For over 30 years, high school students from all around the world have been competing for a chance to participate in the International Space Settlement Design Competition at NASA. At the Society of Women Engineers Conference in 2018, regional coordinator Sahba El-Shawa met ISSDC founder Anita Gale who told her about the competition, and she decided to bring it to Canada. In 2019, the first Canadian semi-regional final was held at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. The event was a huge success, even garnering support from the Governor General, Her Excellency Julie Payette. Two teams of 20 students competed to create an orbital habitat for collecting space debris, and the winning team will be representing Canada at the KSC Global Finals.