What’s the Latest at The Roberta Bondar Foundation?



A sample of media articles about The Roberta Bondar Foundation, its educational programs and activities along with some of Dr. Bondar’s public appearances that reference The Foundation.


The Dogood Press
Education / Technology
December 3 2021

A Supersonic Rocket named Bondar

Roger Fisher reports that University students belonging to the Cosmic Research association of the Terrassa School of Industrial, Aerospace and Audiovisual Engineering (ESEIAAT) of the Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC) celebrated the launch of “the most powerful suborbital supersonic rocket ever built in Catalonia.”

The rocket was christened ‘Bondar’ in honor of Dr. Roberta Bondar, the first female Canadian astronaut in space and who participated in the 1992 Discovery mission.

The avionics are modular and consist of the engine module, recovery module, and an avionics module.

Launched at the end of November, the Bondar is the most powerful suborbital supersonic rocket in Spain devised by university students.




Sharing Space with Dr. Roberta Bondar is available on Apple, Spotify, Google, Amazon Music, and Alexa.
Nov 16 2021
Brian Kelly, Sault Star online
Roberta Bondar’s move to interviewer’s role ‘intriguing’

Nov 16 2021
Kenneth Armstrong, SooToday .com
Dr. Roberta Bondar flips roles to become interviewer in new podcast series

Nov 12 2021
Brian Kelly, Sault Star online
Roberta Bondar launches her podcast


The Roberta Bondar Foundation
Toronto ON
November 2021


On November 1st, we launched the #BondarInspires campaign to ask Canadians to share their stories of Dr. Bondar – the first time they learned about her, saw her speak, read her work, met her, and how that has inspired their lives. So far, we’ve received over 100 stories across Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook, with thousands of likes, shares, and comments.

You can see them all by searching the hashtag #BondarInspires on any of those platforms, or look at some of our favourites and responses here!


You are welcome to add your own #BondarInspires story on any of these platforms.


The Roberta Bondar Foundation
Toronto ON
November 2021

30th Anniversary Event!

As she circled Earth aboard Space Shuttle Discovery, Dr. Roberta Bondar, the first female Canadian astronaut and the world’s first neurologist in space, saw our planet from a different perspective.

It was during that historic flight that she committed to combine medicine, scientific research and knowledge of the environment to build hope for the future of humanity.

That eight-day journey also inspired this foundation to do just that.

Join us to celebrate this special anniversary at a virtual evening with Roberta and a host of great Canadian entertainers, leaders and luminaries.
Nov 22 2021
Kenneth Armstrong, SooToday .com
How experiences growing up in the Sault led to Roberta Bondar’s mission in space

Nov 19 2021
88.7 myFM News staff, NapaneeToday .ca
Celebrations planned for 30th anniversary of Dr. Roberta Bondar going to space

Nov 17 2021
96.7 News staff, PTBOtoday .CA
Celebrations planned for 30th anniversary of Dr. Roberta Bondar going to space

Nov 5 2021
Brian Kelly, Sault Star online
Bondar’s space flight recognized


Riverview Park and Zoo / Otonobee Conservation Authority
The Peterborough Examiner
July 27 2021

Summer Camp Bondar Challenge at Riverview Park and Zoo

As camps slowly recover from last year’s closures, we are happy to see them return to programming that connects youth with nature and allows them to explore their surroundings.

The Riverview Park and Zoo delivers the Summer Camp Bondar Challenge to youths ages 9-15 in partnership with the Otonobee Conservation Authority as two-week programs. Participants learn a variety of basic to advanced photography techniques which they can apply as they explore the outdoors.
Caroline McConnell spotlights its Summer Photography Contest.

Last year, The Riverview Park and Zoo programs produced many award winning images from participants!


The Riverview Park and Zoo Information and Camp Registration.



Canadian Federation of University Women – Northumberland
30th Anniversary scholarship fundraiser
September 8 2021

30th Anniversary Scholarship Fundraising Event

Dr. Roberta Bondar is the scheduled guest speaker at CFUW-Northumberland’s upcoming 30th Anniversary scholarship fundraiser. Her subject? Counselling views that are Open to the Universe ~ Changing Perspective on a Moving Planet

A moderated Q&A is planned to follow this Zoom presentation.




Above & Beyond; Canada’s Arctic Journal
Inflight Magazine for Canadian North
June 25 [July-August] 2021

Species at Risk

A recent collaboration between The Roberta Bondar Foundation and Wood Buffalo National Park-Parks Canada appears in this summer’s edition of Above & Beyond; Canada’s Arctic Journal.

