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A newspaper clipping: Brown, Dave. (2012, September 12). Telesat's success due to its Golden start. The Ottawa Citizen, p. B1, cont. B2.
David A. Golden (b.1920 in Winnipeg, Manitoba) lived much of his life in Ottawa and died in Victoria, British Columbia, on July 20 2012, at the age of 92. He was a lawyer and the first president of Telesat - a company which has been a leader in satellite communications since the birth of the industry.
In 1972, the first Canadian satellite, Anik A1, was launched and became the first commercially operated domestic satellite in geostationary orbit. David Golden was the first person to make a telephone call from Ottawa to the far North - an area of the nation previously not serviceable by the microwave towers used by telephone companies up to that time.
In 1980, Golden became chairman of the board of Telesat.
At the beginning of World War II, Golden was planning to move to England as a Rhodes Scholar, but he instead joined the Canadian Army and spent much of the war as a prisoner of the Japanese. Postwar, he returned to Ottawa, joined the public service, and three years later was named the deputy minister of Defense Production. He left this post shortly after the controversial cancellation of the Avro Arrow project.
He became chair of the Parliamentary Centre for Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, and served as chairman of the board for Carleton University and in 1969 began his career in satellite development.
Golden was made an Officer of the Order of Canada, and received honorary doctorates from Carleton University and the University of Manitoba. He was the guest of honor at the Canadian Aviation and Space Museum in Ottawa in 2010, and received the John H. Chapman Award from the Canadian Space Program for his contributions to that field.