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CASI Ottawa Branch | Evening Hors d’oeuvres Virtual Meeting/Discussion with Robert Mather

  • September 24, 2020
  • 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
  • Ottawa
  • 13

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CASI Ottawa Branch Live Event

CASI Ottawa Branch Evening Hors d’oeuvres Virtual Meeting

with Robert Mather

September 24, 2020 | 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM


We start the year with a package of interactive events on aeronautical design- highlights of De Havilland and Pratt and Whitney Canada innovation and success. In October look for an exciting design challenge for the Canadian environment. You’ll hear about the art, science, engineering and business in the aeronautical and mechanical domains. In November we’re planning a career perspectives panel that will tie in with the CMAS Industry Night in January.


A Canadian Success Story

Thursday September 24 th at 5 pm for an ¾ hour plus on-line discussion

The presentation is a compelling story of innovation to products in the Canadian aerospace domain. A current summary of the size and impact of the industry is followed by a multi-faceted survey of De Havilland aircraft from the Chipmunk (1283), Beaver (1657), Otter (466), Cariboo (307), Buffalo (122), Twin Otter (900+), Dash 7 (113) and Dash 8 (1249+). The essential propulsion innovation at Pratt and Whitney Canada is woven into the story. Be prouder about Canadian achievements and learn some of the lessons to go forward. Followed by moderated questions.

Our speaker: Bob presented our highly successful lunch and learn talk in June on design challenges.

Robert (Bob) Mather gained a Masters degree in aircraft propulsion from Cranfield University in the UK as part of an engineering apprenticeship with Rolls- Royce. These were interesting times in the engine business with propulsion systems for Harrier and Concorde in development.

Bob’s career spanned 5 decades and included 13 years with Pratt & Whitney Canada working in advanced design and certification and a little more than 20 years with Transport Canada. During Bob’s time at Transport Canada the early model Dash 8s were certified as were the initial Challenger and RJ series. Two Canadian firsts that Bob had a hand in were corporate delegation and long range over-water operation of twin engine aircraft.

Bob’s 6+ years with the Aerospace Industries Association of Canada (AIAC) included industry policy development and government liaison concerning domestic and international safety regulation and environmental protection.

Our Hosts: Geoff Languedoc, CASI Executive Director, Ottawa Branch co-chairs Omer Majeed and Jeff Bird along with our honoured co-sponsors, the Carleton Mechanical and Aeronautical Society.


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