Jenni Sidey and Joshua Kutryk – Canada’s newest astronauts – arrived at the headquarters of the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) where they were welcomed by the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development.
The two new astronauts will be leaving for NASA’s Johnson Space Center soon for their two years of training. The two new astronauts and the Minister took part in a discussion which had children in audience. The two newest astronauts also took questions from Canadians across the country during a Facebook Live event.
Sidey and Kutryk will be part of the next generation of space explorers that pushes the limits of science and technology while advancing public understanding of our universe. In the process, they will inspire young Canadians to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
Born in Calgary, Alberta, Dr. Jenni Sidey studied at McGill University in Montreal, Quebec, and at the University of Cambridge, United Kingdom, where she was an engineer and lecturer until being recruited as an astronaut.
Lieutenant-Colonel (LCol) Joshua Kutryk hails from Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta. He studied at the Royal Military College of Canada in Kingston, Ontario, as well as in Florida and Alabama. Prior to joining the Canadian Space Program, LCol Kutryk worked as an experimental test pilot and a fighter pilot in Cold Lake, Alberta, and as a CF-18 fighter pilot in Bagotville, Quebec.
Canada’s space program is part of the Government of Canada’s investments in science and technology under the Innovation and Skills Plan, a multi-year strategy to create well-paying jobs for the middle class and those working hard to join it.