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Key Points for Chris Hadfield

  • Colonel Chris Hadfield is a heavily decorated astronaut, engineer and pilot including having received the Order of Canada, the Meritorious Service Cross and NASA's Exceptional Service Medal. He has been inducted into the Canadian Aviation's Hall of Fame and was named the Top Test Pilot in both the US Airforce and US Navy.
  • He is the author of international bestselling books, An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth, You Are Here and The Darkest Dark children's book.
  • He has been a part of 3 space flights
  • Colonel Hadfield has the esteemed reputation of being "the most famous astronaut since Neil Armstrong"

Topics for Chris Hadfield

  • Extreme leadership
    Commanding a spaceship takes superb leadership. The vehicle is complex, the team is international, the crew is on their own, and the stakes are at their highest — huge financial consequences and perpetual life or death situations.
    Only one Canadian has ever held that command — Colonel Chris Hadfield. Through his 25 years spent in the Royal Canadian Air Force and 21 years with the Canadian Space Agency and NASA, he has developed and honed leadership theories and practices that have taken him to the very top.
    In this keynote, Hadfield combines fundamental leadership theories and original insights with examples from his own experiences as a US Navy top test pilot, NASA’s Director of Operations in Russia, NASA Astronaut Chief of Space Station Operations, and as a Commander of the International Space Station.
    Hadfield has been an instructor in crew resource management, as well as a teacher in all phases of astronaut/groundcrew team development. He is also a three-time internationally bestselling author and his book, An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth, is regularly used by students and instructors around the world.
    An immensely experienced teacher, speaker, and leader, Hadfield will help your team lead more effectively.
  • Preparing for the unexpected: How to manage through complexity and change
    Spaceflight is an unforgiving business, with industry success riding on every launch and event. Being a commander of a spaceship means facing the highest of stakes — human lives, irreplaceable and expensive equipment, and worldwide scrutiny.
    Having commanded the International Space Station for months off planet, Colonel Chris Hadfield is experienced in managing people, complexity, and change under extreme circumstances. Surrounded by life-threatening risk, his daily routine was to prepare for and solve worse-case scenarios, from both a team and leadership perspective.
    Hadfield draws from his experiences and lessons learned during his 21 years in the astronaut corps to share the best strategies and tactics to help individuals, teams, and leaders prepare for and meet the challenges of our rapidly changing world. Key topics include managing stress, leading under pressure, encouraging collaboration amongst diverse teams, redefining norms, and more. Using multiple examples from his tremendous career, he illuminates the necessity for both preparation and reaction to complex change.
  • Stories behind the Apollo murders
    Bestselling author Colonel Chris Hadfield’s latest book, The Apollo Murders, is a Cold War thriller set in 1973 that explores the dark heart of the space race. While it’s Hadfield’s first fiction book, the inspiration behind it is based on true stories that only an insider could ever know.
    Join Hadfield on a journey through the fascinating, technical, and thrilling stories behind the space race that he discovered while researching for his new fiction series. Hadfield combines these with his own personal stories of launching into space, living six months off-planet in the darkest dark, and hanging on to the outside of a spacecraft while orbiting the Earth at 17,000 miles per hour, to give audiences a perspective of what it’s really like to be an astronaut. Starting from the beginning when landing on the moon was a dream and an international competition and ending in today’s landscape of international cooperation, Hadfield shows what is possible and what might have been.
  • STEM
    Colonel Chris Hadfield has worked with countless students and teachers, from pre-school to post-doctoral, for decades. Speaking in schools and at education conferences throughout his 35-year-career as an engineer, pilot, and astronaut, his rare mixture of personal experience, memorable ideas, and a warm, fun, interactive style has influenced a generation. Most recently, his extensive teachings from Earth orbit, recorded on-board the International Space Station, continue to be seen by millions via YouTube.
    Hadfield strongly believes in the necessity to give every student the tools and the inspiration to succeed. His face and accomplishments are in Canadian science textbooks as both a role model and clear example of where STEM education can lead. Using real-world examples from his unique experiences, he enables audiences to see beyond their normal horizons, and helps give them the tools and ideas for personal growth and achievement in learning.
  • A musical evening with Chris Hadfield
    Colonel Chris Hadfield shares a selection of stories, images, songs, and ideas in a musical presentation that delights audiences of all ages.
    Performing songs like his evocative “Beyond the Terra”, which looks away from the land to the skies, Hadfield ties his presentation together with incredible tales from over the course of his career, including his experience as the ISS commander.
    Suitable for audiences big, small, and in-between, Hadfield customizes his performance to his audience.

Testimonials for Chris Hadfield

The presentation by Chris Hadfield at SickKids was extremely well received by everyone. We had really hoped that his talk would celebrate our trainees and inspire them to think big and get excited about their work and there is no doubt that he accomplished this in spades!...It's a week later and people are still talking about it.
Sick Kids Hospital

Chris's participation at the reception and his keynote address was exceptional. The event organisers were so impressed with how Chris worked with them and engaged them in conversation.

Chris was an absolute star! An incredibly well spoken presenter with an inspirational story. The highlight of our conference.
Global Head of Events, Albourne

He was amazing! The highlight of our event.
Development Excellence Leader, Roche

Chris was unbelievable. Feedback from our 1,300 attendees was overwhelmingly positive. He entertained, inspired and captivated the audience, all while staying relevant to our briefing - on point re: leadership, change and innovation.
Vice President, Communications, CIBC