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About SuperNOVA

Our vision

Empowering youth through educational experiences in STEM that cultivate curiosity and an attitude for lifelong learning.

Our mandate

SuperNOVA is a not-for-profit initiative at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia that provides youth across Atlantic Canada with educational opportunities to explore science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), regardless of geographic location, socio-economic situation, ability, gender or lived experience.

SuperNOVA’s programming aims to engage youth in STEM through a variety of hands-on, engaging programs and projects, as well as through mentorship and site visits with industry professionals. In highlighting the real-world applications of STEM, SuperNOVA inspires youth to pursue STEM post-secondary education and career paths. 

In 2022 to date SuperNOVA has reached over 17,000 youth, and over 90% of which was free-of-charge programming designed to minimize financial barriers to access. Furthermore, 78% of these free programs were delivered directly to participants in rural, remote, First Nation, Black and low-income communities. contributing to a more diverse future workforce. 

SuperNOVA reaches youth through a variety of high quality camps, clubs, workshops, and community events, seeking to provide inclusive education with particular focus on underserved groups, including all-girls programming.


Our supporters

2023 Sponsors

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National Network Membership

Actua provides training, resources and support to its national network of members located at universities and colleges across Canada in the delivery of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education outreach programming. Each year, these members engage over 350,000 youth in 500 communities nationwide. Please visit Actua at  


2023/24 Actua National Funders

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2023/24 Actua Atlantic Canada Funder

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Our team


Alexandra Fenton

Executive Director


Maya Potter

Assistant Director

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Caitlin MacPhail

Partnership & Development Coordinator

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Jarman Ley

Lead Program Coordinator

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Ebony Demers

Program Coordinator

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Mab Speelman

Program Coordinator

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Pierina Leon

Program Coordinator

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Mira MacNeill

Program Coordinator

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Tanner Costen

Program Coordinator

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Mackenzie Valentine

Executive Assistant

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David Luong

Program Assistant

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Jane Pham

Program Assistant

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Diwan Minocha

Program Assistant

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Kierra Buddecke

Program Assistant

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Ahmed Naji

Communications Assistant

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Terrence Chan

Office Administrator

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Nosrat Vira


Board of Advisors

Dr. Alison Thompson 


Dr. Eric Poitras 


Dr. Wendy Gentleman

Dr. Alison Scott


Dr. Amyl Ghanem

Support SuperNOVA

Contributions from our supporters enables SuperNOVA to offer many of our programs for free to remove barriers for youth from backgrounds typically underrepresented in fields related to science, engineering, technology, and mathematics.

Our charitable registration number is 886806561RR0001 (Dalhousie University)

If you would like more information on becoming a supporter of SuperNOVA at Dalhousie University, please get in touch:

E-mail: | Phone: 902-210-6220

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SuperNOVA’s newsletter is designed to give updates to community partners, parents, teachers and students. and highlight opportunities for high school students. Opt in to the mailing list here:

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