Posted on August 22, 2014

William MacDonald (Mac) Evans, BSc’64 (Elec) was presented with an honorary Doctor of Laws degree at this year’s convocation on June 5th.

During his long, illustrious career, Dr. Evans was President of the Canadian Space Agency and a key architect of the Canadian Space Program.

While he was a student in Electrical Engineering at Queen’s, “Mac Evans” was Class President for three years, President of the Engineering Society, and a recipient of the Tricolour Award. His wife Barbara graduated from Queen’s (BA, English) in 1964, and their two daughters are also Queen’s graduates.

After graduating from Electrical Engineering, Evans went onto obtain a MSc from the University of Birmingham, England, and then spent thirty years with the Canadian Space Program. His accomplishments with the Space Program included the development of space plans that resulted in more than $3 billion of funding; negotiation of Canada’s participation in the International Space Station; the selection of nine Canadian astronauts; and the proposal for the creation of the Canadian Space Agency (CSA).

In 1994, Evans was appointed president of the Canadian Space Agency, a position he held for seven years. During his tenure, Canada launched more payloads and had more astronaut flights than at any other time in its history.

Dr. Evans retired from the CSA in 2001, and has worked as a consultant and Vice-Chair of the Defence Science Advisory Board that provides scientific advice to the Department of National Defence.


Lindy Mechefske, Communications Officer
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
June 2014