Belleville, Ontario, Feb. 24, 2023 – Loyalist College is proud to invite the Bay of Quinte community to a musical evening with Chris Hadfield on Mar. 23. Performing songs and sharing incredible stories from his remarkable career, Hadfield’s lifetime of experience and passion for technology, space, leadership and collaboration will inspire audiences of all ages. This event is the second installment in Loyalist College’s Speaker Series, an ongoing initiative bringing changemakers and leaders to the region.
Referred to as “the most famous astronaut since Neil Armstrong,” Colonel Chris Hadfield served as NASA’s Director of Operations and the first Canadian commander of the International Space Station. Among his many accomplishments, Hadfield has flown three space missions, built two space stations, performed two spacewalks and crewed the Shuttle and Soyuz.
Alongside his career as a highly decorated astronaut, engineer and pilot, Hadfield’s musical broadcasts from outer space – including a viral rendition of David Bowie’s Space Oddity – helped spread the wonder and excitement of modern space exploration with people around the world. Here on earth, Hadfield continues to creatively share his passion for science through music, books, speeches, TV shows and more.
“Chris Hadfield’s vision, drive and dedication have allowed him to lead an extraordinary life with global impact,” said Mark Kirkpatrick, Acting President of Loyalist College. “We are honoured to welcome this inspiring leader to our College this spring to share his gift for music and storytelling with students, staff and the greater Bay of Quinte community.”
Tickets are available for $10. Guests are invited to submit a question on the event registration page for the Q-and-A period. Visit loyalistcollege.com/speakerseries to learn more. All proceeds from this event will be donated to The Loyalist College Foundation to support awards, bursaries, and student scholarships.
About Loyalist College
Loyalist College is located on the territory of the Huron-Wendat, the Anishnaabeg, and the Haudenosaunee people. We acknowledge our shared obligation to respect, honour, and sustain these lands and the natural resources contained within. Ranked one of Canada’s top 50 research colleges, Loyalist College empowers students, faculty, staff, and partners through experiential, industry cluster-based education, training and applied research programs. As Ontario’s Destination College, the College provides job-ready graduates for, and knowledge transfer to, industry and the community. Located on more than 200 acres in the beautiful Bay of Quinte region, the College is perfectly positioned between Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal. Loyalist College offers more than 70 full-time diploma, certificate and apprenticeship programs in biosciences, building sciences, business, community service, health and wellness, media studies, public safety, and skilled trades. Continuing education options are available through LoyalistFocus.com, including hundreds of online, distance and in-class courses, and through the College’s 100+ university transfer agreements. Loyalist College is a key driver of social and economic health in eastern Ontario. It contributes 3.8 percent of the Gross Regional Product, representing $398.9 million annually to the regional economy – based on a November 2022 report by Emsi. For more information on Loyalist College’s Belleville, Bancroft and Toronto campuses and Port Hope satellite location, visit loyalistcollege.com.
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