Saturday, May 01, 2010

Big Space Party at the Westin Next Week

Quite a few movers, shakers and technical experts in the Canadian space industry are in Toronto next week, starting Tuesday, May 4th for the 15th Annual Canadian Aeronautics and Space Institute (CASI) Astronautics conference at the The Westin Bristol Place Toronto Airport hotel.

The 2010 conference agenda is focused on Canada's Future in Space which is something I'm personally looking forward to finding out a little more about given that it's one of my favored topics on this blog.

Confirmed speakers for the sessions include Canadian astronaut Dr. Bjarni Tryggvason (who is acting as chair for the conference); Canadian Space Agency (CSA) Director General of Space Exploration Gilles Leclerc; Department of National Defense (DND) Director General of Integrated Force Development Brigadier General Perry Matte; the Chairman of the board of Optech Inc., Dr. Allan Carswell and quite a few others in government, academia, the military and the private sector focused on space activities in support of "a safer world, a healthier planet and a stronger economy."

Some of the conference organizers are people you read about before and include Tryggvason, Ron Buckingham from the Northeast Space Company, Terry Doyle from Macdonald Dettwiler and Associates (MDA), Robert Richards from Odyssey Moon, Ali Shoamanesh from Telesat and Robert Zee from the University of Toronto Institute of Aerospace Studies (UTIAS).

CASI is a non-profit scientific and technical organization for people interested in aeronautics, space and remote sensing. It's certainly a useful gathering of talented and informative people and I hope to see you there.

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