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Thursday, October 10
 

09:00 EDT

Opening Ceremony
Montreal Student Space Associations - Mavesa Nguyen
Opening and Introduction to the Montreal Space Symposium & MSSA

Canadian Space Society - Ryan Anderson
Montreal Space Symposium Welcome


Speakers
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Mavesa Nguyen

President, MSSA - Montreal Student Space Associations
Mavesa is a Mechanical Engineering student at McGill University. Having discovered space at an intersection of her interests: biomedicine, engineering, and music; she aspires to foster multidisciplinary collaboration across her projects. She has been involved with the Montreal Student... Read More →
avatar for Ryan Anderson

Ryan Anderson

President, Satellite Canada Innovation Network
Satellites, Innovation, Startups, Hackathons, Consulting, LEO, MEO, GEO


Thursday October 10, 2019 09:00 - 09:30 EDT
Room CR1 ICAO - 999 Boulevard Robert-Bourassa, Montréal, QC H3C 5H10

09:30 EDT

Use the News
Media can be an ally if you take the time to understand how they do business and what motivates them. As an entrepreneur who has started several for profit and non-profit organizations, I've had to learn on the fly. In this talk I'll share some of what I've learned.

Speakers
avatar for Marc Boucher

Marc Boucher

Founder, SpaceQ
I'm an entrepreneur, journalist, publisher, technologist and political economist. I’m the founder of SpaceQ Media Inc. and co-founder of SpaceRef Interactive Inc.


Thursday October 10, 2019 09:30 - 09:50 EDT
Room CR1 ICAO - 999 Boulevard Robert-Bourassa, Montréal, QC H3C 5H10

09:50 EDT

How to See Human Interaction With Space as Art
The Voyager Golden Records, the Juno spacecraft, data from radio telescopes, and the ISS; all examples of how humans interact with space. Though typically considered through practical lenses, a cultural lens should also be applied. Such an application demands that human interaction with space be considered in many ways as art in itself. Human-space interaction reflects back on society in many ways: pop culture, space inventions adapted for grounded life, how we look at national borders, in how we see commercial and government enterprises, in what we think is plausible in our lifetimes. The motivation of space activities is another element of cultural significance. For example, the reason why North Americans are racing to send humans to Mars now is far removed from the reasons they sent humans to the moon during the 1960s and 70s. What kind of differing and converging ideas could there be behind the Voyager Golden Records and the spacebound Tesla Roadster? And what do those ideas reveal about us as a culture? When it comes to cultural studies, there are always more questions than answers. Offering new perspectives on how to ask and those questions, and how to attempt to answer them, will hopefully inspire others to do the same.

Speakers
HJ

Hannah Jack Halcro

President, Space Concordia
Hannah was one of the original Concordia University representatives with the Montreal Student Space Associations. She is the 2018-2020 President of Space Concordia where she seeks to cultivate a strong space community through engineering design projects and public events. Studying... Read More →


Thursday October 10, 2019 09:50 - 10:10 EDT
Room CR1 ICAO - 999 Boulevard Robert-Bourassa, Montréal, QC H3C 5H10

10:10 EDT

Transforming Social Orders at The Margins of Space: The Canadian Women of Alouette I and II Satellites
The Canadian space industry was brought to the attention of the world with the launch of the Alouette I satellite, in 1962. The launch of this satellite and its sister, Alouette II, in 1965 heralded the arrival of Canada as a key player in the burgeoning global space industry. There is increasing concern that expertise and tacit knowledge from previous generations who worked in the Canadian space industry will be lost with the aging of these science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) professionals, and administrative and corporate personnel. Our research is focused specifically on surfacing the gendered histories of Canadian women who contributed to the interdisciplinary work involved in the design, construction, testing, launch and operation of the Alouette I and II satellites. These women’s experiences in the burgeoning space industry must be part of our contemporary and future lexicon in such a way that their experiences are not lost to the past. We specifically look to their discourses, recalling their day-to-day social interactions and their contributions to these two satellite missions. Their stories and narratives are surfaced via fragmented historical genealogies, such as in archives, in present-day interviews with individuals, in photographic images, and in media reports of the time. Our objective is to plausibly retell these gendered histories within the context of Canadian Cold War experiences. To this end, our research includes working on synergies with Concordia University’s EngAGE Centre for Research on Aging as a way to inform the present and future gendered relationships in male-dominated fields of space and of similar industries. We hope to inspire present and future STEM-professional women and corporate/administrative professional women, and to incite them to embrace the rich historical heritage of Canadian women working in space.

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Stefanie Ruel

Dr. Stefanie Ruel

Assistant Professor, Concordia University
Stefanie Ruel received her Bachelor of Science from McGill University. She also holds a Masters of Business Administration and a Doctorate in Business Administration from Athabasca University. She is the recipient of Athabasca University’s Convocation Scholarship for Academic Excellence... Read More →


Thursday October 10, 2019 10:10 - 10:30 EDT
Room CR1 ICAO - 999 Boulevard Robert-Bourassa, Montréal, QC H3C 5H10

11:00 EDT

Plenary Session
11:00           ICAO - Mr. Yuri Fattah 
Keynote Address from Mr. Yuri Fattah, Program Manager of ICAO   

11:10           Canadian Armed Forces - Lieutenant-Colonel Catherine Marchetti 
Canada Defence Space Program 
Accelerate-Collaborate-Defend: Delivering the Space Objectives of Canada's Defence Policy

The four “C’s” for a sense of urgency.
Strong, Secure, Engaged: Defence Space Objectives within Canada’s defence policy.
CAF Joint Space Program: RCAF Functional Lead.
Current Capabilities and Projects.

