Queen's Space Conference

On the Brink of a New World: Outer Space!

February 1st - 3rd, 2019

Queen's Space Conference 2019

The Queen's Space Conference (QSC), held at Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario, is an annual, non-profit, student-run conference focused on connecting undergraduate students with space industry leaders.

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What Is QSC?

The conference is centered around a series of exciting talks, innovative workshops, and networking opportunities. We strive to bring together industry professionals in order to provide delegates the most informative, inspiring, and memorable conference possible. QSC is about sparking thought and idea-generation, raising awareness of the space industry, and piquing the interest in space for the future generation.

On the Brink of a New World: Outer Space!

What milestones have already been achieved in developing an understanding of space and in exploring the great unknown? Where will the future of space take us, and what's in store for the next generation of the Canadian space industry? Join us at QSC 2019 for a New World of astonishing answers! This year, QSC will take place February 1st - 3rd at the Four Points by Sheraton Hotel. This promises to be a stellar experience, and the best space conference yet!


Get Ready For An Unforgettable Weekend!


With talks from engaging speakers in varying fields and a case competition centred around a relevant problem, discover new perspectives and insights into space and all of its opportunities. Learn about what the next big steps are and how they will revolutionize the industry.


Our conference brings in students from various universities across Canada, providing the opportunity to develop a network with like minded individuals. Speakers and for the conference are industry leaders, providing cutting edge information on everything space.


People in this industry are some of the most passionate around. The Queen's Space Conference goes beyond just providing content by creating an unrivaled experience. Events outside of the speaker talks allow for delegates to interact in a more casual setting and share their excitement for what is yet to come.


Unearth the mysteries of space exploration with QSC

2019 Applications are now closed.

Day Pass

  • Just want a taste of QSC?
  • Talks by Professionals in the Space Industry, including the Keynote Speaker
  • A Case Competition & network opportunities
  • Lunch and a Banquet Dinner on Saturday
  • Exclusively available to First Year Queen's students

RMC Weekend Pass

  • Talks by professionals in the space industry
  • A case competition
  • A banquet on Saturday night
  • Meals throughout the weekend
  • Hotel stay not included
  • Exclusively available to RMC students

Regular Ticket

  • Talks by professionals in the space industry
  • A two night Stay at the Four Points Hotel
  • A case competition
  • A banquet on Saturday night
  • Meals throughout the weekend

Platinum Ticket

  • Talks by professionals in the space industry
  • A two night stay at the Four Points Hotel
  • A case competition
  • A banquet on Saturday night
  • Meals throughout the weekend
  • Exclusive networking event with speakers and sponsors
  • Priority seating for all talks



Throughout our application process, we ensure that every delegate at QSC is forward thinking and passionate about space, and what the future holds. Our delegates - intelligent and open to new opportunities - will excel at companies like yours.


Each year at QSC we host a Platinum networking event that brings together all speakers, sponsors, and VIP delegates. Everyone in the room will have something to offer, enabling company reps to network with the brightest and most passionate Ontario undergraduate students.

Gain Exposure

Your company can be featured in QSC's newsletters - reaching all faculties at Queen's, as well as groups from other universities across Ontario. With us, you will have the opportunity to network and share with delegates, to build brand recognition, and to make a lasting impact at Queen's and beyond.

QSC 2019 Partners

QSC 2019 Speakers

Dr. Gary H. Blackwood

Manager, NASA Exoplanet Exploration Program

Jet Propulsion Laboratory - California Institute of Technology

Talk Title: Show Me the Planets! NASA's Search for Exoplanets and for Life in our Galaxy

"Dr. Gary H. Blackwood earned his BS, MS and PHD in Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering from MIT. He has been an employee at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, California since 1988 and has worked on technology development for precision astronomical instruments and astrophysics missions including the Hubble Wide/Field Planetary Camera-2, the StarLight formation-flying interferometer, the Space Interferometry Mission and the Terrestrial Planet Finder. Since 2012 he has served as the Program Manager for the NASA Exoplanet Exploration Program, NASA’s search for habitable worlds and for evidence of life beyond the solar system. Dr. Blackwood is responsible for managing a program for NASA that is comprised of flight projects, ground instruments, technology development, mission studies, data archives, communications and public engagement."

