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The Mars Society of Canada

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The Mars Society
of Canada

Research ⬡
Education ⬡
Advocacy ⬡

Canadian astronaut on Mars – ‘DIOR’.
Children and Mars
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Our Vision and Mission

We, The Mars Society of Canada (MSC), are committed to developing a multi-planetary future for humanity through the exploration and inhabitation of Mars. Establishing a permanent human presence on Mars is not only a logical objective, it is pivotal in the future of human life and is arguably one of the most important things that our species will ever do. It will bring profound benefit to humanity, to our home world, and to the biosphere that raised us. This will ultimately inspire and guide human societies into a new era of sustainability, environmental responsibility and peaceful coexistence. As a volunteer and membership-based organization, the MSC will help build the foundations for humanity’s leap into space and support settlement activities on Mars once it arrives. To support Canada’s participation in the future establishment of communities on Mars, we are committed to the development of educational programs, research & innovation projects and analog studies for the benefit of Canada and everyone who shares our vision. We are dedicated to the values of diversity, inclusion and sustainability and will continue to conduct outreach programs in Canada through the development of local chapters, the staging of conferences and workshops and by forging active relationships with interdisciplinary organizations in academia, industry and the government. In cooperation with our local chapters and chapters of the Mars Society throughout the world, we will develop and sustain a knowledge-exchange network that is capable of engaging our general membership, the public and space professionals with the evolving challenges of building sustainable communities on Mars with the lessons learned in the terrestrial ecosphere.

Our Focus

We are committed to public and professional engagement through education, advocacy, research and the development of local networks.

Knowledge Exchange

Learn about Mars, teach others and exchange insights to inspire and engage the public.


Why Mars science & exploration important and who you can contact to enable action!


Follow Mars Analog developments and investigate other fascinating projects.

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Mars Habitat Design

Presentation by MSC CCO at the 2021 Mars Society Convention

Our Team

We are a dedicated group of volunteers with a passion for Mars exploration and development.

Glenn Scott
Glenn is an experienced polar scientist and bioresource innovator who is presently developing agro-ecological technologies for deployment in harsh, remote environments.
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Jin Sing Sia
Mars Engineering Developer, Content Creator

As a Master's research student at Western University's Institute for Earth and Space Exploration, Jin serves as Chief Diversity Officer and Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors.

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Susan Holden Martin

Susan Holden Martin, MBA, J.D., has 15 years of experience as a college educator and she serves as a director of The Mars Society of Canada and on the Steering Committee of The Mars Society (U.S.)

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Rym Chaid

Rym is a mechanical engineering student at Concordia University, President of Space Health Concordia and Co-founder of the Montreal Chapter of The Mars Society of Canada.

Amanda Spilkin

Amanda is a PhD student in mechanical engineering at Concordia University.  She founded Space Health Concordia and co-founded the Montreal Chapter of The Mars Society of Canada.


Aastha Kacha

Aastha is contributing towards Artificial intelligent Algorithmic Design, Digital Fabrication and building Technology solutions to inhabit Mars.

Shaun Dowell

As a former Canadian Forces member and avid learner, Shaun has developed skills in electrical systems, small engine repair, wind & solar power generation, animal medicine, welding & metallurgy and computer sciences including the development of VR and AR training.

Haydn Hanna

Haydn is a trained primary school teacher who has recently undertaken study in elearning development. He loves that the world is excited about space again and believes that children deserve to be taken along for the journey! He's currently working on the Mars Explorer Program, an open-source, Mars themed curriculum for primary aged children.

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Jessica Parker
Social Media Content Creator

Jessica is passionate about Mars and the importance of becoming multi-planetary. With a background in IT, she keeps the community up to date with exciting news and informative content about Mars! 

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Zoe Victoria Lord
Strategic Liason

Zoe is a Master's research student at Queen's University studying VR and AR devices for chemistry education. She has a strong passion for space exploration and is an advocate for the next generation of humans to inhabit Mars.

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Vanessa Pereira
MEP Committee, General Volunteer

Vanessa is an active member of Space Concordia’s Space Health Division and the Mars Society of Canada’s Mars Explorer Program



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The human factor.

The process of learning to live on Mars will drive an unprecedented age of technological advancement in arenas like energy generation and conservation, efficient water use, smarter farming techniques, material engineering, and much more.

It is not the abandonment of our home planet, it’s a new chapter in the growth in our species that will include new technologies and processes we can use here on Earth.

Evan Plant-Weir

Evan Plant-Weir

Steering Committee, The Mars Society of Canada

Why Mars?

Click the icons below to learn why Mars is a crucial part of our future:

Scientific Discovery and Technological Innovation

Economic Growth and Return on Investment

The “Fix our planet first” Fallacy

The Protection of Life from Earth

Social and Cultural Growth

The Habitability of Mars

Mars Vs. The Moon

Human vs. Robotic Exploration

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Articles and content produced by members of The Mars Society of Canada.
SPEX2022 astronaut mars
Space Exploration Conference, 2022

On November 19-20th, the Space Exploration Conference (SPEX2022) brought together passionate student…

Mars Diversity
Why Mars Needs Diversity

In Ann Friedman’s 2014 profile of American astronaut Sally Ride, she notes that in 1990, NASA manage…

The Scale of Mars Infographic

Though the red planet is much smaller than Earth, it makes up for it with some truly colossal geolog…

Diaries from Analog Mars: Part 3 and Beyond

In September of 2021, MSC Mars Engineering Developer Jin Sing Sia went on the journey of a lifetime.…

Diaries from Analog Mars, Part 2: Arrival

Welcome to the second edition of a special MarsLog series! Diaries from Analog Mars is a sequen…

Diaries from Analog Mars: Preparing for Launch

Welcome to a new and exciting Marslog! Diaries from Analog Mars will be presented as a sequence of p…

Building Athens Part 1: Challenges to Building a Martian Education System

Welcome to Part 1 of Building Athens, the first in a series of articles on the development of the ve…

Tim Haltigin CSA
Mars Sample Return & Coffee Shop Craters: A Conversation With CSA Scientist Tim Haltigin

Tim Haltigin is a Senior Mission Scientist at the Canadian Space Agency. On July 29th, 2021, I had t…

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