Canadian Space Agency President Mac Evans Awarded NASA's Prestigious Public

Press Release From: Canadian Space Agency
Posted: Tuesday, November 13, 2001

Saint-Hubert, November 13, 2001-Canadian Space Agency President Mac Evans was awarded NASA's Distinguished Public Service Medal, the highest honour conferred to non-Americans, in a private ceremony in Washington on 31 October 2001. NASA Administrator Dan Goldin presented Mac Evans with the medal in recognition of his outstanding efforts to promote partnerships between the US and Canadian space programs. With a career that has spanned 35 years of dedication to the Canadian Space Program, Mac Evans was instrumental in negotiating Canada's role in the International Space Station. Mr. Evans was a key architect of the Canadian Space Program from 1985 through to the year 2009, the RADARSAT Program, which gave rise to Canada's first remote-sensing satellite, the Canadian Astronaut Program, as well as the legislation that created the Canadian Space Agency. Appointed President of the Canadian Space Agency in 1994, Mac Evans will be retiring from the Canadian Public Service on November 21, 2001.

"The honour bestowed on Mac Evans by NASA recognizes his vision and commitment to excellence in leading the Canadian space community and industry to expand the reaches of Canadian expertise and to forge ahead with innovative technologies, applications and scientific endeavours to benefit humanity," said the Honourable Brian Tobin, Minister of Industry and Minister responsible for the Canadian Space Agency. "Mr. Evans played a pivotal role in spearheading Canadian technology, such as Canadarm2 and the International Space Station's Mobile Base System-critical elements in the largest science and engineering project ever undertaken, paving the way for the conduct of science and research aboard this unique microgravity space based platform."

"I am particularly honoured to receive this distinction, which I accept on behalf of all the women and men who, on a daily basis, work towards strengthening alliances between our two space agencies," said Mac Evans. "Their efforts will continue to advance our exploration of new frontiers in space; the relationships they forge will continue to advance the spirit of international cooperation on earth."

NASA's Public Service Medal rewards outstanding achievements in support of NASA's space missions. The dedication on Mac Evans's medal reads: "For dedicated and exceptional efforts in support of U.S./Canadian cooperation in space."

About the Canadian Space Agency

Established in 1989 and headquartered 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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