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News & Events


Next Canadian Astronauts - ISU alumni?

August 08, 2016

Toronto, Canada

CBC has released an article on the current Canadian Astronaut recruitment process. 5 out pf 7 applicants highlighted in the article are members of CAISU. Please join us wishing them the best of luck in the process. It will be great if one or even both astronauts are selected from CAISU members.
Let’s cheer them on.

CBC article


December 15, 2014

Toronto, Canada

The CAISU 2014 AGM was successfully held on December 14, 2014. Please join us in welcoming the two new board members Talmon Fireston and Christine Marton to their new positions as CFISU Liaison and Webmaster respectively.
For more information on your 2015 Board of Directors, please click on the Board of Director's link on the left navigator bar.
The CAISU by law on audits was also amended unanimously at the AGM, for more information please visit click on the by law link on the left navigator bar.

Finally, CAISU likes to sincerely thank Jian-Feng Shi(SSP07), Tahir Merali(SSP08,MSM09), and Marianne Mader (MSS07) for their dedicated and tireless service over the past years. We wish them the best of luck in their new ventures!


December 9, 2014

Toronto, Canada

Dear CAISU members,

Please join us at Boston Pizza for the annual AGM dinner on Dec 14th at 6:30 E.T. Please see below for the address.
Unfortunately CAISU is unable to pay for complementary food this year. Everyone will be responsible for their own bill.
The reservation is under “CAISU”.

Sunday, Dec 14th at 6:30 E.T

Boston Pizza Square One
35 Square One Dr
Mississauga, ON L5B 0E2
(905) 896-4646

Also, just a reminder of the AGM this Sunday. Please see below email for the details.


Amir Komeily
CAISU president (SSP07)

Message from the President - AGM

December 8, 2014

Toronto, Canada

Hi Everyone,

The CAISU Annual General Meeting (AGM) will be held:
Sunday, Dec 14th at 4 pm by calling the following numbers:
Call in numbers:
1-514-312-2743 Montreal, Quebec
1-613-518-1086 Ottawa, ON
1-647-478-7145 Toronto, ON
1-780-652-1040 Edmonton, Alberta
1-587-885-1019 Calgary, Alberta
1-778-819-8331 Vancouver, BC for password


Amir Komeily
CAISU president (SSP07)



65th International Astronautical Congress: IAC Young Professional Program/ISU/SGAC Reception

October 1, 2014

Toronto, Canada

CAISU membership present at the 2014 International Astronautical Congress in Toronto, Oct 1 2014 during the Young Professionals Program/ISU/SGAC Reception.

Photo courtesy of Ryan Kobrick (CAISU member)


65th International Astronautical Congress: Call for Volunteers

September 9, 2014

Toronto, Canada

65th International Astronautical Congress (IAC) is looking for volunteers, please contact Maureen Clifford for details.

Time: September 29-October 3, 2014
Location: Metro Toronto Convention Centre, 222 Bremner Blvd, Toronto, ON
Registration: For more information on the IAC please visit


A Special ISU Astronaut Panel July 10, 2014

July 5, 2014

Montreal, Canada

The International Space University (ISU) Space Study Program (SSP) 2014 Alumni Conference is starting with a bang with a star studded cast of world-renowned female astronauts from Canada, USA, South Korea, and China in a very special Astronaut Panel Discussion. On behalf of the ISU, CAISU is pleased in inviting you to join us live at this very special event!

Date and Time:
July 10, 2014, 7:30 pm-10:00pm

HEC (3000 Chemin de la Côte-Sainte-Catherine, Montreal, QC H3T 2A7)

To Register Please Visit

Of the over 500 humans who have flown in space, only 57 have been female. ISU is pleased to convene a unique panel of women space explorers, featuring astronauts who have flown on US space shuttles, Russian Soyuz, and Chinese Shen-Zhou vehicles to the International Space Station and the Chinese Tian-Gong. Each panelist will share their unique experiences as they achieved their common goal of exploring space.

Moderator of the Panel:
Janet Petro (Deputy Director of John F Kennedy NASA Space Center)

Astronaut and Former Astronaut Panel Speakers:

Julie Payette (CSA)
Shannon Walker (USA)
Soyeon Yi (South Korea)
Yaping Wang (China)

For Guests List registration, please contact Billy Jenck with the first name, last name, organization, title, and e-mail address.

About the Panelist:

Janet E. Petro is the deputy director of NASA's John F. Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Appointed in April 2007, she shares responsibility with the center director in managing the Kennedy team of approximately 8,600 civil service and contractor employees, determining and implementing center policy and managing the executing Kennedy missions and agency program responsibilities. She recently served a 12-month appointment at NASA Headquarters in Washington, D.C., as the deputy associate administrator and acting director for the Office of Evaluation.

Julie Payette flew on Space Shuttle Discovery from May 27 to June 6, 1999 as a crewmember of STS-96. During the mission, the crew performed the first manual docking of the Shuttle to the International Space Station. Payette was the first Canadian to board the Space Station. In 2009, she served as the fight engineer on the crew of STS-127 aboard Space Shuttle Endeavour. Robotics technology was used almost every day on this assembly mission and Payette operated all three robotic arms. In July 2013, she retired from the Canadian Space Agency to become Chief Operating Officer of the Montreal Science Centre as well as Vice President of the Canada Lands Company.

Shannon Walker is an American astronaut whose first space flight was as the crew support astronaut for the ISS Expedition 14 crew, which was on orbit for 215 days from September 2006 to April 2007. Dr. Walker launched and served as Flight Engineer (co-pilot) of Russian Soyuz spacecraft TMA-19 on June 15, 2010, for a long-duration mission aboard the International Space Station. She again served as a Flight Engineer during landing, which occurred November 25, 2010. The entire mission lasted 164 days, 161 of them aboard the Station.

