Biography - Bob McDonald

Bob McDonaldBob McDonald

Master of Ceremonies

Bob McDonald has been communicating science internationally through television, radio, print and live presentations for more than 30 years. Currently he is the host of CBC Radio’s Quirks and Quarks, the award-winning CBC Radio science program. He is also the National Science Correspondent for CBC Newsworld, a documentary reporter for The National Magazine and weekly commentator for CBC’s Newsmorning. He is the Gemini winning host of the children’s science television series, “Heads Up”. As a print journalist, Bob has authored three science books and contributed to numerous science textbooks, newspapers, and magazines including The Globe and Mail, Owl Magazine and many others. He has produced and hosted more than 100 educational videos currently in use across North America. Bob has been awarded the Michael Smith Award for Science Communication fro NSERC, the Sir Sanford Flemming Medal from the Royal Canadian Institute and the McNeil Medal from the Royal Society of Canada. He holds four honorary doctorates from Guelph University, Carleton University, Laurentian and McMaster. Bob lives and sails in Toronto.


Symposium Panelists & Presentations
Quirks & Quarks Interviews

Quirks & Quarks

Listen to CBC Radio’s “Quirks and Quarks“ interviews from the SPACE Canada Symposium



Symposium Sponsors

Space Canada gratefully
acknowledges the support of
these progressive organizations:
Space Power Association (SPA)
Space Power Association (SPA)



Symposium Speakers

George Dietrich, President, SPACE Canada
John Mankins, CO-Chair, IAA Study Group
Nobuyuki Kaya, CO-Chair, IAA Study Group

International Policy Forum
Bob McDonald, Master of Ceremonies
Hon. John Milloy,
Marc Garneau

Dan Fortin, Key Note Speaker

PANEL: Space-Based Solutions to Earth-Bound Problems
Richard Peltier
Bryan Erb
Wael Almazeedi

PANEL: From Space Research to Commercialization
Ted Hewitt
Kieran Carroll
Robert Zee

PRESENTATION: Entrepreneurs in Space
Bob Richards

PANEL: Space Policy
John Siebert
Ram Jakhu

MEDIA PANEL: Political Will and
Public Perception

Peter Calamai
Stephen Strauss
Iain Carson
Alanna Mitchell