1. JEANNE SAUVÉ, 1922-1993
23rd Governor General of Canada
Journalist, politician, stateswoman
- Born Jeanne Mathilde Benoît in Saskatchewan.
- First female Governor General of Canada.
- Appointed by Pierre Trudeau.
- Mandate from 1984 to 1990.
- During her term of office as Governor General of Canada, she emphasized the themes of peace, national unity and young people.
2. ADRIENNE CLARKSON, 1939-
26th governor general of Canada
Journalist, broadcaster, stateswoman
- Born Adrienne Louise Poy in Hong Kong. Came to Ottawa in 1941.
- First immigrant and first Chinese-Canadian to be Governor General of Canada.
- Appointed by Jean Chrétien.
- Mandate from 1999-2005.
- During her term of office as Governor General, she travelled extensively across Canada to meet Canadians where they live. In her first year as Governor General of Canada she visited 81 communities and travelled 115,000 km (about 71,500 miles). She kept a similar pace for the next five years.
3. MICHAËLLE JEAN, 1957-
27th Governor General of Canada
- Born in Haiti. Came to Canada as a refugee in 1968.
- First black Governor General of Canada.
- Appointed by Paul Martin.
- Mandate was from 2005-2010.
- During her term of office as Governor General, she declared "the time of the Two Solitudes that for too long described the character of this country is past," and called for the protection of the environment, the shielding of culture against globalization, and an end to the marginalisation of young people.