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Introduction to

Space Applications


February 27 to March 1, 2023



The Corporate Centre

150 Elgin St. 10th Floor, Ottawa


Virtual registration available for those outside of Ottawa


Course Registration Fee

$1,600+HST per person for the first ten registrants;

$1,200+HST per person for the next 11-15 registrants;

$1,000+HST per person for the next 16+ registrants.

For group registration, and for more information, contact

Since the launch of the space age with Sputnik 1 in 1957, Canada, like all modern nations, has become increasingly dependent on space based capabilities. Today it is safe to say that virtually every aspect of Canadian life and, therefore, every government function, is directly or indirectly impacted by space capabilities. Yet few in government have even a basic appreciation of the space environment, the critical systems and capabilities operating from it, and how to leverage them.

This course addresses that gap by providing a basic understanding of the uses of space for commercial, civil and national security applications in a seminar style environment. The focus is on ensuring attendees gain an appreciation for the policy, regulatory, applications and operational aspects of the Canadian space programme.

This course, presented by experts in their fields, provides a unique opportunity for public servants and individuals in the commercial sector to better understand the complexities of the space environment, mission design and applications.

Following completion of the course, the attendees will have the knowledge and understanding to more effectively execute their duties and responsibilities.


Day 1

Course Introduction


Exploiting Space 

Past, Present, Future


The Space Environment

Boundaries, weather, radiation, debris, terminology, and orbital mechanics

The Space Policy Environment

Cold war origins, outer space treaty, 

national regulations, and new challenges

Space Mission Design

Mission architecture, mission design, 

launch, ground station, sensors, 

big data analytics, and digital mission engineering


Spacecraft Design

Spacecraft subsystems, subsystems functionalities, space-systems engineering, 

approaches, requirement definition, and systems engineering budgets

Surveillance of Space

Space situational awareness, resident space objects, military and commercial surveillance, networks, and space domain awareness

Virtual Meet & Greet

Day 2

Earth Observation

Space surveillance applications, advanced radar, artificial intelligence, cloud computing, and Canada’s role in the world stage

Satellite Communications

Radio communications, why satellites, and new mega-constellations

Satellite-based Navigation

Historical background, guidance and navigations techniques, global navigation satellite system (GNSS), and ground stations

The Space Economy

Government and military, 

commercial “New Space”,

and the trillion dollar economy

Space Exploration

The history of space exploration by both human and unmanned space travel

Day 3

Guest Speakers:

7 Operations Support Squadron

Commanding Officer

Commander Kevin Seidler

Canadian Space Agency

Tom Wilson


Round Table Discussion

Panel includes:

Commander Kevin Seidler

Commanding Officer

7 Operations Support Squadron

Howard Stanley

Vice President

Americas - OneWeb

Tom Wilson

Manager, Strategic Policy

Canadian Space Agency 


Facilities Tour

Mission Control Space Services 

162 Elm St. West

Ottawa, ON K1R 6N5



Our Instructor Cadre has extensive experience in the Civil, Commercial and National Security space domains. Their areas of expertise covers the entire range of space missions from operations, mission design, acquisition and international programme coordination.

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William Jefferies has 40+ years international experience in operational Remote Sensing for commercial and defence users, including radar, optical, thermal & potential field sensors. He spent 18 years managing development and operations of RADARSAT 1 & 2. He was Executive Director of LOOKNorth, a Canadian Centre of Excellence helping Canadian SMEs commercialize innovative EO technologies.

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Marc Fricker is a retired AERE officer who, during his 25-year career, worked with the Canadian Space Agency training astronauts and students at the Royal Military College. He is currently a college professor of Electronics and Information systems at Heritage College in Hull, Quebec.

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Scott Jones brings 35 years of experience in the CAF to the SSCL team, including the creation, operational use and support of Space, Missile Defence and Intelligence capabilities with his most recent focus being on Space policy and strategic planning at National Defence Headquarters.

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Michael Groh has nearly 40 years’ experience in the Canadian Armed Forces, Department of National Defense and Government of Canada, delivering large-scale complex IT and communications projects. Leading projects that connected CAF and DND to the Internet, while deployed with NATO, connecting deployed units, with the Afghan Mission Network, to their commanders at the operational and strategic levels, and deployed CAF troops through DND’s Wideband Global SATCOM system.

