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Governor General visits Institute of Biomedical Engineering

Her Excellencey, The Right Honourable Julie Payette meets with IBME Director Kevin Englehart

In her first official visit to New Brunswick, Her Excellency the Right Honourable Julie Payette, Governor General of Canada, toured UNB’s world-class Institute of Biomedical Engineering.

Payette, who was an astronaut in the Canadian space program for more than a decade, hosted a roundtable discussion about innovation and collaboration with a number of researchers, many from UNB.

“We were honoured and thrilled that Her Excellency chose to visit UNB on her first official provincial visit in her new role as Governor General of Canada,” says President Eddy Campbell. “As the province’s top research university, we were more than pleased to show her the innovative work our researchers are doing, and grateful for the opportunity to discuss how to enhance collaboration amongst scientists in academia, government and industry.”

During her service with the Canadian Space Agency between 1992 and 2013, Payette worked as an astronaut and flew two missions in space. She also served many years as capsule communicator at NASA’s Mission Control Center in Houston, Texas, and was chief astronaut for the Canadian Space Agency.

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