Astronaut Dr Dave Williams
While doing a job for Ontario Bioscience last week at the Pillar and Post Inn & Spa , I got to meet Astronaut Dr. Dave Williams, a super nice guy. I also got a signed copy of his best selling book, Defying Limits. .
A true Canadian hero, astronaut Dr. Dave Williams is down-to-earth with a compelling and unique approach to peak performance, environmental stewardship, leadership, our futures and risk management. A former healthcare CEO, he’s received praise for his leadership in developing a culture where innovation, implementation of best practices, fiscal responsibility and patient-centered care is engrained in the fabric of the organizations he’s worked with.
With a passion for healthcare and risk management, prior to entering the Canadian Space Agency’s program, Dr. Dave Williams worked as an emergency room doctor and later as director of emergency services at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre in Toronto. Formerly the director for the McMaster Centre for Medical Robotics, where he led a team dedicated to developing innovative technologies to assist the development of local and remote patient care. In July 2011 Williams became President and Chief Executive Officer of Southlake Regional Health Centre. In June 2012 Williams was inducted into the Canadian Aviation Hall of Fame.
Dave Williams joined an exclusive club when he blasted into space aboard the Space Shuttle Columbia, and again on Shuttle Endeavor where he walked out into the great beyond. Having also lived and worked in the world’s only underwater ocean laboratory, he became Canada’s first dual astronaut and aquanaut.
Williams is one of the NASA space program’s most accomplished astronauts, setting records in spacewalking. The veteran of two space shuttle missions has logged more than 687 hours in space, including three spacewalks, the highest number of spacewalks ever performed in a single mission. His work with NASA also continued on the ground when the space agency appointed him as director of the Space and Life Sciences Directorate, making Williams the first non-American to hold a senior management position.
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