David Kendall was a Vice-President of the International Astronautical Federation and Chairman of the IAF Finance Committee from 2008-2012.
He is the Senior Executive Advisor to the President of the Canadian Space Agency and previous Director General of the Space Science and Technology and Space Science branches of the agency. He is also a faculty member of the International Space University.
Kendall received a Bachelor of Science degree in physics from University College Swansea, University of Wales, and both Master of Science and Doctoral degrees in Atmospheric Physics from the University of Calgary. His scientific interests include upper and middle atmospheric chemistry and physics, atmospheric spectroscopy, Michelson interferometry, auroral imaging and space environment interactions. He was principal investigator of an experiment that was flown on Space Shuttle mission STS41G. He has also been a visiting scientist at the Service d’Aeronomie (CNRS) in Paris, France.
Kendall is author or co-author of approximately 30 publications in refereed journals, a book chapter on the space environment, and over 150 other scientific reports, articles, presentations and conference papers. He serves on numerous national and international advisory committees and working groups, is the past Canadian National Representative to both the Committee on Space Research (COSPAR) and the Scientific Committee on Solar-Terrestrial Physics (SCOSTEP), is a past COSPAR Bureau Member, a full member of the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA), past Chairman of the Inter-Agency Space Debris Coordination Committee (IADC), Canadian Head of Delegation to the United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (UN COPUOS), and a past co-chair of a subgroup of the international ad hoc Group on Earth Observations (GEO).
In 2002, Kendall was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal in recognition of significant achievement to Canada. He has a deep interest in science education and has talked and lectured extensively to school and university groups. He has served in many positions with the International Space University including as member and chair of the ISU Academic Council and as a Director of the Space Studies Program; he is currently a member of the Board of Trustees of the ISU. Kendall is a member of the American Geophysical Union and is listed in Canadian Who’s Who.