Mr. Christie comes to AIAC with a long history of achievement in the space industry, having spent 22 years with Neptec Design Group, a specialist in spaceflight engineering. He has worked at NASA’s Johnson Space Center training astronauts, including Canadian Chris Hadfield, and in the Space Shuttle Mission Control Center. Mr. Christie headed Neptec’s Research and Development (R&D) and Business Development efforts before his appointment as President in 2007 and Chief Executive Officer in 2010. Mr. Christie has also been a member of AIAC’s Board of Directors since 2010 and served as the Vice Chair of the industry-led Space Working Group during the Aerospace Review.
Mr. Christie holds a BSc. (Hons) in Physics from the University of King’s College, an MSc. in physics from Dalhousie University and a PhD. in Physics from the University of Ottawa. He also served as a member of the Canadian Forces Primary Reserve for 12 years, retiring as a Major from the 30th field regiment of the Royal Canadian Artillery in 1993.