President's biography

Sylvain Laporte, President
Canadian Space Agency

Sylvain Laporte

Before being appointed as President of the Canadian Space Agency, Sylvain Laporte was the Chief Executive Officer of the Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO) effective April 2011. CIPO is a federal organization responsible for enforcing the Patent Act and managing requests related to trademarks, copyright, industrial design protection and patents. As CEO of CIPO, Mr. Laporte was also Commissioner of Patents and Registrar of Trademarks.

Previously, he held the position of Executive Director, Industrial Technologies Office (ITO) at Industry Canada, where he was responsible for managing financial contribution programs in research and development for the aerospace, defence, security and space industries.

Mr. Laporte joined Industry Canada in March 2007 as the Chief Informatics Officer (CIO).

Before joining the public service, he worked for the Canada Post Corporation in various sectors, such as marketing, retail, logistics and information technology.

Our new President gained extensive experience as an aerospace engineer over the course of his 20 year career with the Canadian Forces. He held various positions in such fields as engineering, maintenance, and human resource management.

He earned a bachelor's degree in computer science from the Collège militaire royal de Saint-Jean, and a master's degree in computer engineering from the Royal Military College in Kingston.