Judith Guichon

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Her Honour the Honourable
Judith Guichon
Judith Guichon.jpg
29th Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia
Assumed office
November 2, 2012
Monarch Elizabeth II
Governor General David Johnston
Premier Christy Clark
Preceded by Steven Point
Personal details
Born 1947 (age 68–69)
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Nationality Canadian
Spouse(s) Lawrence Guichon (m. ? - d. 2003)
Bruno Joseph Jacques Mailloux (m. ? - present)
Profession Rancher
Guichon during Remembrance Day celebrations in 2012

Judith Isabel Guichon,[1] OBC is the 29th and current Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia. Her appointment as Lieutenant Governor was made by Governor General of Canada David Lloyd Johnston on the Constitutional advice of Prime Minister of Canada Stephen Harper, on October 1, 2012, to succeed Steven Point.[2] Guichon was sworn in on November 2, 2012 at the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia. She is the viceregal representative of Queen Elizabeth II of Canada in the Province of British Columbia.

Personal life[edit]

Guichon was born in Montreal, Quebec, in 1947, and raised on a farm near Hawkesbury, Ontario. She moved to British Columbia in 1972. Her first husband, Lawrence Guichon, was killed in a motorcycle accident near the family ranch in 2003. She and her current husband, Bruno Mailloux, maintain their private residence in the Nicola Valley.


Prior to Guichon's appointment as Lieutenant Governor, she owned and operated Gerard Guichon Ranch Limited in the Nicola Valley in the British Columbia Interior. The Guichon family has ranched in the area since 1878, and Guichon's father-in-law was inducted into the Order of Canada in 1974 for his leadership in Cattleman's Associations and his contribution to agriculture in Canada. Her four children now manage the ranch with a 700 head cow calf and 700 yearling operation. Guichon studied Holistic Management, a farming method which promotes sustainable management of livestock by emphasizing their natural habitat. Along with her late husband, commercial pilot Lawrence Guichon, she introduced Holistic Management to the ranchers of British Columbia.

In addition to her ranching initiatives, Guichon is also involved in several organizations. She previously served on the local hospital board and Community Health Council, and is now on the Community Health Foundation Board. Prior to this, she has served as a 4-H Leader and started a recycling society in Merritt, BC with a neighbour. She has also served as a director for the Fraser Basin Council of BC, director of the Grasslands Conservation Council of BC, member of the Nicola Water Use Management planning committee and played the flute in the Nicola Valley Community Band.. Prior to her appointment as Lieutenant Governor, Guichon served on the Provincial Task Force on Species at Risk and has just completed her two-year term as the president of the British Columbia Cattlemen’s Association. She has also been a part of the Ranching Task Force for BC and the British Columbia Agri-Food Trade Advisory Council.[3][4]



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Order of precedence
Preceded by
Queen Elizabeth II, Queen of Canada
Order of precedence in British Columbia
as of 2012
Succeeded by
Christy Clark, Premier of British Columbia