I’ve always enjoyed working with my hands. Major renovations and fixing cars are two of my favourite hobbies. I am also a certified sommelier and I am currently trying to learn to play guitar.
My career path was a series of experiments. I decided to study at the Royal Military College because it offered at least two hours of sports every day and the possibility of becoming an engineer. There, I was introduced to fields such as military operations, human resources, and IT. I then left the Forces and gained experiences in store merchandizing, franchise management, marketing, strategic planning, logistics, and financial investments.
I had an eclectic career start, and my curiosity and desire for knowledge led me to not be afraid of taking risks. Later on in my career, I became a change management leader. The desire to transform and modernize organizations has persuaded me to continue on this path.
My first piece of advice: Enjoy what you do and have fun!
Secondly: Collaboration is the mark of a good leader and will take you to where you want to go.
I was born/grew up in: I was born in Quebec City. As my father was in the military, we moved a lot when I was young, so I grew up in Quebec City, Barrie, ON, Edmonton, AB, St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, QC and Lahr in Germany.
I now live in: Chelsea, Quebec, Canada
I completed my training/education at: Bachelor’s degree in computer science from the Collège militaire royal de Saint-Jean, and a master’s degree in computer engineering from the Royal Military College in Kingston.
Meeting with young Canadians and seeing how space makes their eyes light up is what I enjoy the most about my job. Inspiring the next generation of scientists and engineers is one of the Agency’s objectives. Our astronauts and employees meet with children from across the country to share their passion and spark their curiosity.
Sending astronauts to space, building an instrument to scan an asteroid, discovering and exploring new planets, developing new technologies that will find their way back to Earth and better the lives of Canadians: These are some of the themes of my daily meetings.
I feel very lucky to be able to work in the space “business.” It is an environment like no other. Collaboration is a key feature. Locally this occurs between CSA colleagues, Canadian universities and tech companies. International we work with partners like NASA, ESA or JAXA. All space missions are the result of amazing brains coming together from all walks of STEM around the globe.
At the office, I work with teams of experts from many fields. I use my background in engineering to study, understand and discuss all aspects of a project and then set the direction to make sure the best decisions are made.
- Business & Economics
- Computer Science
- Foreign languages
- Physical Education/Health
- Always wanted to be outside
- Liked helping people
- Organized activities for my friends
- Played on a sports team
- Enjoyed working with my hands
- Engaged in volunteer activities
- Learned best “by doing”
- Liked to take things apart to see how they worked
- Liked to design or build things
- Engaged in activities like fishing, berry picking and hunting