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Canadian Aeronautics and Space Institute

Institut aéronautique et spatial du Canada

Ottawa Branch

The mission of the Ottawa Branch is to support local CASI members in their professional career development through monthly events, resources and educational tools. The Branch contributes to national activities like inter-branch initiatives, section development, mentoring and professional development. Close associations are maintained with academic institutions in Ottawa and the Branch likes to organize site visits at various facilities in the NCR. We give priority access to CASI members for these tours where we get to meet interesting people but still provide a good talk to the general public who are welcome to join us – but encouraged to join CASI!

Any members of the Canadian aerospace community willing to participate can contact the branch co-chairs listed below.

The Ottawa Branch Workspace is open to any Member of CASI.

Branch Executive

Position Incumbent Organisation
Branch Chairs

Jeff Bird

Omer Majeed


MDS Aero Support

Secretary/Treasurer Jim Thompson Davis Engineering
Chair Emeritus Paul Penna Retired – NRC Aerodynamics Lab
Branch Councillor Jeff Bird TECnos
Branch Executive Members Prof. Catherine Mavriplis Ottawa University
  Prof. Jeremy Laliberté

Carleton University



  Steve Hall Celeris
  Pervez Canteenwalla

NRC Gas Turbine

  Prof. Catherine Mavriplis

Ottawa University

 TBA Carleton University CMAS

Each year an executive member of the Carleton Mechanical and Aeronautical Society (CMAS) is invited to serve on the executive.

Thanks to recent members who have served with distinction and moved on: Shaun Horning, Nezih Mrad and David Zimcik.

CASI Ottawa Branch December 2021 Update

CASI Ottawa 2019 Annual Report

Upcoming events

    • January 27, 2022
    • 12:00 - 13:00
    • A CASI Zoom Event
    • 266

    CASI Ottawa Branch

    Duke of Edinburgh Sustainability Lecture

    CEOS- System of Systems

    January 27, 2022 | 12:00 - 13:00

    A CASI Zoom Event


    Ivan Petiteville
    Committee on Earth Observation Satellites

    Jeff Bird, CASI Ottawa

    Omer Majeed, CASI Ottawa

    The Committee on Earth Observation Satellites (CEOS) was established in 1984 in response to a recommendation from a Panel of Experts on Remote Sensing from Space and set up under the aegis of the G7 Economic Summit of Industrial Nations Working Group on Growth, Technology, and Employment. This Panel recognized the multidisciplinary nature of space-based Earth observations and the value of coordinating international Earth observation efforts to benefit society.

    Accordingly, the original function of CEOS was to coordinate and harmonize Earth observations to make it easier for the user community to access and use data. CEOS initially focused on interoperability, common data formats, the inter-calibration of instruments, and common validation and inter-comparison of products. However, over time, the circumstances surrounding the collection and use of space-based Earth observations have changed.

    This presentation provides an overview of CEOS and shows some examples of the numerous CEOS achievements, thanks to the scientific and technological cooperation of the major space agencies in the world, and the interoperability of their assets.

    Ivan Petiteville graduated in 1984 from the École Polytechnique (France) where he studied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics. He also owns an engineering diploma in Informatics and Advanced Computer Science from the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Techniques Avancées (France).

    He joined ESA in 1988, first as Principal Ground Segment System Engineer for ERS-1 and then Project Manager of several Earth Observation satellite ground segments.

    Since 2000, Ivan has occupied various functions in the Committee on Earth Observation Satellites (CEOS – https://ceos.org):

    • Chair of the CEOS Working Group in Information Systems and Services,

    • CEOS Executive Officer,

    • Chair of the CEOS Working Group on Disasters between 2011 and 2015, he led the CEOS Delegation at the 3rd UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction in Sendai (Japan).

    In addition, Ivan has taken several roles in the Group on Earth Observations (GEO - https://earthobservations.org/) since its inception in 2005, e.g. co-Chair of the GEO Architecture and Data Committee between 2006 and 2012 and co-Chair of the GEO Programme Board 2018 - 2020.

    P.S. Ivan was an inspired stage master’s student at the NRC Engine Lab.


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