Maritime Launch Appoints Prominent Canadian Space Executive, Sylvain Laporte, to Board of Directors

Maritime Launch Services Inc. (NEO: MAXQ, OTCQB: MAXQF) (Maritime Launch or “the Company”), owner and operator of Canada’s first commercial spaceport, Spaceport Nova Scotia, is pleased to announce the appointment of Sylvain Laporte to the Board of Directors.


A former President of the Canadian Space Agency, Mr. Laporte is a sectoral leader who has advanced Canada’s involvement in space through the launch of scientific and earth observation satellites, planetary exploration missions and the continued human presence on the International Space Station with Canadian astronauts. 


Over the last year, Maritime Launch has met a number of key milestones and I am thrilled to join the Board at this critical stage in their development. With over 38 years of experience, I have spent a significant portion of my career dedicated to advancing and championing the growth of the Canadian aerospace sector. I am looking forward to using my leadership experience to propel Maritime Launch to the next level

-- says Sylvain Laporte


Mr. Laporte has served as CEO of the Canadian Intellectual Property Office. He has held senior positions within Industry Canada as the Chief Informatics Officer and the Executive Director of the Integrated Technologies Office.  Laporte has served 20 years in the military as an aerospace engineer with the Royal Canadian Air Force.


“Sylvain’s leadership in space has fundamentally changed the trajectory of Canada’s competitive success in the sector” said Sasha Jacob, Chair, Board of Directors. “With senior leadership roles in the public and private sectors, Sylvain has developed innovative aerospace programs resulting in meaningful socio-economic benefits for Canadians. I look forward to adding his voice, energy and perspective to our board table”.


Throughout Laporte’s career, he has been focused on creating innovation and leading change management in the space, defence, aeronautical, supply chain management and information technology sectors.


“I have known Sylvain for a number of years and since our very first meeting, I’ve been impressed by Sylvain’s commitment to bring the many benefits of space to earth” said Stephen Matier, President and CEO of Maritime Launch. “Not only do Sylvain and I share the same passion for developing young talent in the Canadian space industry, we also believe that now is the time to step into what is a very competitive space race and launch technology into orbit that will change life for the better”. 


During Laporte’s tenure as President of the Canadian Space Agency, he played a key leadership role in securing investments of $2.5B for Canada’s space program. The funds are used to accelerate innovation, grow the Canadian space industry and the economy, and to create the jobs of the future and to inspire Canadians.