By Brian Roulston

The Birchall Leadership Award is presented to an individual who reflects excellent leadership qualities in which was demonstrated by Air Commodore Leonard Birchall during his military career. Chris Hadfield former Astronaut and International Space Station Commander will not only be the keynote speaker he will also receive an award in that honor on Saturday evening October 28th, 2017.

Recently retired CBC news anchor Peter Mansbridge will emcee this event at the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum. Ticket and sponsorship information and pricing can be viewed at www.birchallhamilton2017.com                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Chris Hadfield who is affectionately known as Commander Hadfield(@Cmdr_Hadfield) on Twitter is followed by over 2.2 million people worldwide. He is first a husband to his high school sweetheart Helene Walter of K-W and the proud father of 3 young adults Kyle, Evan and Kristin. Chris a deeply rooted Canadian is an ambassador of science, anything space related and music. He is living proof that if you can dream it… you can do it.

Chris Hadfield was one of over 600 million of us who on July 20th,1969 watched the live grainy black and white television images of Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin landing the Apollo 11 lunar module on the moon then take man’s first steps. This was an inspiration to young Chris. It was also at a time when it seemed only a dream in which an American child could achieve as most space missions were of either American or Soviet origins.

For awhile (10 years) Chris Hadfield taught both regular and race skiing at Glen Eden Ski Resorts in Milton.

Chris joined the Canadian Armed Forces in 1978 and eventually underwent basic flight training in Portage La Prairie, Manitoba, he was top pilot in 1982. He was also top graduate from basic jet training in Moose Jaw Saskatchewan then went into fighter pilot training in Cold Lake, Alberta and for the next three years flew CF-18’s and flew the first intercept of a Soviet ‘Bear’ aircraft.

Chris also became a test pilot and has flown and tested over 70 different types of aircrafts including F/A-18 and A-7 aircraft

Chris Hadfield was among 5330 applicants that got whittled down to the first 6 astronauts selected by the newly formed Canadian Space Agency.

It was while on his third space mission that he became the first Canadian to command the International Space Station and became a household name in Canada. During his free time aboard the ISS he took some of the most inspirational pictures ever taken of our blue planet. He also became the first copywrite analyst after his rendition of David Bowie’s song Space Oddity in space; nobody knew which countries’ laws should be applied in space. This piece has been viewed over 35 million times on YouTube.

After 35 years Chris Hadfield announced his retirement from the Canadian Space Agency effective July 2013.

Chris Hadfield is currently hosting a BBC-2 reality series which is only aired in the U.K, ‘Do You Have What It Takes?’. It put candidates through demanding space tests to see if they have what it takes to be an astronaut.