11:35          Canadian Space Agency - Mr. Sylvain Laporte
Keynote Address from the President of the Canadian Space Agency

Speakers
YF

Yuri Fattah

Programme Manager, ICAO
avatar for Sylvain Laporte

Sylvain Laporte

President, Canadian Space Agency
Sylvain Laporte became President of the Canadian Space Agency in March 2015. He is committed to advancing Canada’s presence in space through satellite, exploration and astronaut missions in the service of science and innovation.From 2011 to 2015 Sylvain was Chief Executive Officer... Read More →
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Lieutenant-Colonel C.J. Marchetti

Director Space Strategy and Plans, Canadian Armed Forces | Government of Canada
LCol Catherine Marchetti was born in Montreal, Quebec and graduated from the RoyalMilitary College of Canada in 1998 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Space Sciences. Sheobtained a Master’s degree in Atmospheric Physics from the University of Toronto a yearlater.After completion of... Read More →


Thursday October 10, 2019 11:00 - 12:00 EDT
Room CR1 ICAO - 999 Boulevard Robert-Bourassa, Montréal, QC H3C 5H10

13:00 EDT

Global Transparency for Industrial Greenhouse Gas Emissions
In 2016, GHGSat launched a demonstration satellite ("Claire") for monitoring greenhouse gas emissions from any industrial site in the world. Claire has proven that it is possible to detect and quantify emissions from oil & gas, power generation, waste management and other sources around the world. Claire will soon be joined by two new GHGSat satellites and an aircraft sensor, all launching within the next 12 months, providing an order-of-magnitude improvement in performance and capacity. GHGSat is collecting all measurements in a new global datastore for greenhouse gas emissions, together with relevant data from third-party satellite and ground sources. This datastore is being used to develop new analytics, such as neural networks to identify emissions plumes and predictive algorithms to identify areas and facilities at high risk of emissions. These innovations are ushering-in a new era of global transparency for industrial greenhouse gas emissions, providing operators, regulators and policy-makers with the insights they need to reduce emissions.

Speakers
avatar for Stéphane Germain

Stéphane Germain

CEO, GHGSat
Stéphane Germain founded GHGSat in 2011 to answer a market need for consistent, high quality measurements of greenhouse gas emissions from industrial facilities worldwide.Mr. Germain has over 25 years of experience in aerospace engineering, project management, and business development... Read More →


Thursday October 10, 2019 13:00 - 13:20 EDT
Room CR2 ICAO - 999 Boulevard Robert-Bourassa, Montréal, QC H3C 5H10

13:00 EDT

Magic in a Light-Polluted Sky
As people with jobs and interests in space and astronomy, we are usually the first to decry light pollution in our urban skies. And rightly so. However, this message has gotten into the public mind and has had a negative impact: most people ignore the urban night sky entirely, unaware that there’s still magic to be seen.
While stars are hard to spot within the city sky, the Moon, the planets, and the International Space Station can be easily seen with the naked eye. 
These are a great launching pad to increase public interest in space and astronomy. But if we want to go beyond and grow this interest, we have to change our messaging.
In this presentation, I’ll talk about the various events, workshops, and telescope-in-the-street public outreach that Plateau Astro has been doing since forming it in spring 2018. I’ll also outline the data I’ve collected about public knowledge of space and astronomy and ways we can do better to connect.

Speakers
avatar for Trevor Kjorlien

Trevor Kjorlien

Founder, Plateau Astro
I am a web designer and an amateur astronomy teacher. Since 2013, I have been doing an event called “Moonrise” on top of Mount Royal where we watch the Full Moon appear over the horizon. In 2017, I received a telescope and began taking it into parks inside the city of Montréal... Read More →



Thursday October 10, 2019 13:00 - 13:20 EDT
Room CR1 ICAO - 999 Boulevard Robert-Bourassa, Montréal, QC H3C 5H10

13:40 EDT

A Growing Perspective
We are all born curious and accumulate a deeper understanding of the world as we gain experiences. A perspective of the universe was not something I thought would be relevant when starting university, and through an initial opportunity at Concordia, soon became my whole world. The universe is a captivating mystery that draws many of us to explore and push the frontier of what is possible, and for myself, a mixture of determination and passion fuelled all my contributions. The constant has always been the people that enable such grand projects to come together, as aligning our goals and focusing our efforts is the best way to learn and achieve in this industry. At Space Concordia, I initially worked on the payload for the Aleksandr satellite while knowing close to nothing. As the society grew, we were involved with outreach events, conferences, workshops; all exposing us to a large range of experiences and fields. Once concluding university, I had gained plenty of experience with spacecraft, our first sounding rocket and our first high altitude balloon. I took this momentum to work at Space Flight Laboratory as part of my masters where I decided to focus on thermal systems. Again being exposed to many experts in the fields, we have successful satellites in orbit and more scheduled for the future. Once my duties were completed, I moved back to Montreal and decided to work with Nuvu Cameras, where we are collaborating with the WFIRST mission to integrate our powerful cameras for their spacecraft. My exposure with multiple disciplines is what helps me guide these devices throughout development, while learning from my team on the intricacies of what they have created. Continuously exploring and sharing our progress is how we build perspective in this changing world.

