Congratulations to Mary Simon, C.C., C.M.M., C.O.M., O.Q., C.D., on being the 30th Governor General of Canada!
July 6, 2021
Congratulations to Mary Simon, C.C., C.M.M., C.O.M., O.Q., C.D., on being appointed as the 30th Governor General of Canada!
An Inuk leader and former diplomat, Ms. Simon has been an advocate for Inuit rights and culture in Canada and abroad for more than 40 years. She has represented the Inuit to the Government of Canada and the United Nations, and has served in diverse roles throughout her career, including Canadian Ambassador for Circumpolar Affairs and Canadian Ambassador to Denmark.
Ms. Simon, who will be the first Indigenous person to fulfill this role, has provided leadership in multiple organizations, including the Makivik Corporation, the Inuit Circumpolar Council and Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami (ITK), and at the Arctic Children and Youth Foundation and the National Committee on Inuit Education.
Among many other distinctions, Ms. Simon is an Officer of the Order of Canada and the National Order of Quebec, and a recipient of the Governor General’s Northern Medal, the Gold Order of Greenland, the National Aboriginal Achievement Award, the Gold Order of the Canadian Geographical Society and the Symons Medal. She has been inducted into the International Women’s Forum Hall of Fame, and is a Fellow of the Arctic Institute of North America and of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society, and a member of the Vanier Institute of the Family Board of Directors.
We look forward to Ms. Simon’s leadership and continuing to work with the Office of the Secretary to the Governor General.