Gordon Osinski

Professor and NSERC/MDA/CSA/CEMI Industrial Research Chair in Earth and Space Exploration

University of Western Ontario

"Dr. Gordon “Oz” Osinski is a Professor and the NSERC/MDA/CSA/CEMI Industrial Research Chair in Earth and Space Exploration in the Department of Earth Sciences at the University of Western Ontario (Western), Canada. His main area of research focuses on understanding impact cratering as a planetary geological process, on the Earth, Moon and Mars. His research portfolio also includes economic geology, Precambrian geology, and comparative studies of periglacial and glacial processes in the Canadian Arctic and Mars. Dr. Osinski has published over 140 papers in peer-reviewed journals and special papers and has given over 90 conference presentations. In addition to is scientific and other achievements, Dr. Osinski has strived to provide vision and leadership to the Canadian and international Earth and planetary Science communities."

Paul Fulford

Product Development Manager for Space Exploration

Maxar Technologies Ltd.

"Paul Fulford is a Product Development Manager for Space Exploration at MDA in Brampton, Ontario and is currently responsible for new product and business development for human, robotic and science space exploration. A major area of focus is on human-robotic exploration and mission development that includes next generation robots to explore the moon and Mars. Paul has been at MDA since 1991 and started working on the Canadarm2 program for the International Space Station. In the late 90’s, Paul focused on technology development for Moon and Mars exploration that led to a Program Manager role for the Alpha Particle X-Ray Spectrometer (APXS) that has recently surpassed 6 years of operation on NASA’s Curiosity rover. Paul was the Program Manager for neuroArm2, a micro-surgery robot that operates inside the magnetic field of an MRI and for a large-scale inspection and repair robot that Ontario Power Generation uses to inspect the inside of their nuclear reactors.

Paul has a BSc Mechanical Engineering, 1990 from Queen’s University and was a founding member and team leader for the Queen’s Solar Car Team that raced across Australia in 1990. Paul has been a lecturer and course coordinator for Space Systems Design at UofT to 4th year Engineering Science from 1993-2015."

Stéphane Germain

President & CEO

GHGSat Inc.

"Stéphane Germain founded GHGSat in 2011 to answer a market need for consistent, high quality measurements of greenhouse gas emissions from industrial facilities worldwide.

Mr. Germain has over 25 years of experience in aerospace engineering, project management, and business development. He has held senior management positions over a period of 10 years in both small and large Canadian aerospace companies. Prior to these positions, he was a consultant for several years with Bain & Company, a leading international strategy consulting firm, working for Fortune 500 companies in industries ranging from forestry to aerospace. At the start of his career, he worked as an engineer and project manager at Spar Aerospace.

Mr. Germain graduated from Queen’s University (Canada) with a B.Sc. (Engineering Physics) in 1991 and a Masters in Business Administration from INSEAD (France) in 1994. "

Keith Vanderlinde

Associate Professor, DAA & Dunlap

Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics - University of Toronto

"I'm an experimental cosmologist and long-wavelength instrumentalist, currently employed as Assistant Professor at the Dunlap Institute and Department of Astronomy & Astrophysics at the University of Toronto. I'm currently actively recruiting both undergraduate summer researchers and graduate students interested in cosmology and microwave/radio instrumentation. My primary research interests involve the Large Scale Structure (LSS) in the Universe. By studying its properties and evolution, we can make firm statements about the physical processes which must have been active. Despite -- or perhaps because of -- its size, the LSS is difficult to observe, and specialized instruments and surveys are required to study it. I work on two such instruments, the South Pole Telescope (SPT), and the Canadian Hydrogen Intensity Mapping Experiment (CHIME). More locally, I've recently become involved in a Very Long Baseline Interferometry (VLBI) project to study pulsar scintillation. Using the once-pioneering and recently re-commissioned Algonquin Radio Observatory (ARO), along with India's Giant Metrewave Radio Telescope (GMRT), we aim to use interstellar plasma lensing to resolve motion in the pulsar emission. Prior my current position, I was a postdoc in the McGill Cosmology Instrumentation Lab, working with Matt Dobbs. For most of 2008 I lived in the Antarctic as a winterover for SPT, and before that I was a graduate student at the University of Chicago. While there, I spent a lot of time on outreach projects, particularly within the MSCOPE program, working in and developing exhibits for the Museum of Science and Industry and Adler Planetarium, some of which are still in use. Beyond work pursuits, I enjoy fresh air & sunshine: cycling, hiking, climbing, kayaking, really anything that'll get me outside and into the world. I dabble in photography, make a mean chocolate truffle, and spend far too much time fiddling with computers."

