Western University Space Day Looks to the Future of Canadian Space Development

Credit: CPSX at Western University.

Western University is holding its annual Space Day on Friday, April 12 that includes industry, government and academic experts along with student presentations that point to future Canadian space development.

The schedule below is full of can’t miss content that’s squeezed into one very full day. The event is organized in part by the Centre for Planetary Science and Exploration.

Event Details:

Date: Friday, April 12, 2019
Time: 9:45 AM – 7:30 PM
Location: Physics and Astronomy Building, Room 100 and Atrium


09.45-10.00: Welcome and Opening Remarks

10.00-11.00: Panel Discussion: Space Resources: The Next Frontier in Exploration

  • Neil Banerjee, Industrial Research Chair in Advanced Mineral Exploration, Western University
  • Tim Haltigin, Senior Mission Scientist – Planetary Exploration, Canadian Space Agency
  • Holly Johnson, President’s Business Manager, MDA
  • Charles Nyabeze, Vice-President Business Development, Centre for Excellence in Mining Innovation
  • Mike Villeneuve, Director Central Canada Division, Geological Survey of Canada
  • Michael Winter, Lawyer

11.00-12.00: Industry & Government Speed Networking Event

12.00-13.00: Lunch

13.00-14.00: Poster Session Part 1

14.00-15.00: Panel Discussion: The Return to the Moon and Canada’s Role

  • Martin Bergeron, Manager for Planetary and Astronomy Missions, Canadian Space Agency
  • Alain Berinstain, Moon Express
  • Ben Feist, Researcher, NASA Johnson Space Center / Jacobs
  • Mike Greenley, Group President, MDA
  • Marianne Mader, Canadian Association of Science Centres

15.00-16.00: Poster Session Part 2

16.00-16.30: Western University-Arctic College Cubesat Presentation

16.30-17.00: Western University Student-Led High Altitude Balloon (HAB) Presentation

17.00-18.00: Keynote Public Talk: Dave Williams, Astronaut, Canadian Space Agency (retired)
Defying Limits – From Science Fiction to Science Fact

There have been many remarkable achievements in the first fifty years of human exploration in which many things that were felt in the past to be science fiction have now become science fact. As we celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of the Apollo lunar missions, we look to future missions beyond Earth orbit, of sending humans farther into space and developing technologies that will enable them to stay longer. For the past nineteen years humans have had a permanent presence in space on the International Space Station. The next fifty years of human space exploration will result in a permanent human presence on the Moon, Mars and potentially other planets. For some that may appear to be science fiction, for others willing to accept the challenge, there is an opportunity to help make this a science fact.

18:00-19.30: Reception and Cash Bar

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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