Under the recommendation of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Canada’s new Governor General will be Julie Payette.
Payette will be taking over the position from the Right Honourable David Johnston and an installation ceremony will take place in the fall.
Payette is an astronaut, engineer, scientific broadcaster and corporate director.
From 1992 to 2013, Payette worked as an astronaut and flew two missions in space. She also served many years as CAPCOM (Capsule Communicator) at NASA’s Mission Control Center in Houston, Texas, and was Chief Astronaut for the Canadian Space Agency, according to Parliament’s website.
Payette has received many distinctions and 27 honorary doctorates. She is a Knight of the Ordre national du Québec and an Officer of the Order of Canada. As of late Payette served as CEO of the Montréal Science Centre.