Space Place Canada: Canada in Orbit: The Business of Space (ONLINE)

Canada in Orbit: The Business of Space
Wednesday, July 7, 2021 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm

A conversation exploring the role of private investment in Canada’s aerospace industry.

Space was, at one time, the sole domain of national governments. Increasingly, private investment, including publicly traded companies, are joining the rush to orbit. We will explore this new frontier and discuss how private investment can work alongside the government to boost Canadian space-based projects.

This program will be streamed live on YouTube.


Andrew Lapham, Cofounder of Northern Private Capital

Andrew Lapham co-founded NPC with John Risley in 2018 and is the firm’s CEO. Prior to founding NPC, Mr. Lapham worked for The Blackstone Group as Chairman, Blackstone Canada, where he led the firm’s efforts to identify and make investments across Canada. Prior to Blackstone, Andrew spent eight years in the private equity group at Onex Corporation, making control investments in a wide range of industries. Andrew began his career at Morgan Stanley and is a graduate of Princeton University. Andrew is currently a board member of the Shoebox Project and is a past board member and current committee member of Covenant House Toronto.

Nathan de Ruiter, Managing Director of Euroconsult Canada

Nathan de Ruiter is the Managing Director of Euroconsult Canada. He has advised a wide range of Canadian and international clients including satellite operators, manufacturers, equipment providers, service providers and government agencies, private equity and financial institutions. Nathan has managed and contributed to more than 90 consulting missions including Harris Corporation, Kymeta, MAXAR, Carlyle Group, KKR, Ex-Im Bank, Export Development Canada, and the Canadian Space Agency. His speciality lies in commercial due diligence, market analysis, financial forecasting and strategic planning. Nathan also leads executive workshops in the satellite communications domain.

Pat Nihill, MDA

Pat Nihill has worked for over 20 years in space and related industries. He is currently the Vice President, Strategy at MDA, Canada’s largest space company. Pat has an MBA from the University of British Columbia and a Bachelor of Commerce Degree from McMaster University. During his career Pat has gained extensive experience in business development, financial modelling, M&A, Export Credit financing, partnering/joint ventures, strategic planning, and competitive intelligence activities. His current work focuses on identifying, developing and executing strategic business development initiatives to support growth objectives across MDA which includes evaluating investment and M&A opportunities and helping customers secure capital for their satellite missions.

Kirsten Vanstone, Space Place Canada, moderator

Kirsten is a Space Place Board member and not-for-profit manager specialising in organizations connected with science and STEM. She has more than 18 years’ experience working in museums, planetariums and science centres and is an active volunteer with the RASC. She has a BSc in Astronomy & Physics and is from Toronto, where her first job was working the elevators at the CNTower.

Who can attend: Everyone
Fee: Free
Registration: Eventbrite
Organized by: Space Place Canada
Link: YouTube