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Marc-André Soucy is the Director of Sales and Marketing of Space & Defence Systems at ABB in Québec City. He has been a member of CASI for 22 years, having joined during his first years in the space sector.
What is your most memorable CASI experience so far?
My most memorable experience was receiving the Alouette Award from CASI in 2009 on behalf of the team that developed the main payload on-board the CSA’s Scisat satellite. It was a memorable experience and an honour for me.
What’s the highest altitude and speed you’ve reached?
36,000 km, the altitude of geostationary satellites! Since our organization develops optical systems, I guess the right answer for speed should be 300,000km/sec, the speed of light.
What is the favourite moment of your career thus far?
As the project manager of Scisat at ABB, the successful launch of this satellite was a key moment of my career. I also enjoyed very much attending space shuttle launches with the Canadian delegation – I miss those events.
What was your childhood dream job?
It wasn’t about becoming an astronaut, but becoming a veterinarian. That lasted up until the time I discovered I did not like the sight of blood; which is quite strange because many of my family members worked in the medical sector.
Guilty pleasure: what can you not live without?
Fly fishing, but considering my fairly low catch rate for Atlantic salmon, I cannot feel too guilty about it.
If Hollywood made a movie of your life, who would you like to see play the lead role?
Well, Tom Hanks I guess… he is such a good actor.
What is your favourite Aero or Astro activity?
The CASI Astro conference held every two years.
What is the best career advice you’ve ever been offered?
From Mr. Victor Wehrle, who retired from the Canadian Space Agency several years ago said: “Always set up challenging objectives, but keep them under the laws of physics!” More seriously: “It is better to slightly miss a very challenging objective than meeting a target that was too easy to reach”.
Where would you like to go that you haven’t been yet?
Outside the solar system (not me, but our optical sensors).
Star Wars or Star Trek?
Star Wars would rank first, but my preferred space movies are Apollo 13 and The Right Stuff.
What decision in your life would you most like to change and why?
When I was a teenager, I stopped taking music lessons. My playing today would be much better if I had continued, and I could have taught music to my kids.