The article, Species at Risk, briefly reviews the current status of the last wild, migratory flock of Whooping Cranes, North America’s largest bird.

It introduces the newest tool to augment the extant programs that monitor the Whooping Crane. Project designer-photographer Dr. Roberta Bondar’s Space For Birds | AMASS research project links ground, aerial, and satellite photography perspectives to provide and document more detailed information on the risks, distances, and flightpaths the Whooping Crane takes in land, water, and air environments.

What can a collaboration of perspectives produce? Check out the AMASS Species Migratory Journeys individually featured on their individual species StoryMaps.

RELATED: NASA releases its new ISS research feature on our Space Station Images Trace Bird Migrations.



Anishinabek Nation
First virtual Migizii Doodem (‘Eagle Clan’) Forum
May 13, 2021

Looking Forward

Canadian astronaut and neurologist Dr. Roberta Bondar was honoured to provide the keynote presentation at the first virtual Eagle Clan Forum. Coming together to host this virtual event, the Anishinabek Nation Education Secretariat and Labour Market Development Department focussed this 3-day conference on emerging opportunities in education and employment.

Dr. Bondar, who thrives on Looking Forward shared her views that there are unlimited ideas yet to be tapped and discovered about the universe, about our planet, and about ourselves, emphasizing the future demands for innovation.

“We want to remind our people, our young people, that things may be strange and different now, but there is a future, and we want everyone to be invested in it, in learning, in knowing, in being connected to where we’ve come from and where we can go,” says Polly Bobiwash, Director of Labour Market Development Department. “It’s different, but it’s exciting.”



Houston TX
NASA Johnson
May 7, 2021

Space Station Images Trace Bird Migrations

NASA released its new ISS research feature on our Space For Birds | AMASS research project in time to share on World Migratory Bird Day 2021.

AMASS project designer-photographer Dr Roberta Bondar, ISS astronaut-photographer Dr. David Saint-Jacques, and CEO Payload operator Andrea Meado relate their unique project views and commentary.

The ISS images are part of the space station’s Crew Earth Observation [CEO] project that has supported AMASS since 2016, by photographing locations of bird migration across the globe, for example, along the migratory paths of Lesser Flamingo, Piping Plover, Red Knot, Whooping Crane, and other species.

What can a collaboration of perspectives produce? Check out the story map of the Red Knot.

The AMASS Species Migratory Journeys are individually featured on their individual species StoryMaps

The Roberta Bondar Foundation’s Space For Birds | AMASS research project will host future exhibits and educational events.


Toronto ON
The Roberta Bondar Foundation
Apr 28, 2021

This Is Our Shot, Canada!

Dr. Roberta Bondar joins with thousands of Canadians to share her COVID-19 vaccination message for This Is Our Shot CA campaign. Speaking as a photographer, a physician, a neurologist, and an astronaut, she encourages us to complete our own vaccination path not only for ourselves and loved ones but also for those whose lives have yet to begin.

Once she is fully vaccinated, Dr. Bondar looks forward to resuming her international Space For Birds | AMASS research project documenting the lives and perils of endangered and migratory birds as they travel the world.



Dallas Fort Worth Texas
Consulate General of Canada in Dallas, United States
Apr 12, 2021

International Day of Human Space Flight

Making her splash in the southern U.S.A., Betty Beaver fosters friendships as she uncovers neat nuggets of neighbourly similarities and differences between Canadians and southwestern Americans.

Today, Betty interviews Dr. Roberta Bondar, the world’s first Neurologist in space and Canada’s first female astronaut, to celebrate the United Nation’s International Day of Human Space Flight

Dr. Bondar talks about her most favorite memories growing up in Ontario and wanting to be an astronaut, the connection between space exploration and Nature conservation, her connections to the Southwest U.S., the the Whooping Cranes in Port Aransas, and how you can explore both Nature and space up close and comfortable while stuck at home!

Betty is destined to continue busy as a beaver for the Consulate General of Canada in Dallas Fort Worth.



Toronto Ontario
Mar 16, 2021

Launch Day! Engineering Our Future Campaign

Launched online today on and in the National Post, the Engineering Our Future campaign.

Dr. Bondar details the need for and value of Diversity in education, cultural life experience, team collaborations, and group fieldwork.

“The Engineering Our Future campaign aims to bridge the knowledge gaps around equity in engineers, types of engineering, and the importance of the industry to Canada as a whole.”