Yi Soyeon is a South Korean scientist and astronaut, the first South Korean citizen in space. In 2006, she was selected to train in Russia for a flight to the International Space Station (ISS). On April 8, 2008, Yi blasted off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan as payload specialist alongside two Russian cosmonauts, commander Sergey Volkov and flight engineer Oleg Kononenko. Their Soyuz TMA-12 craft docked with the ISS, where Yi spent nine days carrying out experiments and medical tests. She is currently an MBA student at Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley.

Wang Yaping is a native of Yantai City in east China's Shandong Province and a captain in the People's Liberation Army Air Force. Wang became the second Chinese female astronaut as a member of Shenzhou 10 spaceship crew, which orbited the earth in June 2013, and of the Tiangong-1 orbiting space station with which it docked. While aboard Tiangong-1, Wang conducted scientific experiments and taught a physics lesson to Chinese students by live television broadcast.


SSP2014 in Chinese Media News

July 5, 2014

Montreal, Canada


SSP2014 in the News

July 4, 2014

Montreal, Canada

English articles:

HEC Montréal and the ÉTS to host the International Space University’s intensive summer program in 2014

International Space University’s prestigious Space Studies Program 2014 hosted by ÉTS and HEC Montréal (HEC Montréal)

ICAO to Host Launch Event for 2014 Space University in Montreal (ICAO - International Civil Aviation Organization)

International Space University Montreal-bound

Montreal to host International Space University's space studies program

Space university runs summer program in Montreal



Canada to welcome global "space university"

International Space University's summer program takes off in Montreal (video)

Out of this world: Montreal to host space studies program

Space University in Montreal

Media Coverage Report

Manx company chairing business panels at leading international space program in Canada

French articles:

La recherche en aérospatiale et l'International Space University (ISU)

Montréal accueille une université axée sur l'espace

Montréal: un programme intensif d'études spatiales à l'été

L'École de Technologie Supérieure et HEC Montréal vont proposer des cours sur l'espace

Ce Montréalais a lancé une start-up spatiale pour rester fidèle à un rêve d'enfance

L’ÉTS et HEC sont les hôtes du programme d’études spatiales

Activities for 2014 ISU Alumni Conference in Montreal, Canada!

June 28, 2014

Montreal, Canada

ISU Lightning Talks

Interested in giving a talk to a bunch of ISU alumni and your fellow participants? On Saturday we will have a series of "Lightning Talks" at ETS by ISU alumni and participants. Talks should be about 10 minutes in length and can be on any subject related to space.

If you're interested in giving a talk, please submit your info here:
Click Here

Networking Session/ Poster Session / Career Fair

On Saturday after the Lightning Talks we will have a large Networking Session between the participants and alumni. There will be companies advertising job opportunities, judging for the second annual SSP Photo Competition, and a poster session for both participants and alumni!

Have some research or a project you'd like to share? Not comfortable giving a Lightning Talk? Need practice presenting a conference poster? Submit a poster for the Alumni Conference Poster Session! This is a great opportunity to practice presenting a conference poster in a friendly environment!

Submit your poster via the below link:
Click Here

There are a number of ways to print your poster in Montreal. Some services found via Google (I don't necessarily endorse any of them):

MP Reproductions Inc.
210 de la Gauchetiere West
Montréal (Québec) H2Z 2A1
Telephone: 514-861-8541
Web Site:

Closest to Solin Hall: (right on Notre Dame across from Super C and PharmaPrix)
Atomik Designs
2747, Notre-Dame Street West
Montreal, (Quebec) H3J 1N9
Tel. : 514.937.3396
Fax : 514.931.1760

Photo Competition Judging
What - SSP Photo contest
Why - Framing that SSP moment!
How - Your phones, cameras and everything that can take a picture
Where - Exhibited during Alumni weekend!
When - Send it before July 8th, 2014 as we have to prepare them printed and posted for the Alumni weekend (July 12th)
Themes - 1. la ville de Montréal - Pictures capturing the mood of the city
2. vie à la SSP - Life at SSP, frame moments of the experience!
How to submit - Send it to Shripathi Hadigal via email with an appropriate caption that you think complements the photograph.
What if I win? - Cool set of prizes await!

Space Masquerade

What happens when you bring together a bunch of space nerds, costuming supplies, and a dance venue? The ISU Space Masquerade! Open to all Alumni and SSP14 Participants/Staff, the Space Masquerade on Saturday July 12th will feature creative costumes, good music, drinks, lots of dancing, and a great time for all involved. As usual the only rule is that all costumes must be somehow space-related. Prizes will be awarded for the best individual and best group costumes!

Start planning your costumes now!

Football (Soccer) Match

An annual tradition, on the Sunday after the Space Masquerade, Alumni and Participants face off in a friendly soccer match! More details on field location and time of the match at a later date.

(Please note: To ensure a level playing field and safety of all, no cleats are allowed)

If you have any questions about the Alumni Conference or any of the activities, feel free to send Josh Nelson an email, he is CC'd herewith!

Football in Space credit NASA

Space Industry Entrepreneurs Discuss the Business of Space

June 25, 2014

Montreal, Canada

MONTREAL (June 25, 2014) - The business of space is undergoing a radical transformation. After more than a half-century of massive undertakings led by national space agencies and funded by public monies, the past few years have seen a significant shift toward developing new ideas and approaches to space activities by large and small start-ups using private funding.

"The space world right now is in a very interesting period. It’s really going through a transformation from a very conservative, government-controlled world to something that is much more commercially focused," said Christian Sallaberger, founder of Canadensys Aerospace Corporation.

Sallaberger was one of four young entrepreneurs who discussed this transformation in a recent panel hosted by the International Space University’s (ISU) Space Studies Program at the École de technologie supérieure (ÉTS) in Montreal. A video of the discussion can be found at the ISU YouTube channel.

The evening’s panelists, all ISU alumni, have launched ventures that capitalize on this paradigm shift by providing government and commercial clients with technical and consulting services including engineering, research, and product and application development for satellites and other space systems.

