The Canadian space systems industry is in a state of crisis.
Ottawa, Ontario (PRWEB) March 22, 2012
The Canadian space systems industry is in a state of crisis, with cutbacks expected at the Canadian Space Agency and other space-involved government agencies, changes anticipated for the National Research Council and to existing R&D support policies, plus a comprehensive aerospace review underway which could be as game changing as the 1967 report on “Upper Atmosphere and Space Programs in Canada,” also known as the “Chapman Report,” which recommended using Canadian satellite and space technology for commercial activities such as communications and resource management instead of focusing on scientific research.
The executive director of the Federal Review of Aerospace and Space Programs and Policies (or Aviation Review) has even indicated that the fact finding portion of the review will continue only through summer 2012, in order to allow time to analyze the findings and craft the final report, which will be presented to the Federal government in December 2012.
Canadians may therefore have only a very short time to insure that our critical Canadian space infrastructure is addressed and supported with the tools and resources needed to build Canada into a world class centre for high quality jobs and future industrial growth in both the "aero" and "space" sectors.
Join us at the 2012 Canadian Space Commerce Association annual conference at the National Arts Center in Ottawa on March 28th, 2012 to discuss this crisis, the expected upcoming changes and how the Canadian space systems industry can influence the aerospace review.
Confirmed speakers include:
a) Aerospace Industries Association of Canada VP Maryse Harvey and/or CEO Jim Quick, who will speak on the topic of the upcoming Canadian government aerospace review and how Canadian space systems companies can have their voices included within the final report.
b) 2012 Canadian Aeronautics and Space Institute President (and ComDev InternationalVP of Government Relations) Ron Holdway, who will look back upon the government vision that first took Canada into space, explain the strategic role that space infrastructure plays in the delivery of public policy and review how space touches the daily lives of every Canadian.
c) Canadian Space Agency (CSA) Head of Research & Analysis, Policy and External Relations Joan Harvey, who will present “the Status of the Canadian Space Sector,” a talk based on the the annual CSA status report.
d) Commercial SpaceFlight Federation Executive Director Alex Saltmann, who will present on “Newspace” and some of the things being done to encourage the growth of small space focused firms in the US.
e) International Astronautical Federation Executive Director Dr. Christian Feichtinger, who will discuss how Canada is an important contributor to the International Space Community.
f) NSERC/ MDA/ CSA Industrial Research Chair in Planetary Geology at the University of Western Ontario, Dr. Gordon Osinski, who will give a presentation on Canadian government scientific grants and some expected (and perhaps helpful) upcoming changes.
g) Polytechnics Canada CEO & member of the Review of Federal Support to Research and Development (the Jenkins Panel) Nobina Robinson, who will discuss how to “Reverse the Innovation Equation.”
For more information on the event, including a complete speakers list, please go to http://spacecommerce.ca/events/2012-csca-conference-and-agm.
The Canadian Space Commerce Association (CSCA) is a registered Canadian not-for-profit industry organization dedicated to advancing the economic, legal and political environment for space focused companies.