Dr. John S. MacDonald Receives First Ever John H. Chapman Excellence Award from the Canadian Space Agency

Press Release From: Canadian Space Agency
Posted: Friday, June 16, 2000

Saint-Hubert, Quebec, June 16, 2000 - Mr. Mac Evans, President of the Canadian Space Agency (CSA), yesterday awarded Dr. John S. MacDonald the very first John H. Chapman Excellence Award for his exceptional contribution to the Canadian Space Program.

"The John H. Chapman Excellence Award symbolises the quest for excellence that is the basis for the Canadian Space Program's extraordinary worldwide reputation", said Mr. Evans." Dr. MacDonald is the personification of this quest for excellence."

Dr. MacDonald is co-founder of MacDonald Dettwiler and Associates, a world-class provider of information and operational Earth observation systems. He is widely renowned for his expertise in remote sensing, in image processing, and in maximising the extraction and use of information coming from remotely collected data. Dr. MacDonald retired as Chairman of MacDonald Dettwiler and Associates in 1998. The British Columbia based company he co-founded currently employs 1,200 people around the world and has annual revenues in excess of $150 million.

Dr. MacDonald has also held advisory roles to various governments over the years. As such he served as Canada's member of the Eminent Persons Group of Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) and continues to serve as member of the APEC Business Advisory Council. He has also served as member of the Science Council of Canada, the National Research Council of Canada and the negotiations team - Aerospace Sector - for the North American Free Trade Agreement.

As well as being Director of the Earth Space Institute of Paris and Chairman of the Institute for Pacific Ocean Science and Technology, he continues to provide consulting services to a number of Canadian and American companies

"Dr. MacDonald, beyond his scientific and professional successes, has remained a source of inspiration and a model for all those who contribute to the development of the Canadian Space Program. He has made significant contributions, in Canada and internationally, in the fields of science and technology policy, industrial policy, engineering, international trade and economics", said Mr. Manley, Minister of Industry and Minister responsible for the Canadian Space Agency.

Accepting his award, Dr. MacDonald commented: "I am very honoured to be here tonight and to receive an award that is named after a person who I have always admired, a person who was a visionary: Dr. John H. Chapman." He then said: "Something that is very unique about the Canadian Space Program is that it serves the needs of Canadians. It is what has made this Program successful, I believe."

The award ceremony was held at the John H. Chapman Space Centre in Saint-Hubert, Quebec. Mrs. Marion Chapman and family members were also present to honour Dr. MacDonald. This annual award honors those Canadians who have made exceptional contributions to the Canadian Space Program. It is named after one of Canada's great space pioneers, John Herbert Chapman, considered to be the father of the Canadian Space Program.

The Canadian Space Agency is committed to leading the development and application of space knowledge for the benefit of Canadians and humanity. It manages and co-ordinates all of Canada's space activities and promotes the Canadian space industry among international partners.

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For more information :
Caroline Lavallée
Senior Communications Officer
Canadian Space Agency
Telephone: (450) 926-4370
E-mail: caroline.lavallé

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