‘What they’re doing is super complex’
Space Concordia’s motto — ad astra per doctrinam, or “to the stars through teaching” — captures that spirit of science-infused passion for space that has inspired generations of astronauts, engineers, stargazers and pop-culture space icons from Carl Sagan to Neil deGrasse Tyson. The difference between your average Star Trek cosplayer and the group’s 200 members being, of course, that they’re actual rocket scientists. The group’s flagship rocket is called StarSailor.
From the start, the Space Concordia rocket project captured Ouellet's imagination — he doesn’t say yes to every student organization that comes calling. “Wow!” he recalls thinking. “That’s cool! It’s right in my world, I think I can make a little bit of a difference for these students. I think it will build their confidence. What they’re doing is super complex.”
Ouellet started working for Swagelok Québec in 1994. He was just out of university and there was a recession on. He worked as a technical representative, moving up the ranks and then, in 2000, stepped away to work as regional sales director for what was then Gaz Métro, until 2008, when he returned to Swagelok as vice-president of sales and marketing before becoming director-general and then president.
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