Keynotes and Presentations

This year, Unmanned Systems Canada – Systèmes Télécommandés Canada (USC-STC) has lined up an exciting roster of Keynotes speakers from Canadian and International experts from the Unmanned Industry!

UnmannedCanada.20 Keynote Speakers

With the opening of registration, we’re pleased to announce several of our exceptional keynotes! With more on the way, we’re lining up an innovative set of Unmanned Industry Thought Leaders, all ready to share their vision, experience and expertise with all conference Attendees.

Here’s our first release of keynotes coming this November!

The Honorable Marc Garneau

The Honorable Marc Garneau

Minister of Transport, Canada

Marc Garneau has served his country his entire professional career, beginning with the Canadian Navy and then as an astronaut and President of the Canadian Space Agency, and now in political life. Marc Garneau began his service to Canada as a Navy combat systems engineer. In January 1986, he was promoted to Naval Captain and retired from the Navy in 1989.

Marc made history by becoming the first Canadian Astronaut to fly in space in October 1984. In August 2003, Marc was made a Companion of the Order of Canada, Canada’s highest civilian honour. 

In October 2008 Marc Garneau was elected as the Member of Parliament for Westmount—Ville-Marie and, in his first mandate, served as the Liberal critic for Industry, Science and Technology as well as the Leader’s representative for Québec. He was re-elected in Westmount—Ville-Marie in May 2011 and served as House Leader for the Liberal Party and Critic for Foreign Affairs. He was re-elected for a third time in 2015 in the district of Notre-Dame-de-Grâce—Westmount.

On November 4 2015, he was named Minister of Transport and renewed in the same function after the election in 2019. 

Michael Huerta

Michael Huerta

Former Administrator, FAA, United States of America

Michael Huerta served as Administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) from 2013 to 2018.  He joined the agency in 2010 as Deputy Administrator.  He currently is a Senior Advisor to Macquarie Capital and to Kitty Hawk Corporation.  His is also a member of the Board of Directors of Delta Air Lines, Inc.
Kevin Hagan

Kevin Hagan

Account Executive, Peraton

Kevin Hagan is Peraton’s Unmanned Systems Account Executive. His roots are in the U.S. Navy’s Explosive Ordnance Disposal community where his career largely focused on the maritime mine countermeasures mission and the unmanned systems that support it. After leaving uniform in 2014 he worked with the Navy’s Mine Warfare and Unmanned Maritime Systems program offices, supporting their efforts to bring new capabilities to the fleet.


Dr.  Roger Scott-Douglas. Ph.D

Dr. Roger Scott-Douglas. Ph.D

Acting President - National Research Council.- Canada

 Roger Scott-Douglas is the Acting President of the National Research Council of Canada (NRC). He was appointed as Secretary of the COVID-19 Vaccine Task Force in June 2020 and will retain both roles. Dr. Scott-Douglas was previously the NRC’s Secretary General and Secretary to the NRC Council, as well as Vice-President, Policy and Governance. He was also responsible for the International Relations Office, the Policy, Strategy and Performance group, and the Corporate Secretariat. Since joining the NRC in September 2016, Dr. Scott-Douglas has been an avid Champion in advancing the Government of Canada’s science, research, and innovation agenda specifically by reimagining the NRC.

Leslie Cary

Leslie Cary

Leslie Carey Chief, Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems Section, International Civil Aviation Organization

Leslie Cary is the Chief of the Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS)
Section in the Air Navigation Bureau at the International Civil Aviation
Organization (ICAO). Ms. Cary is responsible for managing the work programme
and coordinating all developments related to UAS / RPAS within the ICAO
framework, including UAS traffic management (UTM).

This involves working with Technical Panels, Study Groups, Advisory Groups, Task Forces and relevant external bodies on development of Standards and Recommended Practices,
procedures and guidance material which will establish the basis for global
interoperability and harmonization of RPAS, UAS and UTM.

Prior to joining ICAO in mid-2006, Ms. Cary was with the U.S. Federal
Aviation Administration (FAA). She spent 14 years as an air traffic controller at
Anchorage Air Route Traffic Control Center and six years at FAA headquarters
facilitating implementation of various international ATM and CNS initiatives.


Presentation Topics

Each Conference, the Conference Committee selects key topics that allow us to explore, expand and colaborate on topics that are relevant and current for the Unmanned and Remote Industry. Our UnmannedCanada.20 conference continues that tradition with the Virtual theme and international outreach, offers content rich, industry leading program of thought provoking panels and expert presentations.

This year’s UnmannedCanada.20 innovative and topical conference streams include:

The Next 5 Years in RPAS

  • BVLOS Operations
  • Urban Air Mobility
  • Economic Projections
  • What’s the next Big Thing?

End Users & Applications

  • Energy Applications with Focus on Oil and Gas
  • Mining
  • Forestry and Agriculture; Crop Spraying
  • Defense and Security
  • Helping Secure Nations from pandemics;
  • Arctic and Maritime Challenges and Opportunities

Safety & Integration

  • UTM/RTM - Airspace Integration
  • Counter-UAS Technologies and Operations
  • Collaboration with Airports and Manned Aviation Stakeholders
  • Operator Testing and Training
  • RPAS Design, Test and Certification: Challenges and Solutions

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