Mr. Merali is a member of the Canadian Space Agency‘s Space Sciences and Technology directorate, based with the agency-wide Enterprise Project Management Office (EPMO).
He has worked in Aerospace, Energy & Automotive industries, most recently as Chief Commercial Officer of the Canadian Space Commerce Association (CSCA) and as Owner and Principal of OrbitOne Consulting. Tahir held previous roles in Project Management in the Oil & Gas business accountable for delivery of USD $75,000,000 worth of equipment and developing innovative strategies and initiatives for Fortune 500 executives supporting that company’s transformation. He formerly worked at the European Space Agency’s (ESA) European Astronaut Center in Koln, Germany training as an astronaut instructor on International Space Station (ISS) systems and operations. He has visited facilities in Canada, Europe, Russia & the United States and has presented in 8+ nations with support of the Canadian Space Agency and Airbus Defence & Space. He offers a unique perspective on the intercultural space community having spent 10 minutes in “weightlessness” aboard a parabolic flight, and developed 2 microgravity experiments that flew in orbit aboard the ISS in 2009 and 2012-2014. Recent engagement audiences include industry, academic and government attendees, in addition to scientific research publications and various conference proceedings globally. Mr. Merali is a graduate of the International Space University (M.Sc Space Management) and the University of Toronto (B.A.Sc Mechanical Engineering). He holds a PMI designation as a Project Management Professional (PMP) and is a PADI licensed Advanced Open Water Scuba Diver. Tahir was ranked highly-qualified (Top-20) in a 2010 call for Commercial-Scientist Astronauts with Astronauts4Hire (A4H).
Innovative approaches | International perspectives | Customer-oriented system-minded technical design & business aptitude | Entrepreneurial spirit | Professional experience in energy, space/aerospace and automotive industries | Goal focused | Strong work ethic | International work experience including B2B, scientific research, and community ventures | Presented work in 8+ countries to variety of audiences