Speakers
avatar for Nicholas Velenosi

Nicholas Velenosi

Space Integration Expert, Nuvu Cameras
I have always been one to follow my passion and throw myself into new challenges assuming I would adapt. I discovered my passion for space later in life, and it had a profound effect on me once I realized a career in that field was not only feasible, but deeply engaging.


Thursday October 10, 2019 13:40 - 14:00 EDT
Room CR2 ICAO - 999 Boulevard Robert-Bourassa, Montréal, QC H3C 5H10

14:15 EDT

Disrupting Space Governance: Regulation in an Era of Technological and Commercial (R)evolutions
The talk will present the current structure of space governance and the basics of space law, as well as the necessary transformation thereof to meet the challenges of the technological and commercial (r)evolutions that disrupt the old order in favor of opening new horizons. The talk will demonstrate that after an initial period of successful development of space governance featuring institutions building and the adoption of space law treaties, from the early days in the late 1950s to the mid-1970s, space governance, as developed by those institutions, has largely stagnated. This long stagnation is a result of the decline in the rule-making capacity of the main institutions, comparable with the general trend in global affairs. The consequence is that even the most important issues, e.g. space debris, militarization, space traffic control and utilization of space resources, are left insufficiently addressed.

The new technological and commercial developments, notably those of the private sector that is already taking the lead on space exploration, are pushing the boundaries of space law and putting a strain on the outed system of space governance. Only a decentralized model of governance, may address the disruption and the needs of new space actors for regulatory assurances and accepted standards. Indeed, space governance is already on track to become decentralized, increasingly and inevitably, as stakeholders and experts establish forums that suggest, adopt or push for rules and standards. The result is a gradual emergence of numerous decision-making centers (governance centers) producing numerous, partially overlapping, issue-specific regimes. Thus, in a kind of ‘spontaneous order’, space governance may continuously evolve to meet the ever-changing challenges and opportunities of space exploration and exploitation.

Speakers
avatar for Eytan Tepper

Eytan Tepper

Doctoral candidate, McGill Institute of Air and Space Law
Eytan Tepper is completing his doctorate degree at McGill Institute of Air and Space Law and has previous degrees in law and economics. His research focused on space governance, i.e. on how human space activities are steered, notably how the principles and rules applicable to these... Read More →


Thursday October 10, 2019 14:15 - 14:35 EDT
Room CR1 ICAO - 999 Boulevard Robert-Bourassa, Montréal, QC H3C 5H10

14:15 EDT

SGAC: Canada's Space Generation is Moonbound
Developed by Canadian young professionals and students, the titular theme of the UN Space Generation Advisory Council (SGAC) “Canada’s Space Generation is Moonbound” will explore a fusion of thematic areas representative of today’s space industry and its plurality. It has been prominently developed to provide insights into the growing panoramic view of Canada’s modern space sector including its makeup – an evolving genetic identity highlighting the significance of inclusion and diversity, intermixed with diversity of ideas blending technical and non-technical domains. A major highlight is accessibility to space opportunities for the Canadian youth and international outlook for space exploration through sustainable partnerships. At its heart, the core of the session reflects on Canada's heritage in space and its future: the space generation terra firma ripe of collaborative opportunities, leveraging imagination as a pivot to exploration and innovation.

The outputs generated from the session will be consolidated into a report by SGAC. They will be redirected to key stakeholders, including the Canadian Space Agency Canada's Space Advisory Board, as well as internationally to UN Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (UN COPUOS), among others.

Moderators
avatar for Joel Gagnon

Joel Gagnon

Special Projects, SG[Canada], Space Generation Advisory Council
Master of Aerospace Engineering student at McGill University.
avatar for Zaid Rana

Zaid Rana

Junior Program Scientist, Canadian Space Agency | SGAC

Speakers
avatar for Morgan Crowley

Morgan Crowley

PhD Candidate in Natural Resource Sciences, McGill University
Morgan Crowley is a Ph.D. Candidate at McGill University in the Department of Natural Resources. In her research, she fuses classifications from multiple satellite sensors to map and analyze wildfire progressions in Canada. All of her research is done in Google Earth Engine in collaboration... Read More →
avatar for Amy Huynh

Amy Huynh

Brooke Owens Fellow, NASA Ames Research Center
avatar for Bethany Downer

Bethany Downer

Scientist-Astronaut candidate, ESA Hubble Public Information & Press Officer
Bethany Downer was born and raised in St. John's, Newfoundland and currently works around the world in the domain of outreach and communications for space. Based in western Europe, she currently manages the outreach of the Hubble Space Telescope for the European Space Agency and is... Read More →
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The Paraboladies

