Board of Directors and Advisory Board

Directors and Executive Committee 

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Michelle Mendes – Director, President & CEO 

Michelle Mendes is a member of the Canadian Space Advisory Board, is a Director of Women in Aerospace and serves on the Space Education Organizations Committee of the International Astronautical Federation. She has an MBA in Space Commerce, a Bachelor of General Studies from Simon Fraser University and is a Fellow Chartered Secretary of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators in Canada and the United Kingdom. She spent 10 years working in Europe as an executive and over the past 20 years has made substantial contributions to the private and non-profit sectors.

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Dr. Yaroslav “Yarko” Pustovyi  – Director & Chair of the Board 

Dr. Pustovyi was part of the first astronaut group selected by the National Space Agency of Ukraine (NSAU). In 1997 he served as a backup payload specialist for the STS-87 Space Shuttle Columbia flight. He is a co-founder and Vice President of Space 1 Systems Inc.


Baron Stuart Crane of Cluny – Director

Stuart G. Crane of Cluny is the principal of Baker Crane Private Clients LLC . He is a qualified business advisor who has spent over 25 years advising Private & Corporate Clients to which he provides a wealth of business knowledge and experience. He is a Qualified Accountant with a Public Practicing Certificate and is a Fellow of the Institute of Financial Accountants; Fellow of the Faculty of Tax Advisors; Registered Trust and Estate Practitioner; Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment and Business Advisor. Stuart runs this Private Advisory firm headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland with offices and subsidiaries in the Isle of Man and England and with further representation in Spain and Panama. He has been providing professional services to clients like regulated and licensed businesses and to his special interest, not-for-profit organizations. His strength in a variety of specialty fields has provided not-for-profit organizations with critical strategic planning, developing them ahead of the curve while remaining compliant and providing innovative solutions to boost growth.

Advisory Board

marc_boucherMarc Boucher is the CEO of SpaceRef, a new media company focused on the space sector. He is the former CEO of CSCA and continues to be actively involved in the Association.



Wilfred SoWilfred So is a patent agent with the intellectual property group of the Blakes, Cassels and Graydon Law Firm with a technical background including electrical, software, biomedical and mechanical fields, plus the integration of multidisciplinary systems.