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Canadian Space Agency President to Address Digital Earth Conference

Press Release From: Canadian Space Agency
Posted: Friday, June 22, 2001

Saint-Hubert (Quebec), June 22, 2001 - Canadian Space Agency (CSA) President Mac Evans will address participants on June 25, 2001, at an international conference on how to better understand our planet through new technologies.

The conference, called Digital Earth, will be held from June 24 to 28 in Fredericton, New Brunswick. It will address the cultural, scientific and technical opportunities as well challenges citizens, scientists, planners and policy makers face when accessing information about the Earth and understanding the information, and how it influences the social, economic and environmental issues that affect everyday lives in our neighbourhoods, countries and on Earth in general.

"The Canadian Space Agency have taken a leading role in providing Canadians and the world with images from space to help with everything from ice mapping to managing disasters such as the Red River flood in Manitoba, through our Radarsat program," said Mr. Evans. "Canada is a world leader in commercial space-borne radar technology and we hope to contribute to the discussions on how to use this type of technology to better understand our planet."

The Canadian Space Program contributes to a better understanding of the Earth's environment as well as to a better management of its natural resources by monitoring our planet from space and the effects of global climate change. This is accomplished through the application of space-based technologies and research from scientific data provided by Earth observation satellites.

REMINDER

Who: Mr Mac Evans, President of the CSA
What: Inaugural speech at Digital Earth 2001 Event
Where: In Fredericton, New Brunswick
When: June 25, 2001. Opening night

About the Canadian Space Agency

Established in 1989 with its headquarters situated in Saint-Hubert, Quebec, the Canadian Space Agency coordinates all aspects of the Canadian Space Program. Through its Space Knowledge, Applications and Industry Development business line, the CSA delivers services involving: Earth and the Environment; Space Science; Human Presence in Space; Satellite Communications; Generic Space Technologies; Space Qualification Services and Awareness. The Canadian Space Agency is at the forefront of the development and application of space knowledge for the benefit of Canadians and humanity.

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For more information:
André Leclair
Senior Media Relations
Canadian Space Agency
Tel.: (450) 926-4370
andre.leclair@space.gc.ca

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