Panelist Wade Larson co-founded Vancouver-based UrtheCast (pronounced "earth-cast") after an 18-year career at the Canadian Space Agency and Macdonald Dettwiler and Associates (MDA). He said that large industry players often choose to bypass business opportunities that are deemed too risky. UrtheCast, which will stream near realtime video of earth from the International Space Station, was spun out of MDA when MDA decided to pass on a potential joint venture with Russia’s RSC Energia Corp. Working with his brother Scott Larson and another MDA colleague, Larson took the plunge and decided to develop the idea with private capital.

At the outset, when the idea for the company was still in its earliest stages of development, "failure was the probable outcome," said Larson, whose company has since raised more than $70 million in private funding and now has offices worldwide in Moscow, St. Louis, Mo., Washington, D.C., and San Francisco. "It was a highly risky venture. Ultimately, you have to take a bit of a leap of faith. You cannot retire all risk."

All the panelists agreed that the balance between workflow, growth and capital is delicate, but it is also accompanied by the exhilaration of building a business.

In describing the genesis of his company Odyssey Space Research, based in Houston, Brian Rishikof credited the combination of his experience at McDonnell Douglas and his ISU alumni network for Odyssey’s successful participation in four spacecraft projects in the last 10 years.

"The network has been pivotal in allowing us to succeed," said Rishikof, a native of Montreal.

The Space Studies Program is being hosted in Montreal by two universities, ETS and HEC Montreal. The nine-week professional development program for space professionals and graduate students has moved to a different country each summer since its inception at MIT in 1987. There are now more than 3700 graduates throughout the world providing a fertile network for global business development. The graduates of SSP14 will add another 123 alumni from 29 countries.

The moderator of the panel was Chris Stott, also a SSP alumnus and now chairman and CEO of the orbital satellite consultancy ManSat, which is based on the Isle of Man. He encouraged the audience to develop technical experience and credibility among a professional network in the space industry in order to increase their odds of success in the emerging commercial space industry.

Why take the risk? For Rishikof, the risk of failure is balanced by his feeling of privilege to contribute to a greater human aspiration.

"I am helping to get a $200 million project to succeed. I am helping humanity, in the broader context, to continue its hopefully successful pursuit of getting off the planet."

Space Ship II credit Virgin Galactic


CTV Reports on International Space University SSP2014

June 15, 2014

Montreal, Canada

Call it space camp for grownups. For the first time in its 27-year history, the International Space University is holding its space program here in Montreal for the summer. ...

Read more:
Click Here for CTV News on the ISU SSP 2014 Report


CAISU to exhibit at Ontario Center of Excellence Discovery Conference 2014

May 17, 2014

Toronto, Canada

The Canadian Alumni of the International Space University (CAISU) is proud to exhibit at the Ontario Center of Excellence (OCE), the Discovery Conference in Toronto. Discovery conference is the Canada`s biggest innovation and research conference which bring together the diverse attendees of the best and brightest minds in industry, innovation, academia, entrepreneurs, researchers and government to showcase leading-edge technologies and researches in Ontario. Discovery takes place May 12 and 13, 2014 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.

Event Photo

CAISU Presenters: Dexter Jagula (Left), Mihaela Vlasea (Centre), Bill Hamm (Right)

OCE Discovery 2014

More Info:


Registration live for the 2014 ISU Alumni Conference in Montreal, Canada!

May 7, 2014

Montreal, Canada

Registration and website are now live for the 2014 ISU Alumni Conference in Montreal, Canada!

Join us for the first SSP / Alumni Conference in Canada in nine years!

Date: July 11-13, 2014
Place: Montreal, Canada



SSP Send-off Dinner

May 2, 2014

Montreal, Canada

The Directors of the Canadian Foundation for the International Space University invite you to attend the Send-Off dinner to be held in honour of the recipients of our 2014 International Space University's Space Session Program (SSP) scholarships.
This year, five students have been selected by the CFISU Selection Committee to attend the program at HEC Montreal.

This is the 27th year that we send a Canadian delegation to this excellent program, which is held in a different part of the world each year.

RSVP to Marie Juneau before 30 May, 2014.


The 2014 (7th Annual) National Canadian Space Commerce Association Conference

New Manufacturing for NewSpace

Mar 11, 2014

Toronto, Canada

The 2014 (7th Annual) National Canadian Space Commerce Association Conference
New Manufacturing for NewSpace

Thursday, March 13th, 2014, 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
with a Networking & Social Event at 7:00 PM

Hyatt Regency Toronto, 370 King Street West
Toronto, Canada

Lou van Amelsvoort - President, Space 1 Systems Inc

Alex Babut - CEO, Enceladus

Mark Barfoot - Managing Director, Hyphen Services

Alex Barlow - Business Development Manager, Mentor Works Inc.

Drew Cox - Inventor and developer

Stewart Davis - Chief of Operations, CRP Group USA

Robert Godwin - Owner and founder of Apogee Space Books and the Space Curator at theCanadian Air & Space Museum

Estelle Havva - Aerospace Sector Team Lead and Industrial Technology Adviser, National Research Council, Industrial Assistance Program (NRC IRAP)

Andy Pratico - Business Development Manager, Synergy Resources

Yaroslav "Yarko" Pustovyi - Backup Payload Specialist for STS-87

Nicole Verkindt - CEO, OMX Marketplace

Mihaela Vlasea - Researcher, University of Waterloo, Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering, Additive Manufacturing Laboratory

Peter Visscher - Space and robotics manager, Ontario Drive and Gear (ODG)

Space manufacturing, the production of manufactured goods in an environment outside a planetary atmosphere, has always been understood to have potential advantages over Earth-based industry because of its unique micro-gravity and vacuum environments, which allow for industrial processes that cannot be readily reproduced on Earth. But now, new techniques developed using computer-aided design methodologies, solid free form fabrication (including 3D printing), selective laser sintering and other fast developing technologies promise not just to revolutionize Earth based manufacturing, but space exploration as well. What can space companies learn from domestic manufacturers today? What are the timelines, constraints, costs and opportunities for profit in this area and what can the manufacturing industry learn from space entrepreneurs? Find out on Thursday, March 13, 2014 at the Canadian Space Commerce Association (CSCA) National Conference, focused on the business and political issues surrounding “New Manufacturing for NewSpace.

