The Governor General rests one arm on a tree and looks out at the landscape.

The Right Honourable David Johnston


The Right Honourable David Johnston was invested as Canada’s 28th governor general on October 1, 2010, and served until the installation of Governor General Designate Julie Payette on October 2, 2017. His motto, CONTEMPLARE MELIORA (To envisage a better world), refers to his belief in the abilities of all Canadians to imagine and create a smarter, more caring nation and contribute to a fairer, more just world.