OTTAWA, April 12, 2007 — The Honourable Maxime Bernier, Minister of Industry and Minister responsible for the Canadian Space Agency (CSA), today appointed Mr. Laurier (Larry) J. Boisvert as President of the CSA.

“Mr. Boisvert’s experience in the satellite industry will help strengthen Canada’s international reputation as a leader and innovator in space exploration and I am pleased to welcome him today as President of the Canadian Space Agency,” said Minister Bernier. “His leadership, experience and dedication will be valuable assets to the continued success of the CSA in developing new space science and technology.”

“I would also like to thank Mrs. Carole Lacombe, Senior Vice-President, for leading the CSA as Acting President for the past year. Her tremendous work and dedication helped strengthen the work of the CSA.”

Mr. Boisvert joined Telesat in 1972 where he held several positions. He was appointed Vice-President of Network Services in 1988. In 1993, he was appointed President and CEO of Telesat Canada. In 1997, he became President and CEO of Telesat Mobile Inc. while continuing his responsibilities with Telesat Canada. Mr. Boisvert remained with Telesat until his retirement in 2006.

In February 2007, he was inducted into the Society of Satellite Professionals International (SSPI) in recognition of his many accomplishments over 34 years in the satellite industry. He became the second Canadian to be so recognized by the SSPI.

Mr. Boisvert obtained a Radar Technician Certification Diploma from the Royal Canadian Air Force in 1962. He graduated from the Carleton Honours Commerce Program in 1981.

Established in 1989, the CSA coordinates all civil, space-related policies and programs on behalf of the Government of Canada. The Agency directs its resources and activities through four key thrusts: earth observation, space science and exploration, satellite communications, and space awareness and learning. By leveraging international cooperation, the CSA generates world-class scientific research and industrial development for the benefit of Canadians.

For more information, please contact:

Isabelle Fontaine
Office of the Honourable Maxime Bernier
Minister of Industry

Julie Simard
Media Relations
Canadian Space Agency