Dr. Iain Christie, PhD
Executive Vice President, Aerospace Industries Association of Canada
Iain Christie has been Executive Vice President of the Aerospace Industries Association of Canada (AIAC) since June 2013. He came to AIAC with a long history of achievement in the space industry, having spent 22 years with Neptec Design Group, a small spaceflight engineering company. Iain joined Neptec in its first year of operation, in 1991, as a student. He left the company as President and CEO in 2013.
During his time at Neptec, he filled various roles including a tour as Neptec’s operations specialist at NASA’s Johnson Space Center training astronauts, and supporting Space Shuttle missions from the Mission Control Center. He eventually created and led a Neptec space operations team that supported more than 30 Space Shuttle missions. He moved on to lead Neptec’s Research and Development and Business Development efforts before his appointment as President in 2007 and Chief Executive Officer in 2010. During this time, Iain contributed to the design, development, launch into space, and operation of 5 different robotic sensor systems.
Iain was a member of AIAC’s Board of Directors from 2010 to 2013 and served as the Vice Chair of the industry-led Space Working Group during the Aerospace Review. He joined the AIAC management team as Executive Vice President in June 2013. In this role, he is responsible for managing all of AIAC’s policy efforts as well as overseeing the day to day operations of the association. He also has direct responsibility for the Association’s space, small business, and public procurement files.
In 2016, Iain completed a two-year term as President of the Canadian Aeronautics and Space Institute. He currently serves as past president.
Iain holds a PhD in Physics from University of Ottawa, a M.Sc. in Physics from Dalhousie University and B.Sc. Honours from University of King’s College.
He 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.