Saint-Hubert, April 27, 2001 – The Canadian Space Agency invites media to
attend MineSpace 2001, a trade show and conference hosted by the Canadian
Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum (CIM), April 29 to May 2 in
Quebec City.

Mr. Michel Giroux, Director of External Relations at the Canadian Space
Agency along with Canadian astronaut Bjarni Tryggvason, will be among the
key-note speakers at a Plenary Session on Monday, April 30, 2001, from 9
a.m. to 12 noon.

The CIM MineSpace 2001 plenary session will shed light on the relationship
between mining and space. Both sectors share not only the same interest in
increasing the efficiency of all operations in the industry, but also to
make it competitive in world markets. The Canadian Space Agency has
developed a high level of expertise in leveraging partnered research and
technology development to position Canadian companies in key niche markets.

Media are invited to participate and ask questions after the plenary

    Where: Room 200A of the Centre des Congrès de Québec, Quebec City
    When: Monday, April 30, 9 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

About CIM
CIM is the leading technical society of professionals in the Canadian
minerals, metals, materials and energy industries, representing 12,000
engineers and operators across the country. Mineral extraction and
metallurgical production represented 3.7 % of Canada’s GDP last year.

About the CSA
Established in 1989 with its headquarters situated in Saint-Hubert, Quebec,
the Canadian Space Agency coordinates all aspects of the Canadian Space
Program. Through its Space Knowledge, Applications and Industry Development
business line, the CSA delivers services involving: Earth and the
Environment; Space Science; Human Presence in Space; Satellite
Communications; Generic Space Technologies; Space Qualification Services and
Awareness. The Canadian Space Agency is at the forefront of the development
and application of space knowledge for the benefit of Canadians and

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For more information:
André Leclair
Senior Media Relations
Canadian Space Agency
Tel: (450) 926-4370