Canada in Space

Exclusive: Space Advisory Board Ottawa Roundtable off to a Rocky Start

On Tuesday the government announced the new Space Advisory Board and sent out invitations to selected people from the space community to attend the first Space Advisory Board Ottawa Roundtable on Canada’s Future in Space this Friday afternoon. SpaceQ sources who were contacted to attend were none too pleased about the short notice on such an important topic.

The email sent to those invited was forwarded to SpaceQ and stated:

Dear Stakeholder,

In 2016, the Government of Canada announced consultations toward the development of an Inclusive Innovation Agenda, with the goal of building Canada as a global centre for innovation. As the next step toward achieving this vision, Budget 2017 presents the Innovation and Skills Plan to create jobs and to help our companies, economy and citizens thrive.

In support of the Innovation and Skills Plan, roundtable discussions will take place across the country hosted by members from the recently revitalized Space Advisory Board to consult with Canadians on long-term priorities for space towards defining a space strategy for Canada.

On behalf of the Space Advisory Board, we are pleased to invite you to a roundtable session to share your ideas on how Canada can use space to drive broader economic growth and leverage space for the benefit of Canadians.

Hosted By: Marie Lucy Stojak, Chair of the Space Advisory Board.
William MacDonald Evans, Member of the Space Advisory Board.
Michael Pley, Member of the Space Advisory Board.

When: Friday, April 21, 2017 from 1:30 pm to 4:30 pm
Location: Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada
235 Queen Street, Ottawa, Ontario
11th Floor, Executive Complex
(Participates should arrive 15 minutes prior to the meeting to check in at Commissionaires Desk)

Canada is well positioned to support a growing and vibrant space industry; to facilitate discussion at the roundtable, two strategic objectives and seven goals have been identified for consideration:

Using space to drive broader economic growth:

  • Grow Canada’s Space Sector
  • Innovate and Explore Space
  • Strengthen Long-Term International Partnerships
  • Inspire the Next Generation

Leveraging space for the benefit of Canadians:

  • Contribute to our Understanding of the Earth
  • Improve Quality of Life for Canadians
  • Ensure a Safe and Secure Nation

We encourage you to read the attached consultation paper, which includes background information on the framework and targeted questions to help focus discussions.

That consultation paper is available from the link below.

Consultation Paper for the Space Advisory Board: Driving Canada’s Future in Space (PDF)

About Marc Boucher

Boucher is an entrepreneur, writer, editor & publisher. He is the founder of SpaceQ Media Inc. and CEO and co-founder of SpaceRef Interactive LLC. Boucher has 20+ years working in various roles in the space industry and a total of 30 years as a technology entrepreneur including creating Maple Square, Canada's first internet directory and search engine.

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