Valérie René is a biologist with a master's degree in environment from the Université de Sherbrooke. Since April 2017, she has been project coordinator for the natural areas of the Haut-Saint-Laurent and Richelieu-Yamaska. She is enthusiastically working to protect Covey Hill stream salamanders and the spiny softshell turtle at Lake Champlain.
Her calling in environmental protection came to her early on. In her first year of CEGEP, she enrolled in a program called "Techniques de bioécologie" (bioecology techniques). It was this program that introduced her to the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC).
Valérie completed her final internship with NCC in 2012. During her university studies, she worked as a research assistant studying the distribution and transformation of mercury in fresh water, particularly in Lac Saint-Pierre.
In 2016, Valérie returned to NCC for a second internship and worked in the natural area of the Southern Laurentian Corridor. In particular, she carried out a study in supportof the capacity of the Alfred-Kelly nature reserve.