Volume 95, Issue 13

Friday, September 21, 2001
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Space cadet leads Ivey students

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Space cadet leads Ivey students

By Erin Conway-Smith
Gazette Staff

Space is a far-out destination – but in a speech yesterday at the Richard Ivey School of Business, Canadian astronaut Marc Garneau revealed what makes him tick is something far more down to earth.

"What drives me is the desire to do something that will make a contribution to this planet," Garneau said, speaking to a room filled mainly with Ivey students and professors.

Invited to the business school as part of the student-run LeaderLab speaker series, Garneau focused his talk on his leadership philosophies and discussed his source of motivation.

"I don't want to have any regrets," he said, citing this as an important motivational factor that has lead him to his achievements in the Canadian Space Agency.

In 1984, Garneau became the first Canadian astronaut to venture into outer space. He has since made a total of three voyages into the great beyond, launching off again in 1996 and 2000 – more times than any other Canadian astronaut.

Garneau also holds the position of executive vice-president of the Canadian Space Agency.

Nadia Keung, a second-year masters of business administration student in charge of external public relations for LeaderLab, said the speaker series is run by a group of six MBA students and brings high profile speakers with unique leadership abilities to the business school.

Second-year MBA student Michael Friesen said he attended the lecture because he was interested in hearing about Garneau's leadership experiences, given his role within the Canadian Space Agency.

Kathy Engle, a first-year MBA student, said while she is not planning a career as an astronaut, she was interested in Garneau's experiences in space.

"I wish I could go into space," she said

Stéphane Ouellet, a second-year MBA student, said he came to hear Garneau speak because he views Garneau as a role model for all Canadians. He also sang the praises of the speaker series.

"The LeaderLab speaker series has had consistently good speakers," he added.

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