2014 CSCA National Conference

New Manufacturing for NewSpace

A full day business forum focused on technologies, opportunities and funding methodologies on Thursday, March 13th, 2014 at the Hyatt Regency Toronto, 370 King Street West, Toronto, ON.

Registration opens at 8:00 am. Speakers begin at 9:00 am. A schedule is posted online here.

CSCA 2014 logoSpace manufacturing, the production of manufactured goods in an environment outside a planetary atmosphere, has always been understood to have potential advantages over Earth-based industry because of its unique micro-gravity and vacuum environments, which allow for industrial processes that cannot be readily reproduced on Earth.

But now, new techniques developed using computer-aided design methodologies, solid free form fabrication (including 3D printing), selective laser sintering and other fast developing technologies promise not just to revolutionize Earth based manufacturing, but space exploration as well.

What can space companies learn from domestic manufacturers today? What are the timelines, constraints, costs and opportunities for profit in this area and what can the manufacturing industry learn from space entrepreneurs?

Find out on Thursday, March 13, 2014 at the Canadian Space Commerce Association (CSCA) National Conference, focused on the business and political issues surrounding “New Manufacturing for NewSpace.”

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 Who should attend
  • Executives, business owners and independent consultants focused on enhancing the global competitiveness of Canadian businesses.
  • Public and private space policy professionals specializing in the impact of government policy on innovation and productivity improvement.
  • Venture capitalists, private investors and others wanting to know more about commercial opportunities available now through Canadian scientists, academics and engineers.
  • Scientists, engineers and researchers interested in emerging opportunities within the NewSpace industry.


Confirmed Speakers Include

Lou van Amelsvoort – The president of Space 1 Systems Inc., Mr. van Amelsvoort worked previously at Canadian Arrow,  a privately funded 1st generation NewSpace firm as their first director of spacecraft development. In 2009 Mr. van Amelsvoort founded Space 1 Systems Inc., a Canadian based, 2nd generation NewSpace company. He will be discussing the “fundamental methodologies” which NewSpace companies can utilize to best position themselves for success.

Alex Babut – Computer engineer and co-founder of Enceladus Imaging, a company focused on bringing high dynamic range capabilities to regular cameras, and which is currently a part of the TechnoLABS incubator at the University of Toronto. He’ll be speaking on the topic of “HDR – Revealing What Your Camera Can Really See.”

This presentation is available for download here.

Mark Barfoot – As managing Director of Hyphen, which focuses on rapid prototyping, and a key member of the Additive Manufacturing Users Group (AMUG), Barfoot educates and advances the uses and applications of additive manufacturing technologies.  He’ll be discussing the variety of design considerations and prototyping methods available through additive manufacturing as part of his demonstration on “How 3D printing is being incorporated into manufacturing parts for space.

This presentation is available for download here.

Alex Barlow – The business development manager for Mentor Works Inc. Barlow is a specialist in government grants and loans who works with executives and business owners develop a strategic approach to government funding, and supports the writing of grant applications. She’ll be discussing “Government funding as a cashflow tool for aerospace start-ups.

Drew Cox – An inventor and developer who (along with Adam Brandejs and Trevor Townsend) created and crowd-funded the Matterform affordable high-resolution 3D scanner. He’s also a self described marketing “mad scientist” who has helped build mammoth brands such as Labatt, Budweiser, Audi, Honda, and Coca-Cola. He’ll be discussing “practical scanning applications in current and future space endeavours.”

Stewart Davis – The chief of operations for the CRP Group USA. CRP Group offers  automobile, racing and aerospace aerospace clients the advantages in hi-tech machining and 3D printing that few others can provide. He will discuss recent successes in parts fabrication for space missions including those for the collaborative KySat-2 project, in conjunction with students at the University of KentuckyMorehead State University and in conjunction with Kentucky Space, along with  Canadian projects organized through the UTIAS Space Flight Laboratory.

Robert Godwin –  The owner and founder of Apogee Space Books and the Space Curator at the Canadian Air & Space Museum has written or edited over 100 books including the award winning series “The NASA Mission Reports.” He will be outlining new projects with NASA and discussing a unique, Canadian developed, content delivery container for space science and other publications and databases.

