Fred Christie brings over 50 years experience as an aerospace engineer to his activities as a volunteer at the Canadian War Museum. He graduated from Dalhousie, Nova Scotia Technical College, Imperial College [London] and Laval University, the latter while finishing his D.Sc.
Fred started his defence science career at the Canadian Armament Research and Development Establishment in 1964, designing Black Brant sounding rockets for atmospheric research before concentrating on the CRV-7, an air-to-ground, 2.75” rocket. After a brief stint in explosives R&D at DRES he moved to Defense Research Establishment Suffield in 1978 to direct R&D in a wide variety of military engineering projects; during his management there CRAD initiated the Targets and UAV programs. In 1988 he joined the NRC Space Station Project as Director of Technology Development.
In 1990 Fred moved to Bristol Aerospace in Winnipeg as vice-President in charge of proprietary products, and in 1997 moved to Ottawa as vice-President of Magellan Aerospace, from whom he retired in 1998.
He then established Saamis Technology Development Services, which provided support to technology development programs, most notably to CRESTech, Progrid Ventures, Magellan Aerospace, Neptec Technologies, Cesaroni Technologies and MTT [Aliant] among others. Fred also supported the 4th year aero-mechanical satellite design projects at Carleton University for several years, providing advice on appropriate launch vehicles.
He also served on the Defence Science Advisory Board for several years, participating in a number of studies that helped shape future DND policy and finally served for three years as Facilitator [2006-9]. After three more years of consulting - primarily focused on support for CRESTech’s technology development programs - Fred wound up his consulting company in 2012.
Fred has been a strong supporter of the Canadian Aeronautics and Space Institute [CASI] throughout his career - as a member in Quebec City, Winnipeg, Montreal and Ottawa; he served on the Board of Directors and as President in 1996-7. He received the C. D. Howe Award for aerospace industry leadership from CASI in 1998. He is a member of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, for whom he has served on a number of technical committees. He is also a member of the Association of Professional Engineers, Geologists and Geophysicists of Alberta.