Amundsen Science is the not-for-profit corporation responsible for the management of the scientific mandate of the research icebreaker CCGS Amundsen. Primarily funded by the Canada Foundation for Innovation through Université Laval, Amundsen Science maintains the ship’s pool of scientific equipment, coordinates the deployment of the icebreaker for science in collaboration with the Canadian Coast Guard, and provides technical support at sea to user programs.

Our vision

To maintain Canada as a global leader in the multidisciplinary and multinational scientific exploration of the changing Arctic Ocean with the primary objective to inform the sustainable development of the Arctic.

Our mission

To provide equitable access to a state-of-the-art research icebreaker to collect the data and observations that will inform decisions on environmental, economic, and societal issues of strategic importance to Canada.

Our guiding principles

We are dedicated to:

  • Building knowledge for Canadians;
  • Enable excellence in research and training;
  • Organizational excellence and cultivating awareness of how unconscious biases impact our decision-making.

Learn more about Amundsen Science in the Strategic Plan 2021-2025.





Louis Fortier, our inspiration



Marcel Babin

Ph.D. in Biology
Université Laval

Scientific Leader and CEO

Alexandre Forest

Ph.D. in Physical Oceanography
Université Laval

Executive Director and COO

Anissa Merzouk

Ph.D. in Oceanography
Université Laval

Marine Research Manager

Luc Michaud

MSc in Marine Biology
Université Laval

Scientific Equipment Manager

Martine Desgagnés

BSc in accounting
Université du Québec à Rimouski

Financer Manager

Simon Morisset

MSc in Ocean Science
Université du sud Toulon-Var

Oceanographic Instrumentation Professional

Amélie Desmarais

MSc in Atmospheric and Oceanic Science
McGill University

Logistics, Administrative and Communication Coordinator

Thibaud Dezutter

MSc in Marine Biology
Université Laval

Oceanographic Instrumentation and Research Professional

Christopher Morrissey

BSc in Underwater Vehicles Technology
Marine Institute

Marine Robotics Professional

Shawn Meredyk

MSc in Marine Biology and Engineering
Memorial University

Mooring Instrumentation Professional

Daniel Amirault

BSc in Technologies of Ocean Mapping
Memorial University

Marine Geomatics Technician

Marcia Pearson

MSc in Water and Coastal Management
Universidad de Càdiz

Oceanographic Instrumentation  Professional


Quentin Lahaye

Oceanographic Instrumentation Professional

Luiz Filipe Fernandes

Diploma in Electronics

Electronics and Embedded Systems Professional

Pascal Guillot

MSc in Physical Oceanography
Institut des Sciences de la Mer de Rimouski

Data Quality Manager

Tahiana Ratsimbazafy

MSc in Water Science
Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique – Eau Terre Environnement Research Centre

Data Management and Valorization Coordinator

Alexandre Morin

Accounting and Management Technician

Véronique Rochefort

BSc in Biological Sciences
MSc in Communication
Université de Montréal

Communication Manager

Fatma Dhifallah

MSc in Oceanography
Université du Québec à Rimouski

Logistics and Administrative Coordinator