Communications and public relations
Canadian astronauts are a source of inspiration for the Canadian public and motivate young people to continue their studies in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
David Saint-Jacques and Jeremy Hansen, the two Canadian astronauts on active duty, are excellent speakers and good role models for Canadians of all ages and all walks of life.
Speaking engagements and meetings with the public
When their schedules allow, Canadian astronauts communicate with the public by speaking at events, either virtually or in person. They also act as media spokespeople for the Canadian Space Agency (CSA).
They reach as many Canadians as possible, in all parts of the country:
- general public
- associations or groups
- school or educational groups
- other youth groups (e.g., cadets, guides, youth groups)
- CEGEPs and colleges
They discuss a wide range of topics about space, including:
- benefits of space exploration
- space careers
- Canada's contribution to the International Space Station
- space exploration
- physical and life sciences
- space medicine
- living and working in space
- use of space to protect the Earth and the environment
"As an astronaut, we have the opportunity to talk to children, university students, journalists and the general public about the career of astronaut, which is a bit mysterious, but also, to explain to them the importance of the Canadian space program for our national heritage and knowledge.
It also allows us to motivate young people to get involved in the future of their country to make Canada a better place to live, that is healthier and where we have a more comfortable and safer life."
How to invite an astronaut to speak
If you wish to invite a Canadian astronaut to give a presentation in front of a class or as part of a special activity, you must submit an official request.
See the Invite an astronaut to an event page to find out more.
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