Spacecraft: Navigating Power and Profits in the New Space Age

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NOV 26


During the Cold War, our imaginations were captivated by outer space. The contest of wills to reach the moon underscored a struggle between superpowers. We were enthralled by the marvel of space travel and what it would mean for our lives here on earth. But then we changed the channel.

Today, after a period of public ambivalence, we are returning our focus to outer space – the newest economic and geopolitical arena. The impending struggle for information, resources, influence and leadership in areas like satellite communications, robotics, and AI will define our time.

How do we make sure that the vast potential of space is used for the good of humanity and not squandered in a growing competition for power and profits?


Mercedes Stephenson

Ottawa Bureau Chief, Global News

Mercedes Stephenson is Global News’ Ottawa Bureau Chief and the host of the network’s flagship national political affairs program The West Block. Leading Global News’ coverage from the nation’s capital, Stephenson interviews the biggest names in Canadian and international politics.


Dr. Timiebi Aganaba-Jeanty

Assistant Professor, Arizona State University

Dr Timiebi Aganaba-Jeanty is an assistant professor in the School for the Future of Innovation in Society with a courtesy appointment at the Sandra Day O Connor College of Law at Arizona State University, USA. Dr Aganaba-Jeanty was a postdoctoral fellow at the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) based in Waterloo, Ontario Canada where she focused on environmental governance. 

Sarah Gallagher

Science Advisor to the President, Canadian Space Agency

Dr. Sarah Gallagher's research focuses on studying growing supermassive black holes at the centres of distant galaxies and the interactions between galaxies in crowded environments. She has over 100 refereed papers that include data from 10 different space observatories, and her research has been recognized with an Ontario Early Career Researcher Award and a Western University Faculty Scholar Award. She regularly speaks to the public of all ages about black holes and other wonders of the universe.

Dan Goldberg

President and CEO, Telesat

Dan Goldberg is President and Chief Executive Officer of Telesat, a leading global satellite operator providing communications services to broadcast, telecom, corporate and government
customers throughout the world. Prior to joining Telesat in 2006, Mr. Goldberg served as Chief Executive Officer of New Skies Satellites and then SES New Skies following the purchase of New Skies by SES. 

Brigadier-General K.G. Whale, CD, 

Director General, Space, Royal Canadian Air Force

Originally from Wallaceburg, Ontario, BGen Whale enrolled in the Canadian Armed Forces in 1986 under the Regular Officer Training Plan. Achieving his pilot's wings in 1990, he has achieved operational qualifications on Kiowa, Twin Huey, AH-64A/C Apache and Griffon helicopters providing a comprehensive background in tactical aviation mobility, reconnaissance, and aerial firepower operations.




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