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gastops_logo_2017Dave Muir is the President and CEO of Gastops, a Canadian aerospace company that specializes in advanced sensors, analytical instruments and technical services for equipment health monitoring. Dave is also the Chair of  CASI’s Admissions Committee and a past President of CASI.


What is your most memorable CASI experience so far?
I was a member as a student at Carleton University and then rejoined as a regular member in 1981 –so I’ve been a member for 36 years. My most memorable experience was the two tours I took as President to our various branches across the country.

What’s the highest altitude and speed you’ve reached?
Nothing higher or faster than your standard airliner – 35,000ft, Mach 0.85.

What is the favourite moment of your career thus far?
I don’t have a single favourite, but the best moments are always the same – either satisfied customers or grateful employees that express their appreciation for what the company has done for them.

What was your childhood dream job?
I wanted to be pilot and ended up an aerospace engineer…close!  I’ve never flown an aircraft, but I’ve dreamed of this often.

Guilty pleasure: what can you not live without?

Who would you like to see play the lead role if Hollywood made a movie of your life?
I’m a big fan of Liam Neeson.

Actor, Liam Neeson Photo Credit: Ivan Nikolov/

What is your favourite Aero or Astro activity?
It’s hard to choose just one. I’ve always enjoyed the branch meetings and the opportunity they provide to meet new people, renew acquaintances and interact with the students. I also enjoy our annual conferences; in particular, the awards banquets which are very classy and enjoyable events.

What is the best career advice you’ve ever been offered?
To focus on a small number of things you can do each week, month or year to make a difference, and to do these well.

Where would you like to go that you haven’t been yet?
Kayaking in the Queen Charlotte Islands

Star Wars or Star Trek? Star Wars

What decision in your life would you most like to change and why? ?  I wouldn’t change a thing …it’s been all good!