August 16, 2022


Hon. Jocelyne Roy Vienneau

Hon. Jocelyne Roy Vienneau

Jocelyne Roy Vienneau was New Brunswick’s 31st Lieutenant Governor, after a long and successful career focused on economic development, the promotion and advancement of education and community engagement. 

In 2014 Jocelyne Roy Vienneau ended her second and final mandate as Vice-President at l’Université de Moncton’s Shippagan Campus. She held a Masters in Public Administration and a Bachelor of Applied Science in Industrial Engineering from l’Université de Moncton, as well as a teaching certificate from the province of New Brunswick. 

NB Lt.-Gov. Jocelyne Roy Vienneau and husband Ronald at Government House

Throughout her career, Jocelyne Roy Vienneau sought to promote and advance research and innovation. Ms. Roy Vienneau served as Assistant Deputy Minister for Post-Secondary Education for the Province of New Brunswick.  She also worked at the New Brunswick Community College in Bathurst for 23 years as dean, department head, professor and finally, principal during the last six years. She began her career as a project engineer at Esso’s Imperial Oil refinery in Montreal.

Jocelyne Roy Vienneau was the first woman to occupy a secular position as Vice-President of a campus at l’Université de Moncton, the first woman to direct a francophone community college in New Brunswick, and one of the first women to graduate from the Faculty of Engineering at l’Université de Moncton.  

In 2003, she was named Alumni of the Year from l‘Université de Moncton’s engineering faculty. In 2001, during her time as principal of New Brunswick Community College in Bathurst, the school became one of the first two colleges in the country to be eligible for research grants with the Natural Sciences and Engineering Council of Canada. In 2015, she received the Paul Harris Fellow from the Shediac Rotary Club.

Lieutenant Governor Jocelyne Vienneau speaks with a veteran on First Responders Day

To quote New Brunswick Premier Blaine Higgs:

“Ms. Roy Vienneau was a passionate advocate for New Brunswick and its people throughout her career, and, during her time as Lieutenant-Governor, championed literacy, mental health issues and the need for a new sense of pride for the place we call home. 

NB Lt.-Gov. Jocelyne Roy Vienneau at Aboriginal Event

Since taking on the role, Her Honour took part in well over a thousand events, earning the admiration and affection of people across the province. She would often remind us of our diversity and how powerful New Brunswick can be when we work together using our unique strengths and talents.”

Lt.-Gov. Jocelyne Roy Vienneau at Oromocto Powwow

Lieutenant Governor Jocelyne Vienneau passed away August 2, 2019 after a battle with Cancer. Ms. Roy Vienneau was the mother to two grown children, Isabelle and Cédric, and grandmother to Simon and Matthieu. She was a supporter of MyNewBrunswick. 

Resource: Government of New Brunswick 

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