Jean de Lafontaine is president of NGC Aerospace Ltd and professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the Université de Sherbrooke, Canada. The company he founded, NGC, develops innovative software products for the guidance, navigation and control of autonomous space and planetary vehicles. Its most recent realisations include the on-board attitude and orbit control software of the PROBA-1 and PROBA-2 spacecraft as well as autonomous hazard-avoidance landing technologies for planetary exploration. 

Dr. de Lafontaine graduated with a PhD degree in aerospace engineering at the University of Toronto Institute for Aerospace Studies.