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Kenneth Molson Lecture Series

The Canada Aviation and Space Museum is thrilled to unveil its fifth-annual Kenneth Molson lecture, “Raising the Arrow – Reclaiming a Canadian Icon.”

Our guest speakers from the OEX Recovery Group will provide a detailed account of the search-and-recovery efforts for free-flight Avro Arrow models, which have rested on the bottom of Lake Ontario for more than 60 years.

The historic search for the Arrow began in July 2017, and the Canada Aviation and Space Museum has had the distinct honour of being part of the team from its inception. To date, OEX has discovered two models and numerous booster rockets which were also part of the Avro Arrow program.  One of the two models and one booster rocket will be part of a new exhibition at the museum.

In addition to the OEX Recovery Group team, author David Waechter will share his father’s experience as an aeronautical engineer on the Avro Arrow.

The evening’s agenda includes discussion about the plans leading up to the search efforts, the search itself, and 2018 plans for the recovery and restoration of the models.

Our distinguished speakers include:

John Burzynski
President and CEO, Osisko Mining Inc. and Expedition Leader, OEX Recovery Group

David Shea
Vice-President of Engineering, Kraken Sonar Systems

Nancy E. Binnie
Senior Conservation Scientist (Chemist) / Heritage Interiors Conservation Services

Dr. David Waechter
Author and Retired Engineer

The evening will be presided by Erin Gregory, Assistant Curator, Canada Aviation and Space Museum.

This event will be held in English, but simultaneous translation will be available in French during the presentations.

This event will be livestreamed, please visit www.facebook.com/AvSpaceMuseum

Speaker biographies

John F. Burzynski


President and CEO, Osisko Mining Inc. and Expedition Leader, OEX Recovery Group

Raise the Arrow Expedition Leader John Burzynski holds a BSc (Hons) in geology from Mount Allison University, and a MSc in exploration and mineral economics (MINEX) from Queen's University. He is a registered professional geologist in the province of Québec, and has over 30 years of experience on national and international mining and development projects.  As well as serving as President and Chief Executive officer of Osisko Mining Inc., John was one of the three original founders of the Osisko group of companies in 2003, with positions including Vice President, Business Development for Osisko Mining Corporation and Senior Vice President, New Business Development of Osisko Gold Royalties. Among many awards won by the group, Mr. Burzynski was a co-winner together with Sean Roosen and Robert Wares of the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canadas "Prospector of the Year Award" for 2007, and was named – together with Roosen and Wares – as the Northern Miner's "Mining Men of the Year" for 2009. John currently serves as a Director with Osisko Mining Inc., Osisko Gold Royalties Ltd., Osisko Metals Inc., Barkerville Gold Mines Ltd., 4and Strongbow Exploration Ltd.

David Shea


Vice President of Engineering, Kraken Robotic Systems Inc.

David has over 10 years of experience designing, building, and operating next-generation, unmanned underwater vehicles and sonar systems. He has been involved in a number of high-profile underwater search operations, including the Franklin Expedition in 2014 (resulting in the discovery of HMS Erebus) and the Raise the Arrow Expedition in 2017 (resulting in discovery of two of the nine Avro Arrow models). David holds a BEng in Electrical Engineering from the University of Victoria, with a specialization in Mechatronics.

Nancy Binnie


Senior Conservation Scientist (Chemist) / Heritage Interiors Conservation Services

Nancy E. Binnie graduated from Carleton University with a B.Sc. (Hons) and a M.Sc. in Chemistry, and has been employed as a Conservation Scientist at the Canadian Conservation Institute (CCI) since 1986. Her current work includes an investigation of the paint and finish chronologies for 31 rooms in the East Block of Parliament, Ottawa, and a determination of the cause for failure of a decorative painted ceiling in the auditorium of the National Research Council of Canada building (situated at 100 Sussex Drive, Ottawa). Nancy also studies the impact of zebra and quagga mussels, and biofouling on the materials found in submerged historic resources.

Dr. David Waechter


Author and Retired Engineer

David Waechter recently retired as a professional engineer. He received his Bachelor of Applied Science and Master of Applied Science from the University of Toronto in 1979 and 1982, and a PhD from Carleton University in 1987 (all in Electrical Engineering). He subsequently worked in research and development at several high-technology companies. Early in his career, he worked at Litton Systems Canada Limited on thin-film transistor technology for avionic displays and medical imaging. Later, while manager of research and development at Sensor Technology Limited, he worked on piezoelectric ceramics for aerospace and other applications. For the last several years, he has focused on researching, writing, and promoting a book about his late father’s work as an aeronautical engineer: Flight Test: The Avro Arrow and a Career in Aeronautical Engineering (2015).

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