The CASI International Astronautical Congress 2014 Toronto – “Our World Needs Space”
September 29 – October 3, 2014
Metro Toronto Convention Centre
The Congress is owned by the International Astronautical Federation of which CASI has been a member since 1962. Every year the IAC is hosted by a different IAF member organization in the country where that member is located.
In 2004 CASI hosted the 55th IAC in Vancouver to great acclaim. Our proposal to host the 65th IAC a decade later in 2014 was pitted against stiff competition from Australia (Adelaide), Turkey (Istanbul) and Israel (Jerusalem). The members of the IAF voted and their overwhelming choice was CASI’s proposal to host IAC 2014 in Toronto, with Metro Toronto Convention Centre as the main Congress venue.
The organization of IAC 2014 is already well under way. The Congress theme ‘The World Needs Space’ will be developed in Plenary Panels, Highlight Lectures, exhibits and a variety of special events.
Other IAC 2014 details include:
- Local Organizing Committee (LOC) leadership will be provided by IAC 2014 co-Chairs Mag Iskander of MDA and Ron Holdway of COM DEV
- the Anchor Industry Sponsor is Lockheed Martin Corporation
- generous financial support has been provided by the Government of Ontario
- the American Institute for Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), CASI’s sister society, has accepted a seat on the LOC and will bring its considerable resources to the Congress
- the Opening Ceremony – one of the most important and eagerly anticipated aspects of an IAC – will include participation by the world-famous Cirque du Soleil.
If you would like us to keep you informed about IAC 2014 as the Congress approaches, or if would like to know more about exhibiting, sponsorship or volunteering opportunities, please contact us.
The formal kick-off meeting for the Local Organizing Committee of IAC 2014 was held last month in Toronto, hosted by Tourism Toronto and the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.
The MTCC kitchens will cater all the food & beverage events within the facility, and the LOC members were treated to a Chef’s Table of delectable items. Delegates to IAC 2014 are in for a real treat!
A two-hour meeting followed during which we covered top-level organizational issues. Then we paid a visit to nearby Thompson Landry Gallery http://www.thompsonlandry.com/ where a showing of GAIA is featured. GAIA is a collection of 60 huge enlargements of photographs taken by Cirque du Soleil founder Guy Laliberté while he was on-orbit during his visit to the International Space Station. The show is intended to raise money for the One Drop Foundation that was started by Guy Laliberté as a means of raising awareness, and funding, in support of his goal to assure the availability of fresh water to every person on the planet. We concluded our afternoon of planning and networking with dinner.
The meeting afforded the participants an opportunity to get to know each other better, to develop a shared overall vision of IAC 2014 in Toronto, and to begin our planning activities in earnest. The next major promotional activity on behalf of IAC 2014 will be early next month at IAC 2012 in Naples, Italy where we will have a booth in the Exhibition area.
If you would like to get involved in the planning effort, please let us know by phone or e-mail!