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Governor General becomes CIFAR’s honorary patron

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This month, Her Excellency the Right Honourable Julie Payette, Governor General of Canada, agreed to become CIFAR’s honorary patron. By granting her patronage, the Governor General affirms her support of CIFAR’s work creating transformative knowledge for the benefit of society.

 The Governor General grants patronage to organizations in recognition of outstanding contributions to Canadian society. Dr. Alan Bernstein, President & CEO of CIFAR, thanked Her Excellency for her support.

 “We are honoured to learn that the Governor General, as The Queen’s representative in Canada, has recognized the important work we do. Her Excellency has had an extraordinary career both as an astronaut and as a leader at NASA and the Canadian Space Agency,” Bernstein said.

Her Excellency the Right Honourable Julie Payette, Governor General and Commander-in-Chief of Canada (Credit: Sgt Johanie Maheu, Rideau Hall © OSGG-BSGG, 2017)


Before becoming governor general, Ms. Payette was an astronaut, engineer, scientific broadcaster and corporate director. She worked as an astronaut from 1992 to 2013, 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.

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