International Space Station
Mar 2, 2021

International Space Station Images Trace Bird Migrations

The latest report about our AMASS SpaceForBirds project is featured in today’s ISS Research News. Images are part of the space station’s Crew Earth Observation (CEO) project that has supported AMASS since 2016, by photographing locations of bird migration across the globe, for example, along the North American migratory path of the Whooping Crane.

The Space Station Research article outlines the international scope of AMASS, designed by Principal Investigator and Project Lead, Dr. Roberta Bondar, bringing its growth and achievement into current focus. Canadian astronaut Dr. David Saint-Jacques shares his point of view as a space station’s Crew Earth Observer who contributes to Bondar’s ground and aerial documentation.

Already the project’s bird migration images & species information are incorporated in the CSA’s Exploring Earth, an educational project using photos from space on an interactive map.

The Roberta Bondar Foundation’s AMASS project will host future exhibits and educational events. Its research group is creating online story maps to provide information about the biology and survival perils for each of seven species, along with images, video, and maps of land use changes.

What can a collaboration of perspectives produce? Check out the story map of the Lesser Flamingo.


Toronto Ontario
Harbourfront Centre
Jan 16, 2021

Northern Ontario Diaries

Ten Northern Ontario personalities serve up ten individual story slices from their lives in the auditory travel experience, Northern Ontario Diaries. Each person relates their own story in their own voice – told from different locations around Harbourfront Centre / Ontario Square – QR-code activated and/or speaker broadcast.

Dr Roberta Bondar tells her Moon Story as she joins fellow Northern Ontarians Patrick Hunter, Stephanie Piché, Barbara Nolan, Adrian Sutherland, Eva Bonjour-Liss & Luke Dinan, Annette Pateman, Jean E. Pendziwol, Waubgeshig Rice, and Wayne Taipale.

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Northern Ontario Diaries
January 16–February 7, 2021 / 10am–10pm



Toronto Ontario
The Roberta Bondar Foundation
Jan 15, 2021


Jan 2020
Canada’s 90 Greatest Explorers: Vital insights

Canadian Geographic, magazine of the The Royal Canadian Geographical Society selected Dr. Roberta Bondar for her continued natural world exploration & communication skills to represent all Canadian astronauts, as one of 90 men & women who have made “major contributions to our understanding of Canada’s history and geography.”

Dr. Bondar inspires “a new generation of explorers, who are able to communicate about our natural world through science and fine arts.”

FOR MOREApr 2020
Our New Online Bondar Challenge!

We launched our Online Bondar Challenge – to give youth, their families and the public a chance to explore some of the acclaimed learning resources and activities we created for schools and several types of outdoor camps.

Visitors all welcomed to use The Foundation’s resources & discover how science, art, math, and language weave into a single program.

FOR MORESep 2020
AMASS – SpaceForBirds Launches Its Website

The AMASS research project, also known as “Space for Birds”, now stretches its organizational wings to present enlarged, layered, and super detailed perspectives on the migratory pathways of several threatened and endangered avian species.

Bondar’s lifelong passion for flight and her view of Earth inspire her commitment to examine these migratory routes through the fusion of art and science.

 Dec 2020
EcoSchools Canada teams up with The Roberta Bondar Foundation

As the largest bilingual, environmental certification program for kindergarten to grade 12 schools in the country, EcoSchools Canada makes available the Bondar Challenge to schools across the country as a part of the EcoSchools certification program.

Launched on Dr. Bondar’s 75th birthday, this partnership celebrates her ongoing contribution to inquiry, creativity, and conservation of the natural world.



Toronto Ontario
The Roberta Bondar Foundation
Dec 7, 2020

50th Anniversary of the Status of Women Report

To mark the 50th Anniversary of the Status of Women Report, Dr. Roberta Bondar lends her voice to Canadian Partnership for Women and Children’s Health.

As the world’s first neurologist & the first Canadian woman in space, Dr. Bondar encourages us to continue the fight for gender equality so that gender and race do not dismiss opportunity.



Ottawa Ontario
Tourism Canada
Dec 4, 2020

This is Canada NICE | Explore Canada

The official Tourism Canada YouTube channel features a new short animation “Helmed by the creators of the Broadway musical Come From Away, Irene Sankoff and David Hein” featuring the voices of well-known Canadians.

Your Challenge, if you choose to accept it, is to locate Roberta’s character and to recognize her voice!

How many Canadian references do you “get”?
  Some helpful clues…



EcoSchools Canada teams up with The Roberta Bondar Foundation to expand The Bondar Challenge to all Canadian schools

December 4, 2020

Students across Canada can now participate in Dr. Roberta Bondar’s nature photography challenge in their journey to EcoSchools certification.

