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A true Renaissance woman, in her remarkable career Dr. Roberta Bondar has been an astronaut, physician, scientific researcher, photographer, author, environment interpreter and team leader. High-powered organizations including Yale University, the United Nations Environment Program, Pfizer and the FBI have all invited her to give her remarkable motivational speeches on achievement and peak performance.

As an astronaut, Dr. Bondar has orbited the Earth 129 times, covering 3360 million miles in doing so. As a physician and scientist she has received 24 honorary doctorates from Canadian and American universities. Her groundbreaking work in space medicine, based on her specialties of neurology and neuro-ophthalmology, has been widely acclaimed and published in peer-reviewed journals. Working at NASA for over a decade, she explored connections between neurological illnesses and the experience of astronauts recovering from a microgravity environment.

Dr. Bondar has an abiding passion for the natural environment, and has been invited to speak to many prestigious organizations on social responsibility and environmental issues. She was also the Chair of the Working Group on Environmental Education for the Province of Ontario. This group made 32 recommendations, all of which were accepted by the Minister of Education and used to bolster the state's environmental education program.

As a photographer, Dr. Bondar has explored some of the most extreme and remote parts of the planet, from the American Southwest to the high Arctic and the Sahara desert. In addition to her medical qualifications, she was an Honors student in Professional Nature Photography at the Brooke's Institute of Photography in Santa Barbara. Her works are much sought after and can be found in many private, corporate and institutional collections.

Full Profile

Creative Thinker—Renaissance Woman
A cross-discipline thought leader with groundbreaking insights on the environment, innovation, discovery and leadership, Dr. Roberta Bondar is one of North America’s most sought-after and respected presenters.

Meeting and conference planners from organizations as diverse as Yale University, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), Gartner, Investors Group, Capgemini, Pfizer, Oracle, and the FBI have come to depend on her as a valued partner in planning and delivering customized presentations that consistently move audiences to their next level.

Dr. Bondar draws on her remarkable depth of expertise as an astronaut, physician, scientific researcher, photographer, author, environment interpreter and team leader to stimulate, motivate, educate and inspire.

By customizing each speech and keynote, Dr. Bondar brings added value with her maturity, wisdom gained from “in the trenches” life experiences, broad educational background and depth of personality. This unique combination will ensure that any event will be extraordinary.

Astronaut
14th flight of space shuttle Discovery, International crew, Experiments on the International Microgravity Labratory IML-1

STS-42 Space Shuttle Discovery
January 22-30, 1992

    • Launch (Universal Time): January 22, 1992, 14h 52m 33s, Cape Canaveral, Launch Complex 39-A
    • Payload mass: 28,602 lbs (13 001 kg)
    • Duration of flight: 8d 01h 15m 43s
    • Distance: 3,360 million miles (5,407 million km)
    • Revolutions around Earth: 129
    • Landing date (wheel stop, Universal Time): January 30, 1992, 16h 08m 16s
    • Landing: Runway 22, Edwards Air Force Base, California

Physician and Scientist

Holder of the NASA Space Medal and inducted into the International Women’s Forum Hall of Fame and Canadian Medical Hall of Fame for her groundbreaking research in space medicine, Roberta Bondar has also received 24 honorary doctorates from Canadian and American universities. She holds medical licenses in New Mexico, Ontario and is a Canadian Board Certified Neurologist with a subspecialty in Neuro-ophthalmology.

The world’s first neurologist in space, Dr. Bondar is globally recognized for her contributions to space medicine. On the space shuttle Discovery mission STS 42 in 1992, Dr. Bondar conducted scientific experiments in the First International Microgravity Laboratory. This research has been published in peer-reviewed medical research journals.

For more than a decade at NASA, Dr. Bondar headed an international space medicine research team, continuing to find new connections between astronauts recovering from the microgravity of space and neurological illnesses here on Earth such as stroke and Parkinson’s disease. Dr. Bondar’s techniques have been used in clinical studies at BI Deaconess Medical Center, a teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School and at the University of New Mexico.

Throughout her career, Dr. Bondar has maintained a deep interest in our own natural environment, here on Earth, and has spoken to diverse scientific, corporate and environmental organizations about social responsibility and our environment.

Dr. Bondar was Chair of the Working Group on Environmental Education for the Province of Ontario. All 32 recommendations of the working group were accepted by the Minster of Education and implemented to strengthen environmental education for elementary and secondary school students.

Photographer and Author

The View From There
Roberta Bondar’s photographic explorations have taken her to some of the most extreme climatic and geological locations on Earth. She has captured the beauty, solitude and dramatic landscape of the American Southwest, the High Arctic and the Sahara Desert with its ancient Roman ruins.

Roberta Bondar’s photographic proficiency adds a multi-dimension to her expression of experiences. As an Honors student in Professional Nature Photography at the Brook’s Institute of Photography, Santa Barbara, California, she was deeply influenced by the poetic tableaus of renowned American photographer Ansel Adams.

Having seen Earth from the unique perspective of space, her Earth centered pictorial images celebrate the beauty of our natural environment at an intimate level.

Her photographic works may be found in private, corporate and institutional collections.


Roberta Bondar Speaker Videos Back to top

Roberta Bondar: TedX Waterloo


Dr. Roberta Bondar explores the concepts of change for a TEDx audience. She explains, “It's easy to talk about people having to change, and we usually get it by different mechanisms. Quite often we are pushed into change, or pulled, and this is something that makes us take stuttering steps."

Drawing on her own personal experience, she says, “As a physician I've quite often seen people who are drawn into sudden change in their medical status, or in their loved one's medical status, and that has pushed them into someplace they never thought they would be."