For fees and registration, please visit:
Early Bird Registration ends March 7, 2014

Call for speakers - Start-Up Liftoff
CSCA is looking for two speakers on the topic of their start-up commercial space venture modeled on the format of the O’Reilly’s Ignite Talks under the motto "Enlighten Us, But Make It Quick!". Anyone who is interested should submit an abstract with contact information and a 5-minute presentation for consideration, to:

Exhibitor and Sponsorship Opportunities
If your organization is interested in being a CSCA conference exhibitor or sponsor (refer to CSCA's Sponsorship Package, for details), please email


Minister of Industry Unveils Canada's Space Policy Framework

Feb 7, 2014

Montreal, Canada

The Canadian government unveiled a new space policy framework today that focuses on five principals:

1. Canadian Interest First
2. Positioning the Private Sector at the Forefront of Space Activities
3. Progress Through Partnerships
4. Excellence in Key Capabilities
5. Inspiring Canadians

The new policy framework implements some of the recommendations outlined by the Aerospace Review .
CAISU was one of the proud contributors for the Aerospace Review Report (Vol.2 Reaching Higher: Canada's Interests and Future in Space)

Learn more on the frame work from the following links:

CSA-Canada's Space Policy Framework

Space Ref: Canada Unveils New Space Policy Framework Taking a Step in the Right Direction


An Open Letter from CAISU Board of Directors to CAISU Membership:

February 2, 2014

Toronto, Canada

Dear CAISU Members,

We need your help!

As you might be aware, the CFISU has received very little donations the past three years and this is probably the last year we can send students to the ISU Summer Session unless more donations can be secured from private and public institutions.

As it is the 25th year, the CAISU Board would like to nominate CFISU for the Alouette Award. We hope as CFISU wins this award it will generate publicity to help the donation efforts.

Attached we have provided two documents: an award winning backgrounder on CFISU and an application for the Alouette Award. It is preferable we get at least four nomination letters from CAISU membership to be submitted to CASI, of course more would be preferred. The deadline for submitting the nomination is on February 14, 2014 .

CFISU Alouette Nomination Backgrounder
CFISU Alouette Nomination Form

As nearly every CAISU members have benefited from the generosity of CFISU, it is now time to return a little of your time to help this very important organization through a time of need. If you are interested in helping CFISU through these difficult times, please contact us ( for additional instructions on the nomination.

The final nomination should be submitted to the following address preferably by e-mail and post:

Canadian Aeronautics and Space Institute
350 Terry Fox Drive, Suite 104
Kanata, Ontario K2K 2W5
Tel: (613) 591-8787
Fax: (613) 591-7291

Thank you in advance.

CFISU Board of Directors


CAISU 2014 BoD

January 30, 2014

Toronto, Canada

Dear CAISU Members,

Your 2014 CAISU board of directors are ready to serve the CAISU membership. This year will be filled with high profile activities such as the ISU SSP Alumni Conference in Montreal Quebec and International Astronautical Congress (IAC) in Toronto Ontario. We are looking for enthusiastic volunteers and corporate sponsorships, if you are interested, please contact us. You may connect with the board members by using the contact information listed here:

2014 CAISU Board of Directors


CAISU BoD Voting

Dec 20, 2013

Toronto, Canada

Greetings CAISU Members,

Thank you to everyone who has participated in the nomination process for the CAISU Board of Directors. It has now come time to vote.

This message will commence the 5-day voting period for all CAISU members. Votes will be collected on the grounds of anonymity by election volunteers and CAISU members Talmon Firestone and Adam Vigneron All votes MUST be in by Tuesday, December 24, 2013 at 12:01 am EST, which signifies the end of the election period.

When sending your vote to Talmon and Adam, please CLEARLY indicate a SINGLE candidate as your choice of electorate for each of the following positions:

Membership Director

The positions listed bellow only have one or no candidate each and so no voting will be required for them:

Western Regional Director
Central Regional Director

Please note, you don't have to vote for ALL possible positions, and may choose to abstain voting on any of the positions listed. If no candidate is listed for any of the available positions, no votes will be accepted for that position.

Finally, all the positions, candidates, and their respective platforms have been included in a document that is attached to this message. Please don't forget that the deadline to cast your vote is Tuesday, December 24, 2013 at 12:01 am EST. Results on the elections will be revealed on Thursday, December 26, 2013.

Thank You, and Happy Holidays!
Talmon Firestone & Adam Vigneron

For Candidate Material:
Candidate Platforms


CAISU BoD Election Notice

Dec 18, 2013

Toronto, Canada

Greetings CAISU Members,

As the end of the year quickly approaches, it has come time again to vote in the next edition of the Board of Directors for CAISU. This gives every CAISU member the opportunity to get more involved with CAISU as a board member. Typically the voting happens during CAISU's Annual General Meeting (AGM), which took place this past Sunday, December 15th. However, due to some inconsistencies of typical nomination and election process, the Board has opted to extend the period of nominations and the election period as a result - we apologize for the inconvenience. Please note that the CAISU Board of Directors for 2013 have had their term extended an additional week to accommodate the extended election period.

The following is the list of positions that can be contested within the upcoming election:

Membership Director
Western Regional Director
Central Regional Director
Member at Large

Any member is free to nominate themselves for any of the following board positions. In order for a nominee to be considered, an email of intention should be sent to election volunteers and CAISU members Talmon Firestone and Adam Vigneron by Wednesday, December 18th at 11:59pm EST. In addition each nominee MUST send a 200-word platform to Talmon and Adam by Thursday, December 19th by 11:59am EST. If a 200-word platform hasn't been received by the deadline of the 19th, nominations will be disregarded. Please note that platforms must adhere to the 200-word limit and be sufficient in communicating qualifications and any notable information pertaining your nomination for the position being run for. Also note, current Board of Directors whose position's term has not ended cannot run for any of the above positions.

