SpaceRef Management

Marc Boucher, Senior Editor and CEO


Boucher is an entrepreneur, technologist, programmer, writer and publisher and has been online and developing content since 1991.

His first online service was SportsWorld BBS (1992), a bulletin board system. SportsWorld became aTerra Technologies Corporation in 1993 and then he changed the company name in 2011 to SpaceRef Canada Interactive Inc.

In 1996 under the aTerra brand he launched Maple Square which was the first Canadian Internet Directory and search engine. The search results were licensed to first AOL Canada and then Sympatico. He then spun off Maple Square in 1999 as a separate company which was sold in 2004.

The technology he used to create Maple Square became the basis for the new company he started in 2007, Hyperix Search Inc. The software has since been completely rebuilt from the ground up and is used daily to mine the Internet.

He has a diversified skill set that includes software programming and a deep understanding of Internet technology fields as well being media, new media, social media savvy having worked on the publishing content area as well for over 20 years.

He also contributed in building several not-for-profit organizations including the Mars Society (1998 director), Mars Society Canada (2000 co-founder), Mars Institute (2002 co-founder) and the Canadian Space Commerce Association (2007 co-founder) for which he serves as interim President and a director. At this time he is only working with the Canadian Space Commerce Association.

Boucher is a professional Member of the Association of Computing Machinery (ACM), the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), and a member of International Astronautical Federation (IAF) Entrepreneurship and Investment Committee.

As well Boucher was asked, and accepted, to be an advisor the Centre for Planetary Science and Exploration Advisory Council at Western University in London, Ontario.