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Astronaut candidate's profile

The candidates participating in the astronaut selection process all have unique journeys and outstanding qualities and skills. You can read their remarkable profiles here.

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Journeay, William Shane

William Shane Journeay

Where were you born?
Liverpool, Nova Scotia, Canada

Where do you currently live?
Toronto, Ontario, Canada


  • Bachelor's, human kinetics – University of Ottawa
  • Master's, human thermoregulation and cardiovascular physiology – University of Ottawa
  • Master's, occupational & environmental medicine – Harvard University
  • Doctorate, medicine – Dalhousie University
  • Ph.D., toxicology/nanotechnology – University of Saskatchewan
  • Diploma, space studies – International Space University

Photo of the astronaut candidate during the aptitude tests. (Credit: Canadian Space Agency)

What is your current job?

Consultant Physician, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation - I work in an interdisciplinary rehabilitation team to help patients with injuries to the brain, spinal cord and musculoskeletal and cardiovascular systems. I also have a keen interest in the health and human performance of workers in a variety of industries and also practise sports medicine. I also continue to be involved in nanotechnology in matters of research, consulting and education.

Why do you want to become an astronaut?

I believe working as an astronaut would best combine my interests and aptitudes in science, medicine and human performance. The day-to-day work of an astronaut would allow me to continue to learn new skills and contribute to human performance and the human experience in space exploration. I am also enthusiastic about the intellectual and physical demands of performing the duties of an astronaut. The opportunity to represent Canada in space and communicate the experience to others would also be rewarding.

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