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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

    • May 30, 2022
    • 12:00 - 13:00
    • A CASI Zoom Event
    • 280

    CASI Ottawa Branch

    The Role of Canadian Space Technology in Enabling Global Transparency in Methane Emissions

    May 30, 2022 | 12PM - 1PM

    CASI Zoom Event


    Eric ChoiDirector of Business Development
    GHGSat Inc.

    Ottawa Branch Executive
    Jeff Bird

    Omer Majeed
    Jim Thompson

    Virtual Presentation with Question and Answer Period


    Methane is a potent greenhouse gas with 80 times the global warming potential of carbon dioxide over the first 20 years after release. A quarter of today’s global temperature increases are caused by anthropogenic methane. Reducing methane emissions 45% over the next five years would have the same 20 year climate benefit as closing 1,300 coal-fired power plants.

    Canadian space technology is addressing the growing need for global transparency in methane emissions. A number of past (e.g. SCIAMACHY), current (e.g. Sentinel-5P/TROPOMI) and future (e.g. GeoCarb) space agency missions provide methane data on regional and global scales. An exciting development is the emergence in Canada and abroad of commercial remote sensing companies like GHGSat that are pushing the boundaries with innovative and complementary Earth observation capabilities that would otherwise not be possible with either a space agency or private sector mission alone.

    GHGSat’s satellites enable the quantification of facility-level methane emissions and provide data and analytics for stakeholders in the energy, resource, power generation, agricultural, waste management, and sustainability sectors to make informed environmental decisions. There are currently three GHGSat satellites in orbit, with the next three satellites scheduled for launch this summer and three more satellites now under construction towards the goal of a ten satellite constellation by the end of 2023. No other government or commercial satellite mission is currently capable of quantifying methane emissions from point sources as small as individual oil and gas wells.

    This presentation will include a short history of satellite-based methane monitoring, a summary of GHGSat’s satellites and their capabilities, a description of how GHGSat’s high-resolution satellites work synergistically with regional-scale data from space agency missions, and conclude with some examples of recent observations from GHGSat’s satellites.

    Image source: ghgsat.com

    Our Speaker
    Eric Choi is director of business development at GHGSat. Over the course of his career, he has held positions of increasing technical and managerial responsibility in both the aviation and space sectors, the latter including work on QEYSSat (Quantum Encryption and Science Satellite), the Meteorology (MET) payload on the NASA Phoenix Mars Lander, the Canadarm2 on the International Space Station, the RADARSAT-1 Earth-observation satellite, and the MOPITT (Measurements of Pollution on the Troposphere) instrument. He holds a B.A.Sc in engineering science and an M.A.Sc in aerospace engineering, both from the University of Toronto, and an MBA from York University.

    Co-sponsored with the Carleton University Mechanical and Aerospace Society

    Please renew or look into a CASI membership at www.casi.ca


Past events

April 27, 2022 CASI Ottawa | NRC Low Emission Aviation Program (LEAP) – Accelerating the Transition to a Net-Zero Future
February 24, 2022 CASI Ottawa | The Canadian Contribution to the Webb Space Telescope: The first 25 years
January 27, 2022 CASI Ottawa Branch | Duke of Edinburgh Sustainability Lecture
September 29, 2021 CASI Ottawa Branch | Adopting AR - Augmented Reality for Advanced Composite Structures Repair & Training
June 01, 2021 CASI Ottawa Branch | A Canadian's Journey to a Career in Space with Kelsey Doerksen
May 11, 2021 CASI Ottawa Branch | Creating a Resilient Sustainability Strategy: The Pratt & Whitney Story with Avrum Goldman
March 04, 2021 CASI Ottawa Branch | Civil Propulsion - The Last 70 Years with Prof. Emeritus Herb Saravanamuttoo
February 23, 2021 CASI Ottawa Branch | Sixty Years of Clean Energy from Thin Air with Manfred Klein
January 28, 2021 CASI Ottawa Branch | Lunch and Learn Presentation with Dr. Azzedine Dadouche
November 26, 2020 CASI Ottawa Branch | Career Planning in Our New World
November 02, 2020 CASI Ottawa Branch | Lunch and Learn | Introduction to Canadian Advanced Air Mobility Initiatives with Jeremy Laliberté and JR Hammond
September 24, 2020 CASI Ottawa Branch | Evening Hors d’oeuvres Virtual Meeting/Discussion with Robert Mather
June 04, 2020 CASI Ottawa Branch | Aeronautical Designs Through Experimentation with Robert Mather
April 22, 2020 CASI Ottawa Branch February Meeting Slides Now Available
February 28, 2020 Transportation Safety Board of Canada Laboratory Tour
February 11, 2020 CASI Ottawa Branch Meeting
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