Finally, a separate email will be sent out to CAISU members once all nominees and their respective platforms have been compiled, by (approximately) December 19th at 12:01pm EST. This will commence a 5-day voting period for all CAISU members. Votes will be collected on the grounds of anonymity by Talmon and Adam via email (email addresses listed above). All votes MUST be in by Tuesday, December 24, 2013 at 12:01 am EST, which signifies the end of the election period. An email reiterating the voting process will be sent out on December 19th along with all the nominees and their platforms.

The results of the election will be announced on December 26, 2013.

Thank you!


CAISU Alumni on the ISU Board of Trustees

December 16, 2013

Strasbourg, France

The Canadian Alumni of the International Space University (CAISU) would like to extend warm congratulations to Mr. Abdul M. Ismail on his election as Alumni Representative on the International Space University’s (ISU) Board of Trustees (BoT). CAISU wishes Mr. Ismail success in his role on the ISU BoT.

CAISU would also like to thank Mr. Eric Choi for his service and dedication to the space community and especially CAISU. Eric has diligently represented ISU alumni and CAISU on the ISU BoT for the past three years. We will miss your leadership and enthusiasm Eric!



Dec 15, 2013

Toronto, Canada

Thanks to everyone who came out for the CAISU AGM, hope everyone enjoyed themselves and see you all very soon. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays everyone.

CAISU Alumni making silly faces at AGM dinner, December 15 2013


CAISU Sponsor ISS Roadshop for SSP-2014 in Montreal Canada

December 10, 2013

Montreal, Canada

CAISU proudly support ISU SSP-2014 in Montreal Canada

For roadshop material use the following resources:
Roadshop Material
For details on ISU SSP-2014 see:
ISU SSP-2014


Message from the President - AGM

December 10, 2013

Toronto, Canada

Hi Everyone,

AGM for CAISU is being held on Dec 15th at 4:00 PM. There are a number of CAISU board positions that are up for election. I encourage you to get involved and run for one of the positions. Positions open for election this year are as follows. If you would like to vote or apply for any of the positions you may join our teleconference held on Sunday , Dec 15th at 4 pm by calling the following numbers:

Sunday, Dec15th 4pm

1-866-212-7554 (Canada) 1-866-212-0875 (USA) 978-964-0049 (Anywhere, Please Use this number) for password

Board Positions:

Membership Director
Western Regional Director
Central Regional Director
Member at Large

Please let me know in advance if you’re interested of running for any of the positions above.


Amir Komeily
CAISU president (SSP07)


Message from the President - ISU reunion in Toronto

December 10, 2013

Toronto, Canada

Hi Everyone,

On behalf of CAISU I would like to invite all of you to an ISU get together in Toronto. A complementary dinner will be served at Canyon Creek (see address below). You’re able to bring one guest with you. I hope to see you all there. Please RSVP by Thursday Dec 12th to my email : The dinner will be served at 6:30 pm on Sunday Dec 15th .

Also a note, the AGM for CAISU will take place on the same day at 4 pm. All CAISU members can participate and elect for new board members. I’ll provide the details later on.

Dec 15th , 6:30 pm Canyon Creek Square One 299 Rathburn Rd W | Mississauga, ON | L5B 4C1 905 279 3342


Amir Komeily
CAISU president (SSP07)


Chris Hadfield Talk at Toronto Public Library

December 5, 2013

Toronto, Canada

Legendary former ISS commander Chris Hadfield will be giving a speech at the Toronto Public Library on Monday Dec 9 2013, 7:00pm-8:30pm .

For more details visit:
Toronto Public Library Events

For details on watching a live stream:
Live Stream


Industry Minister James Moore Announces New Measures to Build on Canada's Proud History in Space

December 2, 2013

Montreal, Canada

"The Honourable James Moore, Minister of Industry, today announced Canada's response to the space-related recommendations made following the Review of Aerospace and Space Programs and Policies led by the Honourable David Emerson. Minister Moore made the announcement to leaders of Canada's space industry during the Aerospace Innovation Forum in Montréal."

For more details visit:
Industry Minister James Moore Announces New Measures to Build on Canada's Proud History in Space
Government of Canada Response to Emerson Recommendations on Space

Canadian Alumni of International Space University CAISU has contributed to the Canadian Aerospace Review Report on December 2012.
For the entire Review of Aerospace and Space Programs Report visit:

Releated Links:
ISUNet: ISU Alumni contributed to the Canadian Aerospace Review Report


ISU BoT Second Round Election

December 2, 2013

Strasbourg, France

Since none of the original 5 competitors (for the position of alumni representative on ISU Board of Trustees) received over 50% of the vote, a second election has been called between two competitors

You can vote even if you did not on the first round!!

If you do not have your ISU login information, please contact ISU at and they will assist you.

Please cast your vote before the 15th December deadline.

Thanks in advance for your support!


CAISU with CFISU contributes at the CSS Summit in Ottawa

November 14-15, 2013


The CAISU had another successful year sponsoring and exhibiting at the Canadian Space Society’s annual Space Summit, located at the Nation’s Capital in downtown Ottawa on Nov 14-15. The Space Summit is one of Canada`s largest non-profit organizations dedicated to promoting Canada`s development of the space industry and space exploration. This year proved be even more substantial as students and professionals alike gathered to hear Keynote speakers - President of the CSA General Walt Natynczyk, NASA`s Associate Administrator Bill Gerstenmaier, Wade Larson from UrtheCast, Peter Garland from MDA, and Graham Gibbs, Retired CSA Washington Space Counsellor. CAISU`s very own Eric Choi, ISU Board of Trustee, also chaired two technical sessions of the Summit; As well Lucy Stojak of HEC/CFISU spoke about Space’s Economic Impacts, and presented ISU's 2014 Summer Session Program (SSP) to be held in Montreal next year. Of delight was a Panel of Journalists from the Globe and Mail and CTV, who gave us indication of how Canada`s space program is perceived by Canadians and how it is shared in today`s ever changing communications medium. CSS’s Space Summit was once again holding an interdisciplinary approach to their conference having speakers from the realms of Space Law and Policy to Sciences, to Commerce and even Space Art. Bryan Versteeg noted that space art proves to be an important realm because it allows scientists and engineers to bring their concepts into a picture form – an effective way of communicating their ideas they wish to implement.

