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Friday, November 9 • 8:15am - 9:00am
(45 min) How Canada Can Create a Sustainable National Space Infrastructure / De quelle façon le Canada peut-il créer une infrastructure spatiale nationale qui soit durable?

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Organized by: Space Advisory Board, Michelle Mendes

Canada is known for its high-quality talent in space science and technology and has made many contributions to international initiatives past and present, such as James Webb Telescope, MOST, RADARSAT, the Canada Arm and many more. In order to continue Canada's national space legacy and to participate in future international space projects, a policy must be developed to tolerate a highly competitive, dynamic and changing global environment.

The Canadian Space sector is at a crossroads. Without immediate action, the consequences are dire. At minimum the status quo will lead to a reduction on ability to translate innovation and science into economic development, the exit of highly trained Canadians, loss of access to space activities with international partners, and limited information and data needed to sustain the activities of many Canadians sectors, such as agriculture, environmental management, health and others.

The moderator and the panellists will discuss Canadian space policy to provide a baseline for understanding the existing environment. The panel will then review and analyze recent national directives, made by other nations such as the United Kingdom, the USA, India and others. They will then demonstrate how relatively minor changes can make a significant impact on the future of Canadian space. Furthermore, a discussion about making space a national strategic asset is critical to a long-term plan for the national space sector.


Moderators
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Dr. David Kendall

Past Chair of the United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (2016-2017)
Dr. Kendall is the past Chair of the United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (2016-2017).  During his career he has held senior positions with the Canadian Space Agency including as the Director General of Space Science and Space Science and Technology. He is... Read More →

Speakers
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Kate Howells

Global Community Outreach Manager and National Coordinator for Canada, The Planetary Society
Kate Howells works with The Planetary Society as Global Community Outreach Manager and National Coordinator for Canada. She organizes educational outreach activities via a global network of volunteers, manages the development of a youth education program, and is growing the Society's... Read More →
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Dr. Gordon Osinski

NSERC/MacDonald, Detwiller and Associates Ltd/Canadian Space Agency Industrial Research Chair in Planetary Geology, Western University
Dr.  Osinski is the NSERC/MacDonald, Detwiller and Associates Ltd/Canadian Space Agency Industrial Research Chair in Planetary Geology in the Departments of Earth Sciences and Physics and Astronomy at Western University in Ontario, Canada. His research focuses on understanding impact... Read More →
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Dr. Michael Pley

President, Pley Consulting Inc.
Michael Pley retired as CEO of COM DEV International in 2016 after a 30-year career,  and is currently supporting technology SMEs and space companies through his management consulting company. COM DEV was one of the leading suppliers to satellite manufacturers and space agencies... Read More →
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Dr. Marie Lucy Stojak

Executive Director, Mosaic
Dr. Marie Lucy Stojak is the Executive Director of Mosaic, the Creativity & Innovation Hub at HEC Montréal, Canada's oldest business school. She has directed the Space Studies Program of the International Space University and has over 20 years’ experience in developing international... Read More →


Friday November 9, 2018 8:15am - 9:00am
Delta Ottawa, International Ballroom

Attendees (27)