Ready for Launch: Preparing Canada for a Future in Space


Tuesday, October 16, 2018

The Westin Ottawa
11 Colonel By Drive
Ottawa, Ontario K1N 9H4

8:00 AM – 6:00 PM EDT


The conference will reinvigorate Canadian discussion on the importance and benefit of space exploration, earth observation, Canada’s space sector, the international dimension of Canadian space activity and the role space plays in enabling Canadian foreign policy and socio-economic activity.

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Ready for Launch: Preparing Canada for a Future in Space

8:30am: Opening Speaker – “The Importance of Space to Canada”

  • The Honourable Marc Garneau

 9:15am – 10:00am: Panel Discussion – “Canada’s Past, Present and Future in Space” – Moderated by Mike Day, CGAI

  • Mac Evans, former President of the CSA; Member of the Space Advisory Board
  • Lucy Stojak, Chair of the Space Advisory Board
  • Sylvain Laporte, President CSA
  • Robert Thirsk, former Canadian Space Agency Astronaut

10:00– 10:30am: Break

10:30 – 11:15am: Fireside Chat – “The New Space Age”

  • Kenneth Hodgkins, Director, Office‎ of Space and Advanced Technology, Bureau of Oceans, Environment and international Scientific Affairs, U.S. Department of State – in conversation with Bob McDonald, CBC

11:15 – 12:00pm: Panel Discussion – Canadian Space Industry Leaders – Moderated by Charity Weeden, CGAI

  • Mike Greenley, MDA
  • Dan Goldberg, Telesat
  • Marina Mississian, Honeywell Aerospace
  • David O’Connor, Magellan Aerospace

12:00 – 1:30pm: Lunch

1:30 – 2:15pm: Panel Discussion – “SME Start-up Ecosystem” – Moderated by Colin Robertson, CGAI 

  • Ewan Reid, Mission Control Space Systems
  • Nadeem Ghafoor, Canadensys Aerospace
  • Froduald Kabanza, Menya Solutions
  • Stewart Bain, Northstar

2:15pm – 2:45pm: Break

2:45 – 3:30pm: Panel Discussion – “Benefits from Space” – Moderated by Charity Weeden, CGAI

  • Prashant Shukle, Natural Resources Canada
  • Sarah Pacey, RCAF Deputy Director Space Strategy & Plans
  • Denis Bourque, ISED
  • Ryan Anderson, Satellite Canada
  • Gordon Osinski, Western University

3:30 – 4:00pm: Panel Discussion – “International Space Cooperation” – Moderated by Bill Mackey, Canadian Space Agency (Retired)

  • Micheline Tabache, European Space Agency
  • Jason Wood, Canadian Space Agency

Reception to Follow 

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