Explaining how change can become a positive force, she says, “The best way, I think, is to actually choose to do it. By choosing to change, and choosing to accept challenges, and actually trying to find them, we can actually find out who we really are."

Commencement Address


Roberta Bondar: Introduction



Speeches / Speaking Engagements Back to top


Dr. Roberta Bondar's presentations draw on her experience as an environmentalist and Canada's first female astronaut. She shares the lessons she has learned regarding goal setting, teamwork and personal discovery and brings them alive with fascinating stories of her journey into space.

Using her expertise as a photographer, Dr. Bondar offers fascinating presentations illustrated by photographs from her journey into space and around the globe, asking us to contemplate the nature of the planet and our responsibilities to it.

Dr. Bondar also talks on the need to embrace change, how to think critically, how to plan to achieve our visions and the future of education.

Lessons in Life and Personal Motivation from Roberta Bondar
Drawing on her pioneering role as Canada's first female astronaut, and on some fascinating anecdotes, she explores issues of goal setting, teamwork, and personal discovery.

The Challenge of Change
Each of us is on a journey that is uncharted. We need skill sets and opportunity so we’re not constrained just by the known. We need to embrace change and the unknown.

Touching the Earth... a lifelong relationship
Touching the Earth is an amazing visual and spoken testament to the beauty and variety of our planet. Dr. Bondar contrasts her two views of “home”, with photographs from space and her early photography from its surface, accompanied by the words of her journey and reflections on our environment.

Other Topics Include:

    • Dream Building, Vision Planning
    • Energy for Critical Thinkers
    • Journey Through Space
    • Understanding the Present—Launching the Future (For Educators)


Roberta Bondar Speaker Testimonials Back to top

"First of all, I want to take this opportunity to thank you for all your assistance with Dr.Roberta Bondar's visit. We all enjoyed her presentation. The students were very impressed and they were very happy with all the books she brought for them. Dr. Roberta Bondar had the opportunity to meet with former high school classmates who are from this community and who attended schools in her home town of Sault Ste. Marie. It was indeed a happy moment for them, they never would have dreamed of seeing Dr. Roberta Bondar in their community. As you can see, it was an exciting day for everyone!"
    Cree School (booking organized by Speaking.com)

"A wonderful speaker... exuding intelligence, great warmth and compassion.."
    Yale University

"... inspirational, humourous and enlightening."
    Federal Bureau of Investigation

"... an enthusiastic delivery and fascinating speech... certainly the highlight of our two-day conference."
    MAUREEN KEMPSTON DARKES, GROUP VP, GENERAL MOTORS, PRESIDENT GM LATIN AMERICA, AFRICA and MIDDLE EAST

"... a standing ovation... and in return a standing ovation for us for including her as part of our agenda.... A great finishing touch to the day!"
    GEORGE MITROVSKI, BANK OF MONTREAL

"... Absolutely fantastic... captured the audience with your first words and kept us mesmerized until the end."
    GARY L. MILES, CEO, RADIO, ROGERS MEDIA




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"First of all, I want to take this opportunity to thank you for all your assistance with Dr.Roberta Bondar's visit. We all enjoyed her presentation. The students were very impressed and they were very happy with all the books she brought for them. Dr. Roberta Bondar had the opportunity to meet with former high school classmates who are from this community and who attended schools in her home town of Sault Ste. Marie. It was indeed a happy moment for them, they never would have dreamed of seeing Dr. Roberta Bondar in their community. As you can see, it was an exciting day for everyone!"
    Cree School (booking organized by Speaking.com)

"A wonderful speaker... exuding intelligence, great warmth and compassion.."
    Yale University

"... inspirational, humourous and enlightening."
    Federal Bureau of Investigation

"... an enthusiastic delivery and fascinating speech... certainly the highlight of our two-day conference."
    MAUREEN KEMPSTON DARKES, GROUP VP, GENERAL MOTORS, PRESIDENT GM LATIN AMERICA, AFRICA and MIDDLE EAST

"... a standing ovation... and in return a standing ovation for us for including her as part of our agenda.... A great finishing touch to the day!"
    GEORGE MITROVSKI, BANK OF MONTREAL

"... Absolutely fantastic... captured the audience with your first words and kept us mesmerized until the end."
    GARY L. MILES, CEO, RADIO, ROGERS MEDIA


Lessons in Life and Personal Motivation from Roberta Bondar
Drawing on her pioneering role as Canada's first female astronaut, and on some fascinating anecdotes, she explores issues of goal setting, teamwork, and personal discovery.

The Challenge of Change
Each of us is on a journey that is uncharted. We need skill sets and opportunity so we’re not constrained just by the known. We need to embrace change and the unknown.

Touching the Earth... a lifelong relationship
Touching the Earth is an amazing visual and spoken testament to the beauty and variety of our planet. Dr. Bondar contrasts her two views of “home”, with photographs from space and her early photography from its surface, accompanied by the words of her journey and reflections on our environment.

Other Topics Include:

    • Dream Building, Vision Planning
    • Energy for Critical Thinkers
    • Journey Through Space
    • Understanding the Present—Launching the Future (For Educators)


Roberta Bondar: TedX Waterloo


Dr. Roberta Bondar explores the concepts of change for a TEDx audience. She explains, “It's easy to talk about people having to change, and we usually get it by different mechanisms. Quite often we are pushed into change, or pulled, and this is something that makes us take stuttering steps."

Drawing on her own personal experience, she says, “As a physician I've quite often seen people who are drawn into sudden change in their medical status, or in their loved one's medical status, and that has pushed them into someplace they never thought they would be."

Explaining how change can become a positive force, she says, “The best way, I think, is to actually choose to do it. By choosing to change, and choosing to accept challenges, and actually trying to find them, we can actually find out who we really are."

Commencement Address


Roberta Bondar: Introduction