Janet Austin

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Janet Austin

Prakash Javadekar meeting the Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia, Ms. Janet Austin and explains the significant educational reforms currently underway in India, in Victoria, Canada.JPG
Austin meeting with Prakash Javadekar
in July 2018
30th Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia
Assumed office
April 24, 2018
MonarchElizabeth II
Governor General
PremierJohn Horgan
Preceded byJudith Guichon
Personal details
Born1956/1957 (age 62–63)[1]
Calgary, Alberta, Canada[2]
Spouse(s)Ashley Chester
Alma materUniversity of Calgary

Janet Edna Merivale Austin OBC (born 1956 or 1957)[1] is a Canadian former nonprofit sector executive and public servant who is the 30th and current Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia, having served since April 24, 2018.[3] She is the viceregal representative of Queen Elizabeth II in the province of British Columbia. Prior to her appointment as Lieutenant Governor, she spent 15 years as CEO of YWCA Metro Vancouver.[4]

Austin was appointed by Governor General Julie Payette, on the advice of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. She is the third woman to serve as BC's viceroy, after Judith Guichon and Iona Campagnolo.


Coat of arms of Janet Austin
Janet Austin Escutcheon.png
Issuant from a wreath of dwarf poinciana flowers proper, a demi-lion Or charged on its shoulder with three gouttes de poix and holding in its dexter paw a Latin cross erablé Gules;
Azure on a chevron engrailed between three Latin crosses Or, three roses Gules barbed Vert seeded Or;
MENS CONSCIA RECTI (A Mind Conscious Of Rectitude) [7]


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Order of precedence
Preceded by
Elizabeth II, Queen of Canada
Order of precedence in British Columbia
as of April 2018
Succeeded by
John Horgan, Premier of British Columbia