Queen's Space Conference 2021

QSC 2021: Innovation on the Horizon

January 29th - January 30th, 2021

About QSC 2021

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.

Tour the Universe: Not just a view!

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 2021 for a New World of astonishing answers! This year, QSC will take place virtually, January 29th - January 30th. This promises to be a stellar experience, and the best space conference yet!

Covid 19 Implications

Due to the ongoing pandemic, QSC 2021 will take place virtually. Please revisit website for new updates.

QSC Taster

Come join us for a virtual taster event December 5th at 4 pm!


Stephane Germain


Stephane Germain is the President and CEO of GHGSat, a global emissions monitoring company headquartered in Montreal, Quebec. Before his work at GHGSat, Stephane completed his MBA and graduated from Queen's Universitywith a B.A.Sc. in Engineering Physics. Given any geographic location in the world, GHGSat can deploy satellite or aircraft platforms to measure and monitor gas concentrations at that site. The ability to measure gas concentrations with better accuracy and lower cost allows industrial facilities and governments to more effectively control and ultimately limit the emission of greenhouse gases.

William Max King

Aerospace Engineer

Max King, from Edmonton, Alberta, is an engineer currently working on the next generation of space exploration with MDA in Toronto. Max completed his undergraduate degree in Materials Engineering from the University of Alberta, and is a candidate for a Master’s in Applied Science from the University of Toronto in Aerospace Engineering (2020). With time spent abroad working with the German Aerospace Centre (DLR), and here in Canada working on satellites and Canadarm2, he has been a part of Canada’s role in the science and space community internationally. Max hopes to capture the voice of youth and to engage all Canadians in Canada’s emerging role in the exploration of outer space.

Dr. Cliff Burgess

Professor and Researcher
McMaster University

I received my B.Sc. in a co-op programme, with a joint honours in Physics and Applied Math from the University of Waterloo. I did my doctoral work in Theoretical Particle Physics at the University of Texas in Austin under the supervision of Steven Weinberg. After doing a short postdoctoral stint at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, in 1987 I joined the faculty at McGill University, where I was made James McGill Professor in 2003. I am presently a professor with McMaster University’s department of Physics and Astronomy and am an Associate Faculty Member at Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics. I have spent sabbatical years with the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton as well as the University of Neuchatel and CERN in Switzerland. I was a Killam Fellow from 2005 – 2007 and elected a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada in 2008. I received the Canadian Association of Physicists/Centre de Recherches Mathematiques (CAP-CRM) prize for theoretical physics in 2010, and a Buchalter Cosmology Prize in 2016 and again in 2017.

Dr. Jess McIver

Professor of Physics and Astronomy
University of British Columbia

Dr. Jess McIver is an Assistant Professor of physics and astronomy at the University of British Columbia. She's worked on gravitational wave astrophysics with the LIGO Scientific Collaboration for 13 years and the LISA Consortium for 3 years. Her research is at the interface between detector instrumentation and astrophysical data analysis. "Exploring the Universe with gravitational waves"

Dr. Allison Man

Assistant Professor
University of British Columbia
A journey through the remarkable life of Galaxies

Allison uses the most advanced telescopes to study how galaxies like our own Milky Way came to be. She investigates the physics behind starbursts, colliding galaxies and supermassive black holes. Allison received her PhD in Astrophysics from the University of Copenhagen. She was a postdoctoral researcher at the European Southern Observatory and at the Dunlap Institute for Astronomy and Astrophysics at the University of Toronto. Allison has contributed to several astronomy training programmes in Africa and is part of Homeward Bound, a global coalition of women in STEMM striving to tackle challenges currently faced by the world.

Dr. Laura Fissel

Queen's University

Professor Laura Fissel is an astrophysicist in the Department of Physics, Engineering Physics and Astronomy at Queen's University. Her research focuses on building stratospheric balloon-borne telescopes, which operate above 99.5% of the Earth's atmosphere, allowing astronomers to observe colours of light that would otherwise require a much more expensive space telescope. She uses both balloon telescopes and ground-based telescopes to study how stars and planets form out of interstellar gas and dust. Professor Fissel received her PhD in Astronomy and Astrophysics from the University of Toronto in 2013, then worked as a CIERA/NSERC postdoctoral fellow at Northwestern University in Evanston, IL and as a Jansky postdoctoral fellow at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory. She joined Queen's University as an assistant professor in September 2019.

Tom Hoffman

Systems Engineer
Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Tom has been at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory for 30 years and has supported several flight projects with destinations throughout the solar system and beyond. He stared his career working on the Voyager project for its encounter with Neptune. On that project he also tested the flight software that is currently operating the spacecraft as it cruises through interstellar space. After Voyager, Tom supported a series of earth instruments designed to understand the interaction of the oceans and the atmosphere using radar scatterometry. Tom was the lead test engineer for the electronics systems on these missions. Tom returned to supporting outer planet exploration when he supported the Cassini mission to Saturn as the lead hardware test engineer for the main computer system. After this effort, Tom moved to support the STARDUST Discovery mission to the WILD-2 comet as a member of the project systems engineering team. STARDUST was the first mission to capture return comet dust to Earth. After supporting a technology development effort to develop next generation computer systems for spacecraft, Tom turned his attention to Mars. For the twin Mars Exploration Rovers, Spirit and Opportunity, Tom was the Avionics Systems Manager responsible for the computer hardware and software deliveries. After this, Tom moved onto support the GRAIL Discovery mission to the Moon as the Deputy Project Manager. GRAIL successfully produced the first high precision gravity map of the Moon. Tom is currently the InSight Project Manager and has supported the mission since selection as the 13th Discovery mission. When not building spacecraft Tom enjoys traveling and adventure sports such as snowboarding and mountain biking.

Dr. Jamil A. Shariff

Systems Design Engineer

"Dr. Jamil A. Shariff completed a PhD in Astrophysics at U of T in 2015. For his thesis, he travelled to Antarctica for 3 months with an international research team. There, they assembled an advanced telescope called Spider, & launched it into space on a high-altitude helium balloon in order to learn more about what happened in the first moments after the Big Bang. Since early 2019, Dr. Shariff has brought this expertise -- in end-to-end flight systems integration for a space-based payload -- to the Systems Design department at MDA in Brampton, ON. As a staff member there, he works on the requirements, design, integration, and testing of the Gateway External Robotic System (GERS), including Canadarm3. This is Canada's advanced new space-based robotics contribution to the upcoming Lunar Gateway."

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

Gary Blackwood

Program Manager for the NASA Exoplanet Exploration Program at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Andre Dupuis

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

Ewan Reid

President & CEO, Mission Control Space Services Inc.

Our 2020 Sponsors

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Our Team

Ally Eastmure
Chris Viloria

Speakers Team

Jacob O'Riordan-Ross
Speakers Director
Ashkon Noori
Speakers Coordinator
Annie Xie
Speakers Coordinator

Sponsorship Team

Adam Grace
Sponsorship Director
Lauren Chisholm
Sponsorship Coordinator
Jenna Hyde
Sponsorship Coordinator
Kyanna Lee Lacelle
Sponsorship Coordinator

Marketing & Media

Cameron Estabrooks
Media Coordinator
Thomas Doheny
Alex Guindon
IT Coordinator


Abigail Lee
Logistics Coordinator
Natalie Bot
Publications Coordinator
Grace Ma
First Year Representative