EcoSchools Canada is teaming up with The Roberta Bondar Foundation to give students across the country the opportunity to support their EcoSchools certification application by participating in the school-based Bondar Challenge. The nature photography challenge is inspired by the remarkable work of Dr. Roberta Bondar, the world’s first neurologist and first Canadian woman in space, distinguished astronaut, medical doctor, scientist, and photographer.

This partnership is being launched on Dr. Bondar’s 75th birthday, and celebrates her ongoing contribution to inquiry, creativity, and conservation of the natural world.

“We’re thrilled to collaborate with Dr. Bondar and her Foundation to make the Bondar Challenge available to schools across the country as a part of the EcoSchools certification program. Providing students and educators an opportunity to connect to nature, wildlife and our environment, is critical to developing a strong foundation for environmental learning, advocacy and action.”

– Lindsay Bunce, Executive Director, EcoSchools Canada

The Roberta Bondar Foundation has been inspiring and informing individuals and communities about the beautiful and complex web of life on our planet for 11 years, and the Bondar Challenge is a perfect example of its approach—one that combines both science and art to promote curiosity, creative expression, and respect for the natural environment.

As the largest bilingual, environmental certification program for kindergarten to grade 12 schools in the country, EcoSchools Canada hopes to invite more schools to join the Bondar Challenge by making the program available to schools across the country and allowing schools to claim points for the Challenge in their online EcoSchools certification application.

“This is a wonderful way to expand the reach of our program to be even more accessible, and we are pleased to join forces with EcoSchools Canada in our efforts to promote curiosity, creativity and conservation. Getting youth outside to explore the world around them through photography contributes to their overall wellness and mental health.”

– Dr. Roberta Bondar, President, The Roberta Bondar Foundation

If you are a student or teacher who would like to know more about how to participate in the Bondar Challenge with EcoSchools Canada, please visit the Bondar Challenge web page.

To learn more about The Roberta Bondar Foundation, you can visit


For more information about this initiative, please contact:
EcoSchools Canada
Galen Drinnan
Communications Manager

The Roberta Bondar Foundation
Joan Hamilton
Director, RBF Board of Directors


Toronto Ontario
The Roberta Bondar Foundation
Oct 28, 2020

BETTY IDA ROOTS         1927-2020

It is with deep sadness, we announce the death of our belovèd Professor Betty I. Roots. An accomplished scientist, photographer and intrepid traveller, Dr. Betty Roots lived and died fearlessly, surviving V2 rockets, desert adventures, titanium knees, and more.

Betty (NOT Elizabeth) practiced attention to detail in her well-received scientific, photographic and editing work. Her unpublished memoirs paint a personal and professional history ripe with humour, curiosity and, inevitably for a female scientist of her time, gender bias that diminished the options open to women at the end of WWII, and decades later.

From BSc (Special Honours) to PhD in Zoology (Comparative Physiology), University College, University of London, England she cut a trail through decades of academic appointments in departments of Physiology and Biophysics, Neurosciences, & Zoology from London, England to California to Illinois to Toronto, Ontario. She was as at home intriguing children with the wonders of Science as she was leading her colleagues as first female Chair of Zoology at the University of Toronto.

Her work and leadership were acknowledged in awards from the prestigious DSc degree from the University of London, England, for her achievements (research in comparative physiology and neurobiology) and numerous other honours, Fellowships, and medals.

Betty was an active Founding Director of this, her much beloved Roberta Bondar Foundation. Roberta, first PhD student, and her loyal friend for over 50 years was a source of inspiration, energy and pride. Full obituary notice.

With gratitude, we acknowledge the condolences, articles and notes from:
Neil Macpherson, Department of Cell & Systems Biology, University of Toronto
In Memoriam: Professor Betty Ida Roots

Dr Betty I Roots at her desk [UTM archive]
Dr Betty I Roots at her Electron Microscope [UTM archive]

American Society for Neurochemistry




Toronto Ontario
The Roberta Bondar Foundation
May 15, 2020

Our Latest Newsy Bits!

Check out our latest newsletter to see how we
• celebrate the return to Canada of many
Migratory Birds

• recap Dr. Bondar’s international research project, AMASS using Dr. Bondar’s images from surface and air plus imagery from ISS to highlight the importance of Protecting Space for Birds
• outline our exciting new Online Bondar Challenge program
• link you to new and free learning materials & activities.

