The Falling Walls Engage Hub Canada launched in November 2020 with two extraordinary days of events focused on exploring the roles of equity, diversity, and inclusion in Science Engagement. Since that time, the Hub Canada found a home at McGill University, one of the world’s top research-intensive institutions of higher education, in Montreal, Quebec.

Brett Hooton is serving as the inaugural Hub Manager. The Falling Walls Engage team and the Hub Managers meet regularly to plan activities and events that will strengthen links between their regional networks and the international community of Science Engagers.

Promoting inclusion and increasing the diversity of voices in the field of Science Engagement and communications remains the Hub Canada’s central priority. In addition, the team has a long-term goal of becoming a valuable resource – through networking, training, and relationship-building – for Canadians changing their communities through their innovative outreach initiatives in support of science and science-based policymaking.

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Falling Walls Engage Hub Canada and the Science Writers and Communicators of Canada (SWCC) have teamed up to offer an engaging one-day event on Monday, May 2, at McGill University entitled ‘Symposium for Science Engagement: Communicating the Urgency of Planetary Health’ in the vibrant city of Montreal, Quebec.

Science and environment writers and outreach professionals were invited for a day of workshops, networking, and presentations devoted to discussing the challenges we face in supporting planetary health, and the potential for change through science engagement.

Sessions featured leading Canadian and international scientists, including Cynthia Umuhire, Space Science Analyst with the Rwanda Space Agency, Oscar Contreras-Villarroel, Director of External Relations for the Giant Magellan Telescope, Anthony Morgan, 2020 Engage Finalist of Science Everywhere, Ursula Eicker, Canada Excellence Research Chair in Smart, Sustainable and Resilient Communities and Cities, among others.

Participants had the opportunity to engage in an interactive experience with Milton Riaño, McGill’s first Climate Change Artist in Residence. The Hub event was held back-to-back to McGill Space Conference on 3-4 May 2022.


The Falling Walls Engage Hub Canada is currently establishing a formal governance structure, reaching out to collaborators across the country, and planning more fun and exciting events for the next months.

If you share a passion for celebrating science and would like to learn more about the Hub, please email Brett.

To discover the latest updates and sign up for the mailing list, make sure to check out the Hub Canada’s page on McGill University’s website.

Brett Hooton is Hub Manager for the Falling Walls Engage Hub Canada and Director, Communications and Operations, for Research and Innovation (R+I) at McGill University in Montreal, Quebec. Founded in 1821, McGill is one of Canada’s best-known and most-diverse institutions of higher learning and one of the leading universities in the world. The R+I communications team, under Brett’s leadership, drives strategic marketing and communications in support of McGill’s researchers and their work. Their specific mandates include promoting research funding successes, national and international prizes and awards, and innovation and knowledge-transfer initiatives. Brett and his team also oversee several high-level public engagement portfolios and events, including the Beatty Lecture, one of the country’s oldest and most prestigious annual lecture series. He has received several awards from the Canadian Council for Advancement of Education (CCAE) and the Council for the Support and Advancement of Education (CASE). A former arts and culture journalist, Brett is particularly proud to be President of the Board of Directors of Geordie Theatre, one of Canada’s largest professional theatre companies for young audiences.

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