Charles Vidal

National Research Council

Charles Vidal emerged as a leader in the unmanned systems field in 2004 when he founded the highly successful UAS student competition team VAMUdeS, at Université de Sherbrooke. During his studies, he led the group, developed UAVs and won competitions worldwide.

Today, Charles continues to play a significant leadership role in the unmanned systems sector. Prior to joining NRC, he was director R&D and BD at KoptR and previously, he was Director, Solutions at ING Robotic Aviation where he lead a multi-disciplinary team creating the next generation of Canadian unmanned systems. He was highly regarded as the ScanEagle site lead and UAS Operator/Maintainer in Afghanistan.

Charles also worked for Pratt & Whitney, Bell Helicopter, and CAE. As a volunteer, he has spent countless hours over the past 8 years as the chair of the Unmanned Systems Canada Student UAS Competition, maturing it into a highly-competitive, highly valued annual event. Charles brings a unique and valuable perspective to the USC board.  Few have the breadth of knowledge and experience gained from high intensity military operations to the latest operations in the civil sector including detailed dealings with Transport Canada and DND and performing UAS R&D.

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