James Marchbank has been a busy man over the years. Presently he is serving a three-year appointment on TVO's Board of Directors. Prior to this honour, Marchbank served as CEO of Science North for 25 years. In that time he lead the organization through many expansions establishing it as the second-largest science centre in Canada. TVO described Science North as one of the world’s best.
TVO's gain is having the benefit of Marchbank's long history of community service. As a business leader and innovator, Marchbank has earned an abundance of experience.
James Marchbank was 17 when his family immigrated to Canada from Glasgow, Scotland as a result of his father securing a teaching job in Sudbury. It was at Laurentian University James studied economics and Canadian history. He graduated in 1972 and started working for CKSO Television as a TV Reporter and News Director. He stayed with Cambrian Broadcasting for five years until he moved on to public affairs in municipal government. He would later find himself in the office of the official opposition at Queen’s Park for a year. Locally, Marchbank also served as a Councillor and Alderman for the City of Sudbury from 1985 to 1991.
The Sudbury Chamber of Commerce Bell Business Excellence Award for Professional Achievement is a distinction bestowed upon Mr. Marchbank for his strong work ethic. He is also the recipient of the Commemorative Medal for the 125th Anniversary of the Confederation of Canada, the 2003 Ontario Global Traders Northern Region Award of Merit for Leadership and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Canadian Association of Science Centres.
James continues to spend countless hours in various volunteer capacities. He serves as the Chair of the Northern Cancer Foundation and is a board member of the Ontario Tourism Marketing Partnership. Science North for which he worked so hard and diligently has recognized him with a lifetime membership and the development of the Marchbank Innovation Fund that encourages the continuous learning and development of staff.