Our keynotes, workshops and panels are storytelling experiences like about the
journey of resilient and inspirational people that are empowering the future!

Storytellers that will inspire you

meet our storytellers

Sylvain Laporte

Former President of the Canadian Space Agency (2015-2020)

derek fox

Grand Chief of Nishnawbe Aski Nation

Janet ivey

Janet's Planet | Creator & CEO ; Explore Mars | President

Kirk Shireman

VP, Lunar Exploration Campaign at Lockheed Martin

artemis westenberg

Explore Mars Europe CEO and Mission Director at Stardust Research Station

Steve smith

BLUE ORIGIN • Director of Flight Sciences

Jason Michaud

CEO & Founder at Stardust and Chief of Strategic Initiatives at Stardust Alliance

Adam Trumpour

President at Launch Canada & Vice President at Stardust Alliance

David lefrancois

President at Stardust Alliance & Beyond Blue Aerospace

Marc Hartzman

Author of The Big Book of Mars

Shelli Brunswick

COO of Space Foundation

Tim Christman

Executive Director at Foundation for the Future

Gitika Gorthi

Founder and CEO of IgnitedThinkers | Columbia University C.P. Davis Scholar '26 | 21-22 Girl Scout Nation's Capital Teen Board of Director | 2022 Coca-Cola Scholar | Former NASA Intern

Paul Porter

Indigenous Student Recruitment Coordinator at Western University and Youth Representative at Ontario First Nation Young Peoples

P.J. Marcellino

Anatomy of Restlessness Films | Documentarian | Analog Astronaut | Political Scientist

Carlo vizzi

Astronaut Instructor ESA/EAC - European Astronaut Centre with ALTEC

Jin Sing Sia

Western Univeristy Institute for Earth and Space Exploration; Mars Society of Canada

Paula Bosca

Intern at Western University Institute of Earth & Space Exploration

Jason Thompson

President of Superior Strategies Inc. & Warrior Engineering Ltd.

Hira Nadeem

President & Co-Founder at Zenith Canada Pathways Foundation

Beth Mund

CEO, Stellar Communications and Casual Space Podcast Host

Judy M. Robinet

Founding Executive Director at A Life Worth Living

Dr. Heike Poignand

Founder & Managing Director at C43B - Consulting for Business Building Blocks

Julio Rezende

Founder of Habitat Marte Space Analog Station

Dr. Keith Thompson

Chief Medical Officer at Nuralogix Corporation

Candice Loring

Working to advance the Indigenous innovation ecosystem. Senior Advisor Indigenous Relations and Initiatives at Mitacs.

Dr. Alexander Aroyo

Postdoc & Lab Manager at the Social and Intelligent Robotics Research Lab

Alexandra Armstrong

Mining Engineer, Community Relations Coordinator at Canada Nickel Company

Shahrukh Alavi

Instrumentation Engineer, P.Eng at National Research Council (NRC)

Dr. Alires Almon

Founder at Deep Space Predictive

Melvin S. Marsh, MS., NREMT

Research Consultant at Extreme Environment Psychology and Medicine Consulting LLC

Nadeem Ghafoor

Founder of Avalon & Former Vice President, Space Exploration Canadensys Aerospace Corporation

Agnieszka Elwertowska

Analogue Astronaut & Engineer at WSB University in Gdansk

Mariam Naseem

Consultant | Tech Strategist | Business Development | Engineer | Space Advocate

Leszek Orzechowski

Director of LunAres Research Station, CEO Space Is More

Dr. Olav Krigolson

Professor, Neuroscience, University of Victoria

Glenn J. Scott

Co-founder & President of The Mars Society of Canada

Edward V. Gonzales

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Accessibility Lead for Code 670 at NASA

mARC gARNEAU

First Canadian Astronaut

Madison Diamond

Vice Lead for the Space Generation Advisory Council’s (SGAC)

Jeremy Hansen

Canadian Space Agency Astronaut

Andrew gagnon

Senior Software Developer at GHGSAT

Shawna Pandya

Director of Medical Research at Orbital Assembly Corporation

Andrew graham

Manager, CC-130J ISS Contract Management Office at Lockheed Martin Canada

Susan nelson

Executive Director of the Ininew Friendship Centre

TOM R. CHAMBERS

Documentarian, Visual Artist, Curator, Educator and former Research Analyst at the Lunar Receiving Laboratory for Project Apollo (1969-1972)

