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The Space Quest Within Us

The Space Quest Within Us

International Society of Automation (ISA)
ISA Calgary Show

Dr. Roberta Bondar, Luncheon Keynote Presenter, May 11, discussed the intervening 65 years from communications satellites to present day robotics, as the ongoing human quest to explore and understand outer space.

The ISA Calgary Show offers its yearly two-day technical conference run in conjunction with its exposition, North America’s largest event for automation professionals, exhibitors, and visitors from around the world. The show offers opportunities for participants to share best practices, network with industry colleagues, explore the latest technology and solutions to improve quality, economies, efficiencies, and safety standards.

Front of space shuttle
Can you ID all the TECH that you see?
Distilled Debrief!

Distilled Debrief!

Distillery District Magazine vol 72
Toronto ON

Editor Keith Veira’s questions of Dr. Roberta Bondar reveal some of her unique, fascinating medical and technical insights. 

Cover of Distillery District Magazine

★ Significant findings from her IML-1 flight that she discovered about human responses and our potential for living in space long term. ★ Weightlessness phenomena from changing blood levels to cognition shifts. ★ What we think we know about medicine but don’t when the mask of gravity is removed! ★ How medical labwork in space influences medical treatments on Earth. ★ How space program détente disperses in the nationalization, even militarization of space programs. ★ The vital importance of internet access to rural communities, to equalize access to knowledge and opportunity for all Canadian citizens.


The pages include examples of Bondar’s large format photographic works that are represented by the Loch Gallery, Toronto.

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Healthy Planet, Healthy Population

Healthy Planet, Healthy Population

OMATalks event
Ontario Medical Association

On the eve of the UN’s Earth Day, this OMATalks event aimed discussion on the urgent need for the health-care sector’s immediate and positive action on climate change “to mitigate its severe consequences on human health and well-being” as presented in the OMA’s Prescription for Ontario: Doctors’ 5-Point Plan for Better Health Care.

Keynote speaker was Dr. Roberta Bondar, first female Canadian astronaut, the world’s first neurologist in space, and environmental advocate.

The event was open to all Ontario doctors and health-care stakeholders, all levels of government and the media. The format for the event was the panel discussion followed by a question-and-answer session.

Poster for OMA
Dossier OVNIS ~ UFO file

Dossier OVNIS ~ UFO file

Dossier OVNIS

Mélissa Offner hosts this documentary and discusses UFOlogy with enthusiasts and scientists from different backgrounds, like our Dr. Bondar, who will share their theories and experiences.

Dossier OVNIS is a cross-Canada quest to try to better understand inexplicable aerial phenomena in a truth-seeking journey.

Regardez-le ici!

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International Day of Women and Girls in Science

International Day of Women and Girls in Science

On the occasion of International Day of Women and Girls in Science, President of the General Assembly Abdulla Shahid launched a video podcast series entitled, “In Conversation with…”, to spotlight eminent persons, activists, and experts in priority areas related to his Presidency of Hope.

The first episode features Dr. Roberta Bondar, Canada’s first female astronaut and the first neurologist in space.

Dr. Bondar has previously taken part in events organized by the United Nations, including the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the UN Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA).


In the podcast, the President and Dr. Bondar discuss their mutual love of science, obstacles to unique to women in pursuing a career in science, and her thoughts about what policymakers could do to support women and girls in the Sciences.

UN Women Poster
Space Exploration, unlimited potential – a conversation with Dr. Roberta Bondar

Space Exploration, unlimited potential – a conversation with Dr. Roberta Bondar

Heidi Ivany

Ivany’s wide-ranging set of conversation points engaged Dr. Bondar in an entertaining and keen exchange that revealed several new insights into the shuttle launch, the possibility and search for other life signs in the universe, and how her charitable, non-profit The Roberta Bondar Foundation “connects people to the natural world, inspiring curiosity, respect for and conservation of the environment while building healthier lives”.

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Terry Sheehan, M.P., salutes Canada’s First Woman in Space

Terry Sheehan, M.P., salutes Canada’s First Woman in Space

Terry Sheehan, M.P
House of Commons

Image of Terry Sheehan

“Mr. Speaker, when people think of Sault Ste. Marie’s most notable individuals, one person always comes to mind. Dr. Roberta Bondar was born and raised in the Sault. She later went on to study at numerous universities and obtained a Ph.D. and a medical degree.

On January 22, 1992, Dr. Bondar made history as Canada’s first woman and the world’s first neurologist to enter space. This year marks the 30th year since her amazing mission. She is the recipient of numerous accolades, including a companionship of the Order of Canada.

In addition to her extensive scientific career, she is an avid photographer renowned for her exhibits on nature. Dr. Bondar continues to be heavily involved in community work and champions promoting literacy, science and arts, and her foundation.

I congratulate Dr. Bondar on her 30-plus years of excellence. I thank her for all she does for Canada. She continues to inspire boys and girls of all ages to reach the stars. I ask members to please join me in congratulating Dr. Bondar.”

Dr. Bondar congratulated on 30th anniversary of her flight on STS Discovery

Dr. Bondar congratulated on 30th anniversary of her flight on STS Discovery

City Council Meeting
City of Sault Ste. Marie ON

Dr. Bondar was invited to be congratulated on becoming the first Canadian woman and the world’s first neurologist in space.

When her camera went live, a picture of Sault Ste. Marie taken from the International Space Station that she usually uses as a background for video conferences, somehow went into what she described as a “black hole.”

Dr. Bondar transmitted from the ‘black hole’, to make her remarks.

Screenshot of tweet and photo of Roberta Bondar
2022 ~ a year to celebrate Canadian achievement

2022 ~ a year to celebrate Canadian achievement

J.D.M. Stewart

Leading through the New Year, Canadian historian J.D.M. Stewart selects some of the many important anniversaries from Canada’s past.

  • 30th anniversary of Dr. Roberta Bondar’s flight
  • 40th anniversary of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms
  • 80th anniversary of Canadians in Raid of Dieppe in the Second World War
  • 50th anniversary of Paul Henderson’s winning Game 8 goal in Summit Series vs USSR
  • 25th anniversary of publication of Mordecai Richler’s greatest novel, the 1997 Giller Prize-winning Barney’s Version
Celebrating Roberta Bondar’s flight 30 years later – ‘I don’t want to stop’

Celebrating Roberta Bondar’s flight 30 years later – ‘I don’t want to stop’

Darren Taylor

The virtual ceremony, An Evening with Dr. Roberta Bondar & Friends marked the 30th anniversary of Sault native Dr. Roberta Bondar’s launch as the first Canadian female astronaut in space on an eight-day mission aboard the Space Shuttle Discovery.

Taylor describes features from the celebration including tributes to Bondar from several well-known figures from a variety of professions. “I don’t want to stop,” Bondar said, reflecting on her adventurous life.