Ottawa (Ontario), June 14, 2013 (AIAC PR) – Today Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced the appointment of General (Retired) Walter Natynczyk as President of the Canadian Space Agency (CSA), effective August 6, 2013.
Aerospace Industries Association of Canada (AIAC) President and CEO Jim Quick issued the following statement in response to Gen. Natynczyk’s appointment:
“On behalf of the Aerospace Industries Association of Canada (AIAC) and its member companies, I am pleased to extend my sincere congratulations to Gen. Natynczyk on his appointment as President of the Canadian Space Agency. A respected and experienced leader, Gen. Natynczyk has a long record of distinguished service in Canada’s military. AIAC is very pleased that he has been selected to lead the CSA during this critical time.
“The appointment of a new President of the CSA is timely and encouraging given the pressing need to identify clear direction for Canada’s future in space. We look forward to working with Gen. Natynczyk and our partners in government and industry on the immediate implementation of the recommendations contained in the Emerson Report, including the establishment of space priorities and their role in the future of our great nation.”
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