Governor General to Visit Winnipeg

OTTAWA, Nov. 14, 2016 /CNW/ - His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, will be in Winnipeg on November 15, 2016, to highlight the advancement of women in Canada. He will present the Governor General's Awards in Commemoration of the Persons Case and participate in a discussion with advocates for Indigenous women. In addition, His Excellency will visit the Composites Innovation Centre to learn about their different projects.

Below is His Excellency's detailed itinerary. 

9:45 a.m.
Presentation of the Governor General's Awards in Commemoration of the Persons Case
His Excellency will present the Governor General's Awards in Commemoration of the Persons Case to six laureates tohighlight their contributions in advancing equality for women. This year's ceremony will take place at the Manitoba Legislative Chamber to coincide with the 100th anniversary of women first achieving the right to vote in Manitoba in 1916.

The Governor General's Awards in Commemoration of the Persons Case were established in 1979 to highlight Canadian contributions to the advancement of women's equality and to celebrate Canada's evolution as an inclusive society. For more information, visit
Manitoba Legislative Chamber, 450 Broadway, Winnipeg

12:15 p.m.
Discussion with Advocates for Indigenous Women
His Excellency, joined by the Honourable Rochelle Squires, Minister responsible for Status of Women for the Government of Manitoba, will participate in a discussion to promote Indigenous women's rights.

The discussion will be themed "Indigenous women in arts" and will tie together culinary art, visual art, literature and film. Four Indigenous women will lead the discussion: Christa Bruneau-Guenther, owner of Feast Café Bistro; Jackie Traverse, artist; Katherena Vermette, Métis writer; and Sheila North Wilson, first female grand chief of Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak. 
Feast Café Bistro, 587 Ellice Avenue, Winnipeg
PHOTO OP – At the end of the discussion at 1:40 p.m.
MEDIA CONTACT: Christa Bruneau-Guenther, 204-797-2304,

2:30 p.m.
Visit to the Composites Innovation Centre
His Excellency will receive an overview of the Composites Innovation Centre's mission and learn about the different projects in progress while touring the facility and meeting with researchers and business representatives.

The Composites Innovation Centre is a non-profit organization established in 2003 to support technology development and the commercialization of composite materials and processes for the aerospace, ground transportation, agricultural and industrial sectors in Manitoba and western Canada. It is also developing leading-edge design and educating companies about the benefits of developing and using composite and bi-composite materials. For more information, visit
Composites Innovation Centre, 158 Commerce Drive, Winnipeg
PHOTO OP – Tour of Composites Innovation Centre
MEDIA CONTACT: Breanne Hearsum, 204-262-3400 ext. 238,

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SOURCE Governor General of Canada

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