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GS03 KEYNOTE: Managing Complexity and Change

8:30 AM - 10:00 AM PT
Thursday, October 21

Commanding a spaceship during an emergency has the highest of stakes: human lives, irreplaceably expensive equipment, and worldwide scrutiny. Spaceflight is an unforgiving business, with industry success riding on every launch and critical event. Colonel Chris Hadfield held multiple leadership and management positions during his 21 years in the astronaut corps; navigating tragedy, delays, program changes, and much more. Using examples from his tremendous career, he illuminates the necessity for both preparation and reaction to complex change.

Chris Hadfield

Astronaut & Former Commander of the International Space Station

Colonel Chris Hadfield is acclaimed for making outer space accessible to millions and for infusing a sense of wonder into our collective consciousness. He brings the marvels of science and space travel to everyone he encounters. A heavily decorated astronaut, engineer, and pilot, Hadfield was aboard the Shuttle Atlantis where he helped build the Mir space station. On other missions he performed two spacewalks and commanded the International Space Station for six months off-planet. He was named the Top Test Pilot in both the US Air Force and the US Navy, and was inducted into Canada’s Aviation Hall of Fame. Hadfield is the author of An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth, You Are Here, and his children’s book, The Darkest Dark. He released a musical album, Space Sessions: Songs From a Tin Can, in 2015. He is co-creator and host of the BBC series Astronauts: Do You Have What It Takes? and is co-hosting, along with actor Will Smith, the National Geographic series One Strange Rock, directed by Darren Aronofsky. Additionally, Colonel Hadfield is an adjunct professor at the University of Waterloo and a founding director of the Canadian Children’s Literacy Foundation.