Our grateful thanks to those who support our work – from dedicated teachers and camp staff to our wonderful donors. Your confidence in our mission drives and inspires us.



Toronto Ontario
The Roberta Bondar Foundation
May 12, 2020

Words of Support and Encouragement

In these difficult days of living within the current COVID-19 pandemic, we work as safely as we can to keep ourselves, our families, friends, and colleagues safe.

As our President provides care advice to us within this Foundation, she is also sought out by others to share her views and wisdom and to provide reassurance to others.

Some examples of these include:

Dr Bondar speaks to Army of Masks
Dr Bondar speaks to citizens of Sault Ste Marie
Former astronaut, Dr Roberta Bondar, shares a tip about self-isolation



Toronto Ontario
The Roberta Bondar Foundation
April 22, 2020

For #EarthDay50 – our new Online Bondar Challenge!

Today we’ve launched our Online Bondar Challenge – to give youth, their families and the public a chance to explore some of the acclaimed learning resources and activities we created for schools and several types of outdoor camps.

This selection is now available online FOR FREE.
Integrative and Engaging

All are welcome to use our resources. Being indoors and trying to cover lessons can be tough for both kids and parents/guardians.

C’mon! Connect with the world thru #NaturePhotography. Get outside — in a yard or on a walk (with physical distancing). Discover how science, art, math, and language are woven into a single program.

Only the Optional Competition has a fee.

#Education #Homeschool #ExperientialLearning #STEAMlearning #InquiryBasedLearning



Toronto Ontario
April 22, 2020

Pandemic? Another Earth Day

Today, Dr. Roberta Bondar made an appearance for Army of Masks, for a special message on this special 50th anniversary of Earth Day. From her own self-isolation, Dr. Bondar spoke quietly about the need for her fellow Canadians to stay home, keep calm, wear a mask in public, and maybe even make a mask or two…


Toronto Ontario
The Warren Weeks Show
February 9, 2020

Dr. Roberta Bondar: Astronaut, neurologist and friend to birds everywhere

Dr Roberta Bondar documenting migratory flock from helicopter with sound file base On this podcast, Warren Weeks interviews Dr. Roberta Bondar to discover what drives her and what she has learned from career challenges she faced as a woman, her advice for young people, and the important work she’s currently doing regarding the study of birds and much more.



Ottawa Ontario
Canadian Geographic .CA
January 20, 2020

Canada’s 90 Greatest Explorers: Vital insights

2020 is the 90th anniversary of The Royal Canadian Geographical Society. In selecting Dr. Roberta Bondar for her continued natural world exploration & communication skills to represent all Canadian astronauts, RCGS Explorer-in-Residence Jill Heinerth launched the first section in a series of men & women who have made “major contributions to our understanding of Canada’s history and geography.”

A Fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society, Dr. Bondar, FRCGS, “inspired a new generation of explorers, who are able to communicate about our natural world through science and fine arts.” Canada’s 90 Greatest Explorers: Vital insights
Selecting Canada’s 90 Greatest Explorers Explore ALL 90 of “Canada’s Greatest Explorers”



The Roberta Bondar Foundation
International Field Work
January 8, 2020

Our Avian Field Research Continues

In December, our Foundation’s International Field Work continued its current research project Protecting #SpaceForBirds.

Our field observers working in the barrier islands and protected areas on Florida state’s western coast found government maintained habitats busy with various migratory birds.

The estuaries and predominantly mangrove swamp system of the J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge Complex provide a vital mix of islets, tidal flats, marshes, even an upland hardwood forest. The mix of avian species of specific interest to the Foundation’s research project, designed by Dr. Roberta Bondar, are nearctic-neotropical migratory birds, along with the flyways they travel.

The team is presently processing images and observation data for its next AMASS report.



Gatineau Quebec
Canadian Museum of History
Royal Canadian Geographical Society
November 21, 2019

Royal Canadian Geographical Society Celebrates Its 90th Anniversary

Celebrating its 90th Anniversary, the Royal Canadian Geographical Society held its College of Fellows Annual Dinner in the Canadian Museum of History.
The day featured honours and medal presentations that recognized exploration in several forms and provided a chance for some of the Fellows to get together throughout!



International Space Station Research
November 14, 2019

Science Around the Planet Uses Images of Earth from the Space Station

Among the scientific research studies NASA referenced in this article is The Roberta Bondar Foundation’s current research project, Avian Migration Aerial Surface Space [AMASS].

