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  • July 05, 2021 11:06 | Todd Legault (Administrator)

    HARDY, Robert George June 5, 1950 - June 28, 2021 It is with deep sadness we announce the passing on Monday June 28, 2021 of Robert George Hardy "Bob" at the age 71. After a valiant battle with cancer, Bob died in hospital with his wife Darlyn at his side. Bob is survived by his son, Kyle; daughter-in-law, Belinda; granddaughter, Sabriel; brother, Russ; sisters, Gwen and Karen; nephews, Stephen, David and niece, Tara.

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    Bob served as CASI Ottawa Branch President in the early 1980s and he will be missed by many.

  • March 09, 2021 16:23 | April Duffy (Administrator)

    The origin of the Canadian Aeronautics and Space Institute dates back to July 8, 1954 when Letters Patent of the Canadian Aeronautical Institute (CAI) were signed. In 1962 the CAI merged with the Canadian Astronautical Society in Toronto and the Montreal-based Astronautical Society of Canada to become the Canadian Aeronautics and Space Institute (CASI).

    Dick Richmond was one of the founders of CAI serving as President from 1956-57. He has been an active member of CASI since then, elevated to the status of Fellow many years ago.

    Dick's contributions to Canadian aerospace are as significant as they are numerous. A brief biography can be found here on the web site of Canada's Aviation Hall of Fame, into which he was inducted in 1995. It mentions that Dick was presented with the prestigious CASI C.D. Howe Award "for achievements in the fields of planning and policy making, and overall leadership in Canadian aeronautics and space activities".

    Dick's most recent recognition - at the age of 102! - is to be appointed to the Order of Canada. His citation reads: "For his innovative designs as an aeronautical engineer and for his contributions to the aviation industry."

    Dick will be presented with his Order of Canada insignia in a virtual ceremony currently scheduled to take place this Friday, March 12 at 14:45. CASI encourages everyone to celebrate Dick's lifelong career and many accomplishments in the Canadian aerospace sector by joining together at that time.

    Please watch the online ceremony here.

    From the desk of the Executive Director of CASI, Geoffrey Languedoc.

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