Primate-elect Linda Nicholls | Milos Posic, Anglican JournalCanada Elects Female Primate July 14, 2019 News The Rt. Rev. Linda Nicholls will become the 14th primate of the Anglican Church of Canada, after her election July 13. She will succeed the Most Rev. Fred Hiltz on July 16, at the conclusion of the General Synod in Vancouver. She becomes only the second female primate elected in the Anglican Communion, joining Katharine Jefferts Schori, who served as presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church from 2006-2015. Nicholls was elected on the fourth ballot from a slate of three men and two women. A female primate was assured after the votes were counted on the third ballot, as that ballot eliminated the only remaining male candidate. Anglican Journal has more on the election.