Final Program Ready: The Next Breakthrough Space Technologies for Canada

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Canada has played a key role in developing critical technologies for the space sector for more than 50 years. As more countries spend an increasing amount of money on space technology such as satellite development, and while Canada finds itself in a position to be a contributor, it is in an increasingly competitive business field. So what then are the technologies that Canada can lead in, now and in the future? This is a central focus to be discussed at the Canadian Space Commerce Association annual meeting.

Canada's Canadarm and Dextre at work.

Canada's Canadarm and Dextre at work.

Our meeting will be looking at new technologies and business models that must be the successors to the Canadarms and Telesat constellations in order to maintain and grow Canada's position within the space industry which is valued at over $3 billion dollar

Canada has played a key role in developing critical technologies for the space sector for more than 50 years. Today if you ask any Canadian what Canada has contributed to space, they will most certainly answer the Canadarm. This iconic piece of robotic technology has created significant brand awareness globally for Canada. However space robotic technologies are evolving and while Canada is still a key contributor, it is not the only one.

As more countries spend an increasing amount of money on space technology such as satellite development, and while Canada finds itself in a position to be a contributor, it is in an increasingly competitive business field. So what then are the technologies that Canada can lead in, now and in the future? This is a central focus to be discussed at the Canadian Space Commerce Association annual meeting being held in Toronto on March 18th at the MaRS Discovery District.

Topics to be discussed at the meeting include future robotic technologies including on-orbit servicing, satellite platforms including nanosats, hosted payloads, launch technologies, cameras, lunar and Martian rovers, national defense and much more.

How Canada funds development will also be a topic for discussion as the Canadian Space Agency will discuss their Space Technologies Development Program. Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) who are revolutionizing the launch industry, will address their disruptive technologies. We'll also get an update on the status of Canada's increasing military presence in space and the technologies they will be using.

The President of the Canadian Space Commerce Association said of the annual meeting "Our meeting will be looking at new technologies and business models that must be the successors to the Canadarms and Telesat constellations in order to maintain and grow Canada's position within the space industry which is valued at over $3 billion dollars annually to Canada's economy."

Our final list of speakers come from academia, government, business and include:

  • Josh Dore -- Canadian Space Agency, Technology Development Officer
  • Frank Teti -- MacDonald, Detwiller and Associates Ltd., Manager of Autonomous Robotics
  • Ron Holdway -- COM DEV, VP of Government Relations
  • Joshua Brost -- Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX), Manager of Business Development
  • Grant Bonin -- University of Toronto Space Flight Laboratory, Program Manager
  • Dr. Gordon Osinski -- University of Western Ontario, NSERC/MDA/CSA Industrial Research Chair in Planetary Geology
  • Steve Bochinger -- Euroconsult North America, President
  • Olivier Daigle -- Nuvu Cameras Inc., VP Research and Development
  • Wilfred So -- Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP, Patent Agent
  • Major Marc Fricker -- Royal Military College
  • Andrew Goldenberg, Engineering Services Inc., President

Several of our speakers will also participate in our panel discussion on the Next Breakthrough Space Technologies for Canada.

We're also pleased to present Start-Up Liftoff. The Liftoff talks are modeled after O'Reilly's Ignite talks. We'll pick up to three speakers who have either just started or will be starting a new commercial space company for a high-energy 5 minute talk. Here's your chance to pitch your idea to our audience which will include executives, venture capitalists and other interested people. If you're interested send your idea to liftoff(at)spacecommerce(dot)ca, we'll let you know by close of business Monday, March 14th if you've been accepted.

Our sponsors include; At the Gold Level, COM DEV, MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd., SpaceX, at the Bronze Level, the University of Toronto Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering, and our media sponsor is SpaceRef Canada.

We're also very happy to have the following supporting organizations; The University of Toronto Institute for Aerospace Studies Aerospace Students Association, the Astronomy & Exploration Society, the Canadian Alumni of the International Space University, the Canadian Space Society, Canada's Venture Capital & Private Equity Association and the Rotman Alumni Network.

Registration is currently open but seating is limited and we expect this event to sell out. Registration is $200 for individual registrants, $150 for existing corporate members and $50 for students. Members of our supporting organizations can contact their organizations for a 25% discount code on the individual registration.

About The Canadian Space Commerce Association

The Canadian Space Commerce Association is a registered Canadian not-for-profit industry group that promotes and supports Canadian space sector businesses. We advance the economic, legal and political environment for space and aerospace focused companies. To that end, we have forged strong links with major organizations - government, research institutions and private industry.

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