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Prashant Shukle has considerable public, private and not-for-profit experience having spent 30 years in increasingly senior policy, program, communication, and operational environments in the federal public service.  His last 12 years in the federal public service were spent as the Director-General of the Canada Centre for Mapping and Earth Observation, where he led in its creation; oversaw federal ground station revitalisation efforts; was responsible for critical scientific earth observation elements of the RadarSat Constellation Mission program; and, functioned as Canada’s lead to the United Nations for the Group of Experts on Geospatial Information Management. Since 2019, he has worked within the private sector on public-private partnerships, providing advice to Canadian geospatial startups while serving as Chief Strategy and Operating Officer of KorrAI, and serving on a number of boards including PlaceFund!, and AECO Innovation. Prashant is also Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors of the Open Geospatial Consortium, an organization of over 500 of the world’s leading geospatial companies. 

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Paul Heenan is a 42-year Canadian Army artillery veteran. The last 15 years of his career was spent working in joint operations. As Lead to the Afghanistan Information Operations Campaign Plan, he was responsible for the coordination of supporting functions including Electronic Warfare and the assurance of Positioning, Navigation and Timing (PNT) information from the Global Positioning System (GPS). As Acting and Deputy Director of the Space Navigation Warfare (NAVWAR) program he worked at integrating PNT assurance into the Canadian Armed Forces, directing R&D initiatives and exercises, and maintaining and fostering collaboration through Five-Eyes and NATO engagement. After retirement he supported the DND Polar Epsilon 2 Project, (space-based Earth observation) with testing and evaluation until 2022. He brings to SSCL advice and experience regarding space-based navigation and PNT assurance. 

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Ms. Yolanda Brown is the Director of People and Programs at Mission Control. With her degree in Aerospace Engineering, she is also a certified Program Management Professional (PMP) with over 23 years of experience in the space industry in systems engineering and program management. She has managed both R&D and operational projects for space programs within Canada as well as Internationally. Projects include Canadian space missions such as Sapphire, the Department of National Defence’s operational small satellite for space situational awareness (Preliminary Design  through Operations), AIM-North, the Canadian Space Agency’s Phase 0 study for atmospheric imaging of Northern Regions with plans for meteorological and space weather observations and International missions such as RapidEye, the 5-satellite Earth observation constellation for RapidEye AG (Preliminary Design through Commissioning).  At Mission Control she is currently involved in a demonstration mission, with the support of the CSA, that will see Mission Control being the first company to deploy AI on the moon!

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Howard Stanley is the Vice President, Americas for OneWeb, a global Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellite telecommunications service provider that is revolutionizing the connectivity industry. Howard began his career in the Canadian telecommunications industry at Fundy Cable in New Brunswick. Over the past 35 years he has held various senior management positions at Rogers Communications and Bell Canada, with a particular focus on Federal procurement for the last 20 years.


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Col. (Ret) Andre Dupuis retired from the Canadian Armed Forces as the Director of Space requirements., responsible for the requirements definition, space mission design and acquisition oversight of the Department of National Defence’s national security space programme

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Maria Rey has 36 years experience in space-based radar. She retired from Defence Research and Development Canada as Director General, Science and Technology responsible for formulating and delivering the National Defence Science and Technology program In Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (C4ISR).

Guest Speakers

Tom Wilson – CSA

Tom Wilson is currently an Advisor at CSA's Policy Branch.  Since joining CSA in 2016, he has also served as both the Manager of Strategic Policy and as the Acting Executive Director of Strategic and Space Utilization Policy.  In his roles, he has provided advice to shape the future of the Canadian space program and has helped to manage and coordinate the relationships between the CSA, Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED) and the Government of Canada central agencies. Prior to joining CSA, Tom was at ISED (then Industry Canada) in a variety of roles where he worked to develop industrial policy in support of the life sciences and manufacturing sectors. Tom has a Bachelors degree in Public Affairs and Policy management from Carleton University. 

Cdr Kevin Seidler -Commanding Officer, 7 Operational Support Squadron

Commander Seilder's Squadron is responsible for Space Engineering. They conduct space mission assurance, mission system management, data exploitation, and analytics. His Operational Training Unit is responsible for the training of space-related tasks and expanding space knowledge, developing of courseware, establishing and maintaining training standards, and coordinating with domestic and international partners on collaborative efforts. They also develop apps and software solutions to automate common procedures, provide new capabilities, and exploit data via custom programs.

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