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Canada's Space Program– Benefits to Canada

BIO: Mr. Evans has over 35 years of experience in the Canadian Space Program. From 1989 to 1993 he was a Vice-President of the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) responsible for all the Agency’s major space programs (Space Station, Radarsat, and the Astronaut Program). He served as President of the Canadian Space Agency from 1994 to 2001.  Mr. Evans negotiated Canada’s role in the International Space station and numerous international agreements, the foundation of Canada’s international partnerships. In 2004 Mr. Evans was Chief of Staff for the Minister of National Defence (Canada). He is currently Chair of Canada’s Defence Advisory Board and a member of the Space Advisory Board.

In recognition of his exceptional contribution to the Canadian Space Program, Mac has received the Order of Canada, the Prime Minister’s Outstanding Achievement Award, NASA’s Distinguished Public Service Medal and the prestigious John H. Chapman Award of Excellence at the Conference on Astronautics of the Canadian Aeronautics and Space Institute in 2012.

He led the development of the 1985, 1994 and 1999 Space Plans that defined and obtained approval for the Canadian Space Program and worked on the legislation for the creation of the Canadian Space Agency (CSA).

"Mac Evans has been at the heart of Canada's Space Program since the late 1960s. Outside of John Chapman, no other individual has been so directly involved in the leadership of our nation's space sector", said Steve MacLean, President of the CSA, during the ceremony. "In June 2000, Mac Evans presented the very first John H. Chapman Award of Excellence to John S. MacDonald, co-founder of MacDonald Dettwiler and Associates. Tonight, we are honouring Mac Evans by recognizing his vision, commitment and exceptional contribution to the Canadian Space Program."

Mr. Evans has had a long and illustrious career involving significant contributions to several areas including satellite communications, government policy, public administration and international relations. Since his retirement from the Public Service, he has pursued an active role as a consultant to government, industry, and academia, and remains a strong supporter of Canada's space sector.  He is also a member of the Board of Directors of a Vancouver-based, remote sensing company, Urthecast.


William MacDonald Evans (left) receives the John H. Chapman Award of Excellence from Canadian Space Agency (CSA)

President Steve MacLean. Credit: CSA


Canada’s goal is to promote the peaceful use and development of space, to advance the knowledge of space through science and to ensure that space science and technology provide social and economic benefits for Canadians.  Mac will speak about the history and role of the Canadian space program in the development of world-leading Canadian technology and its role in providing benefits to Canada.  He will also discuss how the program led to the development of many Canadian companies, across the country, that serve national and international markets as well as the benefits to university research.

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Event Date 02-02-2018 11:30 am
Event End Date 02-02-2018 1:30 pm
Capacity 55
Individual Price Regular:$25 | Students:$10
Oak Bay Recreation Centre
1975 Bee St, Victoria, BC V8R 5E6, Canada Victoria, BC V8R 5E6 Canada
Oak Bay Recreation Centre
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