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Onwards and Upwards - Ottawa In Space: Councillor Maria McRae

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City of Ottawa Councillor Maria McRae (@CouncillorMcRae), an avowed "Space Geek" who led the city of Ottawa in expressing its appreciation of Astronaut Chris Hadfield and the Expedition 34/35 crew), …

City of Ottawa Councillor Maria McRae (@CouncillorMcRae), an avowed "Space Geek" who led the city of Ottawa in expressing its appreciation of Astronaut Chris Hadfield and the Expedition 34/35 crew), gave a very engaging presentation during the Canadian Space Summit 2013, on the benefits of building space businesses in Ottawa. This presentation is a synopsis of my blog post on the subject.

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  • 1. Onwards and Upwards Nicholas Kellett's personal blog about space exploration, scuba diving, and travel Ottawa In Space: Councillor Maria McRae http://blog.nicholaskellett.com/2013/11/30/ottawa-in-space-councillormaria-mcrae/ http://blog.nicholaskellett.com
  • 2. Councillor Maria McRae  City of Ottawa Councillor  Twitter: @CouncillorMcRae  Self-avowed “Space Geek”  Spoke at the Canadian Space Summit 2013, on the benefits of building space businesses in Ottawa.  Led the city of Ottawa in expressing its appreciation of Astronaut Chris Hadfield and the Expedition 34/35 crew)
  • 3. Why Ottawa?  Ottawa is Canada’s National Capital  World class quality of life and educated population  #1 Global City: Martin Prosperity Index  Less than 2 hour flight to Montreal, Toronto, Boston, NYC,     Washington, Detroit, and Chicago = 200 million people. Industries such as engineering, Aeronautical, IT, communications, intelligence solutions, aviation, and defense 64% of population has post-secondary education 130 national embassies located here Over $4.7 B of investment capital in Ottawa technology companies in last 10 years
  • 4. Knowledge Capital  > 1900 knowledge-based companies and 44 research labs  #1 most affordable city in world (Mercer)  #3 most sustainable city and #1 best city to live (Money Magazine)  Major academic institutions include       University of Ottawa Carleton University La Cite Collegiale Algonquin College, University of Quebec in Outaouais. OCIMAE is the Ottawa-Carleton Institute for Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering.  University of Ottawa and Carleton University produce over 2500 graduates per year specialized in aerospace and security  12,800 persons enrolled currently; 450+ faculty
  • 5. Private Sector  Over 70 companies are directly involved in civil aircraft and space technologies in Ottawa  Examples include     ComDev Gladstone Aerospace Raytheon Lockheed Martin.  14000+ employees at companies engaged in aviation industry
  • 6. The Ottawa Advantage        Proximity to Fed government and labs Within 2 hour flight to 200M+ consumers. High concentration of scientists and engineers Over 2500 new graduates a year 300 business / 14,000 employees = $46 B GDP. Big city amenities, small city feel. Clean safe and friendly. Outdoor playground. Many cultural attactions and festivals. #1 Best City to Live In (Money Sense, 2012)
  • 7. Ottawa In Space: Councillor Maria McRae  Read the whole post on my blog, Onwards and Upwards, to find out and add your thoughts!  http://blog.nicholaskellett.com/2013/11/30/ottawain-space-councillor-maria-mcrae/
  • 8. Get In Touch  I’d love to connect with you on  Twitter: @NickKellett  LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/in/nicholaskellett  Onwards and Upwards is my main blog at http://blog.nicholaskellett.com  Subscribe to my blog: http://feeds.feedburner.com/nicholaskellett/xFoR  I also have a Tumblr blog at http://nickkellett.tumblr.com

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