Dr. Roberta Bondar, one of the first neurologists in space, is recognized around the world for her contributions to space medicine research, environment education, and fine art photography. She conducted experiments for 18 countries aboard the Space Shuttle Discovery mission STS-42 in 1992 using the first International Microgravity Laboratory. The lab was a precursor to the International Space Station.
She has delivered customized presentations for many organizations including Pfizer, Yale University, Oracle, and the FBI. Dr. Bondar draws on her expertise as a physician, scientific researcher, astronaut, author, executive coach, team leader and photographer to inspire and motivate audiences.
Dr. Bondar has distinctions that include Companion of the Order of Canada, the Order of Ontario, the NASA Space Medal, induction into the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame and the International Women’s Forum’s Hall of Fame, 28 honorary doctorates from Canadian and American Universities, Chancellor of Trent University 2003-2009, six Canadian schools in her name, a Specially Elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, an Honorary Fellow and Honorary Vice-president of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society, and her own star on Canada’s Walk of Fame.
- Disorientation and Adaptive Decisions
- The Environment
- Vision and Leadership
- Innovation & Chaos
- Medicine;Pandemic, Space Medicine and Related Earth Diseases
- Space Exploration
- Ethics and Reality
- Flexible Thinking
Past Customized Presentation Topics
- First Time Right: Adaptive challenges and the gap between routine and critical.
- The Ethics of Trail Blazing – Space Exploration; New trails need new thinking.
- Innovation and Technology; From bench to bedside, creativity and application rule.
- Suspended in Air: What life without gravity teaches us about the gravity of life.
- The Planet in Balance and in Context; Natural planetary forces of evolution and the human species.
- Leading Without A Map; Adaptive Decisions When Chaos Reigns; Acquire new focal points that lead in any dynamic environment.
- Never a Distance too Great – Bridges for Life; Develop dynamic connections to link to the future.
- Take Only Pictures – Leave Only Footprints; Balance the reality and ethics of being human in any environment.
“A wonderful speaker…exuding intelligence, great warth and compassion…”
“…inspirational, humurous and enlightening.”
Federal Bureau of Investigation
“absoultely fantastic…captured the audience with her first words and kept us mesmerized until the end.”
Roberta Bondar has authored numerous books, articles and essays touching on a wide variety of scientific and popular subjects. The following is a small sampling of her better-known published works.
- Canada – Landscape of Dreams
- Passionate Vision: Discovering Canada’s National Parks
- The Arid Edge of Earth
- Touching the Earth
Canada – Landscape of Dreams
An elegant love letter to Canada, combining the images of Roberta Bondar and text by some of the country’s most distinguished artists, writers, entertainers, thinkers and personalities.
Passionate Vision: Discovering Canada’s National Parks
Foreword by the Rt. Hon. Pierre Elliott Trudeau. More than 100 photographs, including six stunning images from space, both of familiar places and little-known wilderness, are interwoven with words about the land by explorers, poets, ecologists and naturalists such as Rachel Carson, Ansel Adams and Wade Davis.
The Arid Edge of Earth
In conjunction with major international exhibitions, Roberta’s latest photographic essay uncovers the Arctic North, the shadows of the Grand Canyon, the burning sands of the Sahara, and many more extreme environments accompanied by her commentary on capturing the Earth.
Touching the Earth
Touching the Earth is an amazing visual and written testament to the beauty and variety of our planet. Dr. Bondar contrasts her two views of “home”, with photographs from space and her early photography from its surface, accompanied by text of her journey and reflections on our environment.