Aerospace Medicine Research Group, Eleonor Frost, Lauren Church, Dr. Nina Purvis and Maia Gummer
We are The Paraboladies - a group of 4 women interested in Aerospace Medicine from avariety of backgrounds including medicine, human sciences, and physics. We formed ourteam to partake in the European Student Aerospace Challenge 2018/19(https://www.esa.int/Education/ESA_Academy/Student_Aerospace_Challenge_2018-2019),after... Read More →


Thursday October 10, 2019 14:15 - 15:45 EDT
Room CR2 ICAO - 999 Boulevard Robert-Bourassa, Montréal, QC H3C 5H10

14:35 EDT

The Regulation of Rocket Emissions
With the dawn of industries such as space tourism, asteroid mining and space colonization, we are at a critical stage in the commercial use of outer space. A spike in missions indicates a drastic proliferation in the number of rockets launched when such activities become feasible. However, studies have revealed that an increase in rocket launches could cause irreversible environmental damage, including ozone depletion and global warming, due to the chemicals discharged by certain rockets. The effects of pollutants such as black carbon may alter atmospheric circulation and increase surface temperatures. The issue hence demands regulatory attention, as repercussions of increasing rocket launches would far outweigh those of aircraft flights if rocket launches amplify. The need to regulate rocket emissions has been acknowledged by the international legal community, yet the issue continues to evade regulation. My presentation will elaborate on the legal perspective and emphasize the need to adopt an interdisciplinary approach to address this issue.

My presentation introduces the issue by outlining past studies on the environmental impact of rocket emissions. I then discuss the inadequacy of the space treaties, specifically the Outer Space Treaty and the Liability Convention. These provisions demonstrate that there is no obligation on States to persuade their non-State actors, particularly companies venturing into the commercial space arena, to curb emissions or switch to cleaner rocket fuels which discharge less-polluting by-products. I propose legal principles that can be applied, based on a comparative study of international regimes within the aviation and maritime sectors. My conclusion emphasizes that collaboration with the scientific community is imperative, as well as the inclusion of economic and political inputs to design a successful mechanism to regulate rocket emissions.

Speakers
NR

Nivedita Raju

LLM Student, McGill University
I am an LLM candidate and Arsenault Fellow at the McGill Institute of Air and Space Law. My LLM Thesis explores the need to regulate rocket emissions in light of adverse environmental impact. My interests in space law focus on the sustainability of outer space and permissible military... Read More →


Thursday October 10, 2019 14:35 - 14:55 EDT
Room CR1 ICAO - 999 Boulevard Robert-Bourassa, Montréal, QC H3C 5H10

14:55 EDT

Freedom of Movement as a Human Right in "the Province of all Mankind"
As the Outer Space Treaty (OST) enters its sixth decade, an evolved understanding of its ‘province provision’ at Article I is proposed. This Article declaring that the “exploration and use of outer space . . . shall be the province of all mankind” has the potential to be interpreted literally, with the full territorial implications ordinarily associated with the word “province”. This interpretation is based not only on the ordinary meaning of the word province, but primarily on the long associations of the activities of both “exploration” and “use” with territorial appropriation under international law.

This proposed ‘territorial conception’ of the province provision sees humankind as an emerging subject of international law appropriating those areas of outer space where humanity ventures. The result of which being that those regions of space where the human species extends its presence comprise the literal “province of all mankind”, with ultimate title and residual sovereignty over territory explored and utilised invested in all of humankind. Importantly this interpretation presents no conflict with Article II of the OST, which prohibits only “national appropriation” of outer space and not appropriation by humankind itself.

As every human being is collectively a member of humankind, sharing territorial title over all areas of outer space subject to its “exploration and use”, all persons should be guaranteed as a human right freedom of movement throughout humankind's province. The eventual development of such an open border regime could become one of the most unique and important governance features of outer space. For it ensures that unlike here on Earth, the ability to migrate, settle and work in space is not entirely dependent on the “birthright lottery” of nationality. For in “the province of all mankind” no human should ever be considered “illegal”.

Speakers
AS

Andrew Simon-Butler

Legal Researcher, Melbourne Social Equity Institute - University of Melbourne
Andrew is an Ontarian Barrister and Solicitor, Australian Lawyer and Australian Registered Migration Agent. His research focus is the forthcoming intersection of international migration law and international space law governing the future human settlement of outer space. Andrew has... Read More →


Thursday October 10, 2019 14:55 - 15:15 EDT
Room CR1 ICAO - 999 Boulevard Robert-Bourassa, Montréal, QC H3C 5H10

16:00 EDT

Student Rocketry Panel
Reunion of all Quebec student rocketry teams answering all your questions regarding Student Rocketry. 



