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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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Vallières, Geneviève

Geneviève Vallières

Where were you born?
Quebec City, Quebec, Canada

Where do you currently live?
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada


  • Bachelor's, mechanical engineering – McGill University
  • Master's, aeronautical engineering – Royal Military College of Canada

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

What is your current job?

Aerospace engineering officer, Canadian Armed Forces - I am currently a project manager in flight simulation at National Defence Headquarters.

Why do you want to become an astronaut?

Becoming an astronaut and going to space was one of my childhood dreams. This dream was rekindled when I went to a lecture given by Colonel Chris Hadfield while doing my master's degree at the Royal Military College of Canada. I thought, "I can do this!" So, with the support of my husband and children, I applied to the most recent astronaut recruitment campaign.

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