JULIE PAYETTE OC CQ (born October 20, 1963) is a Canadian
businesswoman and former astronaut and engineer who is the Governor
General Designate of Canada . Payette has completed two
STS-127 , logging more than 25 days in space.
She served as chief astronaut for the
Canadian Space Agency
In July 2013, Payette was named chief operating officer for the
* 1 Education and early career
* 2.1 Spaceflight experience
* 3 Post-CSA * 4 Governor General * 5 Personal life * 6 Honours * 7 References * 8 External links
EDUCATION AND EARLY CAREER
Payette was born on October 20, 1963 in
For her undergraduate studies, Payette enrolled in McGill University where she completed a Bachelor of Engineering degree in electrical engineering in 1986, after which she completed a Master of Applied Science degree in computer engineering at the University of Toronto in 1990. Her thesis focused on computational linguistics, a field of artificial intelligence.
Between 1986 and 1988, Payette worked as a systems engineer for IBM
CANADIAN SPACE AGENCY
Payette was selected by the
Canadian Space Agency
In preparation for a space assignment, Payette obtained her commercial pilot licence and logged 120 hours as a research operator on reduced gravity aircraft. In April 1996, Payette was certified as a one-atmosphere deep sea diving suit operator. Payette obtained her captaincy on the CT-114 Tutor military jet at CFB Moose Jaw in February 1996 and her military instrument rating in 1997. Payette has logged more than 1,300 hours of flight time, including 600 hours on high performance jet aircraft.
Payette reported to the Johnson Space Center in August 1996 to begin mission specialist training. After completing one year of training, she was assigned to work on the Mobile Servicing System. Payette completed the initial astronaut training in April 1998.
Payette operating the Canadarm in 2009
Payette served as chief astronaut for the
Canadian Space Agency
Payette flew on the
Payette visited the space station again in 2009 as a mission
During her second mission, Payette brought a signed sweater of the
During 2010–2011, she worked at the Woodrow Wilson International
Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C. and was also a scientific
delegate to the United States for the
Payette has served on boards of directors, at Queen's University,
Canada's Own the Podium Olympic program, Montréal Science Centre
foundation, Robotique FIRST Québec, Drug Free Kids Canada, the
Payette is set to become the 29th Governor General of Canada , as announced on July 13, 2017, by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. According to Maclean\'s , her term expected to commence in the fall of 2017 after the completion of briefings from the incumbent, David Johnston . After the announcement was made, Johnston issued a statement congratulating Payette and welcoming "a Canadian of extraordinary achievement, admired by all".
Payette married engineer François Brissette in the 1990s and her second marriage was to William Flynn whom she divorced in 2015. She has one son.
Payette is fluent in French and English, and can converse in Spanish,
German, Italian and Russian. She plays the piano and has sung with the
Several notable Canadians, including Payette (right back),
carrying the Olympic flag at the 2010 Winter Olympics opening ceremony
Honours appearing in the Canadian order of precedence are:
Officer of the Order of Canada 2010
Knight of the National Order of Québec 2000
In 2001, Payette was made a Knight (French : chevalière) of the Ordre de la Pléiade of the Organisation internationale de la Francophonie .
Payette was also inducted into the Academy of Great Montrealers
(Scientific category) in 2013, and was named a Commander of the Order
Upon her elevation to Governor General, Payette will become the Chancellor and Principal and extraordinary Companion of the Order of Canada , Chancellor and extraordinary Commander of the Order of Military Merit , Chancellor and extraordinary Commander of the Order of Merit of the Police Forces , and Dame of Justice, Prior, and Chief Officer in Canada of the Most Venerable Order of the Hospital of Saint John of Jerusalem . As Commander-in-Chief, she will also be awarded the Canadian Forces Decoration .
She holds 27 honorary doctorates, NASA's Exceptional Service Medal and was inducted into the Canadian Aviation Hall of Fame . Among the more notable honorary degrees, she has received:
* In 2005, an honorary doctorate of science (DSc) from the
University of Lethbridge .
* In 2006, an honorary doctorate by the
University of Alberta .
* In 2010, an honorary doctorate at the University of British
* In 2010, an honorary doctorate by the
Payette assisted in the carrying of the Olympic flag in the opening
ceremonies of the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in
On September 6, 2011, Payette was honoured with the opening of Julie Payette Public School in Whitby, Ontario .
In the science-fiction novel The 13th Day of Christmas by Robert Blevins, the main character 'Anna Johnson' was based on Payette. The book is about a first mission to Mars, done jointly by the Canadian Space Agency and NASA. Payette received a copy of the book in paperback.
* ^ http://www.ctvnews.ca/politics/incoming-governor-general-julie-payette-drops-attempt-to-seal-u-s-court-records-1.3555331 * ^ A B "Governor General Designate: Ms. Julie Payette, Governor General Designate". gg.ca. Governor General of Canada . July 13, 2017.
* ^ A B "Former astronaut