Speakers
avatar for Adam Trumpour

Adam Trumpour

President, Launch Canada Rocketry Association
Adam is a rocket and gas turbine propulsion professional with broad involvement in the industry. He is a turbine engine concept designer at Pratt & Whitney Canada and a founding partner of Continuum Aerospace, a small company devoted to engineering consulting and developing innovative... Read More →
avatar for Alexandre Rivard

Alexandre Rivard

Student, Groupe Aérospatial de l'Université Laval
Aerospace has been part of my life ever since my first year of University. Two years later and still a whole lot to learn, I engaged myself to be the technical co-director for the Groupe Aérospatial de l'Université Laval (GAUL) rocket team, ready to face new challenges.
avatar for Aliénor Lougerstay

Aliénor Lougerstay

Team Lead, Oronos Polytechnique
avatar for Charles-Frédérick Gauthier

Charles-Frédérick Gauthier

Electrical Engineering Student, Université de Sherbrooke
Team lead of Sherbrooke's first rocketry team and model rocketry enthusiast. VP Outreach of the QMSat project, participating in the CSA's Cubesat Initiative
avatar for Daniil Lisus

Daniil Lisus

Captain, McGill Rocket Team
I am a fourth year mechanical engineering student at McGill University and am passionate about furthering Canada’s space industry. This has led me to become involved in the McGill Rocket Team where I held the position of Payload Lead and am one the team Captains for the upcoming... Read More →
avatar for David Bourgault

David Bourgault

Student/ Member, RockÉTS
OK

Oleg Khalimonov

Chief Rocket Designer, Space Concordia


Thursday October 10, 2019 16:00 - 17:20 EDT
Room CR2 ICAO - 999 Boulevard Robert-Bourassa, Montréal, QC H3C 5H10
 
Friday, October 11
 

09:00 EDT

Biological Life Support System - Future Direction
Long-duration space exploration, including travel to the Moon and Mars with semi-permanent colonization, will require plant production for human consumption. However, plant growth in space includes many unique challenges. With the inclusion of the Veggie plant growth system on the ISS, NASA has taken an interest in using plants for biological life support for food, water and air recovery. However, to date most trials have obtained plant yields that are orders of magnitude lower than for earth-based production. Large challenges remain as technologies are developed that can bridge this yield gap. This talk will provide an overview of the challenges and direction of the plant growth research and future plans to move this research forward.

Speakers
ML

Mark Lefsrud

Associate Professor, McGill University
Dr. Lefsrud is an Associate Professor at McGill University and leads the Biomass Production Laboratory. He obtained a B.Sc. and M.Sc. in Agricultural and Bioresource Engineering and a Ph.D. in Plant Physiology. His research program focuses on the development of bioprocesses and improvements... Read More →


Friday October 11, 2019 09:00 - 09:20 EDT
Room CR1 ICAO - 999 Boulevard Robert-Bourassa, Montréal, QC H3C 5H10

09:00 EDT

A day in the life of Spacecraft Thermal Control Engineer
What is it like to work in the Space industry? This presentation covers a typical day for a spacecraft thermal control engineer. It describes the challenges, engineering decisions, communications and work encountered in a typical day.

Attendees exploring a future in the space industry will come away with a better understanding of this particular field to inform their career and education choices.

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Chris Pye

Dr. Chris Pye

Vice President, Maya HTT
Dr. Pye has been with Maya HTT for over 30 years and has been involved in the Space industry for even longer. He has worked on over 20 space missions for Canadian and other customers, mostly in the area of thermal control. During his time at Maya HTT he has also worked as a software... Read More →


Friday October 11, 2019 09:00 - 09:20 EDT
Room CR2 ICAO - 999 Boulevard Robert-Bourassa, Montréal, QC H3C 5H10
  Space Engineering

10:30 EDT

University Competitions: Launching Your Career into Space
Speakers
avatar for Lawrence Reeves

Lawrence Reeves

President, CSDCMS
I'm the President of the not-for-profit society which offers and manages the Canadian Satellite Design Challenge. I'm also the Owner/President of Geocentrix Technologies Ltd., and offer technical consulting to the space industry on various mission-related topics. My background is... Read More →


Friday October 11, 2019 10:30 - 10:50 EDT
Room CR1 ICAO - 999 Boulevard Robert-Bourassa, Montréal, QC H3C 5H10

10:30 EDT

"Science communication 101" Workshop
This workshop aims to briefly go through what science communication is and to focus on the best practice in the field. Through an activity of science communication speed dating, you will learn about tools to better communicate science with different audiences. Different ways to easily engage in science communication will also to explore.

Speakers
avatar for Frédérique Baron

Frédérique Baron

Scientific and EPO coordinator, Institut de recherche sur les exoplanètes (iREx)


Friday October 11, 2019 10:30 - 11:30 EDT
Workshop Area - Foyer ICAO - 999 Boulevard Robert-Bourassa, Montréal, QC H3C 5H10

10:50 EDT

Launch Canada Rocketry Association
People often think of innovation as coming from either industry or academia, but from Robert Goddard to Wernher von Braun to many of today’s leading rocket entrepreneurs, the history of aerospace has been shaped by people who began as amateurs. Countries that recognize and support this grassroots talent and create an ecosystem in which it can thrive can harness an unmatched drive and passion to learn and innovate, at very little cost, and this has been proven time and time again.

Here in Canada, there is an unprecedented surge of grassroots interest in rocketry, particularly among students. The space launch industry is changing rapidly, driven by game-changing companies like SpaceX and RocketLab, and Canadians want to be a part of it. There are now around 20 student rocket teams across the country, many of them undertaking cutting-edge sounding rocket work, and regularly winning a disproportionate number of the top honours at major international rocket competitions.

