Inaugurated in 1994, the Laval Cosmodome is the only institution in Canada that is fully devoted to widespread enlightenment on the space sciences.
Through its three interactive, virtual missions inaugurated in 2012, the Cosmodome has become an outer space edutainment provider offering opportunities to raise public awareness of the joys of space sciences, by means of an approach based on the following experiential pillars: looking, listening, participating and experiencing. This approach contributes toward appealing to the senses and emotions in order to stimulate intuitive attention and learning in an immersive environment.
With over 140,000 visitors per year, the Cosmodome is a destination for all Canadian families and also for school groups from all Canadian provinces, from the United States, Europe and Asia.
The Cosmodome is recognized as a major regional player in scientific literacy and recreational tourism. It is one of the metropolitan facilities of the Communauté métropolitaine de Montréal (CMM), just as the Montreal Botanical Garden, for example, thereby giving Canada-wide visibility to the City of Laval and Greater Montreal as a whole.
The Cosmodome’s mission is to stimulate the general public’s interest in the conquest of space, in scientific literacy and careers related to the world of astronautics. Its desire is to develop youngsters’ knowledge of space sciences by encouraging experiential learning in an immersive environment.
To do so, the Cosmodome draws on the fascinating history of space exploration, the outstanding achievements as well as the tremendous challenges of the pioneers in outer space and the new explorers of interplanetary travel.
A non-profit organization governed by a federal charter granted on June 13, 1994, the Cosmodôme is composed of a Board of Directors with a maximum of 20 members, including a maximum of 7 members who form the Executive Committee. Four times a year, the members of the Board of Directors meet to ensure the sound management of the organization. To do so, three governance committees have been created: the Human Resources Committee, the Financial Management Committee and the Research and Development Committee.
Ian Galipeau, Chairman
Jack Benzaquen, Vice-Chairman
Benoit Lecours, Secretary
Pierre Barabey, Treasurer
Robert Lamontagne, Director
Yvon L’Abbé, Director
Sylvain Chaput, Director
René Brisson, Director
Luc-Olivier Herbert, Director
Christiane Hémond, Director
Marc DeBlois, Director
Frédéric Greschner, Director
Frédéric Busseau, Director