Zenith Canada selects inaugural class of 10 fellows

Zenith Canada Pathways Foundation, the not-for-profit organization founded in 2020 which aims to develop students and keep that talent in Canada working in the space sector, has selected its first class of fellows.

According to Zenith Canada, “each fellow will work at an innovative Canadian space organization, be mentored by a leader in the industry, undertake professional development training, and participate in community building activities throughout the year.”

The companies participating as host organizations include GHGSAT, Mission Control Space Services Inc., Sinclair Interplanetary by Rocket Lab, SkyWatch Space Applications Inc., Stardust Technologies Inc., the Institute for Earth and Space Exploration at Western University, and Wyvern Inc.

The Board of Directors of Zenith Canada issued a statement saying “Canada’s space workforce is made up of brilliantly talented, diverse, and passionate individuals driven to make an impact given the right opportunities. Congratulations to our inaugural Class of Zenith Fellows – we hope this program will kickstart your Canadian careers. We express thanks to our Zenith Family: Host Organizations, External Mentors, Strategic Partners, Advisors and Volunteers, for making our vision a reality.”

Zenith Canada has support from: Space Simulation Services of Canada, Reaction Dynamics, Students for the Exploration and Development of Space Canada (SEDS-Canada), and Space Generation Advisory Council (SGAC) Canada. Zenith Canada added that they “appreciates the support of analogous US-based Fellowships on which the Zenith Fellowship is modeled: the Brooke Owens Fellowship, the Patti Grace Smith Fellowship, the Matthew Isakowitz Fellowship and the Zed Factor Fellowship.”

There were 100 applicants from 22 educational institutions that applied. The application selection committee evaluated the following criteria. “Essays, creative pieces, references, community involvement, and academic proficiency. An additional focus was placed on equity, diversity, and inclusion. From there, ZCPF (Zenith Canada Pathways Foundation) leadership team and volunteers interviewed 40 shortlisted candidates to narrow down to 21 finalists invited to interview with the Host Organizations. The Zenith Fellows were selected for their outstanding community involvement, leadership skills, technical capabilities, and passion for contributing to the Canadian space sector.”

Zenith Fellows of 2022

Zenith Fellowship Class of 2022
Zenith Fellowship Class of 2022. Credit: Zenith Canada Pathways.
  • Alexander James Murphy from Williamstown, Ontario who is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Engineering Physics at Queen’s University. Murphy will intern at Sinclair Interplanetary by Rocket Lab in Toronto, Ontario.
  • Anaïs Poirier from Vancouver, British Columbia who is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Electrical and Computer Engineering with a minor in Robotics and Mechatronics at the University of Toronto. Poirer will intern at GHGSat in Montreal, Quebec.
  • Daniel Solano from Fredericton, New Brunswick who is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Applied Physics with a specialization in Electrical Engineering at the University of New Brunswick. Solano will intern at Wyvern in Edmonton, Alberta.
  • Elizabeth Drew from Calgary, Alberta who is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Mechatronics Engineering at the University of Waterloo. Drew will intern at Sinclair Interplanetary by Rocket Lab in Toronto, Ontario.
  • Jagriti Luitel from Kathmandu, Nepal who is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of New Brunswick. Luitel will intern at Wyvern in Edmonton, Alberta.
  • Makenna Kuzyk from Calgary, Alberta who is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Alberta. Kuzyk will intern at Sinclair Interplanetary by Rocket Lab in Toronto, Ontario.
  • Manal Siddiqui from Ottawa, Ontario who is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Computer Science at Carleton University. Siddiqui will intern at Skywatch in Waterloo, Ontario.
  • Paula Bosca from Ottawa, Ontario who is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Integrated Science (Honours) with a specialization in Physics at McMaster University. Bosca will intern at the Institute for Earth and Space Exploration at Western University in London, Ontario.
  • Rym Yasmine Chaid from Montreal, Quebec who is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering with specialization in Aerospace, Thermofluids and Propulsion from Concordia University. Chaid will intern at Stardust Technologies in Cochrane, Ontario.
  • Vanessa Van Decker from Palmer Rapids, Ontario who is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering with a specialization in Mechatronics at Ryerson University. Van Decker will intern at Mission Control Space Services in Ottawa, Ontario.

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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