Estelle Havva – As aerospace sector team lead and industrial technology adviser at the National Research Council, Industrial Assistance Program (NRC IRAP), Havva has a background as a  technology and financial consultant and advised one of South Korea’s largest companies on raising a global venture fund. She’ll be discussing how to access sources of non-dilutive, non-reimbursable funding for innovative technology projects as part of her presentation on “Federal Government Investments in Innovative Technologies.”

This presentation is available for download here.

David MacKinnon – A research officer with the National Research Council of Canada’s Measurement Science and Standards division. MacKinnon is also an executive member of the ASTM E57 subcommittee on non-contact 3D imaging systems and a member of the Standards Council of Canada’s review committee for the ISO/TC213 on Dimensional and Geometric Product Specifications and Verification. He’ll be speaking on the topic of “The NRC and current status of standards development for 3D imaging systems.

This presentation is available for download here.

Andy Pratico – The business development manager for Synergy Resources, a firm focused on providing the expertise, guidance and training required to make full use of enterprise resource planning (ERP) software for new and existing manufacturing processes and technologies. He’ll be speaking on the topic of “Aligning your ERP evaluation with your manufacturing methodologies.”

Yaroslav “Yarko” Pustovyi – The backup payload specialist for STS-87 Space Shuttle Columbia mission in 1997. In 2003 he joined a Canadian entry to the X-Prize competition and has been actively involved in the NewSpace industry ever since. Dr. Pustovyi will talk about his mission training experience at NASA as well as present his view on the future of the payload specialist astronaut profession in the new era of commercial spaceflight.

Brett Slaney – A patent agent at the Blakes Law Firm, with expertise in the area of patent drafting and prosecution, portfolio management, and opinion work regarding patentability, infringement, and validity and a practice focusing on patent-related issues in the software, electrical, and mechanical fields, with particular emphasis on multidisciplinary systems. Slaney will be talking on the topic of “IP Issues and 3D Printing.”

This presentation is available for download here.

Nicole Verkindt – The CEO of Toronto based OMX Marketplace, an online platform to connect Canadian businesses with OEMs and track economic benefits to Canada. Verkindt will be speaking about the new Federal Defence Procurement Strategy and how the government plans to leverage a changed “value proposition” plan to drive increased investments into industrial technologies in the defence, aerospace and space sectors, what this means for the space industry and how space companies, particularly those with innovative technologies, can get involved.

This presentation is available for download here.

Peter VisscherPeter Visscher – The space and robotics manager for Ontario Drive and Gear (ODG). With the expertise his firm has developed building the Canadian Artemis Jr. lunar rover to meet the requirements of NASA’s Regolith & Environment Science and Oxygen & Lunar Volatile Extraction (RESOLVE) project, expected to hunt for water, ice and other lunar resources, Mr. Visscher will talk about the hardware and the manufacturing techniques available in Canada today.

Mihaela Vlasea – As a researcher at University of Waterloo, Vlasea is working on an additive manufacturing 3D printing system capable of producing parts with a controlled porous internal architecture and complex external shape for applications ranging from bone implants to lightweight materials for aerospace uses. She will be speaking on the topic of “Additive manufacturing – from bionic bones to functionally customized materials.”

This presentation is available for download here.

Over a dozen expert speakers will discuss technologies, timelines, constraints, costs and opportunities deriving from NewSpace manufacturing methodologies and techniques, plus take time to consider how existing Canadian manufacturers will be best placed to take advantage of these fast approaching opportunities.

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Fees include conference registration plus one full year membership in the Canadian Space Commerce Association

  • $395 CDN– Standard registration per person for the full one day conference
  • $295 CDN – Early bird registration per person for the full one day conference if registered before March 7th, 2014
Discounts are available for existing CSCA members in good standing and members of supporting organizations.

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The Canadian Space Commerce Association (CSCA) is a registered Canadian not-for-profit industry organization dedicated to advancing the economic, legal and political environment for space focused companies.

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