Michael Pley retired as CEO of COM DEV International in 2016 after a 30-year career, and is currently supporting technology SMEs and space companies through his management consulting company. COM DEV was one of the leading suppliers to satellite manufacturers and space agencies around the world, having supplied equipment to over 80% of all communication satellites ever launched and many international science and military missions.
Michael graduated Summa Cum Laude from McMaster University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering and Management in 1983 and received an honorary Doctor of Science Degree from McMaster in 2017. He graduated from the Directors College (a joint venture between McMaster University and the Conference Board of Canada) in 2011, receiving his Chartered Directors (C.Dir.) designation from McMaster. He also received his Professional Engineer (P.Eng.) designation in the Province of Ontario in 1987. He was elected a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering in 2018.
He is a current member of the Board of Directors of the Aerospace Industries Association of Canada and previously chaired its Space and Governance Committees. In 2017, he was appointed to the Government of Canada’s Space Advisory Board.