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Kenneth Molson Lecture Series

Please join us for the fourth annual lecture in the Canada Aviation and Space Museum’s Kenneth Molson Lecture Series.

Canadian Innovation – Rising to the Challenge

From the Avro Arrow to Bombardier’s C-Series, from the Canadarm to Mars Rovers, engineers of yesterday and today share the common experience of having to overcome significant design challenges on the road to great innovation.

Join Museum Curator Erin Gregory and our distinguished panel for an evening of insight and conversation into how engineers make the magic happen! The Canada Aviation and Space Museum is delighted to welcome the following speakers:

Mike Hiltz, Manager of Systems Engineering, MDA

Michael Hiltz has over 25 years of systems engineering experience on complex, mission critical projects - working on both Space Shuttle and Space Station robotics programs. Michael manages the Systems Engineering department at MDA and was a program manager for the Canadarm. He led the Canadarm Mission Control engineering flight support team over 50 Space Shuttle missions, overseeing the use of the arm in such vital missions as the repair and upgrade of the Hubble Space Telescope and assembly of the International Space Station.

Fassi Kafyeke, Senior Director, Strategic Technologies and Innovation, Product Development Engineering, Aerospace, Bombardier

Fassi Kafyeke has an Aerospace Engineering Master’s degree from Université de Liège, a Master’s degree (Air Transport Engineering) from the Cranfield Institute of Technology and a PhD (Aerodynamics) from École Polytechnique de Montréal. He joined Bombardier in 1982. In 1996 he became Chief of Advanced Aerodynamics, responsible for the design and testing for all Business Jets, Regional jets and the CSeries airliner. In 2007 he became Director of Strategic Technology and since 2015, he is a Senior Director and a member of the Bombardier Product Development Engineering Leadership team, responsible for technology innovation, products innovation and Eco-design

Jim Macleod, Group Leader and Research Officer at the NRC Gas Turbine Laboratory

Jim MacLeod is a NRC Fellow specializing in engine icing and environmental certification at the Gas Turbine Laboratory of the Aerospace Portfolio at the National Research Council of Canada.  He joined NRC in 1982 as a researcher in the Propulsion Group.  He has a Master of Engineering degree in Aeronautical Engineering from Carleton University, and has been extensively involved in turbine engine icing certification projects for all the major engine manufacturers.  He was awarded a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal and was the 2015 recipient of the NATO Science and Technology Organization von Karman Medal. He is currently the Chairman of the Aircraft Icing Research Alliance (AIRA).

Peter Visscher, P.Eng | VP Engineering, Ontario Drive and Gear

Peter Visscher is a Professional Engineer with an extensive background in vehicle design, testing, operation, diagnostics, and repair and has been employed at Argo / Ontario Drive & Gear for ten years. After working for several years designing suspensions and transmissions for off-road vehicles, Peter began working on planetary rovers. During the next 8 years, Peter assumed the role of lead designer and program manager for all Lunar Rover prototypes, and, along with his team, has participated in numerous lunar rover test campaigns around the world with both CSA and NASA. In 2014, Peter led the commercialization of Argo’s lunar rover design in the form of the J5 Rover. This was followed by the Atlas J6 and J8 commercial mobility robots in 2015, as well as two Canadian Space Agency rover prototypes known as SPRP and LRD-VADR. Peter’s favourite movie is “The Martian”, not because he dreams of being an astronaut, but because he is a regular guy who likes growing potatoes.

Following the lecture you are welcome to continue the conversation in the company our curators and panelists at the Avro Arrow and Canadarm displays in the main Museum gallery.

The evening also includes light refreshments and live entertainment.

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