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Canadore College to host first YYB North Bay World Space Industry Day

Regional aerospace and space capacities will be the focus at YYB North Bay World Space Week’s Industry Day.


October 7, 2015
By Canadore College

The City of North Bay has partnered with Canadore College and 22 Wing/CFB North Bay to offer industry the largest event in Canada as part of the internationally recognized and celebrated World Space Week. More than 60 business and community leaders will come together to discuss inter-organizational scope and partnership potential for the future.
 
Over the course of the day, aerospace stakeholders including Innovation Initiatives North, Motion Industries Canada, North Bay Machining Centre Inc., Ontario Northland Transportation Commission and the Offset Market Exchange (OMX) will be making presentations. All registrants will also take part in a local industry tour to showcase first-hand the flexibility of facilities.
 
Author Robert D. Godwin, Space Curator at the Canadian Air and Space Museum and Editor and CEO of CG Publishing, will deliver an overview presentation of Canadian space and aerospace development over the past century.
 
Robert Feierbach, Head of Swiss Space Systems (S3) USA, will also be delivering an update about the company’s drop test flight campaign. S3 has been working with the City of North Bay, Canadore College and other regional supporters to bring a sub-orbital launch initiative to northern Ontario.
 
Capt. Thomas Earle, Space Officer with 21 Aerospace Control and Warning Squadron, will highlight the achievements of the Canadian Space Surveillance System (CSSS), including the Sapphire satellite project, the satellite control and data processing centre and the Sensor System Operations Centre (SSOC) attached to the 21 Squadron located within 22 Wing/Canadian Forces Base North Bay.
 
Dr. Bradley Wallace, Defence Research and Development Canada (DRDC), will detail the latest trends and technology to track movement in space by highlighting operations from the High Earth Orbit Space Surveillance (HEOSS).
 
The day wraps up with dinner and featured keynote speaker Iain Christie, executive vice president of Aerospace Industries Association of Canada (AIAC). Christie is responsible for policy files relating to small business, defence procurement, and space. He has a long history of achievement in the industry, having spent 22 years with Neptec Design Group, a specialist in spaceflight engineering. He has worked at National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s (NASA) Johnson Space Center training astronauts, including Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield, and in the Space Shuttle Mission Control Center.
 
In 1999, United Nations declared World Space Week, annually, from October 4 to 10. It has grown into the largest public space event on Earth with more than 1,400 events in 80 countries participating in 2014. It is an international celebration of the contribution that space science and technology makes to the betterment of the human condition.
 
This year’s theme is “Discovery”. Coordinated by the City of North Bay and space stakeholders, YYB North Bay World Space Week will run from October 8 to 10, 2015. Along with Industry Day on Thursday, October 8, Education Day will take place at 22 Wing/CFB North Bay on Friday, October 9 and Community Day will take place on Saturday, October 10 again at 22 Wing/CFB North Bay and at the Capitol Centre.