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David Johnston

Governor General of Canada

Governor General David Johnston has been an outspoken proponent of the need for Canada to develop a more robust entrepreneurial strategy that never takes its eye off the need for reinvention, innovation and worldwide competition. He has a motto: CONTEMPLARE MELIORA. It means “to envisage a better world,” and refers to his belief in the abilities of all Canadians to create a smarter, more caring nation and contribute to a more just world. A Companion of the Order of Canada – the country’s top honour – Governor General David Johnston has dedicated his mandate to strengthening learning and innovation, philanthropy and volunteerism, and families and children, launching new programs, including the Governor General’s Innovation Awards and a social marketing campaign, My Giving Moment.