The IAU OAE National Astronomy Education Coordinator team for Canada

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Julie Bolduc-Duval
Julie Bolduc-Duval
Team Chair and Contact Person, NAEC team - Canada
Discover the Universe

Julie Bolduc-Duval is the director of the Canadian astronomy training program Discover the Universe (also offered in French: À la découverte de l’Univers). Through online workshops and webinars, she helps thousands of educators across Canada and beyond.

Appointed as NAEC until: Aug. 1, 2024

Pierre Chastenay
Prof Pierre Chastenay
Team Member, NAEC team - Canada
Université du Québec à Montréal

Pierre Chastenay holds a master’s degree in astrophysics from Université Laval in Québec City and a doctorate in science education from Université de Montréal. He is now a professor of science education at Université du Québec à Montréal, where his main research interests are science and astronomy education, and elementary teacher training. Previously, he was Director of Education at the Planétarium de Montréal for 25 years. He was the host of the science popularization programs “Les électrons libres” and “Le code Chastenay”, both of which have been broadcast between 2008 and 2017. He won the Prix Raymond-Charrette in 2014, presented by the Conseil supérieur de la langue française, for the quality of his media productions. In 2017, he was awarded the Qilak Award from the Canadian Astronomical Society and the Sanford-Fleming Medal from the Royal Canadian Institute for Science, recognizing his long and distinguished record of outstanding contributions to communicating astronomy and science to Canadians. Pierre Chastenay is also the author of three books on astronomy for young people, which have sold more than 22,000 copies in Québec and other French-speaking countries.

Appointed as NAEC until: Aug. 1, 2024

Richard Hechter
Dr Richard Hechter
Team Member, NAEC team - Canada
University of Manitoba

I am an Associate Professor of Science Education in the Faculty of Education, Department of Curriculum, Teaching, and Learning, and cross appointed in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.

Appointed as NAEC until: Aug. 1, 2024

Marie-Eve Naud
Dr Marie-Eve Naud
Team Member, NAEC team - Canada
Institute for research on exoplanets, Université de Montréal

Marie-Eve is fascinated with the universe. She likes in particular exoplanets and the possibility of the life elsewhere in the universe. During her PhD (Université de Montréal, 2016), she worked on detecting and characterizing planetary-mass companions

Appointed as NAEC until: Aug. 1, 2024

John Percy
Prof John Percy
Team Member, NAEC team - Canada
Department of Astronomy & Astrophysics, University of Toronto

John R. Percy (BSc Math and Physics 1962, MA Astronomy 1963, PhD Astronomy 1968, all University of Toronto) is a very active Professor Emeritus, Astronomy and Astrophysics, and Science Education, at the University of Toronto.

Appointed as NAEC until: Aug. 1, 2024

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To get in touch with the NAEC team for Canada please contact:
Julie Bolduc-Duval via julie​atdiscovertheuniverse.ca

Astronomy Education in Canada

For more information on Astronomy Education in Canada, see the Astronomy Education in Canada document (PDF file 210.85 kB Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International (CC BY-NC 4.0) icons) prepared by our NAEC team