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Lieutenant Governor's official photo
The Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, wearing her insignia as Chancellor and Member of the Order of Ontario and the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal (Photo: V. Tony Hauser)
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The Hon. Elizabeth Dowdeswell’s coat of arms
Arms of the Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell (Register of Arms, Flags and Badges of Canada, Volume VI, page 621)
 

The Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell is the 29th Lieutenant Governor of Ontario. As the representative of Her Majesty The Queen, Ms. Dowdeswell carries out constitutional and ceremonial duties and facilitates healthy citizen and community engagement.

Ms. Dowdeswell has served the public interest at all orders of government and in the private sector. She contributed globally as Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme. In Canada her diverse portfolios ranged from education and culture to environment and the management of complex public enquiries. She was the founding president and CEO of the Nuclear Waste Management Organization, and later the president and CEO of the Council of Canadian Academies. She has served on the boards of Canadian and international corporate and non-profit organizations.

Since taking office in late 2014, Ms. Dowdeswell has challenged Ontarians to think deeply about their role not just as residents of a province, but as global citizens. Building resilience and sustainability through inclusive economic prosperity, environmental stewardship, and social cohesion, as well as safeguarding democracy, has been the focus of her mandate.

Ms. Dowdeswell has a bachelor of science in home economics and teaching certificate from the University of Saskatchewan and a master of science in behavioural sciences from Utah State University. She is an officer of the Order of Canada, a member of the Order of Ontario, and the recipient of numerous distinctions and fellowships. She holds 11 honorary doctorates.

Honours

Ms. Dowdeswell has received the following honours:

  • Officer of the Order of Canada (2012), postnominal letters: OC
  • Dame of Justice of the Most Venerable Order of the Hospital of St John of Jerusalem (2015)
  • Member of the Order of Ontario (2014), postnominal letters: OOnt
  • Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal (2012)
Insignia of an Officer of the Order of Canada
Insignia of an Officer of the Order of Canada
Insignia of a Dame of Justice of the Order of St John
Insignia of a Dame of Justice of the Order of St John
Insignia of a Member of the Order of Ontario
Insignia of a Member of the Order of Ontario
Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal
Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal