Canadian Youth to Meet NASA Administrator at Encounters with Canada

The United States Embassy Ottawa, in conjunction with Encounters with Canada (EWC), is pleased to welcome NASA Administrator Charles Bolden to Ottawa. Mr. Bolden will speak to participants in EWC’s Science and Technology theme week program on October 1, 2014 from 3-4 p.m. at the organization’s Terry Fox Canadian Youth Centre.

The event will feature a short presentation from the Administrator, followed by a question and answer session with students. Administrator Bolden will speak about NASA and the space program generally, as well as his own personal experiences as an astronaut.

Media are invited to attend, to take pictures and to cover the presentation.

WHAT: A Discussion with NASA Administrator Major General Charles Bolden
WHERE: Encounters with Canada, 1805 Gaspé Avenue, Ottawa
WHEN: October 1, 2014
TIME: 3:00-4:00 p.m.

At NASA, Administrator Bolden has overseen the safe transition from 30 years of space shuttle missions to a new era of exploration, focused on the full utilization of the International Space Station, and space and aeronautics technology development. He also has led the agency in developing a Space Launch System rocket and Orion spacecraft, which will carry astronauts to deep space destinations, such as an asteroid and Mars.

Administrator Bolden’s 34-year career with the Marine Corps included 14 years as a member of NASA’s Astronaut Office. After joining it in 1980, he traveled into orbit four times aboard space shuttles between 1986 and 1994, commanding two of the missions and piloting two others.

Encounters with Canada is Canada’s largest and foremost youth forum. Each week of the school year, 120 to 148 teens from across Canada come to Ottawa. Here they discover their country through each other, learn about important Canadian institutions, explore exciting career options, meet famous and accomplished Canadians, develop their civic leadership skills, and live an extraordinary bilingual experience. Every week has a different theme and this event will take place during the Science and Technology week. More information about Encounters with Canada can be found at

Media Contacts
Sophie Nadeau
U.S. Embassy Ottawa
Media Relations Manager
U.S. Embassy Ottawa
Tel: 613-688-5316 Email:

Jasmine Ouellette
Encounters with Canada
Director of Communications & Special Events
Tel: 613-288- 9504