AMASS field crews work part of their ecological study in collaboration with the Crew Earth Observations facility on NASA’S International Space Station [ISS]

From the ISS orbit view, crew observation images contribute a space-eye perspective to track bird migration routes, habitat conditions, and the effects of changes occurring along those routes. Example ISS images on our Foundation’s website include the following from our Biomes page:


[caption id="attachment_19209" align="alignleft" width="150"] Lesser Flamingo Feeding and Resting Habitat, Rift Valley Lakes – Kenya from NASA ISS

Aransas NWR, TX – USA from NASA ISS


London Ontario
Western University
Department of Clinical Neurological Sciences
Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry
October 18, 2019

Continuous Change ~ the Great Enabler

The Department of Clinical Neurological Sciences within Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, hosts a Scientific Symposium and dinner Gala to celebrate its 50-year Anniversary. Dr. Roberta Bondar will be presenting the Keynote Address at the Gala Dinner.

As the world’s first neurologist in space, Dr. Bondar is recognized for her contributions to space medicine. On the Space Shuttle Discovery, she conducted scientific experiments on human subjects in the First International Microgravity Laboratory. Then, for more than a decade, collaborating with NASA, she headed an international space medicine research team, to study astronauts recovering from the microgravity of space. This work has implications for neurological illnesses here on Earth, including stroke and Parkinson’s disease.

Our Brains, Our Future: 50 Years of CNS – Scientific Symposium and Gala and Photos


Peterborough, Ontario
October 10, 2019

STEAM – Infinite Possibilities

World’s first neurologist in space, Dr. Roberta Bondar, launched the #FemSteamPtbo initiative with her keynote about the infinite possibilities open to STEAM minds. FemSTEAM of Peterborough hosted girls from Grades 7 and 8 girls at Whetung Theatre, Fleming College.
Based on the concept and vision – “If You Can See Me You Can Be Me” – Peterborough’s women in STEAM have organized to inspire and assist improving the awareness and resources to young females in the Greater Peterborough region about education and career options in STEAM and Skill Trades.


Oct 11 2019
Jessica Nyznik, Examiner Staff Writer
Opportunities out of this world, former astronaut Roberta Bondar tells girls Great photos by Clifford Skarstedt, Examiner

Oct 11 2019
Noor Ibrahim, CHEX News Global Peterborough
Hundreds of girls encouraged to follow their “STEAM” dreams


Toronto Ontario
University of Toronto
Senior College
The Faculty Club
October 2, 2019

A Layered Perspective of Bird Migration

With different views of the planet beneath them, astronauts in space and migrating birds fly across geo-political boundaries that are for the most part, invisible. In an effort to reconnect people to the natural world and the challenges that migrating birds face, Dr. Roberta Bondar presented her current research project Protecting #SpaceForBirds delivering three visual perspectives to evoke curiosity and a commitment to conserve essential habitats needed to fulfill the life cycle of exemplary avian species.

Red Deer, Alberta
RedDeerAdvocate .com
September 13, 2019

Shifting Perspective ~ Bringing it down to Earth

World’s first neurologist in space, Dr. Roberta Bondar, will keynote a fundraising event for the Red Deer Hospital: a Red Deer Regional Health Foundation Lunch Box Experience.

As the Red Deer Regional Health Foundation and Dr Bondar worked on keynote ideas, an 11-year-old Red Deer student emailed the former astronaut with questions about being in space.

Red Deer Advocate writer, Sean McIntosh reports what happened next…


Sep 23 2019
Josh Hall, rdnewsNOW .com
11-year-old has a blast meeting Dr. Roberta Bondar

Sep 13 2019
Josh Hall, rdnewsNOW .com
Red Deer girl over the moon to meet astronaut hero


Maclean’s Space Issue
Aug 24, 2015

Roberta Bondar’s ‘naked’ truth

MacLean’s writer Genna Buck continues her Question and Astronaut series pursuing answers with Question and Astronaut: Roberta Bondar article. Finally, she exposes Dr Bondar’s ‘naked’ truth revealed to the Cosmos!


St John’s, Newfoundland
Memorial University
August 9, 2019

Memorial University Engineering 50th Anniversary

We need to be diligent and not deselect any population based on an engineering design. Diversity makes us strong and we must be inclusive if we are to solve the large and small challenges facing humanity.
Dr. Roberta Bondar

Dr. Roberta Bondar joined the 50th Anniversary celebration of Memorial University’s Faculty of Engineering & Applied Science as the Faculty’s guest speaker. At the Emera Innovation Exchange, Signal Hill Campus, Memorial University, Dr. Bondar inspired her audience with her keynote Illuminating the World, spark by spark.


