Gill Leclerc

Canadian Space Agency (CSA)Director General Space Exploration, Chair of the International Space Exploration Coordination Group ISECG

Gilles Leclerc joined the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) as it was being created in 1989. He worked as a project engineer, manager and then director in a variety of technology development, satellite communications and international space programs. Between 1997 and 2000, Mr. Leclerc was posted to the Canadian Embassy in Paris as Counsellor for Science, Technology and Space Affairs, representing Canada at the European Space Agency. He became Director General, Space Technologies, in 2004. Since 2010, Mr. Leclerc has led the CSA’s Space Exploration program, which encompasses Canada’s participation in the International Space Station, space robotics, human space flight, life sciences, astronomy and planetary missions. He and his team are currently working on Canada’s lunar program. Mr. Leclerc is a member of the Canadian Aeronautics and Space Institute, the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, and the Ordre des ingénieurs du Québec. He is currently the Chair of the International Space Exploration Coordination Group.