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Adrienne Clarkson

A leading figure in Canada’s cultural life, Adrienne Clarkson has transformed broadcasting, journalism, the arts, and public service.

A portrait illustration of Adrienne Clarkson.

Governor General, Journalist, and Author
Born in 1939

Adrienne Clarkson, the Right Honourable 26th Governor General of Canada (1999-2005), made history as the first racialized person, the first individual of Asian heritage, and the first without a political or military background to be appointed to the vice-regal position. Prior to her appointment, Clarkson had an award-winning career in broadcast and print journalism, notably as host and reporter of CBC’s The Fifth Estate. After leaving Rideau Hall, she co-founded the Institute for Canadian Citizenship, advocating for new citizens’ inclusion and engagement in Canadian life. Clarkson’s achievements have earned her numerous accolades, including Companion of the Order of Canada and 28 Honorary Degrees from universities worldwide.

Her legacy in Toronto is imprinted through her dedication to promoting multiculturalism, diversity, and inclusivity – shaping the city’s identity as a vibrant mosaic of cultures.

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Further Resources
Read more about Clarkson in The Canadian Encyclopedia

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