Chapter Chair, Alberta

Chair - Alberta Chapter - Mr. Jimmy Hazin, M.Sc., BComm

Jimmy Hazin joined the Canadian Space Society (CSS) in 2012 as the co-founder and Chairman of CSS-Alberta. As a business strategist, Jimmy brings over 15 years experience in business planning, development and management experience to the CSS team. He has developed and led the implementation of strategic initiatives supporting government, not-for-profit, and private requirements and objectives.

As a civil servant with The City of Calgary, he has held the roles of Geocity Strategist (enterprise wide geomatics programs management), Project Specialist, and Leader of Transportation Asset Information and Mapping. Prior to joining The City, he was Vice President of Business Development to Turquoise Technology Solutions Inc. (renewable energy forecasting), Business Advisor and Management Consultant to Ark Envirotech Inc. (environmental health and safety management), and Account Manager and Training Consultant to Service Intelligence Inc. (market research program management for Fortune 1000 companies). He has also acted as a Projects Liaison Officer for the Space Generation Advisory Council.

Jimmy holds a Master of Science from the International Space University (ISU), a Bachelor of Commerce from the Haskayne School of Business, and is an ISU Summer Space Program graduate. At ISU, he was appointed as Project Manager of two interdisciplinary space research teams that published papers on the topics of space weather and wildfire mitigation. He also interned as a business planner at Excalibur Almaz Inc. (private space transportation and commercialization).
Jimmy’s career objective is to contribute to the success of initiatives that promote the accessibility, and utilization of outer space and related technologies for the betterment of humanity.

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Technical Program Manager


Haroon O Technical Program Manager - Mr. Haroon B. Oqab, B.Sc., B.Sc., M.Eng., M.Eng

 Haroon B. Oqab serves as the Technical Program Manager of the Canadian Space Society and is a former Co-Chair of the Toronto Chapter. He is a graduate of the University of Western Ontario and has been conferred with masters degrees in Mechanical and Material Engineering (Automation Technologies and Systems), and Electrical and Computer Engineering (Robotics and Control), as well as bachelor of science degrees in Medical Biophysics (Physical Science Concentration) and Kinesiology, both honours specializations.

Inspired by the Canadian contributions to human space exploration, the achievements of Project Apollo and the possibilities brought forth by the accomplishments of the interstellar Voyager spacecrafts, Haroon is interested in fully integrated spacecraft design with a particular focus on propulsion engineering, development of infrastructure supporting an interplanetary civilization, and advancement of technology for deep space exploration beyond the solar system.

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Chapter Chair, Winnipeg

chantelle1Chair - Winnipeg Chapter - Ms. Chantelle Dubois

Chantelle Dubois was born and raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba and is currently a student in the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Manitoba. In 2013 she joined the University of Manitoba Space Applications and Technology Society (UMSATS), a student competition team which participates in the Canadian Satellite Design Challenge. In 2014, she became a member of the Space Generation Advisory Council, and in 2015 completed a 12-week internship in Vienna, Austria with the organization. Chantelle's non-space interests include science communication/writing, food and hospitality, and is a recently certified SCUBA diver.


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Membership Coordinator

Membership Coordinator - Mr. Michael C. F. Bazzocchi, BASc in EngSci

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Michael Bazzocchi is the Membership Coordinator on the Executive Board of the Canadian Space Society. Michael completed a degree in Aerospace Engineering (BASc in EngSci) from the University of Toronto, and is currently working towards a PhD in Aerospace Science & Engineering at the University of Toronto Institute for Aerospace Studies (UTIAS). Currently, Michael is conducting research in the fields of asteroid redirection, asteroid deflection, active space debris removal, space robotics, asteroid trajectory design, spacecraft formation design, and spacecraft formation control.

Michael recently worked for RHEA System Canada as a spacecraft concurrent design engineer on the CSA satCODE project. He is also the President and Founder of the Destination Imagination (DI) design teams at the University of Toronto. His ongoing work with the DI program has made U of T a leader in the technical and structural design challenges internationally, being praised for their innovation and dedication to creative problem solving. With recent prospects in space mining, Michael hopes to be able to combine his engineering education and technical skills to contribute to this growing sector.

In his spare time, Michael also enjoys volunteer work; being actively involved in both local and international service. He currently is the President of the Trek for Teens Foundation for homeless youth in the Greater Toronto Area and has served the poor in Jamaica and Kenya.

Chief Information Officer

Dr. Alma Barranco-MendozaChief Information Officer - Dr. Alma Barranco-Mendoza, B.Sc. Hons., M.Sc., Ph.D.

Alma has been fascinated with space and technology since she was a young girl.  She joined the CSS in 2013 to lead the development of the CSS's new web infrastructure and enterprise social networking site to increase social participation, collaboration, and mobility by porting all the Canadian Space Society's strategic systems onto the cloud and integrating them with social media.  For this project, she and the CSS were awarded the Frost & Sullivan's 2015 CIO Impact Award in Enterprise Social Networking. She is co-chairing the Canadian Space Summit 2015 in Vancouver, BC and was one of the finalists in the 2015 YWCA Women of Distinction Award in Technology, Science, and Research.

She is a seasoned business executive and entrepreneur, with over 25 years of technology experience working within multiple sectors. She held top information technology positions at Trinity Western University and NerdForce prior to joining the CSS.

As an entrepreneur, she co-founded Infogenetica Consulting Services, a health informatics and technology consulting group, and more recently, she co-founded the spin off company Infogenetica Natural Products Ltd., which manufactures and commercializes new natural health and dietary supplements developed for mental and cardiovascular health.

In addition, she has been Computer and Information Systems professor at the University of the Fraser Valley, in Abbotsford, BC. and professor and CIO at Trinity Western University, in Langley, BC.

She holds a Ph.D. in Computing Science, with focus on Artificial Intelligence, from Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, BC, and M.Sc. and B.Sc. Hons. in Computer Sc. and Mathematics from Trent University in Peterborough, ON.

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Marketing Officer

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International Relations Officer, Past President

International Relations Officer - Mr. Kevin Shortt, B.Sc., M.Sc.

Kevin has worked in the space industry since 1996 and has contributed to some of Canada's largest space missions. During his undergraduate studies at York University, he worked as a Research Assistant in the Instrument Services Lab at the Centre for Research in Earth and Space Technology (CRESTech), now known as Spectral Applied Research, where he contributed to and maintained lab standards in addition to a variety of other spacecraft instrumentation research tasks. In 1999, he took a position as a Mission Planner for the RADARSAT-1 program at the Canadian Space Agency where he was part of the team responsible for the day to day image acquisition operations and calibration activities for the spacecraft. Following his term at the CSA, he worked as a Research Assistant at the Meteorological Services of Canada where he performed a variety of design tasks for a dual-spectrometer instrument that is currently operating on board the SCISAT-1 spacecraft to detect ozone concentrations in the Earth's atmosphere. From 2004 to 2006, he worked with the design team responsible for the lidar instrument on board NASA's Mars Phoenix Scout mission which operated on the Martian surface for 5 months in 2008.


Currently, he is working as a Scientist at the German Aerospace Center (DLR) in Oberpfaffenhofen, Germany conducting research in free-space optical communications for use in deep space, inter-satellite and satellite-to-ground links.  Kevin has a masters degree in electrical engineering from the Royal Military College of Canada.  He is often found commenting on the latest scientific advancements and technology trends in the space industry on CTV News Channel and CBC News Network.

National Secretary


 National Secretary - TBD - Volunteer Needed

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