Governor General to Visit Toronto

OTTAWA, June 17, 2015 /CNW/ - His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, will be in Toronto on Friday, June 19, 2015. He will deliver a keynote address at the Empire Club of Canada, visit the Pan Am/Parapan Am Games Uniform Distribution and Accreditation Centre, and attend the launch of the Gardiner Museum's Young Patron Circle as well as Canada's National Ballet School's Creative Challenge.

12:50 p.m.
Keynote Address at Empire Club of Canada
His Excellency will deliver a keynote address entitled Towards 2017: What Are We Giving to Canada? He will talk about some of the specific challenges facing Canada as we approach 2017, and how the 150th anniversary can be a catalyst for building a better country. He will also give special focus to the need to be innovative in our giving if we are to truly seize the occasion. Following his speech, the Governor General will answer questions from the audience. The event will be webcast on

Established in 1903, the Empire Club of Canada is recognized as one of the nation's oldest and largest, more important speaker's forum. Its membership and speakers are comprised of some of Canada's most influential leaders from various professions, businesses, labour, education, government, and cultural organizations. The Empire Club of Canada has hosted over 3 500 prominent Canadian and international leaders—women and men who have distinguished themselves in many fields of endeavour. For more information, visit
Arcadian Court, 401 Bay Street, 8th Floor
MEDIA CONTACT: Taylor Reid, Office and Event Coordinator, Empire Club of Canada, 416-364-2878, ext. 2; 647-292-4463 (cell); 

2:15 p.m.
Visit to the Pan Am/Parapan Am Games Uniform Distribution and Accreditation Centre
The Governor General will have the opportunity to visit the facility and take part in the accreditation process for volunteers. He will proceed to the security screening to receive his accreditation. As part of his visit, he will also hand out uniforms and information packages at the uniform collection station, write a message on the Pan Am Wall, and meet with volunteers to learn more about their experiences.

More than 24 000 volunteers will ensure that the Toronto 2015 Pan Am (July 10-26) and Parapan Am (August 7-15) Games run successfully. They will work in all areas of the Games, in roles ranging from ticket takers and ushers, to management and leadership roles, to working with the athletes and delegates, to translation and technology, to more specialized roles like officials and sports announcers. For more information, visit
5800 Yonge Street
MEDIA CONTACT: Heather Irwin, Media Relations, TO2015 Organizing Committee, 416-303-9753, 

6:50 p.m.
Launch of the Gardiner Museum's Young Patron Circle and Canada's National Ballet School's Creative Challenge
Upon arrival, the Governor General will proceed to the facility's ground-floor plaza for the Creative Challenge Performance entitled .Begin, choreographed by Philippe Jacques. Following the performance, His Excellency will visit the RBC Emerging Artists People's Choice exhibition. The exhibition celebrates new directions in clay through the work of five rising stars of the contemporary art world who are redefining the ceramic medium. Each artist has been allotted 18 square feet in the Museum's main exhibition hall to create according to their own unique vision. The Governor General's visit will conclude with an address to the audience and with a second Creative Challenge Performance entitled Barriers, choreographed by William Tessier-Legault.

The Gardiner Museum is developing the next generation of Gardiner supporters who want to improve their own knowledge of art, culture and collecting while providing philanthropic support to a world-renowned cultural institution. Their Young Patron Circle members are leaders in their field, interested in the arts, cutting-edge, creative, open-minded and range in age from 25-45. They are committed to culture, act as advocates for the Gardiner, and want to be part of a vital and audacious group. For more information, visit

Canada's National Ballet School's Creative Challenge inspires the next generation of dance artists to create works, collaborate with other creative individuals, and present these works in non-traditional settings. It encourages students to ask where and how can dance live outside of the theatre. The intent is to explore ways to make ballet more accessible and meaningful in the community. For more information, visit
111 Queen's Park Crescent
MEDIA CONTACT: Rachel Weiner, Communications and Volunteer Assistant, Gardiner Museum, 416-408-5062; 


SOURCE Government House

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