Biography - Kevin Shortt

Kevin Shortt - Vice President Space CanadaKevin Shortt

Vice President
SPACE Canada

Kevin has worked in the space industry since 1996 and has contributed to some of Canada's largest space missions. Kevin studied at York University where he worked as a Research Assistant in the Instrument Services Lab at the Centre for Research in Earth and Space Technology (CRESTech), now known as Spectral Applied Research. During this time he was involved in a wide variety of spacecraft instrumentation research projects. As part of his role he helped perfect and enforce best-practice lab standards.

In 1999, he took a position as a Mission Planner for the RADARSAT-1 program at the Canadian Space Agency where he was part of the team responsible for image acquisition operations and calibration activities for the spacecraft. Following his term at the CSA, he worked as a Research Assistant at the Meteorological Services of Canada where he performed a variety of design tasks for a dual-spectrometer instrument that is currently operating on board the SCISAT-1 spacecraft to detect ozone concentrations in the Earth's atmosphere.

From 2004 to 2006, Kevin worked with the design team responsible for the lidar instrument on board NASA's Mars Phoenix Scout mission which operated on the Martian surface for 5 months in 2008.


Currently, Kevin is pursuing a master's degree in electrical engineering at the Royal Military College of Canada. He is also involved in research on a new generation of laser communications system for use in ground-to-satellite communications. Recently, Kevin established Shortt on Space Technology, a space consulting company focusing on advancing space technology and bringing them to the broader high tech market place.


Symposium Panelists & Presentations
Quirks & Quarks Interviews

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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