Sault Ste Marie, Ontario
July 15, 2019

Memories of Apollo 11 Moon Landing

On Moon: Buzz Aldrin, Apollo 11 [NASA photo]As the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11’s moon landing approaches – July 20 – Dr. Roberta Bondar adds her Where-I-was moment to other Saultites’ memories. Reporter Darren Taylor captures that share of moon moment recall from 1969.


Toronto, Ontario
June 2, 2019

Dr. Bondar Shares Ergonomic Space Tales

At the opening of the ergoCentric flagship store in Toronto, Dr. Roberta Bondar related some of the ergonomic challenges she worked through during her training and space flight. Leading Edge exploration has leading edge risks!


Sault Ste Marie, Ontario
May 29, 2019

Canadian Bushplane Heritage Fête

Dr. Roberta Bondar, a dedicated supporter of the Canadian Bushplane Heritage Centre, helped celebrate its 30th anniversary. The Centre features the only exhibit of Dr. Bondar’s space flight artifacts.


Toronto, Ontario
Ontario Science Centre
May 16, 2019

Summer of Space

Helping celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Ontario Science Centre, Dr. Roberta Bondar joined the “Summer Of Space” launch, that features four months packed with space-themed exhibitions, IMAX® films, hands-on & immersive displays,space-themed exhibitions, IMAX® films and a planetarium show.

Ontario Science Centre: #SummerOfSpace panel
Ontario Science Centre: Standing by their #WomenInSpace Posters - Dr Shawna Pandya, Dr Roberta Bondar, Natalie Panek


May 20 2019
Heather Greenwood Davis Blogarama .com
Ontario Science Centre: Summer of Space


Ottawa, Ontario
Rideau Hall
May 8, 2019

Her Excellency the Right Honourable Julie Payette, Governor General of Canada, invested 3 Companions, 9 Officers and 27 Members into the Order of Canada during a ceremony at Rideau Hall. The ceremony was streamed online.



Roberta Lynn Bondar, C.C., O.Ont.
Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario

As a scientist and environmental advocate, Roberta Bondar continues to inspire Canadians. Following her pioneering spaceflight, she remained active in international space medicine, notably leading a research team at NASA that drew connections between astronauts’ recovery from microgravity and neurological illnesses on Earth. A world-acclaimed photographer, she has demonstrated commitment to environmental sustainability through her stunning works that reconnect people to our natural world. Leading by example with the establishment of her eponymous foundation, she is a champion of education and the environment.

This is a promotion within the Order.

Motto of the Order of Canada:
“They desire a better country”



May 9 2019
CBC News
Roberta Bondar named Companion to the Order of Canada

May 9 2019
CTV Northern Ontario
New honour for Dr. Roberta Bondar

May 9 2019
Craig Huckerby, SaultOnline .com
Bondar Achieves the Highest Level


Canadian Geographic
Royal Canadian Geographic Society
Apr 25, 2019

David McGuffin Talks With Dr. Roberta Bondar

RCGS Fellow and veteran broadcast journalist David McGuffin poses thoughtful and insightful questions to Dr. Roberta Bondar in this Canadian Geographic podcast.


Ottawa, Ontario
Ingenium Channel
Apr 17, 2019

Bondar Soaring Beyond

If you ever attended a school named after a person, you often wonder why that person. Like, so what?

Roberta Bondar Public School, Ottawa-CarletonWriter Nathaniel Neil Whelan attended Ottawa-Carleton’s Roberta Bondar Public School. Here are his thoughts on his public school days and behind-the-name meaning he continues to learn.


University of Saskatchewan
The Whelen Lecture
& Women in Science Speaker Series
Saskatoon, March 26, 2019

Sustaining the Future of Our Planet and Ourselves

Speaking as the world’s first neurologist in space and Canada’s first female astronaut, 2019 Whelen Lecture PosterDr Roberta Bondar presented her view on Sustaining the Future of Our Planet and Ourselves. Bondar included her personal take on where we are as inhabitants of our planet and some of the challenges we face in sustaining our future.
Before she delivered The Whelen Lecture, Dr Bondar participated in:

  • a Round Table that explored how individual disciplines can work more holistically and effectively across academic boundaries to address issues of the environment, health and food security and
  • a Fireside Chat with a Q & A session that discussed challenges and opportunities of career pathways that transcend boundaries like Dr Bondar’s.

The Whelen Lecture was video-conferenced to the Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy’s University of Regina campus.

