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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 Chair Jeff Bird TECnos
Secretary/Treasurer Jim Thompson Davis Engineering
Chair Emeritus Paul Penna Retired – NRC Aerodynamics Lab
Branch Councillor Jeff Bird TECnos
Branch Executive Members Ryan Anderson Telesat
  Pervez Canteenwalla

NRC Gas Turbine



  Steve Hall Celeris
  Prof. Jeremy Laliberté

Carleton University

  Prof. Catherine Mavriplis

Ottawa University

  Angelina Gomes 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.

Branch Activities

Upcoming events

    • February 26, 2019
    • 6:30 PM
    • February 27, 2019
    • Carleton University and University of Ottawa

    Ottawa Branch Event
    Dr. Jacques Giroux President, Canadian Aeronautics and Space Institute

    February 26 at 630 pm at Carleton University jointly sponsored by the Carleton Mechanical and Aerospace Society

    February 27 at noon at uOttawa jointly sponsored by the uOttawa CASI Student Branch

    The topic: Opportunities with High Altitude Pseudo-Satellites (HAPS)

    Jacques Giroux is a Business Development Manager for Space and Defence Systems in ABB’s Measurements and Analytics Business Unit located in Quebec City, Canada. This business unit is part of ABB Inc., a Canadian corporation member of the ABB group that operates in more than 100 countries with about 135,000 employees.

    ABB Measurement and Analytics delivers analytical solutions for industrial as well as space and defence applications. Dr. Giroux has worked for this business unit since 1991, at the time when ABB’s space activities were just starting and he has since then been a key leader of ABB’s development in the space business. His experience at ABB spans business, management and engineering aspects of optical instrumentation for remote sensing and Earth observation.

    Dr. Giroux obtained a Bachelor degree in Physics in 1981 at Laval University in Quebec City. He did his Masters and PhD in Instrumentation for Nuclear Physics also at Laval University, followed by a Post‐doc at the Max‐Planck‐Institute in Heidelberg, Germany, under an NSERC (Canada) fellowship. Through his career, Dr. Giroux participated on several committees related to the fields of space, optics, remote sensing and Earth observation. He was a member of the R&D committee of INO (National Optics Institute) for about 8 years. He has been involved in research committees with several Canadian universities and industrial committees with the Canadian Space Agency. He represents ABB on the space committee of the Aerospace Industries Association of Canada (AIAC).

    Please plan to attend to hear about new opportunities in space and business, Space 2.0 and CASI’s role in the community. A great networking opportunity!

    RSVP to jeffbird@rogers.com for the Carleton event and msehr006@uottawa.ca for uOttawa.

Past events

October 31, 2018 CASI Ottawa Branch - October Meeting
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