Julie Payette

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Julie Payette while on a visit to Ukraine in 2018.

Julie Payette (born October 20, 1963) is the current Governor General of Icons-flag-ca.png Canada, the 29th since Canadian Confederation.[1][2][3] Before assuming office, she was a businesswoman, former member of the Canadian Astronaut Corps, and engineer. Payette has completed two spaceflights, STS-96 and STS-127, logging more than 25 days in space. She served as chief astronaut for the Canadian Space Agency (CSA), and has served as capsule communicator at NASA Mission Control Center in Houston.

In July 2013, Payette was named chief operating officer for the Montreal Science Centre, and in April 2014, she was appointed to the board of directors of the National Bank of Canada.[4] On July 13, 2017, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced that Queen Elizabeth II had approved the appointment of Payette as the next Governor General of Canada.[1][2][5] She was sworn in on October 2, 2017.[6]

As governor general, Payette is entitled to be styled Her Excellency while in office and The Right Honourable for life.

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