Yet many of them face a relative lack of support in Canada. They have few options to pursue their rocketry work at home, and few avenues available for support. Often these exceptionally bright, motivated Canadians have no choice but to either abandon their passion, or leave the country. In an increasingly competitive high-tech economy, Canada cannot afford to keep losing this talent.

The Launch Canada Rocketry Association aims to change this by helping Canada’s rocket innovators to pursue their activities, collaborate, learn and thrive. We are working to promote safety in advanced rocketry and are creating Canada’s first-ever advanced rocketry competition to incentivize the development of significant rocket propulsion and launch vehicle technologies with a bold, entrepreneurial mindset. It will help develop a pipeline of highly skilled, knowledgeable and experienced aerospace professionals through challenging hands-on rocket engineering projects and will use the excitement of rocketry to promote STEM education.

Speakers
avatar for Adam Trumpour

Adam Trumpour

President, Launch Canada Rocketry Association
Adam is a rocket and gas turbine propulsion professional with broad involvement in the industry. He is a turbine engine concept designer at Pratt & Whitney Canada and a founding partner of Continuum Aerospace, a small company devoted to engineering consulting and developing innovative... Read More →


Friday October 11, 2019 10:50 - 11:10 EDT
Room CR1 ICAO - 999 Boulevard Robert-Bourassa, Montréal, QC H3C 5H10

11:10 EDT

Changing Perspectives
Bureaucracy can be a tough battle for space technology. Through the story of new rocket engine design team, this talk details the struggle to help administration understand why deeply complex, expensive, and potentially dangerous technology is worth investing in, and why effective communication and activism in space technology is essential for the space industry to grow in Canada.

Speakers
avatar for Balin Moher

Balin Moher

Founder & Former Director, Ryerson Propulsion Group
Founder and Former Director of the Ryerson Propulsion Group, a student led engineering design team focused around the development of a 350 pound rocket engine (Founded in July 2018). Recent graduate of the undergraduate Aerospace Engineering program at Ryerson University. Active member... Read More →


Friday October 11, 2019 11:10 - 11:30 EDT
Room CR1 ICAO - 999 Boulevard Robert-Bourassa, Montréal, QC H3C 5H10

12:30 EDT

Life beyond Earth Panel
Reunion between several experts from various disciplines who contribute to the quest for Life beyond Earth.


Speakers
avatar for Dr. Richard Léveillé

Dr. Richard Léveillé

Adjunct professor, Earth and Planetary Sciences, McGill University | McGill Space Institute
Planetary scientist and geology professor at McGill University and John Abbott College. Mars Science Laboratory Participating Scientist. Founding member and co-lead of the Canadian Astrobiology Network. Former Canadian Space Agency research scientist. Searching for life on Mars and... Read More →
avatar for Frédérique Baron

Frédérique Baron

Scientific and EPO coordinator, Institut de recherche sur les exoplanètes (iREx)
DP

Dianea Phillips

Aerospace Educator
Dianea Carroll Phillips currently is an Educational Consultant with the Lester B. Pearson School Board in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. She holds a Bachelor of Education degree from McGill University and is a Canadian Hilroy Award Winner. Ms. Phillips has worked as a teacher and teaching... Read More →
avatar for Brian Ewenson

Brian Ewenson

Executive Director, Aerospace Educator, Spaceport Sheboygan
Brian Ewenson is an Aerospace Educator, Consultant and Professional Speaker, on Aviation and Aerospace. He was born in Montreal, Quebec, Canada and speaks multiple languages. He has presented to more than 250,000 people in the past 20 years at schools, museums, science centers, community... Read More →
avatar for Étienne Artigau

Étienne Artigau

Senior Research Associate, Université de Montréal
I am an astrophysicist working on the detection of exoplanets through near-infrared observations. I am the project scientist of two near-infrared spectrographs (SPIROU, NIRPS) developped for observatories in Hawaii and Chile. Visit my iREx webpage for some more info on my work.See... Read More →


Friday October 11, 2019 12:30 - 14:00 EDT
Room CR2 ICAO - 999 Boulevard Robert-Bourassa, Montréal, QC H3C 5H10
  Life beyond Earth

12:30 EDT

Transitioning from University to a Job in the Space Sector
Space is a highly interesting field, but finding a first job in the space industry is not always easy.  The current members of the Engineer Development Program of the Canadian Space Agency discuss their transitions from university students interested in space to employees working in the space domain.  They discuss the strategic decisions one can take at the undergraduate level, the need to acquire soft skills (including interviewing skills) and the ways to do so, the value of a master degree including how to carefully pick a program and a supervisor, and finally, life as an employee in the space sector.

