Mr. Merali is a Project Manager and Engineer. While with the Canadian Space Agency, he was based with their Enterprise Project Management Office (EPMO). He has also contributed to systems engineering and project management deliverables for Canada’s contributions to the international lunar Gateway program, including Canadarm3. In 2018, he was recognized globally as a Top 35 Under 35 of the space industry, selected by a panel of industry movers & shakers (including former astronauts from USA, Canada and Korea) for his achievement, dedication, outreach and contribution to the space business.
He has worked in Aerospace, Energy & Automotive industries, 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 Million worth of equipment and developing innovative strategies and initiatives for Fortune 500 executives supporting company transformations. He formerly worked at the European Space Agency’s (ESA) European Astronaut Center in Koln, Germany training crews 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 is a registered Professional Engineer (P. Eng.) with the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGA), holds a PMI designation as a Project Management Professional (PMP), and is a PADI licensed Advanced Open Water Scuba Diver. Tahir was ranked qualified (Top-163) in a 2016 Canadian Astronaut Recruitment Campaign.
Innovative approaches | International perspectives | Customer-oriented system-minded technical design & business aptitude | Entrepreneurial spirit | Professional experience in energy, space/aerospace and automotive industries | Top35Under35 | International work experience including B2B, scientific research, and community ventures | Presented work in 8+ countries to variety of audiences