Aligning Canada’s Future in Space with Canada’s Innovation Agenda

Was held November 9, 2017 University of Ottawa 

On behalf of all the of all our sponsors, volunteers and CSCA executive we would like to extend our sincerest thanks to all who made this year’s CSCA Space Policy Symposium a highly successful event. Through insightful and informative keynotes, an engaging and candid panel discussion with industry leaders and innovators, and highly valuable insights presented to the Space Advisory Board, we at CSCA had set an event goal of being a focal point for important exchanges between Canada’s space community concerning the policy guiding the sector’s future.  Judging from our participant’s comment, CSCA Canadian Space Policy Symposium hit the mark!

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Event Program –

Presentation Downloads Provided as Indicated

Welcome and Introduction- Michelle Mendes, Executive Director and President, CSCA

Keynote Speaker                                                 
Sylvain Laporte, President, Canadian Space Agency

Government and Agency Update

Gilles Leclerc, Director General, Space Exploration, Canadian Space Agency
Preparing the Next Steps in Human Space Exploration” (27.6 MB)

SmallSats & Disruptive Technologies: 
Adam Keith, EuroConsult (Moderator)   Presentation Download
Wade Larson, CEO, Urthecast;  Presentation Download
Nick Spina, Manager Launch and Regulatory Affairs, Kepler Communications;
Ryan Anderson, Vice President, Canadian Space Society

Public Engagement: 
Anna Kapiniari, Director of Communications, Canadian Space Agency (Moderator)
Dr. Gordon Osinski,  Western University
Dr. Marianne Mader
Dr. Melissa Battler, Western University and Mission Control Space Services Inc. 

Canadian Space Needs Big Data:
Alec Wenzowski, CSCA Director/Wenzowski Group (Moderator)
James Slifierz, CEO SkyWatchPresentation Download
Adam Keith, Euroconsult “Earth Observation Market Prospects” Presentation Download

Lunch & Networking SPONSORED BY 

Space Advisory Board Program 

Space Advisory Board Update: Dr. Marie Lucy Stojak, Chairperson of the Space Advisory Board and Director of the School on Management of Creativity and Innovation at HEC Montréal

Interactive Session on the refinement of the Space Strategy, including Youth, Academia and Industry with the Space Advisory Board: Dr. James Drummond; William MacDonald Evans; Stéphane Germain; Dr. Douglas Hamilton; Michelle Mendes; Dr. Gordon Osinski; Dr. Michael Pley; Christine Tovee

Closing Address – Dr. Iain Christie, Executive Vice President, AIAC