Speakers
avatar for Marie-Josée Potvin

Marie-Josée Potvin

Manager, Engineer Development Program / Senior System Engineer, Canadian Space Agency
Dr. Marie-Josée Potvin holds a bachelor degree in Engineering Physics from Polytechnique Montréal, a master’s in Mechanical Engineering from Queen’s University, and a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from McGill University. Over her career at the Canadian Space Agency, she has... Read More →
avatar for Chelsea Taylor

Chelsea Taylor

Engineer (Development Program), Canadian Space Agency
Ms. Chelsea Taylor graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering from the University of Manitoba in 2018. Since joining the Engineering Development Program at the Canadian Space Agency over a year ago, she has worked on lunar rover integration and deployment, simulation... Read More →
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Miranda Taylor

Engineer (Development Program), Canadian Space Agency
Miranda Taylor graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Northeastern University in 2018. During her degree, she had three co-ops in diverse fields, including medical devices, measuring instruments, and the automotive industry. She partnered with NASA’s... Read More →
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Annie Rosenzveig

Engineer (Development Program), Canadian Space Agency
Ms Annie Rosenzveig graduated with a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering from McGill University in 2016. Since joining the Engineering Development Program at the Canadian Space Agency in February this year, she has supported the design, launch and recovery for a scientific stratospheric... Read More →
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Peter Kazakoff

Engineer (Development Program), Canadian Space Agency
Mr Peter Kazakoff graduated from the University of Victoria in 2015 with a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering. During his undergraduate program, he was a member of UVic’s Canadian Satellite Design Challenge team, doing hardware design for ECOSat-2 and systems engineering... Read More →
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Shaan Muhammad

Engineer (Trainee Program), Canadian Space Agency
Mr Shaan Muhammad graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering with a Biomedical specialization from the University of Alberta in 2017. During his degree he had three co-ops in both academia and industry, which included orthodontics research,  test rig design, and... Read More →
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Thomas Wright

Engineer (Trainee Program), Canadian Space Agency
Mr. Thomas Wright graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Manitoba in 2008. Following his degree, he worked in the Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning industry. He completed a Master of Science in Earth and Space Science and Engineering... Read More →
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Neell Young

Engineer, Canadian Space Agency
Mr. Neell Young graduated with a Masters of Applied Science from the Institute of Aerospace Studies at the University of Toronto and a Bachelor of Applied Science from the Division of Engineering Science at the University of Toronto. In the middle of his undergraduate studies, he... Read More →


Friday October 11, 2019 12:30 - 14:00 EDT
Room CR1 ICAO - 999 Boulevard Robert-Bourassa, Montréal, QC H3C 5H10

14:30 EDT

Beyond the Rocket Science; The Challenges of Launch Vehicle Start-ups in Canada
As if developing a rocket to fly to orbit weren’t hard enough, for-profit entities attempting to make a business from launch-as-a-service face incredible challenges that are tangentially related to the engineering or, often, not at all. This piece will dive into the developmental and operational challenges faced by commercial launch organizations globally, and those specific to Canadian organizations. The global challenges of launch vehicle development and operation will be covered first. This includes the challenges associated with regulatory compliance, with launch vehicle safety, and with defining a competitive business model in the overcrowded small-launch market. The challenges specific to Canadian launch businesses will be covered following that. These challenges include a lack of resources, a lack of experience, lack of launch sites, lack of regulatory oversight, and myopic venture capital funding. The talk concludes by looking at potential ways forward and the political and economic ramifications of launch from Canada.

Speakers
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Neil Woodcock

Chief Operations Officer, Reaction Dynamics
Neil Woodcock is the Chief Operations Officer of Reaction Dynamics, a Canadian startup intending to manufacture and operate small satellite launch vehicles. He previously worked as the Space Concordia Rocketry Division’s technical lead and as Space Concordia’s President. He obtained... Read More →


Friday October 11, 2019 14:30 - 14:50 EDT
Room CR1 ICAO - 999 Boulevard Robert-Bourassa, Montréal, QC H3C 5H10

14:30 EDT

IAD2019 – A Collaborative Public Outreach Initiative
On May 11, 2019 Astronomy in Montreal was celebrated during the International Astronomy Day festivities at the Rio Tinto Alcan Planetarium. Over two dozen Astronomy societies, student clubs, outreach groups, artists and companies partnered to provide 30 free public activities to an audience of 1500 visitors over a scheduled 12 hour period, overlapping with the 24 Hours of Science and Science Odyssey initiatives. This event was first conceived in discussions at the 2018 Montreal Space Symposium and included participation from more than a dozen post-secondary student groups in the Greater Montreal Area.

The Rio Tinto Alcan Planetarium and the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada (RASC) Montreal Centre co-organized the event and will present the vision, activities, and feedback from this pilot event. An outline of next year’s possible format and theme will be discussed, with areas for returning partners to take the lead and new partners to bring their ideas and activities to this collaborative event.

Speakers
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Karim Jaffer

Student, John Abbott College
I have been at John Abbott College (JAC) since 2006 teaching a variety of Physics and Pathways courses, and began teaching the Introductory Astronomy course in 2016 - including the coordination of Astronomy observing activities, outreach, and all Astronomy-related projects in various... Read More →
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Dr Olivier Hernandez

Directeur, Planétarium Rio Tinto Alcan
Astrophysicien


Friday October 11, 2019 14:30 - 14:50 EDT
Room CR2 ICAO - 999 Boulevard Robert-Bourassa, Montréal, QC H3C 5H10

14:50 EDT

Space Advocacy in Canada
This presentation will discuss recent, current, and upcoming space advocacy activities in Canada. What is space advocacy? How does the space community engage with government? How can the general public get involved? What role do students play? And what needs to be done? These are all questions that attendees of the Montreal Space Symposium need to think about if they want to have a hand in ensuring that Canada's future in space is as bright as it can be.

