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Alberta businesswoman named lieutenant-governor, first Muslim in role in Canada

Last Updated Jun 30, 2020 at 12:10 pm MDT

Salma Lakhani has been named the first Muslim lieutenant-governor in Canada as she will soon take the role in Alberta. (CREDIT: @NorQuest, Twitter)

OTTAWA – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has named business owner and philanthropist Salma Lakhani as Alberta’s new lieutenant-governor.

When she formally takes over the role, Lakhani will become Canada’s first Muslim lieutenant-governor.

She replaces Lois Mitchell as the Queen’s representative in the province.

Lakhani has been long recognized for her work and philanthropy in a range of fields, including health care and human rights.

She has mentored young students with English as a second language and helped steer a committee dedicated to helping vulnerable women gain access to education.

Lakhani was born in Uganda and has an honours degree in clinical biochemistry from the University of Manchester.