Bio: Chris Rutkowski is a Canadian science writer and educator with degrees in astronomy and education. Since the mid-1970s, he’s also been studying reports of UFOs and writing about his investigations and research. He has eight published books on UFOs and related issues, including Unnatural History (1993), Abductions and Aliens (1999), A World of UFOs (2008), I Saw It Too! (2009) and The Big Book of UFOs (2010). He has appeared on numerous radio programs, podcasts and documentary TV series, including Unsolved Mysteries, UFO Hunters, Sightings, Eye2thesky, The Paracast, Discovery’s Close Encountersand A&E’s The Unexplained. He is past president of both the Winnipeg Science Fiction Society and the Winnipeg Centre of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada.
Website: Ufology Research
Lecture: UFO, eh?: Canada and UFOs
Canada has been at the forefront in ufology since the 1950s, when Canadian engineer Wilbert B. Smith learned that the existence of flying saucers “is the most highly classified subject in the United States Government, rating higher even than the H-bomb.” Since then, researchers have documented more than 25,000 Canadian UFO reports, and many scientific studies have been published on the phenomenon in the country. From UFO investigations to abduction research, Canadian ufologists are asking, “What’s really going on?” These Canadian studies should be the model for research projects elsewhere, perhaps leading to a better understanding of the nature of the UFO phenomenon. Important UFO cases that haven’t been publicly presented before this UFO Congress will be discussed.