Robert M. Fotheringham presents COLONEL CHRIS HADFIELD, THE canadian hero ASTRONAUT, with the award for Distinguished Service to Canada
by Rachel Zhou
On June 20, 2014, Robert M. Fotheringham, Founding Partner of Fotheringham & Fang, presented the Award for Distinguished Service to Canada to Colonel Christopher Hadfield, the legendary astronaut and the first Canadian to walk in space, on behalf of Canada Russia Business Council at a private ceremony during the Toronto International Book Fair in Toronto.
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Through his 21-years as an astronaut and 3 spaceflights, Colonel Hadfield has become a worldwide sensation, harnessing the power of social media to make outer space accessible to millions and infusing a sense of wonder into our collective consciousness not felt since humanity first walked on the Moon. Called “the most famous astronaut since Neil Armstrong,” Chris Hadfield continues to bring the marvels of science and space travel to everyone he encounters.
Please visit the official Chris Hadfield web page to learn more about "The first Canadian commander of the International Space Station, a New York Times bestselling author,YouTube sensation and truly engaging speaker".
Chris published two incredibly fascinating books that instantly became bestsellers and are available at Indigo:
"You Are Here: Around The World In 92 Minutes, Chris Hadfield's new book shows us our home--our city, country, continent, our whole planet--from a unique perspective."
"An Astronaut's Guide To Life On Earth. As Commander of the International Space Station, Chris Hadfield captivated the world with stunning photos and commentary from space. Now, in his first book, Chris offers readers extraordinary stories from his life as an astronaut, and shows how to make the impossible a reality."
Hadfield's 2013 memoir has become the basis for a television sitcom:
Chris Hadfield’s Guide to Life on Earth and TV, by Globe&Mail
Colonel Hadfield is a pioneer of many historic “firsts”. In 1992 he was selected by the Canadian Space Agency as a NASA Mission Specialist – Canada’s first fully-qualified Space Shuttle crew member. Three years later, aboard Shuttle Atlantis, he was the first Canadian to operate the Canadarm in space, and the first Canadian to board and to pilot a Russian Soyuz spacecraft as he helped build space station “Mir.” He served as Chief of Robotics, CapCom, and NASA’s Director of Operations in Russia.
In 2001, aboard Shuttle Endeavour, Colonel Hadfield performed two spacewalks – the first Canadian to do so – and in 2013 he was Commander of the International Space Station – the first and only Canadian to ever command a spaceship – so far.
A heavily decorated astronaut, engineer, and pilot, Colonel Hadfield’s many awards include receiving the Order of Ontario, the Order of Canada, the Meritorious Service Cross, and the NASA Exceptional Service Medal. He was named the Top Test Pilot in both the US Air Force and the US Navy, and has been inducted into Canada’s Aviation Hall of Fame. He is the author of the internationally bestselling book An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth, and has been commemorated on Canadian postage stamps, Royal Canadian Mint silver and gold coins, and on Canada’s newest five dollar bill (along with fellow astronauts Steve MacLean and Dave Williams)