Dr. John MacDonald
Dr. MacDonald has had a distinguished career in the technology community in Canada. He was a co-founder of MacDonald Dettwiler and Assoc., serving as President and CEO for 13 years and Chairman for a subsequent 16 years. He is now Chairman and CEO of Day4 Energy Inc., a solar energy company of which he is also a co-founder. Day4 Energy is dedicated to exploiting a new photovoltaic technology to make solar energy generation cost competitive with fossil fuel. Dr. MacDonald's technical interests lie in the areas of remote sensing, spatial infonnation processing/extraction and photovoltaic generation systems. He led the design team for the first LANDSAT ground processing system produced by MacDonald Dettwiler and was involved in the early development of synthetic aperture radar processing at that company. During his many years of leadership at MacDonald Dettwiler, the company became a world leader in the processing of spatial infonnation from spaceborne and airborne platfonns.

He has served on the Boards of numerous technology companies and continues to do so. He is an advisor to Canadian, US and other governments internationally on science, technology, trade policy and industrial policy, currently serving on the Canadian Department of National Defence Science Advisory Board and the Canadian Space Agency Advisory Council. He served as one of three Canadian members of the APEC Business Advisory Council from 1998 to 2003 and was the Canadian member of the APEC Eminent Persons Group from 1993 to 1995. Dr. MacDonald was a professor at UBC and MIT for 12 years prior to founding MacDonald Dettwiler. He has been awarded seven Honorary Degrees, and is an Officer of the Order of Canada. In 1999 he was named one of "50 most influential British Columbia business leaders of the 20th Century" and "Technology Entrepreneur of the Year" in 1995. He is a registered Professional Engineer, a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (I.E.E.E.), a Founding Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering and a Fellow of the Canadian Aeronautics and Space Institute. In 1984 he was awarded the I.E.E.E. Centennial Medal and in 1989 was awarded the Gold Medal of the Canadian Remote Sensing Society. Dr. MacDonald has a Ph.D. from MIT, a Masters of Science from MIT and a B.A.Sc. with honours from UBC all in Electrical Engineering.
Dr. Zitan Chen
Dr. Zitan Chen's distinguished career in the research and deployment of geographic information systems spans more than 25 years in the USA and throughout China and the surrounding region. He serves as the International Regional Manager of Environmental Systems Research Institute (ESRI), a position he has held for 15 years. He manages working teams of distributor companies and their sub-offices of each country/region for ESRI to cover China and the surrounding region, including Taiwan and Hong Kong, Macao, and Mongolia. He coordinates all ESRI activities relating to products, technology, training, education, application and project implementations in this large fast-growing region in the world.

Dr. Chen was the co-designer and co-implementer of ESRI's TIN team, a 3-Dimension surface modeling extension for ESRI's GIS package (ArcInfo) with over a million installations worldwide. He is responsible for organizing the GIS data set production and publishing program. He also leads ESRI team formed to collaborate with the China National Bureau of Surveying and Mapping, which has published the Digital Map Database of China (ArcChina 1:1 million).

Currently, Dr. Chen is the Academician of International Eurasian Academy of Sciences, and an advisor of Tsinghua University, Architecture College (GIS Laboratory), China. Dr. Zitan Chen holds a Ph.D. and a Masters degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB), both in Geography. He graduated from Beijing University, China, in Physics.

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