Chris Hadfield, a retired CSA astronaut, former Royal Canadian Air Force fighter pilot, and engineer, was first inspired when, while a child, he watched the Apollo 11 moon landing on television. His career path led to him becoming the first Canadian to walk in space, fly two space shuttle missions, and serve as commander of the International Space Station (ISS).
Despite a childhood spent in rural Canada, he earned his glider pilot license as a member of the Royal Canadian Air Cadets. After joining the Canadian Armed Forces, he not only earned an engineering degree at the Royal Military College but went on to fly various types of aircraft. He eventually became a test pilot flying different types of experimental planes.
An exchange programme with the US Navy and Air force saw him attend the University of Tennessee Space Institute where he obtained a master’s in aviation systems.
Chris Hadfield was accepted into Canada’s astronaut programme where he flew into space for the first time in 1995. The mission saw him visit MIR, the Russian space station. His next mission, in 2001, saw him visit ISS and do a spacewalk to help with the installation of the Cadadarm2. A third mission into space, in 2012 also saw him go to ISS as part of Expedition 35. His last space mission, in 2013 as part of Expedition 35, saw him take on the role of ISS commander. He and his crew conducted various experiments surrounding the impact of low gravity on the human body.
His last mission saw Chris Hadfield chronicle life onboard ISS using pictures he took of the Earth. These he would post on various social media channels. This was his last mission and, once he returned to earth, he retired. It was the end of a 35-year career as a military pilot and astronaut.
Chris Hadfield, however, has gone on to become an in-demand speaker and regularly appears in various media. He has also become a bestselling author and YouTube sensation.
His commitment to achieving his dreams and the lessons he learned from them make Chris Hadfield an ideal speaker at your next event. He touches on such aspects as teamwork, motivation, life in space, and dealing with isolation in his talks.
Chris lives in Canada and presents in English.
“Our annual Safety & Quality Summit includes a Gala Dinner at which he have been privileged to have many well-known and highly entertaining guests; this year, we were honoured to have Chris Hadfield as our special guest and I have to say he excelled all of our expectations, and more. An enthralling story, masterfully delivered with style and humour, and supported with breathtaking images. Chris’s commitment to provide a once in a lifetime opportunity for all of our guests was truly selfless and much appreciated by all who benefitted from what was a fantastic evening.”
“Stepping out to attend this event has given me an experience I will remember for a lifetime and perspective to keep dreaming of what could be. Thank you twitter for bringing this to my attention but thank you real-world, Space Commander Chris Hadfield for waking up my inspiration.”
“Your amazing experiences, perspectives, photos and lessons learned were inspiring for the more than 1,000 delegates in attendance. Your comments reminded us of how lucky we are to be Canadians, and to live on this planet.”
“Chris’s participation at the reception and his keynote address was exceptional. The event organizers were so impressed with how Chris worked with them and engaged them in conversation. He received a standing ovation from the delegates. The feedback continues to be very positive. Thank Chris again for making this a memorable event.”