Mike Daly

Professor, P.Eng

Earth & Space Science & Engineering - York University

Talk Title: The OSIRIS-REx Mission and the OSIRIS-REx Laser Altimeter

"Dr. Michael Daly is a Professor and holds the York University Research Chair in Planetary Science. He earned degrees in Engineering Physics from both Queens and McMaster. His research interests focus on answering a variety of planetary science questions using custom instrumentation in the laboratory or in-situ. Dr. Daly is currently leading science operations of Canada’s OSIRIS-REx Laser Altimeter that will operate around asteroid Bennu throughout 2019. He also works in the area of deep-UV Raman spectroscopy and is currently building a $3.5M planetary surface simulation facility. Mike has been the Undergraduate Program Director for York’s unique Space Engineering Program and the acting director for the Centre for Research in Earth and Space Science. Prior to joining York University, he led the engineering of Canada’s first instruments to operate on Mars and the design of the cameras in the Dextre robot’s end-effectors. Recently, Dr. Daly was awarded the Canadian Aeronautics and Space Institute’s 2018 McCurdy award. This award is conferred for the the most significant contribution made in recent years toward the advancement of science and technology in aeronautics and space exploration."

Kate Howells

Global Community Outreach Manager

The Planetary Society

"Kate Howells is the Global Community Outreach Manager for The Planetary Society, an organization that aims to empower people around the world to become involved in advancing space exploration. Kate Howells manages The Planetary Society's global network of volunteers who do educational outreach in their communities, and develops volunteer activities that support The Planetary Society’s goals and vision. Kate also leads the development of the Society’s youth education program. Based in Guelph, ON, Kate represents The Planetary Society in Canada and serves on the Government of Canada’s Space Advisory Board. She has a BA in Psychology from McGill University and is pursuing an MA in Educational Studies at Concordia University, focusing on science literacy and science identity. Kate is the author of Space is Cool as F*** and writes popular science articles for The Editorial Magazine."

Lyle Whyte

Professor of Environmental Microbiology

Department of Natural Resources Sciences - McGill University

"Lyle Whyte is a professor of environmental microbiology at McGill University, Canada. He was very recently awarded a Canada Research Chair (Polar Microbiology) from 2018-2025 and was the recipient of the Canadian Society of Microbiologists (CSM) Outstanding New Researcher Award (2004). Prof. Whyte is a leader in Canada and internationally in the astrobiology domain and is currently a Member of the European Space Agency (ESA) ExoMars 2020 Landing Site Selection Working Group (LSSWG) and with the CULPI imager instrument team. He is also a member of the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) Planetary Exploration Consultation Committee (PECC), and is participating in several CSA and NASA grants to develop next generation life-detection technologies for planetary exploration."

Past Speakers

Dr. Robert Thirsk

Former Astronaut, Canadian Space Agency

Dave Williams

Astronaut, Physician, Public Speaker

Dr. Jeffrey Sutton

President & CEO, National Space Biomedical Research Institute

Dr. Chris Damaren

Ph.D, P.Eng., Professor and Director - U of T Institute for Aerospace Studies

Ed Birchnall

Robotics Training Lead/Mission Controller - Canadian Space Agency

Jeff Lee

Professor, Center for Astrophysics, Space Science, and Engineering Research

Andre Dupuis

Col (Ret) Canadian Armed Forces, Director of Space Requirements

Ewan Reid

President & CEO, Mission Control Space Services Inc.

Our Team

Jack Ellis

Ted Ecclestone


David Marshall
Speakers Director

Laura Motahedin
Speakers Coordinator

Piper Steffen
Speakers Coordinator


Curtis Canty
Sponsorship Director

Harris Cornett
Sponsorship Coordinator

Julia Kerr
Sponsorship Coordinator

Marketing & Media

Ally Shikaze
Publications & Media Coordinator

Joshua Wade
IT Coordinator & Webmaster

Michael Albinson
Marketing Coordinator


Monique Rivard
Logistics Coordinator

Anya Jacksteit
Finance Coordinator

Morgan Gregg
Events Coordinator

Justin Bonal
Internal Delegates Coordinator

Graham Wright
External Delegates Coordinator

Adam Fell
First Year Representative