Tahir Merali is Chief Operating Officer of 4pi Lab Inc., a Calgary-based space company providing unique early wildfire detection and monitoring capabilities using low-cost satellites for smart, real-time, global coverage. 4pi Lab is regionally recognized as a 2020 Top 15 Startup. He is also CEO of Escape Velocity Services Inc. supporting growth of small and medium enterprises and is Founder of the Zenith Canada Foundation, a national aerospace career development and mentorship program for post-secondary and early career professionals. Mr. Merali is also a member of the International Astronautical Federation‘s Workforce Development-Young Professionals Programme Committee (WD/YPP). In 2018, he was awarded globally as a Top 35 Under 35 of the space industry. He holds a B.A.Sc in Mechanical Engineering (University of Toronto) & M.Sc in Space Management (International Space University).