Olivier Hernandez is an astrophysicist, expert in instrumentation and specializing in galaxies and exoplanets. He earned an engineering degree from the École centrale de Marseille and a Master’s in Physics from the Université de Montréal. He also holds a Ph.D. in Astrophysics and his dissertation, completed jointly at the Université de Montréal and the Marseille Astrophysics Laboratory, focused on the dynamics of galaxies. Co-founder of the iREX, he was also the Director of Operations for the Mont-Mégantic Observatory (OMM - Observatoire du Mont-Mégantic) and a Lecturer in the Physics Department at the Université de Montréal. He now holds the position of director of the Planétarium Rio Tinto Alcan since 2018.