadership; and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Canadian Association of Science Centres. In tribute to Jim’s legacy, Science North established the Marchbank Innovation Fund that encourages the continuous learning and development of staff.
As an active volunteer, Jim serves as the Chair of the Northern Cancer Foundation and is Chair of the board of directors for the Ontario Tourism Marketing Partnership.