Governor General to Participate in Events in Toronto and Waterloo

OTTAWA, Oct. 27, 2015 /CNW/ - Their Excellencies the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, and Mrs. Sharon Johnston will take part in public events in Toronto and Waterloo from Thursday, October 29 to Saturday, October 31, 2015, to highlight innovative social practices and to recognize excellence in research and education.

Here is the detailed itinerary:

Thursday, October 29
Toronto, Ontario

9 a.m.
The Duke of Edinburgh's International Award Forum 2015
As national chair of The Duke of Edinburgh's Award in Canada, the Governor General will deliver remarks to the participants of this five-day event.

The Duke of Edinburgh's International Award Forum is a triennial event that brings together national award operators from around the world. The forum is an opportunity for those delivering the Award on a national basis to learn from one another and to be part of the development of global Award operations and strategy. For more information, visit
The Fairmont Royal York, 100 Front Street West

9:45 a.m.
Hammer Heads Program
Their Excellencies will visit a training centre and meet with youth enrolled in this program to learn about the different skills they acquire during their training.

Hammer Heads is a 12-week "boot camp"-style skills development program designed to train and place youth from under-resourced and Aboriginal communities into registered apprenticeship careers within the skilled construction trades. The Central Ontario Building Trades (COBT) and its affiliates established Hammer Heads to provide access to life-changing career opportunties which were previously inaccessible. For more information, visit
Iron Workers Local 721, 909 Kipling Avenue
MEDIA CONTACT: Peter Reed, Central Ontario Building Trades, 905-904-0458 or

2 p.m.
Rise Asset Development
Their Excellencies will learn about this social enterprise co-created by the Rotman School of Management and the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) by meeting with entrepreneurs who will talk about how the program supported them in launching and growing their businesses.

Rise Asset Development is a registered charity that provides low-interest small business loans, free training and mentorship to men and women with a history of mental health and addiction challenges. For more information, visit
Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto, 105 St. George Street
MEDIA CONTACT: Amy Fong, Rotman School of Management, 416-978-4193 or‎.

7 p.m.
2015 Canada Gairdner Awards Gala Dinner
The Governor General will deliver remarks at the gala honouring this year's seven laureates whose work represents the most significant medical discoveries from around the world.

The Canada Gairdner Awards were created in 1959, to recognize and reward the achievements of medical researchers whose work contributes significantly to improving the quality of human life. These awards are globally known and respected internationally. Gairdner is a national organization that brings the world's best biomedical researchers to Canada to share their ideas and work with scientists across the country. For more information, visit
Royal Ontario Museum, 100 Queens Park

Friday, October 30
Waterloo, Ontario

10 a.m.
Opening of the Centre of Excellence for Innovation in Aging
Their Excellencies will take part in the official opening of Ontario's first purpose-built teaching long-term care home. They will then take a tour of the facility.

The Centre of Excellence for Innovation in Aging is a partnership between the Research Institute for Aging, Schlegel Villages, the University of Waterloo and Conestoga College. The various buildings of the centre were designed to include learning, research and social spaces that encourage co-mingling of older adults, students, educators and researchers. For more information, visit
North Campus of the University of Waterloo, The Village at University Gates, 250 Laurelwood Drive
MEDIA CONTACT: Nick Manning, University of Waterloo, 
519-888-4451 / 226-929-7627 or
Josie d'Avernas, Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging, 519-904-0660 ext. 4103 or

12:50 p.m.
Official Opening of a New Building at Renison University College
Their Excellencies will take part in the grand opening of a new building that will be dedicated to programs that support global engagement through languages and culture. Their Excellencies will deliver remarks on this occasion.

Affiliated with the University of Waterloo, Renison University College offers degree courses in social development studies and social work, as well as a wide variety of language, culture and arts classes for students enrolled at the University of Waterloo and for members of the public.
University of Waterloo, Renison University College, Atrium, 240 Westmount Road North
Nick Manning, University of Waterloo, 519-888-4451 / 226-929-7627 or

Saturday, October 31
Toronto, Ontario

10:30 a.m.
Visit to The Centre for Social Innovation (CSI)
The Governor General will meet with CSI representatives and social entrepreneurs to discuss innovation and to learn about CSI's current projects. CSI is a nominating partner for the Governor General's Innovation Awards.

The Centre for Social Innovation is a collaborative workspace, a community and a catalyst for people and initiatives that are changing the world. Within four locations in Toronto and a location in New York City, CSI provides their members with the tools they need to accelerate their success and amplify their impact. Together, they are building a movement of social entrepreneurs, non-profits, artists and activists working across sectors to create a better world. For more information, visit
CSI Annex, 720 Bathurst Street
MEDIA CONTACT: Barnabe Geis, CSI, 647-885-3015,


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