Let Your Imagination Soar as the Discovery Centre Opens Its Doors

Halifax, NS (February 10, 2017) – The Discovery Centre will officially open its spectacular new location on the Halifax
waterfront on Sunday, February 12, 2017. The new world-class facility showcases more than 40,000
sq. ft. of state-of-the-art exhibit space, including four permanent galleries, a 6,000 sq. ft. featured
exhibit space, Immersive Dome Theatre and an innovation lab.

“Our new facility is a wonderful place for people of all ages to share new journeys of curiosity,
wonderment and enlightenment through four floors of hands-on, experiential learning,” said Dov
Bercovici, Discovery Centre President and CEO. “Whether soaring through space in the Immersive
Dome Theatre or flying a plane in the flight gallery, the Discovery Centre will continue to empower
the region’s youth, grow Nova Scotia’s knowledge-based economy and inspire an innovative culture
in our province.”

The Discovery Centre has always been a place where Nova Scotians can learn about the vital areas
of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) and its new mission now incorporates the arts
(STEAM). Its first featured exhibit, The Science of Rock n’ Roll, is a prime example of how the
Discovery Centre is integrating STEAM in its new location. This unique hands-on exhibit includes
innovative and interactive displays on how science, art and engineering have influenced the
evolution of rock n’ roll. Visitors can sit in a professional recording booth, play an epic solo on the
drums and learn a riff on the electric guitar. The Science of Rock n’ Roll will be featured at the
Discovery Centre until April 24, 2017.

The Discovery Centre’s four permanent galleries were developed after extensive consultation with
Nova Scotia’s business, science, education and arts communities. Each gallery and exhibit brings
key areas of opportunity for the province’s future to the forefront, including the Nova Scotia Power
Energy Gallery, IMP Aerospace Flight Gallery, Medavie Health Gallery, Michelin Innovation Lab and
RBC Someday Street.

“The Discovery Centre will not only prepare generations of Nova Scotia youth for careers in science,
it will also be an important part of driving innovation and development in Nova Scotia and across the
entire region,” said Andy Fillmore, Member of Parliament for Halifax. “Our Government is proud to
invest in opportunities like the Discovery Centre that support continued improvement of
infrastructure, job creation and long-term growth and prosperity.”

As a registered charitable organization, the Discovery Centre raised more than $20 million to
complete the new facility during a pivotal time as the province seeks to ensure its sustainability and
success. It will open in its new prime waterfront location courtesy of Nova Scotia Power and its
parent company, Emera Inc., whose initial contribution of $1 million and 25 years of rent-free space,
valued at over $11 million, set in motion a capital campaign that allowed the Discovery Centre to
raise the remaining funds to make this dream a reality.

“At Emera, we believe in supporting the communities where we live and work and are honoured to
support the incredible potential of the Discovery Centre,” said Chris Huskilson, President and Chief
Executive Officer, Emera Inc. “The Discovery Centre will inspire the young minds that are essential
to creating the next generation of technological advances and driving the continued growth of Nova
Scotia.”

The Discovery Centre’s programming capacity is also increasing with its relocation to ensure its
educational outreach programs, such as Science in the Centre and Science on the Road, continue
to deliver award-winning, experiential education programs across Nova Scotia.

“I’m excited to see the opening of the Discovery Centre, which will be a great destination for students
all across our province,” said the Hon. Stephen McNeil, Premier of Nova Scotia. “I am equally
excited that the new Centre will be delivering programs in rural communities so that all of us can
experience the wonder of this great facility.”

“The new Discovery Centre is an exciting addition to Halifax, an investment in curious young minds
and scientific inquiry for all ages,” said Mayor Mike Savage. “Beyond that, the Centre makes a
statement to our community, and anyone who visits Halifax, that we are a smart, progressive city
that invests in innovation, in young people and in our future.”

The new Centre opens after five years of meticulous planning and development with funding by
three levels of government, significant corporate and private sector partners, as well as individual
donors.

“We are delighted to finally open our doors to the public and are tremendously grateful to our
dedicated partners and supporters who’ve helped us reach this historical milestone,” said Bercovici.
“We look forward to our future and continuing to open the bright minds of Nova Scotia’s future
generations in our new home.”

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Media Contact:
Andrea Durfee
Manager of Marketing & Communications
Discovery Centre
1215 Lower Water Street
Halifax, NS B3J 3S8
T 902-492-4422 (2232)
E adurfee@thediscoverycentre.ca

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