Julie Payette, born October 20, 1963 in Montreal, Quebec, is currently the Chief Operating Officer of the Montreal Science Centre as well as Vice President of the Canada Lands Company. Prior to that, she was an engineer and a Canadian Space Agency (CSA) astronaut. Ms. Payette has completed two spaceflights, logging more than 25 days in space. She served as Chief Astronaut for the CSA, and has served in other roles for both NASA and CSA. In addition to her impressive career, Julie Payette is a talented athlete and musician. While fluent in French and English, she can converse in Spanish, Italian, Russian and German.
Julie Payette is a strong Canadian role-model; her contributions have been great. In 2000, she was made a Knight of the National Order of Quebec. Ms. Payette was granted an honorary doctorate by the University of Alberta in 2006, and one at the University of British Columbia in 2010; she holds 18 honorary degrees in total. In 2010, she was appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada. Julie Payette also assisted in the carrying of the Olympic flag in the opening ceremonies of the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver, British Columbia.
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to read her biography on the Canadian Space Agency website.
to watch Julie Payette's speech at our opening ceremony, May 16, 2012.