Saint-Hubert, Quebec, October 31, 2003 - In recognition of his exceptional contribution to the Canadian Space Program, Gordon G. Shepherd was bestowed the prestigious John H. Chapman Award of Excellence by Marc Garneau, President of the Canadian Space Agency (CSA). Dr. Shepherd's pioneering work and leadership was praised before representatives of industry, university and government as part of a celebration held at the CSA yesterday. "We are all proud of the accomplishments of Canadians in space," said Allan Rock, Minister of Industry and Minister responsible for the CSA. "It is through the exceptional work of scientists like Dr. Shepherd, that the Canadian Space Program remains on the cutting edge of innovation." "The selection of Dr. Shepherd as the fourth recipient of the award is testament to his lifelong dedication to space science research and development in Canada. He is a true role model for the next generation of Canadian atmospheric physicists and space scientists," said Marc Garneau, President of the Canadian Space Agency. Professor Shepherd has worked for the Canadian space community for the past 40 years and has played key roles in the atmospheric sciences, championing the ISIS program, WINDII, and SWIFT. He is a mentor, a renowned international speaker and has published over 200 scientific papers. Mr. Shepherd has pioneered developments of new techniques for instruments and data analysis contributing to maintain Canada's pre-eminence in thermospheric physics and positioning the Canadian Space Program abroad. The recipient of the John H. Chapman Award of Excellence is selected by a committee presided by the President of the Canadian Space Agency. This award is named after the recognized father of the Canadian Space Program, John Herbert Chapman. Biography of Professor G. Shepherd A native of Senate Saskatchewan, Dr. Shepherd obtained his BSc. and MSc. degrees from the University of Saskatchewan and his Ph.D. from the University of Toronto. Named Professor Emeritus of Space Science at the apogee of his brilliant career, Dr. Shepherd now looks with pride at the accomplishments of the generation of students he has trained. About the CSA Established in 1989 with its headquarters situated in Saint-Hubert, Quebec, the Canadian Space Agency coordinates all aspects of the Canadian Space Program. Through its Space Knowledge, Applications and Industry Development business line, the CSA delivers services involving: Earth and the Environment; Space Science; Human Presence in Space; Satellite Communications; Space Technology; Space Qualification Services; Space Awareness and Education. The Canadian Space Agency is at the forefront of the development and application of space knowledge for the benefit of Canadians and humanity.