Governor General to Present Ingenious in Toronto

OTTAWA, March 27, 2017 /CNW/ - His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, will be in Toronto on Wednesday, March 29, 2017, with co-author Tom Jenkins to present their new book Ingenious, at MaRS Discovery District, 101 College Street.

Earlier in the day, the Governor General will deliver brief remarks following an announcement made by the Arrell Family Foundation. In addition, Her Excellency Sharon Johnston will take part in a round-table discussion at Magnet to discuss the challenges faced by people with disabilities seeking employment.

Below is Their Excellencies' detailed itinerary.

Toronto, Ontario
Wednesday, March 29

11:45 a.m.
Arrell Family Foundation and University of Guelph Announcement

The Governor General will deliver brief remarks following an announcement that will be made by the Arrell Family Foundation and the University of Guelph.

The Arrell Family Foundation provides funding for qualified educational purposes and for research into the cause and control of, and cure for, cystic fibrosis.

Research-intensive and learner-centred, the University of Guelph campuses span urban hubs and rural communities. It is known for excellence in the arts and sciences, and for its commitment to developing exceptional thinkers and engaged citizens. For more information, visit
Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, 145 Queen Street West
MEDIA CONTACT: Nicole Amiel, rock-it promotions, 416-656-0707,

2 p.m.
Round-Table Discussion with Her Excellency Sharon Johnston on the Important Role of Persons with Disabilities in Building Thriving and Diverse Workforces
Her Excellency Sharon Johnston will take part in a discussion on the value persons with disabilities bring to workforces nation-wide and the barriers they face in seeking employment. The event is organized by the non-profit social initiative Magnet.

Founded by Ryerson University, in partnership with the Ontario Chamber of Commerce, Magnet uses a collaborative "community hub" model of post-secondary institutions, non-profits, government, labour and industry partners working together towards one common goal: to address unemployment and under-employment of Canadians. It uses advanced job-matching technology that efficiently matches people with opportunities reflecting their skills and preferences. For more information, visit

5: 30 p.m.
Ingenious On-Stage Conversation
During an on-stage conversation hosted by Bell Media broadcast journalist Marci Ien, the Governor General and Mr. Jenkins will speak about their book, Ingenious, The conversation will be followed by a question period and the evening will conclude with a book-signing. 

Published simultaneously in English and French by Signal/McClelland & Stewart (a division of Penguin Random House Canada) and Les Éditions La Presse, Ingenious is a book about hundreds of Canadian innovations that have made the world a smarter, smaller, kinder, safer, healthier, wealthier and happier place. The co-authors have worked hard to make sure this collection illustrates the range and depth of innovations that Canadians have given to the world. Ingenious categorizes these innovations by the impact they have made on the world, from the light bulb, the propeller, the electric radio and the zipper, to the life jacket, the basketball, peanut butter and Superman.
MaRS Discovery District, 101 College Street
MEDIA CONTACT: Shona Cook, signa/McClelland & Stewart, 416-957-1576


SOURCE Governor General of Canada

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