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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 also an adjunct faculty member of the International Space University based in Strasbourg, France.  

He holds an undergraduate degree in physics from the University of Swansea, UK, and masters and doctoral degrees from the University of Calgary in atmospheric physics.  

During his career, Dr. Kendall has acted in various capacities on a number of national and international bodies, including the International Space University, the International Astronautical Federation, the Committee on Space Research (COSPAR), UN COPUOS, the European Space Agency, the Inter-Agency Space Debris Coordination Committee, the Group on Earth Observations and the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada.  He is a member of the Board of Advisors of SEDS Canada and recipient of the CASI 2017 C.D. Howe Award, and, recently, a member of the Leadership Board of For All Moonkind.

In 2002, Dr. Kendall was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal in recognition of his significant contributions and achievement to Canada.