The event was supported by Western Economic Diversification Canada and Innovation Saskatchewan.



March 27 2019
University of Saskatchewan News
Canada’s first female astronaut delivers lecture at USask

March 26 2019
Amanda Short, Postmedia News Service
Canada’s first female astronaut gives talk about work and experiences

March 26 2019
Ashleigh Mattern, CBC News
Canada’s first female astronaut in Saskatoon to share perspective gained in space: Roberta Bondar speaking at Women in Science Speaker Series on March 26


Ottawa, March 8, 2019
Life Reflected — National Arts Centre

Life Reflected posterOn International Women’s Day, the NAC Orchestra will present its signature creation, Life Reflected, a richly emotional and immersive orchestral experience to reflect musical portraits of four exceptional Canadian women: Roberta Bondar, Rita Joe, Alice Munro, and Amanda Todd.

Staged with eye-filling projections, composers Zosha Di Castri, Jocelyn Morlock, Nicole Lizée, and John Estacio teamed with photographers, singers, actors, stage, sound, & lighting designers create an audience immersion of integrated sounds, motion picture, and graphic design.

Life Reflected is what we at The Roberta Bondar Foundation call a Fusion Adventure — collaborations that merge the science in Arts + the art in Sciences. You can catch some of our Fusion Adventures here.



Windsor, Ontario
University of Windsor
February 28, 2019

Infinite Possibilities

As part of the University of Windsor’s Science Society Speaker Series, Dr. Roberta Bondar talks about the “Infinite Possibilities” she considers valuable for our future lives and career paths.

“Having Roberta Bondar at the University of Windsor is going to give students and community members alike the opportunity to learn from one of the most decorated Canadian female scientists of our time,” said Anshika Jain, VP External for the University of Windsor Science Society. “These kinds of events are crucial to inspiring the next generation of young scientists and we are very excited to be a part of that.” [via City Desk @TheWindsorStar 2019-0226]



March 1 2019
Sharon Hill, WindsorStar .com
Never stop learning, don’t eat yellow Jell-O in space — astronaut Roberta Bondar


Ottawa, Ontario / International Space Station [ISS]
January 22, 2019

Exploring Earth

In a live-streamed event, the astro launch team of David Saint-Jacques (on ISS), Roberta Bondar and Jenni Sidey-Gibbons (Ottawa) introduced Exploring Earth – an educational project using photos from space for an interactive map revealing images of geological and man-made features taken by Dr. Saint-Jacques from space. Dr. Bondar contributes blog entries on migratory bird habitats – wetlands, their biodiversity and avian species – along with her images and video clips from her surface and helicopter vantage points.

Additionally, part of this mission is to provide film and data for the Roberta Bondar Foundation’s current AMASS/Protecting Space For Birds research project.

New multi-media content is added weekly as map features are written by experts in several fields: water bodies, terrestrial biomes, the cryosphere, weather, the human footprint, and more!

Dr. Bondar wished Dr. Saint-Jacques well on his voyage and thanked him “on behalf of the Roberta Bondar Foundation for participating in our migratory bird project. Hopefully we’ll be able to show people the vast distances that birds also have to fly over the surface of our planet across borders that they can’t see (the way you can’t see them from space).”

Speaking from the ISS, Saint-Jacques thanked her for the opportunity to contribute [to the AMASS project], saying, “It’s a beautiful project and we share this planet with many other species and we have a responsibility to share it, to be decent roommates with the other species on our planet.”



February 11 2019
Elizabeth Howell, SpaceCom
European Space Agency Celebrates Women in Science with Astro Pi Challenge; Sidey-Gibbons said her main inspiration for becoming an astronaut was a female role model: former Canadian spaceflyer Roberta Bondar

January 26 2019
Elizabeth Howell, SpaceCom
Canada’s First Woman in Space Reflects on the Milestone Year That Is 2019

January 25 2019
Paul Nicholson, Special to Postmedia News
The World Outdoors: Roberta Bondar connects view from space to bird migration

January 24 2019
Tanya Kirnishni, Canadian Geographic online
Canadian astronaut David Saint-Jacques launches a new educational initiative — from space

January 22 2019
Leah Larocque, CTVNews (Ottawa)
Out of This World Conversation

Christopher Whan, GlobalNews (Ottawa)
Canadian Space Agency launches new interactive activity at Science and Tech Museum

PR Newswire Markets/Business Insider
David Saint-Jacques: Dare to explore… Earth! – New initiative teaches about Earth using pictures taken from space


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