My special guest this week on the SpaceQ podcast is William “Mac” Evans a thirty year veteran of the Canadian space program and a member of the Order of Canada.
During his career Mac worked in government in various capacities including to help create the Canadian Space Agency for which he served as its longest president. He also played an instrumental role in negotiating with the United States, Canada’s participation in the International Space Station. He also served as Chief of Staff to the Minister of National Defence in 2004. Importantly, he co-authored several of Canada’s early strategy and long term space plans.
Although retired from government, he is still active in the space community serving on the Board of Directors for two Canadian companies, UrtheCast and exactEarth.
Today we’ll focus on two topics. A little history of Canada’s space program so that our listeners can better understand how we got to where we are today. We’ll also discuss space strategy and planning, and what direction Mac thinks the program should take.
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