Alan Nursall

Portrait of a man wearing a suit and glasses with a patterned shirt and tie
Board Member
Finance Committee Member
Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics


Alan Nursall is the retired President and CEO of the TELUS World of Science – Edmonton (TWOSE). He joined TWOSE in January 2014 following a 24-year career at Science North in Sudbury, Ontario and six years running his own science communication company. Mr. Nursall helped launch Science North in 1984 and served as Science Director from 1999 to 2007, responsible for the science experience at Science North and its companion facility, Dynamic Earth. He started NEXT Exhibits, Inc., in 2007, creating exhibits, shows, and other experiences for science centres and museums across North America and beyond. He returned to his hometown of Edmonton in 2014 to join TWOSE, where he initiated and led the Aurora Project, a $42 million renovation and expansion of the entire science centre. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Giant Screen Cinema Association, the Canadian Association of Science Centres, and Youth Science Canada. He received a Career Achievement Award from the Canadian Association of Science Centres in 2022. For 20 years, he hosted a weekly science segment called The Alan Nursall Experience on Discovery Canada’s national science and technology show Daily Planet.

In September, 2023, Alan was asked to join the Citadel Theatre as the Interim Executive Director. The Citadel is one of Canada’s largest professional theatre organizations.