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Canadian Aeronautics and Space Institute (CASI) Elects New President to the Leadership Team

Ottawa, Canada, June 20, 2014 --( The Canadian Aeronautics and Space Institute (CASI) has announced the election of Dr. Iain Christie as President of CASI for the 2014-15 term at the Annual General Meeting in Montreal.

Dr. Christie is the Executive Vice President of the Aerospace Industries Association of Canada (AIAC), a member-driven, not-for-profit, national organization that promotes and facilitates Canadian competitiveness in the global aerospace industry. Christie will succeed CASI President Mr. Dave Muir, CEO of GasTOPS.

Later this year, CASI will host the 65th International Astronautical Congress in Toronto. The IAC is one of the largest annual multidisciplinary space events, taking place in a different city every year. IAC 2014 will be held at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre from September 29 to October 3, 2014 with the theme “Our World Needs Space”.

“It is an honour to be named President of CASI during this important time,” said Dr. Christie. “The Canadian aviation and space industries have a strong heritage of excellence and a great deal of opportunity ahead. I look forward to working with my colleagues, the industry, and the members of CASI over the coming year.”

As President of the Council, Dr. Christie will work with Council members to provide strategic advice to CASI’s management team regarding the overall direction and priorities of the Institute. In addition Dr. Christie will participate in a tour of all CASI branches to engage with members and branch representatives on local activities.

CASI’s mission is to advance the art, science and engineering relating to aeronautics, astronautics and associated technologies, and to nurture and promote the professionalism of those engaged in these pursuits. CASI provides a focus for communications and networking for the aeronautics and space communities in Canada and assists members in developing skills, exchanging information, and sharing talents in their areas of interest. For more details visit the website at

About CASI

The Canadian Aeronautics and Space Institute (CASI) is a non-profit professional scientific and technical organization. The Institute consists of branches in major cities across Canada that hold regular programs for the benefit of local members. CASI puts on national and international conferences, workshops and symposia each year that cater to the aeronautics and space communities in Canada.

About AIAC

AIAC is the national association representing Canada’s aerospace manufacturing and services sector. As the world’s fifth-largest aerospace industry, Canada’s aerospace sector generates more than $27 billion, exports 80% of its output, and dedicates over 20% of its activity to research and development (R&D). Aerospace is responsible for the employment of 170,000 Canadians. AIAC represents the interests of over 700 aerospace companies across Canada.

For information on CASI:
Deborah Lovegrove, Communications
Canadian Aeronautics and Space Institute
613 591-8787 x223

For information on AIAC:
Kristen VanderHoek, Director of Communications
Aerospace Industries Association of Canada
613 232-4297 x225
Contact Information
Canadian Aeronautics and Space Institute (CASI)
Deborah Lovegrove
613 591 8787

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