11/19/2014 01:55 EST | Updated 01/19/2015 05:59 EST

Hadfield, Natynczyk among those named to Ottawa's new space advisory board

OTTAWA - Former astronaut Chris Hadfield is among those named by Industry Minister James Moore to a new board that will advise the government on space projects.

Moore says the space advisory board will help produce the country's future space policies.

The board also includes retired general Walt Natynczyk, deputy minister of Veterans Affairs and former president of the Canadian Space Agency.

Other members include Mamdouh Shoukri, the president of York University, and a number of high-tech corporate leaders.

Moore promised to appoint the board last February, saying it would allow stakeholders to have a say in setting priorities.

He says the government is committed to supporting the aerospace industry.

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