Space Advisory Board Biographies
Space Advisory Board chair
Marie Lucy Stojak,
Director of the School on Management of Creativity and Innovation at HEC Montréal
Dr. Marie Lucy Stojak is the Director of the School on Management of Creativity and Innovation at HEC Montréal, Canada's oldest business school. She is a space law expert and has over 25 years of international experience in the aerospace sector, including interests in space commercialization, space and security, and Earth observation data policy issues.
Space Advisory Board members
Professor, Dalhousie University
Dr. James Drummond is a professor at Dalhousie University. He has been involved in many space and space-related experiments, both in the U.K. and in Canada, for over 40 years. He is the Principal Investigator of the MOPITT space instrument measuring pollution in the Earth’s atmosphere and a Co-Investigator on Canada’s SciSat spacecraft.
William MacDonald Evans,
President, W. MacDonald Evans Consulting Inc.
William MacDonald Evans is President of W. MacDonald Evans Consulting Inc. and a member of the Board of Directors of a public start-up remote sensing company in Vancouver. His space career has spanned more than 45 years in several Canadian government departments and in industry, working in all areas of the Canadian space program (R&D, program management, policy development, stakeholder consultations and international relations). He was President of the Canadian Space Agency for seven years (1994 to 2002).
President and CEO, GHGSat Inc.
Stéphane Germain is President and CEO of GHGSat Inc. He has over 25 years of experience in aerospace engineering, project management and business development. He has held executive management positions over a period of 15 years in both small and large Canadian aerospace companies.
Clinical Associate Professor of Internal Medicine and Adjunct Professor of Electrical Engineering, University of Calgary
Dr. Douglas Hamilton is Clinical Associate Professor of Internal Medicine and Adjunct Professor of Electrical Engineering at the University of Calgary. Dr. Hamilton, a former flight surgeon and engineer who worked at NASA Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas, has supported 49 space shuttle missions and 29 ISS missions.
Global Community Outreach Consultant, The Planetary Society
Kate Howells began her space career in 2012 at the George Washington University, where she studied and worked at the Space Policy Institute. From there she returned to Canada to work with The Planetary Society, developing their volunteer outreach program and establishing the organization’s work in Canada. Kate has served the Space Generation Advisory Council as National Point of Contact for Canada, and currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Canadian Space Society.
Executive Director, Canadian Space Commerce Association
Michelle Mendes is the Executive Director of the Canadian Space Commerce Association. Since 2009 she has worked on space outreach and education in her roles at the Canadian Space Commerce Association and the Space Education Foundation, as well as on behalf of the United Nations Office of Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) for World Space Week Association and for the Google Lunar XPRIZE.
Associate Professor, Western University and Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada Industrial Research Chair in Earth and Space Exploration
Dr. Gordon Osinski is an associate professor at Western University and has a Ph.D. in geology. He is currently Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada Industrial Research Chair in Earth and Space Exploration, and a co-investigator on an instrument that is on the European Space Agency's ExoMars rover for launch in 2020. He is also involved in the MoonRise mission concept that is currently being proposed to NASA's New Frontiers competition.
Pley Consulting Inc. and Chair of the Aerospace Industries Association of Canada's Space Committee
Michael Pley is President of Pley Consulting Inc. He retired as CEO of Cambridge-based COM DEV International in 2016 after a 30-year career. Mr. Pley currently supports technology SMEs and space companies through his management consulting company. He is an Executive Committee member of the Board of Directors of the Aerospace Industries Association of Canada and currently chairs its Space Committee.
Canada Research Chair in Computational and Experimental Mechanics and Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Director of the Centre for Aerospace Research, University of Victoria
Dr. Afzal Suleman is Canada Research Chair in Computational and Experimental Mechanics and a professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Director of the Centre for Aerospace Research at the University of Victoria. He has been a national delegate at UN-COPUOS (1999-2005). He has been involved in the space engineering research and development as a student and educator for 30 years.
Christine Tovee, an independent consultant, is the former chief technology officer of EADS NA (now Airbus Group North America), becoming the first woman appointed CTO within the EADS/Airbus Group. She has been instrumental in establishing research partnerships in the space sector.
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