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February 02 - February 03, 2016
45 The Esplanade Toronto, ON M5E 1W2

he Canadian Space Commerce Association (CSCA) is organizing its first Canadian SmallSat Symposium building on the heritage of similar events held in Canada over the years.

It’s about opportunity, building capability and international partnerships.

The Symposium will be held in Toronto over two days on February 2nd and 3rd, 2016. We anticipate the Symposium will attract upwards of a 150 people from industry, government, university, the investment community and others interested in this growing segment of the space market.

The Symposium will feature:

Luncheon Keynotes (2) – We will invite two luncheon keynotes, one for each day of the symposium.

Plenary Sessions (6) – We will invite six speakers to discuss key topics for the SmallSat segment.

Panels (8)  – Experts will discuss the most important topics related to SmallSats.

Technical Sessions (Up to 48 talks) – We’ve identified eight key topical sessions as outlined below. Selected speakers will have 15 minutes to present their paper with an additional 5 minutes for Q&A.

Networking Opportunities – There will be several opportunities for networking including a welcome reception.

Student Mini-Symposium – A student mini-symposium will be held as one of technical sessions.

Topics of Interest for the Call for Papers (but not limited to);

  • Competitions – Prizes and Challenges
  • Education – Student Mini-Symposium
  • Governments Role – Regulation, partner, user, building capacity etc.
  • Ground Systems and Communications
  • Launch Opportunities and Challenges
  • Missions – Technology, Types including Military and Opportunities etc
  • Space Policy and SmallSats – Including Orbital Debris and Challenges etc.
  • The Market – Including Investment Opportunities, New Space etc.


The Technical Committee

  • Marc Boucher, Canadian Space Commerce Association
  • Yarolsav Pustovyi, Canadian Space Commerce Association
  • Larry Reeves, Urthecast
  • Kieran Carroll, Gedex
  • Chris Herd, University of Alberta
  • Regina Lee, York University


Session Moderators
  • Competitions: Prizes and Challenges – Larry Reeves, CSDC/Urthecast
  • Education: Student Mini-Symposium – Chris Herd, U. of Alberta (ISSET)
  • Governments Role –  David Kendall, CSA/Government of Canada
  • Ground Systems and Communications – Paul Kennedy, MDA
  • Launch Opportunities and Challenges – Yaroslav Pustovyi, CSCA
  • Missions: Earth Observation – Adam Keith, Euroconsult Canada
  • Missions: Science/Mission Payloads – Kieran Carroll, Gedex and Nadeem Ghafoor, Canadensys
  • Missions: Technologies – Andre Dupuis, SSCL
  • Space Law and Policy – Ram Jakhu, Institute of Space Law, McGill University
  • The Market – Eva-Jane Lark, BMO Nesbitt Burns 

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