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Thursday, October 10

09:30 EDT

A Global Perspective of Government Space Programs
Global government space budgets are in the early stages of a ten-year growth cycle with total world expenditures reaching $70.9 billion in 2018, and forecasted to grow to $84.6 billion by 2025. According to the research, the U.S. government continues to be the world’s largest investor in space programs, with China, Russia, France and Japan following in that order. Among other interesting findings, the research shows that two records were broken in 2018, with more government satellites launched than ever before and more governments launching satellites. Canada holds the 16th position in the world with regards to its government space budget. With 2018-2019 being an important year marked by the launch of RCM and the country's long-term commitments to the lunar gateway, the country's space budget is set for a significant growth in the coming decade, further affecting Canada's impact on the global space scene.


Jan Clarence Dee

Space Consultant, EuroConsult

Thursday October 10, 2019 09:30 - 09:50 EDT
Room CR2 ICAO - 999 Boulevard Robert-Bourassa, Montréal, QC H3C 5H10

09:50 EDT

Rethinking Governance, Management & Education in a Changing Global Space Sector
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Lucy Stojak

Executive Director, HEC Montréal
Dr. Marie Lucy Stojak is the Executive Director of Mosaic, the Creativity and Innovation Hub at HEC Montréal, Canada's oldest business school. She was the first Director of the Space Studies Program of the International Space University and has over 25 years’ experience in developing... Read More →

Thursday October 10, 2019 09:50 - 10:10 EDT
Room CR2 ICAO - 999 Boulevard Robert-Bourassa, Montréal, QC H3C 5H10

10:10 EDT

The Space Ecosystem
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Ryan Anderson

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

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

10:30 EDT

University Competitions: Launching Your Career into Space
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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

10:50 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.

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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.

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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

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.

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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 →
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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 →

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

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