THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
The first Black Governor General of Canada
Date of birth
Point of origin
Jean and her family fled Haiti in 1968, settling in Quebec.
Michaëlle Jean, 1957- , Haiti.
Jean and her family fled Haiti in 1968, settling in Quebec. She returned to Haiti in 1987 for a National Film Board production, starting her career in journalism. She was an accomplished reporter and host for CBC / RDI. In 2005, she was appointed Canada’s first Black Governor General. Upon completing her term in 2010, she was appointed UN special envoy to Haiti. From 2014-2018, she was the secretary-general of the Organisation internationale de la Francophonie.