6 Winter / Hiver 2017 Bruce Van-Lane, P.Eng. A few words from the Editor in Chief / Quelques mots du rédacteur en chef wo of our stories this issue take us time traveling. Dario Schor’s extended “Lift-Off!” column straps us in for a tour of the history and evolution of the 1967 Outer SpaceTreaty. It wasn’t just the standard g-forces space scientists and engineers from that era contended with 50 years ago. The geo-political ten- sions of the cold war were a catalyst for space exploration, so it’s not surprising they are reflected in this seminal document that sought to preserve space as demilitarized, and keep it accessible to all of humankind. “Letters from Canada” sweeps us back roughly 25 years. But at first glance, you might not know it.Although the industry players are different in some instances, the basic observation made by the German writers is that despite numerous successes across a variety of industries and its research achievements, Canada’s image was then one tied in large measure to its traditional resource extraction economy. The relatively low contribution to R&D by Canadian industry is highlighted, acknowledging the struggle to grow a base of Canadian-owned companies large enough to have the resources to invest this way. What’s your perspective on this? Could Profs. Heywang and Heimann have written virtually the same piece today? Our thanks to Daryoush Shiri for the translation. Our third major article is present-day focused, but takes us back to the roots of success in university-level science and technology: proficiency in math. 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