Erin Bonilla

Vice President, Training Programs at STAR HARBOR

Benjamin Pothier

Fellow International, the Explorers Club / Mission Commander and analog Astronaut , Lunares / Human Factors Expert, International Astronautical Federation

Julie Claveau

Astrophysist & Canadian Deputy Mission Manager for James Webb Space Telescope

George Zhu

Academic Director of Research Commons, Office of Vice-President Research and Innovation, York University

Ahmad Kamal

Founder & CEO Cosmic Space Systems

Arno den Toom

Consultant, Scientist, Astrobiology & Gravity Expert

amber m. paul

Wessel Endowed Assistant Professor at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Visiting Scientist at Blue Marble Space Institute of Science and NASA Ames Research Center

Derek Harris

Business Operation Manager at Skyrora & CEO Ecosene Limited 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿

John Edison Munoz Cardona

PhD in Human Computer Interaction Postdoctoral Fellow Systems Design and Engineering Department University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada

Vanessa Van Decker

President of SEDS Canada & Mission Operations Engineering Intern at Mission Control

Łukasz Wilczyński

Founder and CEO of the future-driven, Planet Partners. and President of the European Space Foundation

Richard Vicente

Lockheed Martin Canada CC-130J program Junior R&M engineer

Ryon Stewart

Deputy Manager of NASA's Center of Excellence for Collaborative Innovation

Ramzi Masri-Elyafaoui

Government Affairs Associate at Virgin Galactic Holdings Inc.

Charity Weeden

Vice President, Global Space Policy and Government Relations at Astroscale

Basuti Gerty Bolo

Founder & Chief Executive Officer of GOTOSPACE

Cdr Kevin Seidler

Cdr; Director of Operational Support at Canadian Armed Forces; DG Space

Donya Naz Divsalar

Co-founder & Chief Executive Officer of Caidin Biotechnologies Inc.

David Mann

Director, Talent Acquisition at MDA

Connor Kiselchuk

Lead - Plant Science at StarLab Oasis

Dennis Silin

Founder & Chief Executive Officer of Exodus Orbitals

Eric Windeler

Founder & Executive Director at Jack.org

Ana Luisa Trejos

Associate Professor at Western University

Jason Thompson

Founder & Chief Executive Officer of Exodus Orbitals

Aaron Persad

Director of Bioastronautics and Co-founder at International Institute for Astronautical Sciences | Astreas

Jayshri Sabarinathan

Associate Professor, Electrical Engineering at Institute for Earth and Space Exploration and Western University

Kansas Middletent

Indigenous Youth Advocate from Lower Brule Sioux Tribe in South Dakota

Christina Koch

NASA Astronaut and Assistant to the Director for Technical Integration at NASA

John Vickers

Chief Executive at Blue Abyss

Michael Mierzejewski

PhD Candidate at the University of Tübingen, Germany and NMI Natural and Medical Sciences Institute at the University of Tübingen

Nova Lachance

Education and Training Representative at Contact North

Elif Keve

Space Architect, Architect, Designer at OSA (Outer Space Architects)

Simon WERNER

MDRS238 Analog Astronaut (Crew Engineer)

Britt Duffy Adkins

Founder & Chief Executive Officer at Celestial Citizen

Vera Novais

Observador & SciComPt

Amy MacLeod

Vice President Corporate Communications at MDA

Joe Cassady

Executive Director for Space at Aerojet Rocketdyne

Robert Chambers

Director Of Business Development at Lockheed Martin

Dr. Yaroslav Pustovyi

Director of Safety at Maritime Launch Services

Kiran Chincholi

Launch Pad/Vehicle Systems Engineer at Rocket Factory Augsburg

Sadben Khan

Director of Structures at C6 Launch Systems

Oleg Khalimonov

Chief Rocket Designer at Space Concordia

Alexa Villa

Rocket Structural Technician at SpaceX

Bachar Elzein

Chief Executive Officer and Chief Technology Officer at Reaction Dynamics

Sohrab Haghighat

Chief Executive Officer and Founder at SpaceRyde

Tapaswini Sharma

iGIANT: impact of Gender/Sex on Innovation and Novel Technologies

Michelle Mendes

Chief Executive Officer at Satellite Canada Innovation Network

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