Former CSA Director General Gilles Leclerc Joins Canadensys Aerospace

Gilles Leclerc, Director, Government & International Affairs. Image credit: Canadensys Aerospace.

Canadensys Aerospace has hired veteran Gilles Leclerc as Director, Government & International Affairs a year removed from retiring after a long career at the Canadian Space Agency.

Leclerc retired from the Canadian Space Agency in December 2022 where he had served in key senior positions during his tenure including Director, Technology Management and Applications, Director General, Space Technologies and his last position was Director General, Space Exploration.

To say that Leclerc was instrumental in shaping Canadian Space Agency technology and space programs into what they are today would not be understating his impact on Canada’s space efforts. Leclerc was also recently the Chair of the influential International Space Exploration Coordination Group (ISECG) which has been coordinating an evolving global space exploration strategy that includes 27 space agencies.

He joins a Canadensys Aerospace team that has quietly and steadily been developing a portfolio of products over the last 10 years.

Canadensys said of his role at the company that “Mr. Leclerc will leverage his extensive experience to enhance the company’s activities both nationally and internationally. His strategic insights and deep understanding of the global space landscape will be invaluable as Canadensys continues to innovate and contribute to the advancement of space exploration.”

Christian Sallaberger, President & CEO at Canadensys Aerospace said “We are delighted to welcome Gilles Leclerc to the Canadensys Aerospace executive team. His wealth of experience and leadership in the space sector make him an ideal fit for our organization as we continue to expand our presence domestically and globally. We are excited about the impactful contributions he will bring!”

Leclerc added that “I am honoured to be part of a company that is at the forefront of global space exploration activities. Canadensys is internationally recognized for commercial innovation in space activities, and I look forward to contributing to its continued growth and success on the global stage.”

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