A Conversation with UAE Space Agency Director General, H.E. Dr Mohammed Nasser Al Ahbabi, and Canadian Space Agency (CSA) President, Mr. Sylvain Laporte

  • 20 March 2019
  • 18:00 - 20:00
  • St. Regis Saadiyat Island


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The Canadian Business Council Abu Dhabi is organizing "A Conversation with UAE Space Agency Director General, H.E. Dr. Mohammed Nasser Al Ahbabi, and Canadian Space Agency (CSA) President, Mr. Sylvain Laporte". 

This event is complimentary for CBC members and delegates of Canadian Space Agency, UAE Space Agency and Global Space Congress only. 


H.E. Dr. Mohammed Nasser Al Ahbabi
Director General
UAE Space Agency 

H.E. Dr. Mohammed Nasser Al Ahbabi is considered one of the most qualified national leaders within the space industry, known for his leadership, management and strategic planning skills. He is an expert in communications, information systems and modern defense concepts. Dr. Al Ahbabi has extensive experience in the development of human resources and is a strong believer in the UAE’s capability in developing world-class industries.

Sylvain Laporte
President, Canadian Space Agency (CSA)

Sylvain Laporte became President of the Canadian Space Agency in March 2015. He is committed to advancing Canada’s presence in space through satellite, exploration and astronaut missions in the service of science and innovation.

From 2011 to 2015 Sylvain was Chief Executive Officer of the Canadian Intellectual Property Office. Prior to that, he held the position of Executive Director, Industrial Technologies Office at Industry Canada, where he was responsible for managing financial contribution programs in research and development for the aerospace, defence, security and space industries. Sylvain first joined Industry Canada in March 2007 as the Chief Informatics Officer.

Before entering the public service, Sylvain held several positions at the Canada Post Corporation in the marketing, retail, logistics and information technology sectors.

Sylvain earned a bachelor’s degree in computer science and a master’s degree in computer engineering from the Royal Military College of Canada. He served with the Canadian Armed Forces for over 20 years, gaining experience as an aerospace engineer in diverse areas, from engineering and maintenance to human resource management.

The President is passionate about leveraging space to inspire Canadian youth to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.


Mustafa Alrawi
Assistant Editor-in-Chief, The National

Mustafa Alrawi is an Assistant Editor-in-Chief at The National, and an accomplished journalist and broadcaster, with over 19-years' experience working in the UK, the UAE and the wider Middle East. He has interviewed a number of international business leaders including Mubadala's Khaldoon Al Mubarak, BP's Bob Dudley and Emaar's Mohamed Alabbar. He was The National's Business Editor for four and a half years. He is a published author and a regular public speaker and moderator at events and conferences.

Dress code: Business Attire / National Dress

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