Chris Hadfield
Guest speaker

Chris Hadfield

Astronaut/First Canadian Commander of the International Space Station
Good morning, Earth! That is how Colonel Chris Hadfield writing on Twitter woke up the world every day while living for five months aboard the International Space Station. Through his 21-years as an astronaut, three spaceflights and 2600 orbits of Earth, Colonel Hadfield has become a worldwide sensation, harnessing the power of social media to make outer space accessible to millions and infusing a sense of wonder into our collective consciousness not felt since humanity first walked on the Moon. Called the most famous astronaut since Neil Armstrong, Colonel Hadfield continues to bring the marvels of science and space travel to everyone he encounters. Colonel Hadfield is a pioneer of many historic firsts. In 1992, he was selected by the Canadian Space Agency as a NASA Mission Specialist Canadas first fully-qualified Space Shuttle crew member. Three years later, aboard Shuttle Atlantis, he was the first Canadian to operate the Canadarm in space, and the first Canadian to board a Russian spacecraft as he helped build space station Mir. In 2001, aboard Shuttle Endeavour, Colonel Hadfield performed two space walks the first Canadian to do so and, in 2013, he was Commander of the International Space Stationthe first and only Canadian to ever command a spaceship so far. During his multi-faceted career Hadfield has intercepted Soviet bombers in Canadian airspace, lived on the ocean floor, been NASAs Director of Operations in Russia, and recorded science and music videos seen by hundreds of millions. A heavily decorated astronaut, engineer, and pilot, Colonel Hadfields many awards include receiving the Order of Canada, the Meritorious Service Cross, and the NASA Exceptional Service Medal. He was named the Top Test Pilot in both the US Air Force and the US Navy, and has been inducted into Canadas Aviation Hall of Fame. He is the author of two internationally bestselling books, An Astronauts Guide to Life on Earth and You Are Here, and has been commemorated on Canadian postage stamps, Royal Canadian Mint coins, and on Canadas newest five dollar bill (along with fellow astronauts Steve MacLean and Dave Williams).
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Wednesday, 13 November, 2019 04:45 PM|Wednesday, 13 November, 2019 05:30 PM
Guest Keynote: Extreme Leadership

Commanding a spaceship takes superb leadership. The vehicle is complex, the team is international, the crew is on their own and the stakes are the very highest – huge financial consequences, and perpetual life or death.

Only one Canadian has ever held that command – Colonel Chris Hadfield. Through 25 years in the Royal Canadian Air Force and 21 years with the Canadian Space Agency and NASA, Chris has developed and honed leadership theories and practices that have taken him to the very top.

In his talk on Extreme Leadership, Chris outlines fundamental theories and original insights, interspersed with examples from his own experience, including:

● US Navy Top Test Pilot

● NASA’s Director of Operations in Russia

● National Outdoor Leadership School Mentor

● NASA Astronaut Chief of Space Station Operations

● International Space Station Commander

With discussions of objective, preparation, simulation and focused execution, Chris takes the audience through several interactive scenarios, developing ideas that are then reinforced with memorable examples from fighter test flying and spaceflight.

Chris has been an instructor in Crew Resource Management, as well as a teacher in all phases of astronaut/groundcrew team development. He is also a three-time internationally best-selling author, and the leadership ideas in his book An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth are regularly used by students and instructors around the world.
An immensely experienced teacher, speaker and leader, Chris will help your team see, learn and remember how to lead more effectively.

Hear it first at Gartner IT Symposium/Xpo™