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.
In 2006, he was the inaugural recipient of McMaster’s Les W. Shemilt Distinguished Engineering Alumni award. In addition to being a member of the Advisory Board to the Dean of Engineering at McMaster since 2002 (currently serving as Chair), he is involved in a number of charitable and volunteer organizations. He is an Executive Committee member of the Board of Directors of the Aerospace Industries Association of Canada and currently chairs its Space and Governance Committees. In 2017, he was appointed to the Government of Canada’s Space Advisory Board. In June 2018, he was elected as a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering. He has served as a Director on the Board of Waterloo North Hydro Inc. since 2016 and was appointed as Chair in June 2018.