On behalf of the CSS National organization and its Chapters, I would like to extend warm wishes to everyone this holiday season in the hopes that it will be a safe and enjoyable time for friends and family.  Myself, I will be spending time in Regina with my wife’s family as well as traveling back to Europe to hopefully take in some exciting New Year’s festivities.

The past year has brought on a number of changes at the CSS and ones that we hope will further transform the organization into an effective voice for Canadian space professionals and enthusiasts across the country.  I especially want to thank past President Kevin Shortt for his tremendous energy and enthusiasm and wish him well in his new role with the CSS:  International Relations Officer. Further, I wish to express my sincere appreciation to the support and energy of our National team, Chapters, Corporate Members and CSS members from coast to coast – well done to all!

Looking forward, the coming year is no doubt going to be fraught with challenges and obstacles as we continue our growth path, but I continue to be astounded by the amount passion out there for space and the development and exploration of this important medium.  2013 should see the launch of both Canadian satellites NEOSSAT and Sapphire, followed by M3MSat and Cassiope – significant accomplishments by many people in many organizations in many provinces.  The CSS is also looking forward to extending its affiliation with the Canadian Satellite Design Challenge – 2, following on the heels of the successful CSDC-1 which culminated in the Concordia Team win. Yes, Canada is a ‘Space’ nation!

May the Season Bring You Joy and Happiness!

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