MONTREAL, May 8, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ - Madame Julie Payette has been named
Chief Operating Officer of the Montréal Science Centre (MSC). The
announcement was made today by Canada Lands Company, a federal
arm's-length Crown corporation that owns and operates the MSC. Ms.
Payette also becomes a Vice-President of Canada Lands Company and will
assume her new role on July 15, 2013.
"In today's world of fast-paced innovation, unparalleled medical
advances and instant communication, science and technology have become
part of our everyday life. As a vibrant institution of scientific
culture accessible to all, the Montréal Science Centre provides a
unique window into the astonishing technological processes that shape
our society. Science is fun and science is fundamental. I am delighted
to join the MSC team." Ms Payette said of her appointment.
Julie Payette is a Canadian engineer and astronaut who flew two missions
in space for the construction of the International Space Station (ISS).
In addition, Ms. Payette worked as a crew liaison officer with ISS
partners in Europe and Russia and served as CAPCOM (Capsule
Communicator) at NASA's Mission Control Center in Houston, Texas. Ms.
Payette was the Canadian Chief Astronaut from 2000 to 2008. In 2011,
she became a public policy scholar at the Woodrow Wilson Center for
International Scholars in Washington DC and conducted research on the
diplomatic and foreign policy benefits behind international
collaboration in large-scale scientific projects. Ms. Payette holds
several distinctions, is a chevalier of l'Ordre National du Québec and
an Officer of the Order of Canada.
The role is a homecoming for the Montréal born Payette, who most
recently served as Québec's Scientific Delegate to the United States,
based in Washington DC.
"Having a world-renowned Canadian woman lead this institution
demonstrates Canada Lands Company's commitment to the success of this
important public destination in Montréal," said the Honourable Rona
Ambrose, Minister of Public Works and Government Services and the
Minister responsible for Canada Lands Company.
"We're thrilled that Julie Payette has accepted this position," said
Robert Howald, acting President and CEO of Canada Lands Company. "As an
astronaut and engineer, Julie has impeccable credentials. She has a
wealth of experience and knowledge which will enable the centre to
continue and enhance its commitment to science and technology. We
could not have asked for a better leader to oversee this great
attraction as it continues to evolve by broadening its appeal to a
As Chief Operating Officer of the Montréal Science Centre, Ms. Payette
will be tasked with strengthening the MSC's position as both a
first-class institution and premier science culture establishment.
Welcoming more than 700,000 visitors annually, the Montréal Science
Centre is one of the preeminent public attractions in the city of
Montréal. The MSC is a science and technology complex that is renowned
for its distinctive interactive, accessible approach, as well as its
focus on local innovation and expertise.
About Canada Lands Company
Canada Lands Company is a self-financing federal Crown corporation whose
sole shareholder is the Government of Canada. Its role is to optimize
the economic and community value obtained from former government
properties. It is also a demonstrated leader in tourism management with
its operations of the CN Tower in Toronto and the Old Port of Montréal.
Image with caption: "Astronaut Julie Payette has been named Chief Operating Officer of the Montreal Science Centre. (CNW Group/Canada Lands Company)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20130508_C4755_PHOTO_EN_26523.jpg
SOURCE: Canada Lands Company
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