CAISU made many good connections with students and industry professionals, all were eager to hear more of the SSP 2014 program next year especially since it’s presence within Canada. and how you can participate in helping with CAISU`s Alumni weekend in July 2014,

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Lucy Stojak of HEC/CFISU spoke about Space’s Economic Impacts

To find out more about the SSP program in Montreal visit:


Letter from our Vice President

Electing the New ISU Board of Trustees

November 19, 2013


Dear CAISU Alumni,

On behalf of the CAISU board, I would like to encourage every one of you in order to participate in the electing the new ISU Board of Trustees. In this regard, I would like to include Nassim Bovet`s latest message, the Head of Admissions and Alumni Affairs.
Please note, you need to kindly log into your Connect2ISU account. The instructions are all included in the website.
I appreciate your cooperation in advance, and will be looking forward to have all the CAISU Alumni on board of this.

Sincerely Yours,

Azam Shaghaghi
CAISU Vice President


Dear ISU alumni,

The time has now come to elect your new representative to the ISU Board of Trustees!
You have nominated 5 alumni from Europe. In order to see who they are and to vote for the one you have chosen, please log in on the Connect2ISU website, or click directly on the following link:

If you do not have your ISU login information, please contact us at and we will assist you. Once connected, please do not hesitate to take this opportunity to update your profile (particularly your contact information if necessary).
Please cast your vote before the deadline of 30 November 2013. In case nobody reaches the absolute majority of the votes (i.e. above 50%), a second voting round will be organized, with the two nominees who have obtained the highest number of votes.
Thank you in advance for your participation - We look forward to your vote!

Warm regards,

Nassim Bovet (MSS01)
Head of Admissions and Alumni Affairs


CAISU Promotes World Space Week Toronto Event

Exploring Mars Discovering Earth

October 4-10, 2013

Earth Science Building
University of Toronto
1050 Earth and Science building of the University of Toronto
More Information: Event Details


CAISU Promotes Space Tourism Society (STS) Canada's World Space Week Toronto Event

Celebrating Canadian Space Activities and Talent

October 5, 2013

Saturday, October 5, 2013 - 7pm-10pm
Earth Sciences Centre Auditorium
University of Toronto
33 Willcocks Street
More Information:
Admission: Free and open to the public
Dr. Erik Seedhouse, Manned Spaceflight Consultant and Commercial Suborbital Astronaut; Board of Advisors, Space Tourism Society (STS) Canada
Prof. Brendan Quine, Northern Light Mars Project, York University
Ryan Marciniak, Educator & Astronomer, Astronomy In Action

Promotional Poster


CAISU to exhibit at Ontario Center of Excellence Discovery Conference

May 27, 2013

Toronto The Canadian Alumni of the International Space University CAISU is proud to have the opportunity to both exhibit and be a presenter at the Ontario Center of Excellence, the Discovery Conference in Toronto. Discovery conference is the Canada`s biggest innovation and research conference which bring together the diverse attendees of the best and brightest minds in industry, innovation, academia, entrepreneurs, researchers and government to showcase leading-edge technologies and researches in Ontario. Dr. Peter Diamandis, the ISU founder presented the opening remarks for the ceremony: Innovation & Breakthroughs on the road to Abundance. Numbers of the Canadian Alumni of the International Space University also attended the opening ceremony and the show floor as previous years in order to highlight the CAISU activities, missions and visions to the public and participants along with the latest updates and activities. “It is always great to see ISU and Singularity University Alumni attending the high profile events and conferences” Peter stated. Discovery takes place May 27 and 28 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, South Building.

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Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne and Peter Diamandis together with CAISU members Amir Komeily (President) and Eric Choi (ISU Liaison)-CAISU Booth Discovery 2013 Conference

More Info:


Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Partnership Engagement Director "Call for Applications"

May 31, 2013

Reference: CRI-13-0047

Job Summary Reporting to the Vice-President, Public, Government and Institute Affairs (PGIA), the Director, Partnership Engagement provides proactive leadership and direction for the identification, development and management of effective and strategic partnerships and collaborative opportunities. The Partnership Engagement Director engages strategically with the public and private sectors and secures traditional industry as well as non-industry based partnerships to improve the impact, integration and effectiveness of CIHR’s contribution to health research investments. He/She explores new opportunities to facilitate health research innovation and commercialization. The Director is a key contributing member of the PGIA Management team and the Extended Executive Management Committee (EEMC).

More Info: Director, Partnership Engagement


Yuri's Night Canada

April 10-13, 2013

Kitchener-Waterloo, Ottawa, Toronto, Montreal

Come celebrate Yuri's Night Canada with us

Kitchener-Waterloo Yuri's Night Today April 10
Ottawa Yuri's Night Friday April 12
Toronto Yuri's Night Friday April 12
Montreal Yuri's Night Saturday April 13

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More Info: Centre for Planetary Science and Exploration


The 2013 (6th Annual) National Canadian Space Commerce Association Conference "Commercial Space Resource Utilization"

March 7th, 2013

DATE & TIME: Thursday, March 7th, 2013, 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
A one-day business forum affiliated with PDAC 2013

LOCATION: Metro Toronto Convention Centre, 255 Front St W, Toronto, Canada

Featuring: Rick Tumlinson, Chairman of Deep Space Industries Inc, Jim Keravala, Chief Operating Officer and co-founder of Shackleton Energy Company Inc, Bob Richards, Founder, President & CEO of Moon Express, in addition to a dozen other speakers who will discuss the technical, legal, and financial aspects associated with commercial space resource utilization, including timelines, constraints, costs and opportunities for profit, as well as how to encourage a continuous stream of innovative new start-ups in this new market.

