Board of Advisors

Board of Advisors

chris_damaren (1)Dr. Chris Damaren

Dr. Damaren was born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada in 1962. He received the BASc in Engineering Science (Aerospace Option) from the University of Toronto in 1985. He went on to receive the MASc and PhD degrees in 1987 and 1990, respectively, both in aerospace engineering from the University of Toronto Institute for Aerospace Studies (UTIAS). From 1990 to 1995 he was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Engineering at Royal Roads Military College in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. From 1995 to 1999 he was a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand. Since 1999 he has been at UTIAS and is currently a Professor and the Director. From 2008 to 2013, he served as the Vice-Dean Graduate Studies for the Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering. His research interests are in the areas of dynamics and control of space systems. He is a Fellow of the Canadian Aeronautics and Space Institute and an Associate Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.

kendall head shotDr. David J.W. Kendall

Dr. Kendall is the past Chair of the United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (2016-2017).  During his career, he has held senior positions with the Canadian Space Agency including as the Director General of Space Science and Space Science and Technology. He is also an adjunct faculty member of the International Space University based in Strasbourg, France. He holds an undergraduate degree in physics from the University of Swansea, UK, and masters and doctoral degrees from the University of Calgary in atmospheric physics. In 2002, Dr. Kendall was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal in recognition of his significant contributions and achievement to Canada.

Osinski (1)Dr. Gordon “Oz” Osinski

Dr. Osinski is a Professor and the NSERC/MDA/CSA/CEMI Industrial Research Chair in Earth and Space Exploration in the Department of Earth Sciences at the University of Western Ontario (Western), Canada. His main area of research focuses on understanding impact cratering as a planetary geological process, on the Earth, Moon and Mars. His research portfolio also includes economic geology, Precambrian geology, and comparative studies of periglacial and glacial processes in the Canadian Arctic and Mars. Dr. Osinski has published over 140 papers in peer-reviewed journals and special papers and has given over 90 conference presentations. In addition to is scientific and other achievements, Dr. Osinski has strived to provide vision and leadership to the Canadian and international Earth and planetary Science communities. Dr. Osinski is the Director of the Centre for Planetary Science and Exploration ( at Western, the Principal Investigator of the Canadian Lunar Research Network (, and the founder and Chair of the Planetary Sciences Division of the Geological Association of Canada ( He is a member of several advisory committees, including the Space Advisory Board of the Government of Canada and the Planetary Exploration Consultation Committee of the Canadian Space Agency.  Dr. Osinski is also involved in several past and ongoing exploration-related activities. Most recently, he is the Science PI for the Concept Study for a “Sub-Surface Ice Sounder for a future Mars Orbiter” and is the PI on a CSA Science Maturation Study “Precursor to Human and Scientific Rover (PHASR) Lunar Demonstrator Mission”. He is also a Co-I on the PanCam instrument on the 2020 ExoMars mission to Mars. Dr. Osinski is passionate about outreach and science communication and he has shared his insights on Earth and planetary sciences with various print, radio, and television media, and is a strong proponent of the use of social media for outreach.

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