The Canadian Space Agency Announces Its Most Prestigious Award

Press Release From: Canadian Space Agency
Posted: Monday, February 7, 2000

Saint-Hubert, February 7, 2000 - John Manley, Minister of Industry and Minister responsible for the Canadian Space Agency (CSA), announced today the creation of the John H. Chapman Excellence Award. This Award, which will be presented for the first time this year, marks the beginning of a new millennium.

"The John H. Chapman Excellence Award is a tribute to those who give our country its uncontested world-wide notoriety in key specialties of space science and technology," said Minister Manley. "Whether earth-based applications of space technologies, 'pure' research, space exploration or other fields of expertise, recipients of the John H. Chapman Award will have contributed to making Canada one of the world leaders in space science and technology."

This prestigious award was named in honour of the "Father of the Canadian Space Program," John Herbert Chapman. Mr. Chapman was instrumental in the development of telecommunications satellites and he was also one of the principal supporters of cooperation between Canada, NASA and the European Space Agency. He always remained a tireless promoter of Canada's distinctive role in space activities, firmly convinced that space technology could be used for the benefit of all Canadians.

This award aims at honouring individuals who - like John H. Chapman - have manifested exceptionally innovative qualities for the greater benefit of the Canadian Space Program. These people are at the heart of Canadian space science and technology development and are an accurate reflection of the Agency's mission: to lead the development and application of space knowledge for the benefit of Canadians and humanity.

The Selection Board for the John H. Chapman Excellence Award, composed of representatives from industry, academia and government, will choose the winner based on three major criteria: the value of the achievement and its impact on Canadian prestige; the socioeconomic spinoffs for Canadians and humankind; and the nominee’s merits, competencies and national and international recognition. Those wishing to submit a candidate for the award can obtain information on the CSA Web Site: The deadline for submission is March 10, 2000 and the identity of the award winner will be made public in May, 2000.

"Some achievements - though they enjoy uncommon respect and recognition within their respective milieus - remain relatively unknown to Canadians," said Mac Evans, President of the Canadian Space Agency. "The John H. Chapman Award is designed to ensure that these achievements gain national and international recognition thus consolidating Canada's prestige in the space sector."

Currently, spinoffs attributable to the Canadian space industry include more than 5,000 high-technology jobs throughout the country, revenue of $1.25 billion per year (of which 45% is generated by export activities) and annual investments of $80 million in research and development. The Canadarm is recognized as one of the world's foremost accomplishments in space technology. As well, Canada is at the leading edge of the study of the earth's environment from space, and Canadian robotics expertise is at the core of the assembly of the International Space Station. Moreover, after the U.S.A. and the former Soviet Union, Canada has sent the greatest number of astronauts into space, as part of NASA’s space shuttle 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.

For more information :

Yanik Deschêne
Media and Public Relations
Canadian Space Agency
Tel.: (450) 926-4370
Cell.: (514) 943-6808

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