Space Innovation Business Summit

As part of the 34th International Space Development Conference (ISDC) hosted by the National Space Society, and co-hosted by the Canadian Space Commerce Association, we are planning a one day Space Innovation Business Summit for Wednesday, May 20th. There will be a small additional fee for this this event on top of the regular conference registration.

We are currently putting together the program for this event and are looking for programming ideas and speaker suggestions. If you have a suggestion for the program or speaker suggestion, please contact Marc Boucher at 647.985.9203 or by email at

The format of the summit is currently (subject to change):

  • One track with three alternating themes.
    • Innovators – Invited speakers will discuss innovation at their companies and how it is helping them become market leaders.
    • Funding Innovation – Invited speakers will discuss a variety of funding opportunities.
    • Innovation Markets – Invited speakers will discuss intellectual property management and technology transfer, ITAR, export market opportunities and more.
  • We are hoping to have 16 total speakers and two panels.
    • Six Innovators speakers.
    • Three Funding Innovation speakers.
    • One keynote lunch speaker.
    • Two panels; Innovation panel and Funding Innovation panel.
  • The summit will start at 8:30 and end at 6:00 and will include two 25 minute networking opportunities, one mid-morning, the other mid-afternoon.

For more information and registration please visit the ISDC website.

** PLEASE NOTE: There is a separate registration fee for this event. 

SPEAKERS – Confirmed

  • Gen. Jim Armor, Orbital ATK
  • Speaker TBD, MDA
  • Adam Keith, Euroconsult
  • Jeffrey Manber, NanoRacks
  • Scott Larson, UtherCast
  • Ken Davidian, FAA Office of Commercial Space Transportation
  • Grant Bonin, UTIAS Space Flight Laboratory
  • Asier Ania, HiveWire
  • Wilfred So, Blakes
  • Eva-Jane Lark (Moderator)

SPEAKERS – Invited

  • David Vaccaro, Futron
  • Robbie Schingler, Planet Labs
  • Brett Alexander, Blue Origin
  • Marie-Lucy Stojak, HEC Montreal
  • Alberto Conti, Northrop Grumman
  • David Anhalt, Iridium
  • Michael Lopez-Alegria, Consultant, MLA Space
  • Joe Rothenberg, Skybox Imaging (Google)
  • Mike Snyder, Made In Space (Chief Engineer)
  • Peter Hruby, Busek
  • Speaker, Space Angels Network
  • Speaker, exactEarth
  • Speaker, Effigis
  • More to come…