Meet the SkyNews Team

Philip Groff, Executive Director

Phil joined the SkyNews team on October 1, concurrent with his appointment as RASC executive director. With more than 15 years of experience as a senior manager working with not-for-profit organizations, Phil served on the staff of SMARTRISK for nearly a decade, ultimately in the role of president. From 2015 to 2018, he was the executive director of Sustain Ontario. Phil is also a seasoned consultant whose prominent clients have included Brock University, The Canadian Sleep Society and The Jays Care Foundation.

Randy Attwood, Interim Editor

An avid astronomer and veritable astronomy encyclopedia, Randy has been a RASC member since 1970 and was named a Fellow in 2013. Randy served as the society’s executive director and as SkyNews publisher from 2014 to 2019. During his tenure with the society, Randy played a key role in developing the Robotic Telescope Project. The telescope, which is scheduled for deployment in early 2020, will give RASC members access to scientific data and astrophotography year-round from the Sierra Nevada Mountains. In 2012, Asteroid 260235 was renamed Asteroid Attwood in his honour.

Alan Dyer, Contributing Editor

AlanDyerAlan Dyer, coauthor of The Backyard Astronomer’s Guide, is program producer at the Calgary Science Centre Planetarium. He is widely regarded as an authority on commercial telescopes, and his evaluations of astronomical equipment appear regularly in major North American astronomy magazines.

Ivan Semeniuk, Contributor

Ivan SemeniukIvan Semeniuk is an award-winning science journalist, broadcaster and reporter for The Globe and Mail. A long time contributor to Sky News, he writes about new developments in astronomical and planetary research. He is the host and writer of the popular astronomy television series Cosmic Vistas and is a former editor at Nature and New Scientist. Ivan is the 2016 recipient of the Fleming Medal and Citation from the Royal Canadian Institute for Science, the country’s oldest scientific society. He lives in Toronto.

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