Dr. Marc Garneau Named President of the Canadian Space Agency

By Marc Boucher
September 29, 2001
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Dr. Marc Garneau will assume leadership of the Canadian Space Agency on November 22. Garneau replaces Mac Evans who had been President for the last seven years and has served in the Canadian Space Agency for 35 years.

It was only last February that Garneau transitioned from active astronaut to the role of Executive Vice-president. Last year at this time he had been preparing for his third and last mission in space.

“As Canada embarks on its fifth decade in space, the appointment of Dr. Marc Garneau will continue to strengthen a renowned tradition of leadership, excellence and innovation that has made Canada a leading space nation,” said Minister Tobin.

At the 3rd Canadian Space Exploration Workshop held in May, Garneau hinted at what is to come by outlining the agency’s desire to expand its role in space exploration with a major Mars initiative.

With a renewed commitment by the Minister of Industry, Canada’s first astronaut now has an opportunity to take the Canadian space program to a new level.

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