March 3, 2019

CATA Gives Thumbs Up to Canada’s Space Sector Investments

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Ottawa, ON…The Canadian Advanced Technology Alliance (CATAAlliance), Canada’s One Voice for Innovation Lobby Group and ‘political party’ for Canada’s tech industry has applauded Canada’s Investment in the nation’s space program, recently announced in the form of a commitment to participate in NASA’s Lunar Gateway program, a new Lunar Exploration Accelerator Program (LEAP) program and the publishing of a Space Strategy.

CATA CEO, John Reid, said, “ This investment of over $2 billion will broadly benefit Canada’s space sector, and goes a long way toward addressing the concerns raised by the Don’t Let Go Canada campaign, that aimed at recovering Canada’s leadership position in the space sector and all the technologies and innovation that comes with this leadership.”

In a recent CATA TECHNOW interview, Mike Greenley, Group President of MDA, a Maxar company, spoke about space leadership, pointing out that “ Canada has moved from an 8th place ranking in Space spending in 1992 (as a share of GDP) to an 18th place ranking today, thus we are losing out on the development and sale of space technologies, or missing out on one of the cores to Canada’s future innovation eco-system and competitiveness. That downward spiral will accelerate unless we take strong actions to reverse the trend, by developing a long-term, fully-funded space strategy for Canada.”

View full details at: Canada’s future in space is in jeopardy, as country slips to an 18th ranking in space investment (CATA, November 27, 2018).

Reid concluded  “ We will continue to ask all parties to embrace Space investment in their election platforms because it will bring us much closer to having a system of innovation in which government, universities and the private sector work more closely together to move from invention to commercially viable solutions. Investing in space pays major dividends to Canadians in advancements in science and technology, delivering economic and social benefits, and adding to our stature and ranking as a competitive innovation nation.”

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