Born in Joliette, Québec; studied in Ottawa.
Enlisted in the Navy in 1988.
Studied at the University of Ottawa where she obtained her B.A.; Masters in Defence Studies from the Royal Military College in Kingston.
First woman to command a major Canadian warship as of April 8, 2009; took control of the frigate HMCS Halifax which has a crew of 225.
The Ottawa Citizen, April 8, 2009, A5