The Canadian Space Commerce Association Welcomes Five New Corporate Members

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October 8, 2015,  Toronto – The Canadian Space Commerce Association (CSCA) is pleased to welcome the addition of five new corporate members.

Joining the CSCA as new corporate members are; Euroconsult Canada, Western University’s Centre for Planetary Science and Exploration (CPSX), MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. (MDA), Space Strategies Consulting Ltd. (SSCL) and the Institute for Space Science, Exploration and Technology at the University of Alberta.

“The addition of five new corporate members to the association reflects the ongoing need for an organization such as ours to work with all Canadian stakeholders to promote the importance and benefits of a growing space sector to all Canadians,” said CSCA Executive Director, Marc Boucher. “The global space market grew by 9% last year to $330 billion and is increasingly competitive. If Canada is to maintain and grow its share of that market we need all stakeholders to work together. This is a goal the CSCA is working towards with its members on a daily basis.”

“We are pleased to join the CSCA and look forward to becoming an active member in the organization,” said Adam Keith, Managing Director of Euroconsult Canada. “Euroconsult’s Canadian office opened in 2008; since then we have established ourselves not only as a local arm of our international organization, but also as a center of expertise on both specific market segments and Canadian-specific commercial and governmental space business. Our presence in the CSCA further cements our commitment to the Canadian space industry.”

“On behalf of all our faculty, students, and staff, I am delighted that CPSX is now an official member of the CSCA. CPSX recognizes the importance of the role of the CSCA in promoting Canadian space interests. We also recognize the critical need for closer collaboration between Canadian companies and universities and we look forward to working with CSCA and its members in ensuring that Canada continues to play a leading role in the Space exploration and utilization” said Gordon Osinski, Associate Professor and Director (Acting), Centre for Planetary Science and Exploration.

“MDA is very pleased to join CSCA.  Today, Canada is a world leader in major areas of space including space radar, robotics, communications and space optics.  The opportunity for Canada and Canadian industry to continue to grow and be global leaders in these and other areas is very large and we look forward to working with the CSCA to maintain this leadership in the years to come.” said Don Osborne, president of MDA’s Information Systems Group.

“SSCL is very pleased to join CSCA.  As an association, the CSCA plays an important role promoting the space industry in Canada, fostering innovation and ensuring that Canada remains a leading space-faring nation.  We look forward to working closely with all members of the CSCA,” said SSCL President, André Dupuis.

Chris Herd, Principal Director of ISSET said “we recognize that the mandate of the CSCA – of promoting the space industry in Canada, and providing an interface between the various stakeholders in Canadian space research and exploration – complements the ISSET mandate. We look forward to working with the CSCA to provide novel opportunities for students to connect with industrial partners.”

About Euroconsult Canada

Euroconsult is the leading global consulting firm specializing in space markets. As a privately-owned, fully independent firm, we provide first-class strategic consulting, develop comprehensive research and organize executive-level annual summits for the industry. With 30 years of experience, Euroconsult is trusted by 600 clients in over 50 countries. Euroconsult is headquartered in France, with offices in the U.S., Canada and Japan.

Learn more at: www.euroconsult-ec.com

About Western University’s Centre for Planetary Science and Exploration (CPSX)

Western’s Centre for Planetary Science and Exploration is the leading organisation for planetary science and exploration research and training in Canada. Our goal is to provide Canada and the global space program with the necessary expertise to design and support future planetary mission activities.

Established in 2008, CPSX is home to the largest collection of graduate students and faculty in planetary science in the nation, with over 50 faculty and 30 graduate students from 11 different departments, and a growing number of alumni.

Learn more at: cpsx.uwo.ca

About MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. (MDA)

MDA is a global communications and information company providing operational solutions to commercial and government organizations worldwide.

MDA’s business is focused on markets and customers with strong repeat business potential, primarily in the Communications sector and the Surveillance and Intelligence sector. In addition, the Company conducts a significant amount of advanced technology development.

MDA’s established global customer base is served by more than 4,800 employees operating from 11 locations in the United States, Canada, and internationally.

MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd.’s (MDA) common shares trade on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol “MDA.”

Learn more at: www.mdacorporation.com

About Space Strategies Consulting Ltd.

At SSCL, our team of highly qualified Space Professionals bring to our clients a deep understanding of the complexities of space operations across the entire spectrum of users from Commercial, Civil and National Security stakeholders. We have in-depth knowledge of user requirements that can bring together space capability providers with operational users.

Learn more at:sscl.solutions

About the Institute for Space Science, Exploration and Technology (ISSET) at the University of Alberta

ISSET is a University of Alberta institute that embraces a variety of scientific and engineering disciplines related to the exploration of space. ISSET builds on long-standing institutional excellence in space research in order to take advantage of emerging, cross-disciplinary opportunities and to develop partnerships with other institutions, agencies and industry.

In addition, ISSET offers unique educational experiences for undergraduate and graduate students, and develops provincial capabilities in space research through educational outreach programs, visiting professor positions, workshops and scientific meetings.

ISSET has four core themes based on existing and emerging strengths at the University of Alberta within six Departments across two Faculties.

  • Microgravity science and planetary environment.
  • Space technology for instrumentation and robotics.
  • Planetary materials science.
  • Space physics and space environment.

Learn more at: uofa.ualberta.ca/faculties-and-programs/centresinstitutes/isset

About the Canadian Space Commerce Association

The Canadian Space Commerce Association, Canada’s national space industry association, founded in 2007, is a registered not-for-profit organization that advances the economic, legal and political environment for space organizations.

For more information about the Canadian Space Commerce Association and when our next event is, please visit our website at: spacecommerce.ca

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