Saint-Hubert, QC July 21, 2003 – Marc Garneau, president of the Canadian Space Agency, is the 2003 recipient of the Prix Montfort for Science.
The prize was awarded to Dr Garneau in recognition for his involvement in the international and Canadian scientific community, for his achievements as astronaut and his accomplishment as president of the Canadian Space Agency. The award jury stated that Dr Garneau is a model and a source of pride for Canadians of all age.
Les Prix Montfort honour the efforts and achievements of twelve Francophones who have contributed to the development of Canadian society and have helped enhance the influence of French culture in Canada and abroad.
The first Canadian astronaut to fly in space in 1984, Dr Garneau was also a member of missions STS-77 in 1996 and STS-97 in 2000. On November 22, 2001, Dr Garneau was appointed president of the Canadian Space Agency.