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.