Annual General Meeting – 2010

Learn About The

Growing Canadian Commercial Space Sector

** March 17, 2010 – The one day meeting has concluded. Thank you for your interest. Details on future events can be found here.

The recently released Canadian Space Agency 2008 State of the Canadian Space Sector Report (PDF) reflects consistent double digit growth for Canadian space focused firms.

With other recent reports indicating that major Canadian space component manufacturers are “moving up the food chain” in order to build complete satellites and with strong indications of a global satellite market remarkably unaffected by the global economic crisis, the time is right for a comprehensive discussion focusing on the state of the Canadian space sector including strategies for taking advantage of upcoming opportunities, avoiding obvious pitfalls and comparing the Canadian business environment to other jurisdictions.

Please join us for this full day series of sessions
on business opportunities in
the growing Canadian commercial space sector.

The Canadian Space Commerce Association Annual General Meeting
An all day meeting. Tuesday March 16th, 2010
at the MaRS Development District.

A “MUST ATTEND” event for:

  • Executives, business owners and independent consultants focused on enhancing the global competitiveness of Canadian space and aerospace focused firms.
  • Venture Capitalists, SR&ED credit financing firms and others wanting to know more about the opportunities available now through Canadian scientists, academics and engineers.
  • Scientists, engineers, industrial R&D managers and other individuals with an interest in the intersection of policy, technology and business.

Meeting Program Available

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Speaker List

Keynote Speaker:

  • Dr. Christian Sallaberger, Vice-President, MDA – Vice-President of MDA and is responsible for Business Development and Advanced Systems. MDA is Canada’s largest space company, and is also the world leader in Space Robotics, having designed and built the main robotic systems for the Space Shuttle and the International Space Station. Dr. Sallaberger previously held the position of Director of Space Exploration at MDA and was responsible for deep space missions such as those to the Moon and Mars. Talk title: Structuring for Success in the Commercial Space Sector

Confirmed Speakers:

The following invited speakers have confirmed their participation.

  • Michael Mineiro, attorney at law, D.C.L. Candidate and recipient of the Boeing Fellowship in Air and Space Law at McGill University on “Export Controls and their Impact on the Canadian Space Sector.”

  • Wilfred So, a Patent Agent with the Intellectual Property Group at Blake, Cassels and Graydon LLP. Mr. So will be speaking on the topic of “Protecting Any Invention under the Sun and Beyond – The Basics of Patents and Their Role in Space Activities.”

  • Kimberley Van Vliet BA, CFP, CSA, President & CEO of WāVv Business Development will be speaking on the issues surrounding IRB offset credits.

  • Kevin Shortt, President at Shortt on Space Technologies well as being President of the Canadian Space Society and will be speaking on the topic of Workforce Development for the Space Industry in Canada.

  • Eva-Jane Lark, Host of EVA Interviews: The Business of the new Space Age™ and Vice-President, BMO Nesbitt Burns – “Preparing for the Money Conversation”. What does a Space entrepreneur need to do to prepare before they start talking to investors, and raising capital? This presentation will discuss the current Space investment environment, recent developments and emerging trends. We will then examine areas to focus on to ensure you are ready before you go looking for investment capital.

  • Dr. Wade Cherrington, a physicist and consultant in the fields of computer-aided engineering and scientific computation working with Continuum Aerospace and their computer-aided engineering division, Continuum Simulation & Design will be speaking on the topic of “The Evolution of Computer-aided Engineering for Aerospace.”