Astronaut Chris Hadfield Joins Safety Charter Roundtable

By September 25, 2013Business News

Retired International Space Station Commander Chris Hadfield will be in Vancouver May 1, 2014 at the 3rd Annual Roundtable of the BC Safety Charter.

Photo Credit NASA Dmitry Lovetsky

Hadfield announced earlier this month he has accepted his next mission with the BC Safety Charter by agreeing to be the CEO movement’s Keynote Speaker at their annual event.

Hadfield began his career with NASA at the Johnson Space Center in August 1992, where he addressed technical and safety issues for Shuttle Operations Development, contributed to the development of the glass shuttle cockpit, and supported shuttle launches at the Kennedy Space Center, in Florida.

He was NASA’s Chief CAPCOM, the voice of mission control to astronauts in orbit, for 25 space shuttle missions. From 1996 to 2000, he represented CSA astronauts and coordinated their activities as the Chief Astronaut for the CSA

Health and safety have always been key components of every aspect of his work both on the ground and in space. The rigours and dangers of space travel, and the fact that the lives of others are affected by one’s actions and decisions, have put workplace health and safety front and center in mind and have come to affect everything he does.

Hadfield will be joining former Vancouver Canucks captain Trevor Linden and sharing some of his experiences and his views on the importance of health and safety with the CEOs of the BC Safety Charter at the May 1, 2014 Roundtable.

The Charter was launched in 2011 by a small group of industry leaders within the food and beverage processing and manufacturing industry in BC and has grown to include companies such as RIO Tinto Alcan, BC Hydro and Overwaitea Foods.

Since its launch in 2011 the BC Safety Charter has been recognized both nationally and internationally and has been described as one of the most significant business initiatives in Western Canada.

“We are committed to driving that safety culture message home across all industries, businesses, organizations and communities in BC through our commitment to corporate and social responsibility,” says Charter Steering Committee Chair Ben Hume.

For more on the BC Safety Charter please visit

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