OTTAWA, September 28, 2001 — The Honourable Brian Tobin, Minister of Industry, and Minister responsible for the Canadian Space Agency (CSA), today announced the appointment of Dr. Marc Garneau as President of the Canadian Space Agency, effective November 22, 2001.

“As Canada embarks on its fifth decade in space, the appointment of Dr. Marc Garneau will continue to strengthen a renowned tradition of leadership, excellence and innovation that has made Canada a leading space nation,” said Minister Tobin. “Dr. Garneau draws on vast experience and a distinguished career, first as a Captain with the Navy, and later as a member of our astronauts corps. Canada’s first astronaut to go into space, Dr. Garneau participated in three space missions before accepting Executive responsibilities with the Canadian Space Agency. Throughout his career, Dr. Garneau has demonstrated a commitment to excellence and a dedication to ensuring that the development and application of Canadian space knowledge, expertise and technology benefits Canadians and humanity.”

Dr. Garneau will replace Mr. Mac Evans who, after 35 years of distinguished service in the Canadian Space Program including seven as President of the CSA, will be retiring from the Public Service of Canada. “Mr. Evans should be commended for his exceptional contribution to the vision and excellence of the Public Service and for his continuing commitment to the leadership of the Canadian Space Agency,” said Minister Tobin. “The time-honoured reputation enjoyed by our Canadian Space Program and the renown earned both in Canada and abroad, I believe, are directly attributable to his commitment to excellence, innovation and dedication to reach beyond the envelope.”

Established in 1989, with its headquarters located in Saint Hubert, Quebec, the Canadian Space Agency coordinates all aspects of the Canadian Space Program and ensures that Canadians in all regions learn and benefit from the development and application of space knowledge, science and technology. It supports and promotes a highly competitive space industry, contributes to the sustainable development of Canada and the world, and fosters initiatives to increase awareness of the Canadian Space Program throughout the world.

With almost half of Canada’s GDP growth in the knowledge-intensive sectors of the economy, the Canadian Space Program is a key driver behind continued leadership on the world stage. Based on extensive and open consultation with Canadian stakeholders, opportunities are identified for potential cooperation with international partners in the areas of: Earth and the Environment; Space Science; Human Presence in Space; Satellite Communications; Space Qualification Services; Awareness and; in the development of Generic Space Technologies. Canadian participation in these key sectors are providing new opportunities for industry and scientists, and long-term social and economic benefits for all Canadians.

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Biographical Notes:

Mr. William MacDonald (Mac) Evans
Dr. Marc Garneau

For more information, please contact:

Heidi Bonnell
Director of Communications
Office of the Minister of Industry
Telephone: (613) 995-9001

André Leclair
Media Relations Office
Canadian Space Agency
Telephone: (450) 926-4370