More Info: events/2013-csca-national- conference

Call for speakers - Start-Up Liftoff: CSCA is looking for three speakers on the topic of their start-up commercial space venture modeled on the format of the O’Reilly’s Ignite Talks under the motto “Enlighten Us, But Make It Quick!”. Anyone who is interested should submit an abstract with contact information and a 5-minute presentation for consideration, to:



NSAW 2012

October 30th, 2012

The Canadian Alumni of the International Space University invites you to our biennial National Space Awareness Workshop. The workshop will be held in conjunction with the Canadian Space Summit occurring the day after the summit on Saturday November 17 2012 at Western University's Centre for Planetary Science and Exploration.

In commemoration of the successful launching of Canada's first satellite 50 years ago, the Alouette, the NSAW 2012 theme will be focus on Canadian Space Achievements, including some of the most successful Canadian aerospace achievements since then along with those expected to in the future.

Highlights will be presented by media personalities, professionals and educators involved within the space industry. A workshop will provide participants a forum to engage in discussion gaining comprehensive awareness of Canadian role in the global space sector along with its successes. The objective of the workshop is to provide participants with:

·         An increased awareness of Canada's successes in the space technology

·         A strengthened understanding of Canada's current role and future direction within the sector

·         A unique networking opportunity with leaders in the industry

Register by October 31st to be included in the early bird draw. For additional information regarding the workshop, please visit:

FREE* (with pre-registration, $20 deposit required for registration and refunded at the door) Early bird draw deadline- October 31st! Students: A limited number of $20 travel grants are available and given on a first-to-register basis* (receipt detailing travel costs and valid student ID required)

DATE & TIME: Saturday, November 17, 2012, 9:00 AM
(Doors open at 8:30 AM, with breakfast)

LOCATION: The Centre for Planetary Science and Exploration at Western University. 1151 Richmond Street, London, Ontario, Canada, N6A 5B7



2012 CSCA National Conference

March 25th, 2012

CAISU is pleased to be a supporter of the Canadian Space Commerce Association's 2012 National Conference. This year's theme is "Our Critical Canadian Space Infrastructure". The conference will be on March 28th, 2012 at the National Arts Centre, 53 Elgin Street, Ottawa, Ontario, K1P 5W1. See the conference website for more information.

CAISU members receive a 25% discount on the conference registration fee. Please contact Amir Komeily to obtain the promotion code at


SSP 2014 in Montreal

March 25th, 2012

It was recently announced that the International Space University's 27th Space Studies Program will convene in Montréal in 2014 to be hosted by the École de technologie supérieure and HEC. See this press release for more information.


Yuri's Night Montreal

April 6th, 2011

Come to Yuri's Night á Montreal this coming Saturday and celebrate the 50th anniversary of Yuri Gagrin's maiden voyage!


SSP10 Alum Wins University of Waterloo Essay Contest

March 24th, 2011

Dr. Farhan Asrar, SSP10, was one of the winners of the recent Loving to Learn Day 2011 essay contest. Here is his winning entry:

Learn to Love in order to Love to Learn

I heard about this contest near Valentine's Day and since the title had 'love' and 'learn', naturally I assumed the title was “Learning to Love”, a quick second later I realized it was “Loving to Learn”. Pondering on this, both sentences are not so different as I realize that we need to 'learn to love' in order to 'love to learn'. This can be achieved through life's experiences, family/mother's upbringing, Faith, excellent supervisors , role models and educational experiences. I have been blessed with all the above which encouraged my strive for knowledge.

One experience which opened doors to a universe of knowledge (literally) was the Space Studies Program (SSP) at the International Space University in Strasbourg, France. I was awarded a scholarship to pursue the SSP, an intensive 9-week program that trains future leaders of the global space community in an 'intercultural', 'interdisciplinary' and 'international' environment. It is sponsored by several organizations and agencies which include NASA, Canadian Space Agency and European Space Agency.

Dr. Farhan Asrar and Canadian astronaut Dr. Bob Thirsk

Dr. Farhan Asrar and Canadian astronaut Dr. Bob Thirsk

I always had an interest in Space but this experience enlightened me about space in ways I could not imagine; The program included a variety of lectures, workshops and projects taught by renowned experts, astronauts and the who's who of Space organizations. I was amazed to learn how diverse Space studies is; involving Space Law, business, Space Life Sciences and Medicine, etc. This experience gave me a better understanding of how Space technology benefits us and makes a difference in our everyday lives without us even realizing it (Daily weather forecasts uses Satellites. Enriched foods, water purification methods, thermal gloves, ear thermometers, smoke detectors, etc. all originated from technology meant for the space program).

There was one key feature which made this experience memorable and enhanced my love to learn; which was the people I worked with; Astronauts, faculty, speakers and students is what counted the most. The group resided from over 30 countries from various backgrounds (ranging from being Deans, Professors and Directors of programs in their home countries to current students).

The love of learning about space brought us closer together on Earth; people from different professions, cultures, religions and backgrounds working on a common goal. It reminds me of a quote by Canada's noted Astronaut Dr. Bob Thirsk "When I'm on Earth I dream of space, and when I was in space I dreamed of Earth". We worked together as one, explored new heights together, spent sleepless nights studying together to meet project deadlines and in the process got to know each other, sharing our experiences (Such as Dr. Jim Burke, a true pioneer in Spaceflight shared his vast space experiences. Dr. Zhao Wen, a director at China's Academy of Launch Vehicle Technology taught me to write my name in 3 Chinese dialects and Walter Schroeder, PhD candidate originally from Germany shared his amazing experiences including showing his talent of fire-breathing!).

My beliefs and experiences in life has taught me that I love to learn by learning to love others.

