In addition to the role and responsibilities common to all who hold the position, many governors general adopt a number of specific priorities for their mandates. These pillars often stem from a governor general’s particular areas of interest and expertise as they relate to broader issues in Canadian life and society. Through these priorities, each governor general is able to build upon the achievements of their predecessors and make unique contributions to Canada.
When David Johnston became the 28th governor general of Canada on October 1, 2010, he called upon all Canadians to join in the building of a smarter, more caring nation. Alongside his wife, Sharon, Mr. Johnston sought to reinforce learning and innovation, encourage philanthropy and volunteerism, and support families and children. For highlights of their time in office, read their end of mandate report, Toward a Smarter, More Caring Canada (PDF).