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Wednesday, February 3 • 09:40 - 10:00
The Role of Government in Supporting Private Enterprise in Space

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One of the rationales for government (versus business) involvement in worthwhile endeavours is that governments are in a better position to undertake risk that otherwise would pose a significant barrier of entry to private firms. Examples of this are the early commitment to railway development in Canada in the 19th Century, as well as the early exploration of space by NASA in the 20th Century. At some point, however, it is prudent for private enterprise to take over. NASA, for example, has recently begun contracting to businesses for launch services to the International Space Station. And yet, there are still areas of space exploration where a government agency such as NASA can play a valuable role.

So what is the right balance, and when is it best to turn interests over to the private sector? And how?

Opinions about the current level of government involvement in space exploration range from "too much" to "too little". Too much participation can result in undue competition with the private sector and also keep public costs high; on the other hand, not enough involvement can stifle innovation and progress.

This presentation will examine a model to describe the right balance of government involvement and infer some recommendations for the role of the Canadian Space Agency in supporting the Small Sat industry.

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Dr. David Kendall

Chairman, United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space
Dr. David Kendall is a retired employee of the Canadian Space Agency having held senior positions including as the Director General of Space Science and Space Science and Technology. He is also a faculty member of the International Space University based in Strasbourg, France.Dr... Read More →

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Gary McQueen

Vistara Consulting
Gary has a background of over 20 years of experience in engineering, business, and military. He has achieved success in a variety of areas, particularly in leadership and management, analysis, strategic planning, and team building. He has often been relied on to focus diverse teams... Read More →

Wednesday February 3, 2016 09:40 - 10:00 EST
Champagne Ballroom