By- Dr. Farhan M. Asrar MD, MSc, MPH(c)
Resident Physician – in the Dual Community Medicine (FRCP) and Family Medicine (CCFP) Residency Programs, McMaster University
Master of Public Health Candidate – University of Waterloo


ISU Board of Trustee's Meeting Results

March 24th, 2011

Some interesting information came out of the January 19-20 ISU Board of Trustee's meeting that happened at the ISU Central Campus in Strasbourg, France:

Southern Hemisphere Summer Space Program (SHS-SP)

·         concluded February 4

·         9 countries represented: Australia, Brazil, New Zealand, South Africa, China and Hong Kong, India, Italy, Sri Lanka

·         77% Southern Hemisphere, 23% Northern Hemisphere

·         77% male, 23% female, 60% Australians, first ISU student from New Zealand

Applicant statistics


·         SSP10 – 71% male, 29% female

·         SSP11 – 79% male, 21% female

·         MSS10 – 60% male, 40% female

·         MSS11 – 74% male, 26% female


·         SSP10 – 61% engineering, 14% physical sciences, 8% life sciences, 5% space applications, 4% info tech, 4% policy and law, 3% business/management, 1% humanities

·         SSP11 – 54% engineering, 18% physical sciences, 7% business/management, 6% life sciences, 5% policy and law, 5% info tech, 3% space applications, 2% humanities

·         MSS11 – 59% engineering, 13% physical sciences, 6% life sciences, 6% info tech, 5% space applications, 4% business and management, 4% humanities, 3% policy and law

How applicants hear about ISU

·         SSP10 – 26% Internet, 26% friend/colleague, 23% ISU conference/presentation/faculty, 12% ISU alumni, 6% employer, 5% affiliate/liaison, 2% poster/bulletin/press

·         SSP11 – 55% Internet, 16% ISU conference/presentation/faculty, 13% friend/colleague, 11% ISU alumni, 2% employer, 2% affiliate/liaison, 1% poster/bulletin/press

·         MSS11 – 41% Internet, 22% friend/colleague, 19% ISU conference/presentation/faculty, 10% ISU alumni, 3% employer, 3% poster/bulletin/press, 2% affiliate/liaison

Highlights of 2010

·         Increased use of new laboratory facilities, including concurrent design facility (CDF)

·         Graduation of first EMBA class

·         Largest Strasbourg SSP ever

·         Record application volume continuing in Masters and SSP

·         Inauguration of SHS-SP

Update on Academic Issues


·         51 graduates, 1 cum laude

·         Increased use of hands-on facilities including concurrent design facility (CDF), rotating chair for life sciences, ground station/radio astronomy dish


·         24 countries represented in three main atypical blocks (China, India, Nigeria)

·         highest percentage of women (40%) in any Masters class to date

ISU Symposium, 15-17 February 2011

·         International Space Station: Maximizing the Return from Extended Operations

·         NASA was general sponsor

·         High-level speakers included head of China’s taikonaut training program, who talked about China’s space station plans

·         Record application volume continuing in Masters and SSP

SHS-SP academic program

·         January 4th to February 4th, 2011

·         Weeks 1-3 – core lectures, workshops and white paper, followed by exam

·         Weeks 4-5 – focused on white paper and workshops, followed by white paper presentation

·         Several professional visits occurred during 5 week session

·         Convened international astronaut panel

·         Developed white paper on space policy issues relevant to Southern Hemisphere countries

·         Culture nights, space masquerade party, other social events

ISU/Stevens Institute of Technology (United States)

·         Joint space systems engineering certificate and masters program inaugurated

·         11 “ISU” students have signed up for two courses to be given online

·         One resident faculty member will be "hard auditing" the fundamentals of space systems engineering course to begin the process of qualification to teach the program

·         All ISU faculty are welcome to teach in the program after successfully meeting the SIT qualification process

·         ISU will continue to advertise and promote this new program

·         No scholarships available (yet)


·         12 participants, first class of EMBA

·         Excellent 3I distribution:

o    42% women

o    50% industry, 25% governmental, 25% other

o    42% non-engineers

Space Odyssey Institute (SOI)

·         Now concurrent with the 2 week Policy and Law module of the EMBA

·         Presently double the number of applicants compared to last year. Mainly from NASA, as SOI is now listed in the agency’s training catalogue

Status of ISU faculty

·         8 resident faculty at present, 3 will be leaving soon

·         1 resident lecturer

·         New resident lecturer recruited – Dr. Chris Welch, new director of masters program

·         66 faculty, 13 associate faculty, 32 adjunct faculty. Includes first adjunct faculty from South America and Africa

Academic activities of resident faculty

·         Publications in 2010: 2 books, 50 book chapters, 7 conference papers, 1 Ph.D dissertation, 6 peer-reviewed journal articles, 44 conference/seminar/workshop presentations of which 21 were invited

·         Research proposals: 15 research proposals submitted, 14 research proposals accepted, including 5 ISS experiments, 4 ISU students working on proposals awarded

·         ISU resident faculty currently sit on 12 technical or professional committees or working groups external to ISU

·         4 resident faculty participated in other external academic activities including reviews for journals and technical conferences and presentations other than conferences or workshops

Research tools

·         Concurrent design facility (CDF): Growing database of engineering models; successful use for MSS10, SSP10 and ESC10; enabled very interesting MSS student projects

·         Ground station/radio astronomy dish: Used during SSP10 for direct contact with ISS and for MSS lectures and workshops; facility operational thanks to ESA YGT; new ESA YGT recruited since December 2010 with emphasis on navigation applications (Benoit Henin, SUPAERO and NASA Ames internship)

International Institute of Space Commerce (Isle of Man)

·         Held workshop in December 2010 on relationship between space and government policy

·         Study on orbital space tourism to be published by IISC

·         Considering publication of a book on international cooperation and space, following up on previous book on space commerce

·         Website:

Short courses and research

·         Partner in EU FP7 program called NordicBaltsat (NBS), which is a centre of excellence in the Baltic states

·         Partner in human spaceflight social aspect proposal with European Science Foundation led by John Farrow

Other matters

·         Stefano Fiorilli re-elected as academic council chair for another year

·         Hugh Hill is the academic council vice-chair

·         ISU alums can get e-mail addresses in the format Request to Joel Hermann if you would like one.

·         Revamped ISU website now includes alumni and job sections

·         ISU online channels for and

·         International Space University page on Facebook:

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