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Kate Howells

Global Community Outreach Manager, The Planetary Society,
Kate Howells is a member of the Government of Canada’s Space Advisory Board and Global Community Outreach Manager at The Planetary Society, an organization that aims to empower people around the world to become involved in advancing space exploration. Kate Howells works with The... Read More →


Friday October 11, 2019 14:50 - 15:10 EDT
Room CR2 ICAO - 999 Boulevard Robert-Bourassa, Montréal, QC H3C 5H10

15:10 EDT

Public Outreach: Bringing Astronomy to Montrealers - RASC Montreal Centre
The Montreal Centre of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada (RASC) is comprised of approximately 175 amateur astronomers. As a group we obviously enjoy observing and exploring the night sky in a socially friendly environment, and as a second component of our mandate for over a century we host events and deliver activities in the Greater Montreal Area to share our passion of astronomy with the public. Over the past decades, these free public events provided by RASC Montreal Centre have been joined by a host of initiatives by other local clubs, organizations, and even private individuals…all with an aim to share our wonder, knowledge and experiences in Astronomy and Space Sciences with the general public. In this talk we will present an overview of the RASC Montreal Centre offerings, as well as a look at some of these various initiatives from outside traditional academia. Whether you call it public outreach or sidewalk astronomy, the net effect has been a rebirth of interest in the night sky within the Montreal region and beyond amongst the general public.

Speakers
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Karim Jaffer

Student, John Abbott College
I have been at John Abbott College (JAC) since 2006 teaching a variety of Physics and Pathways courses, and began teaching the Introductory Astronomy course in 2016 - including the coordination of Astronomy observing activities, outreach, and all Astronomy-related projects in various... Read More →
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Morrie Portnoff

President, RASC, Montreal Centre
I have been the President of the Montreal Centre of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada for the past 5 years. Prior that that I was the Treasurer for for 2 years as well as the Editor of the Centre's newsletter, Skyward. Observing the night sky is a passion which I love to share... Read More →


Friday October 11, 2019 15:10 - 15:30 EDT
Room CR2 ICAO - 999 Boulevard Robert-Bourassa, Montréal, QC H3C 5H10

16:00 EDT

Developing a Repairable Composite Rover for the Moon
The lunar environment is very challenging with extreme temperatures, no atmosphere, and a very abrasive dust that is pervasive.  Composite materials could be a material of choice to lower the mass of the rover, but also provide the right protection to allow survival of the instruments during the lunar night, where temperatures can drop to -200˚C and remain such for the equivalent of two weeks on Earth.

A large multidisciplinary team funded by CREPEC groups professors and students from Polytechnique Montréal, École de technologie supérieure, Université Laval, and the Canadian Space Agency and aims at developing a thermoplastic composite rover that is 3D printed to save on mass, prevent heat loss, and provide dust protection.  The use of space compatible thermoplastic composite material will allow for repair using induction methods.

This talk will present the challenges brought the lunar environment from a material, but also system point of view, the design strategies usually considered and the material options, and finally, the innovations this research group will bring forward.

Speakers
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Marie-Josée Potvin

Manager, Engineer Development Program / Senior System Engineer, Canadian Space Agency
Dr. Marie-Josée Potvin holds a bachelor degree in Engineering Physics from Polytechnique Montréal, a master’s in Mechanical Engineering from Queen’s University, and a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from McGill University. Over her career at the Canadian Space Agency, she has... Read More →


Friday October 11, 2019 16:00 - 16:20 EDT
Room CR1 ICAO - 999 Boulevard Robert-Bourassa, Montréal, QC H3C 5H10

16:40 EDT

Development of Health Technologies for Deep Space Missions
Since the 1960s, astronauts have pushed the radii of space exploration, putting the human body to the test while exposing themselves to challenging environmental factors. Asspace missions grow longer and more ambitious, health-monitoring becomes a primary factor in planning. The announcement of the The Lunar Orbital Platform-Gateway (LOP-G), commonly referred to as the Lunar Gateway, has created a need for development of healthcare innovation that will monitor health of astronauts through Deep Space missions with less reliance on Earth. Let us explore the recent advancements in health technologies and project currently underway. What are the benefits of these innovations for space travel? What human factors are we most concerned about? Do these innovations provide any benefit to the quality of life on Earth?

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Amanda Spilkin

Founder, Space Health Division at Space Concordia
Currently completing her Masters in Physics, specializing in Brain Imaging and founded the Space Health Division Concordia University. The Space Health Project consists of using lab-on-a-chip technology to study the human immune response in simulated space environment.


Friday October 11, 2019 16:40 - 17:00 EDT
Room CR2 ICAO - 999 Boulevard Robert-Bourassa, Montréal, QC H3C 5H10

17:30 EDT

Closing Ceremony
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Luis Rodrigues

Professor, Concordia University


Friday October 11, 2019 17:30 - 17:45 EDT
Room CR1 ICAO - 999 Boulevard Robert-Bourassa, Montréal, QC H3C 5H10
 


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