Collider Team

Larissa Blokhuis

Arts, Culture, + Collections Director

Larissa Blokhuis completed her BFA with a major in glass at the Alberta College of Art and Design in 2008. The next year, she moved to the coast and began pursuing opportunities throughout Western Canada. She has been Assistant Teacher at Red Deer College and Terminal City Glass Co-op, and has exhibited extensively in Alberta and BC. In 2016, she completed her first public art piece, “Love Your Neighbour, Love Your Ocean,” located in Vancouver. In 2017, she joined the board of Curiosity Collider as Exhibitions Director. Larissa is interested in a diverse range of topics, including nature, politics, psychology, and history. Larissa is inspired by the evolutionary history of plants and animals, and the repetition of life cycles. Her current focus on using glass and mixed media by incorporating ceramic, steel, wool, polymer, and wood as needed has allowed her to develop a distinctive style.

Char Hoyt

Managing Creative Director

Char Hoyt is a Vancouver-based professional artist, curator. She graduated from Emily Carr University in 1997 with a Diploma in Fine Arts. Since then, Hoyt discovered a love for science and has used her paintings to explore some of the deepest mysteries of modern physics. She has expanded and honed her project management skills in the local film industry working as a Production Designer and Art Director on various projects since 2011. In 2015, Hoyt gave a public talk about the merger of art and science in her work. This pivotal moment led to her role as a co-founder of the Vancouver-based non-profit Curiosity Collider Art-Science Foundation that same year.

As the managing creative director and curator for the Curiosity Collider, Hoyt enjoys challenging herself to create new experiences for diverse audiences that communicate her passion for the connections between the worlds of art and science.


Community Relations Director

Theresa Liao is the Communications Coordinator for the Department of Physics & Astronomy, University of British Columbia. She is usually busy planning science conferences and public events, writing/editing research stories, running after physics summer camp kids, and managing the department’s website and social media channels. After work, she goes home to write about science outreach, communications, and women in science on her blog Science, I Choose You; she also helps with outreach/tech responsibilities for Science Borealis, a Canadian Science Blogging network.

She has 10 years of experience in science outreach, and attended the Banff Science Communications Program in 2012. Before her Science Communication career, she studied biochemistry and did research about Type 1 Diabetes for her Master’s degree.


Operations Director

Shelley McIvor is inspired by the human experience of science and technology—both in celebrating success and analyzing lessons learned. Since 2004, her international consulting practice has helped science and engineering-based disciplines bring relevant communication strategy and content to their audiences in a variety of corporate, government, private, and non-profit contexts. Shelley merges her BSc in chemistry and MSc in technical communication with a professional toolbox of multi-disciplinary techniques from a broad range of practices—technical writing, user experience and consultation, instructional design, project management, and quality assurance evaluation. Her experimental nature has led to nomadic work-life adventures in 40 countries over two decades. Home is officially Vancouver Island.