It is with great pleasure that the CSS formally welcomes Dr Damya Souami as the new Session Chair for Astronomy. Dr Souami will be a key national point of contact for members, chapters, partners and the general public for items involving the astronomy profession and pastime. Details regarding her duties can be found here.
About Dr Souami:
Dr. Damya Souami completed her PhD in Celestial Mechanics, with honours, at the University Pierre & Marie Curie (Paris 6), France in December, 2012.
Ottawa - On 19 Nov 14, the CSS helds its Annual General Meeting (AGM) which, for the first time, featured both physical and virtual participation (via Skype and Survey Monkey). The following Directors were voted to the Board:
- Wayne Ellis
- Marc Fricker
- Gary McQueen
- Catherine Hazin
- Ademir Vrolijk
Marc Fricker will become the new President for a 2-year term, Wayne Ellis will assume the Vice-President and Chapter Relations roles, and Gary McQueen will continue as Finance Director/National Treasurer.
From out-going President Wayne Ellis: "It has been an exciting time in the CSS over the past 2 years with new members and a new chapter being added. I look forward to continuing to support the development of the CSS as a professional organization meeting the needs of its members, Partners and Cdn public. I want to thank the Board, Executive and Chapters for their support and hope to see this continue and grow with the new leadership." Official changeover of duties will occur as of 1 Dec 14.
Other items of note:
- the CSS is formally implementing a Technical Program Manager position to support greater coordination and management of technical projects across Canada.
- the 'Low Earth Orbit' space topic stream has been renamed to 'Space Applications' to better represent the associated activities.
"Huge celebrations taking place in Darmstadt at ESOC."
Members of the Canadian Space community and fellow Space enthusiasts,
Interim Chapter Chair,
Since last November, the CSS has been working diligently with its Canadian Space Leaders Roundtable (CSLR) partners to come up with some engagement strategies in and around the upcoming International Astronautical Congress (IAC) in Toronto this fall. For those who have not yet attended an IAC, there are many activities in its program, and thus our intent has always been to make a contribution without generating any unnecessary conflicts. We are thus pleased to have been able to carve out a few key activities that we feel will bring value to our members, our Partners and the Canadian Public.