Queen's Space Conference

QSC 2020: Tour the Universe

January 31st - February 2nd, 2020

Queen's Space Conference 2020

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.

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 2020 for a New World of astonishing answers! This year, QSC will take place January 31st - February 2nd 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

2020 early bird applications open November 25th!

Saturday Day Pass - $95

  • 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

RMC Weekend Pass - $120

  • 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 - $160

  • 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 - $185

  • 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.

Our 2020 Partners

Introducing This Year's Speakers

Ewan Reid

President and CEO

Mission Control Space Services Inc.

Topic: Canada’s Role in Sustainable Space Exploration

"Ewan Reid is the President & CEO of Mission Control, a Canadian Space Exploration and Robotics company with a focus on mission operations, onboard autonomy and artificial intelligence. Prior to founding Mission Control Ewan was a subsystem design lead on three rover prototypes for the CSA. He was also a mission controller for ten of the last 12 Space Shuttle missions at Mission Control at NASA JSC. Ewan has degrees in Electrical Engineering and Economics from Queen’s University, a Master’s degree in Technology Innovation Management at Carleton University and is an alumnus and visiting lecturer at the International Space University."

Laurie Metcalfe

Intermediate Engineer, Exploration Planning

Canadian Space Agency

Topic: Building a gateway to the universe

Originally from Hudson Quebec, Laurie Metcalfe graduated from Queen’s University in 1997 with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. Laurie started her career in space with MDA as a test Engineer working on the test and integration of the arm joints for the Special Purpose Dextrous Manipulator (SPDM). After 2 years of testing and integration, Laurie joined the MSS Operations analysis group in St. Hubert where she continued working on SPDM as the lead analyst for flight STS-123 which launched SPDM to the ISS in 2008.

Laurie was the lead SPDM analyst until 2011, when she joined the Canadian Space Agency. She continued as a member of the Mobile Servicing System (MSS) Operations Engineering team providing support to planning, analysis, real time operations and training for MSS Operations for the next six years in various roles. For the last 2 years Laurie has been working on the development of Canadarm3, which will form Canada’s contribution the Gateway, which is the next step in the human exploration of space.

Perry Edmundson

Manager at

Canadensys Aerospace Corporation

"Perry is a life-long space enthusiast and avid supporter of manned and robotic space exploration. He has over 23 years of experience in the Canadian space industry working on commercial and government space projects in various technical and management roles. He obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Aerospace Engineering from Carleton University in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada in 1996 followed by a Master’s degree in Astronautical Engineering from the Viterbi School of Engineering at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, California, USA in 2011 and is a licensed Professional Engineer. He is also an alumnus of the International Space University’s Space Studies Program (2005). In his current role as Program Manager at Canadensys Aerospace Corporation, Perry manages government and commercial space projects and proposals."

Pamela Woo

Guidance, Navigation and Control (GNC) Engineer

NGC Aerospace

Topic: Space Autonomy and Making Mobile Vehicles Intelligent

Pamela Woo is a Guidance, Navigation and Control (GNC) Engineer at NGC Aerospace. Her expertise is in the development of Attitude and Orbit Control System (AOCS) software for satellites. She is currently working on the spacecraft GNC software for the ESA PROBA-3 formation flight mission.

Tim Haltigin

Planetary Senior Mission Scientist

Canadian Space Agency

Tim Haltigin is the Planetary Senior Mission Scientist at the Canadian Space Agency. In this role, he helps lead Canada’s efforts in finding new ways to explore planetary bodies throughout the solar system. He received his PhD from McGill University, where his research revealed similarities in the evolution of ice-rich terrains on Earth and Mars. In 2016 he was in the running to become Canada’s next astronaut, and in 2017 he had an asteroid named after him (130066 timhaltigin). Tim currently serves as the Canadian mission manager for OSIRIS-REx, a mission that will return a sample from asteroid Bennu to Earth in 2023.

Rami Kendala

Spacecraft Electrical Engineer

Space Flight Laboratory

Topic: Space Flight Laboratory: Microsatellites from Concept to Operations

"I am a spacecraft electrical engineer working at the Space Flight Laboratory (SFL). I work on the hardware of micro/nanosatellites. My interests in space started back in undergrad when I joined Space Concordia and worked on a student-built 3U cubesat with a payload for testing self-healing composite materials in space. This project made me realize my passion for space and the engineering challenges presented by its harsh environment. My typical day at work is spent designing hardware and rigorously testing it so that it performs well in the harsh space environment. I have a BEng in Electrical Engineering from Concordia University and recently completed my MASc in Aerospace Science and Engineering at the University of Toronto Institute for Aerospace Studies (UTIAS)."

Bryce Dudley

Vision Systems Engineer

MDA's Vision Systems and Sensors

Topic: TBD

"Bryce Dudley is a vision systems engineer in MDA's Vision Systems and Sensors group (formerly Neptec Design Group). His work currently supports stereo vision systems on the ESA's Rosalind Franklin rover, and the use of LiDAR systems to enable autonomous rendezvous and berthing operations at the ISS. He holds a degree in Mechatronic Systems Engineering from the University of Western Ontario, where he is currently a Masters student in Electrical & Computer Engineering, exploring the application of machine learning to 3D point clouds. Bryce also holds a degree in Political Science from the University of Calgary, the city where he grew up. Bryce now lives in Ottawa with his wife Dominique and their dog, Lily."

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 Team

Monique Rivard

Harris Cornett


Curtis Canty
Speakers Director

Adam Grace
Speakers Coordinator

Isabelle Thierrin
Speakers Coordinator


Anya Jacksteit
Sponsorship Director

Justin Bonal
Sponsorship Coordinator

Will Francis
Sponsorship Coordinator

Spencer Lee
Sponsorship Coordinator

Marketing & Media

Merlyn John
Publications & Media Coordinator

Alex McKinnon
IT Coordinator & Webmaster

Ashkon Noori
Marketing Coordinator


Eden D'Abreo
Logistics Coordinator

Rachel Rotstein
Finance Coordinator

Chris Viloria
Events Coordinator

Ally Shikaze
Internal Delegates Coordinator

Ally Eastmure
External Delegates Coordinator

Matthew Fazzari
First Year Representative