David J.W. Kendall

Featured Speaker: David J.W. Kendall, Ph.D.

Chair of UN COPUOS, 2016-17

Dr. David Kendall is a retired employee of the Canadian Space Agency having held senior positions including as the Director General of Space Science and Space Science and Technology. He is also a faculty member of the International Space University based in Strasbourg, France.

Dr. Kendall has been appointed as the next Chair of the United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space.

Born near London, England, Dr. Kendall obtained his Doctoral degree in Atmospheric Physics from the University of Calgary. After his PhD he worked in private industry as an R&D scientist and then for the federal government, first with the National Research Council of Canada and, later, with the newly created Canadian Space Agency.

Dr. Kendall is an academician of the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA) and, during his career, has acted in various capacities on a number of national and international bodies, including the IAF, UN COPUOS, ESA, ILWS, ISU, IADC, COSPAR and GEO.

In 2002, Dr. Kendall was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal in recognition of his significant contributions and achievement to Canada.