Nominations Now Accepted for Board of Directors Election

As per our bylaws the Canadian Space Commerce Association (CSCA) Board of Directors must elect a new board every two years. Starting today we are accepting nominations for a new Board of Directors to serve for two years starting from our next Annual General Meeting which will be in March, 2011 with a specific date to be announced shortly.

The CSCA is an industry group that promotes and supports Canadian space sector businesses. Our mission statement is to advance the economic, legal and political environment for space focused companies in Canada and to provide a format for the exchange of contacts and ideas that might not otherwise be possible.

The present board encourages all CSCA members and interested parties to participate to help set policies and define activities over the next two critical years for the Canadian space industry.

In essence, we want to help you make your voices heard.

The board of directors in a not-for-profit corporation like the CSCA has a number of vital functions to perform including but not limited to:

  • Creating or updating the mission and vision statements.
  • Determining and defining programs and services.
  • Monitoring and documenting operations, policies and procedures in order to create an “organizational memory.”
  • Supporting and monitoring the executive.

Our present Board of Directors are as follows:

– Chuck Black – Commercial Space Blog
– Marc Boucher – SpaceRef Interactive Inc.
– Farnaz Ghadaki – Space Generation Advisory Counsel
– Arny Sokoloff – Continuum Aerospace
– Kimberley Van Vliet – WaVv Business Development

All CSCA members in good standing with current dues paid up will be eligible to vote, make and receive nominations to serve on the Board of Directors. Terms of office are for a two year period. Nominations for the board will open Friday, December 3rd, 2010 for a two week period and will close on Friday December 17th at 5pm EST.

All CSCA members in good standing are not limited in the number of candidates they nominate for the five board positions. Nominations require at least two members, which can include the nominee. If you would like to be nominate someone or be nominated you will have to join the CSCA.

All CSCA members in good standing may vote for up to five (5) nominees for the board openings.

Nominee names will be posted on the CSCA website December 20th and the nominated individuals will have until 5pm EST on December 21, 2010 to accept the nomination and become candidates for the board.

Candidates for the board will then be posted on the CSCA website and e-mail voting will take place from December 22nd 2010 until January 10th 2011. Each CSCA member is good standing with current dues paid up will be allowed one vote.

Members in good standing who are either unable or unwilling to vote via e-mail will receive a second chance to submit their ballot in person at the beginning of our next CSCA meeting on January 12th 2011.

Votes will then be tabulated by our appointed elections officer, Wilfred So from Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP and assistant(s). The candidates receiving the five (5) highest totals will have won the election and become board members for the 2011 – 2013 term.

Please send all nominations to and include the phrase “CSCA election nomination” in the subject line. In the text of the email include the name of the person you are nominating and your full name.

We look forward to seeing you at our next CSCA meeting on Wednesday, January 12th from 7:30 – 9:00pm at the law office of Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP, 199 Bay Street, Suite 2800, Commerce Court West in Toronto to share the results and announce the 2011-2013 CSCA board of directors (A map to the office can be found at Following the elections, we’ll have a presentation from our featured speaker.

This meeting is open to non-members