Request for inviting an astronaut or a speaker

Canadian Space Agency astronauts

Canadian Space Agency (CSA) astronauts David Saint-Jacques (left) and Jeremy Hansen take part in an event at CSA HQ in July 2011. (Credit: CSA)

The Canadian Space Agency (CSA) carefully evaluates invitations for astronauts and other speakers. To help us serve you better, please read the "What you need to know" section that follows, then complete this invitation form at least two to six months before the event.

You will be asked to submit a program or agenda for your event prior to completing the application form (a draft form is acceptable). You may also send us any additional documents that may help us evaluate your request.

It will take six to eight weeks to evaluate your invitation. Requests will not be considered more than six months in advance.

What you need to know

  • The CSA receives many invitations for speakers to attend public events each year. We make every effort to reach Canadians across the country through speaking engagements, and video/web conferencing. However, logistical and time constraints, as well as employee schedules, often prevent us from accepting invitations.
  • Even if you know an employee or an astronaut personally, you must fill out the speaker invitation form.
  • Speakers' schedules are always subject to last-minute changes, which may require us to substitute a speaker or, in rare instances, cancel previously accepted public engagements. Should this occur, we will notify you as early as possible and we will make every effort to find an alternate speaker. However, we strongly suggest that you have a back-up presenter for your event.
  • All publicity developed for your event (including media advisories, press releases and ads) must be approved in advance of their release by the CSA.

Policy and Ethics

  • Following the CSA Public Affairs Policy and the Values and Ethics Code for the Public Service, representatives of the Government of Canada (including astronauts) are not authorized to participate in fundraising campaigns, support charitable organizations or lend their names to sponsorship activities.
  • Conflict of interest guidelines prevent CSA employees from receiving any fees or remuneration for public engagements. Furthermore, all travel expenses will be assumed by the CSA.
  • The CSA does not accept invitations from professional speakers bureaux or agencies, or events that are commercial or for-profit in nature.