Princess Anne visits Montreal to celebrate Canadian leadership initiatives

MONTREAL, Feb. 20, 2015 /CNW/ - Her Royal Highness (HRH) The Princess Royal, Princess Anne, spent the second day of a two-day working visit to Montreal meeting with local organizations that are recognized leaders in building healthy, thriving societies here at home as well as around the world.

HRH The Princess Royal met with students and staff at McGill University's Institute for the Study of International Development, which has quickly become a leader in cutting-edge research and teaching related to international development since its establishment in 2008.

The Princess visited Santropol Roulant, a food security agency supported by Centraide of Greater Montreal.  She met with its Executive Director, Pier Liné, to discuss the agency's mission of breaking social and economic isolation while increasing solidarity between cultures and generations.  Centraide of Greater Montreal has been supporting this community-based agency since 2002.

As Colonel-in-Chief, HRH The Princess Royal visited the Royal Canadian Hussars, a Montreal-based armored reserve unit of the Canadian forces. She met soldiers and their civilian employers and discuss the benefits of Canadian Forces professionalism and leadership, as well as the benefits to the community. She also attended a presentation of Gold Awards to winners of the Duke of Edinburgh Awards, a program founded by her father HRH The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh in 1956. It honours young people aged 14-24 years old, for their achievements in community service, skills, fitness, and adventure.

HRH The Princess Royal is visiting Canada in her capacity as president of Emerging Leaders' Dialogues (ELD) Canada, a charitable organization focused on providing in-field leadership development programs for emerging leaders. ELD's two-week in-field programs are designed to expand participants' worldview by providing them with opportunities to explore diverse leadership styles and build international networks.

For more information on ELD Canada please visit:

Notes to editors/ news directors:
Please note that HRH The Princess Royal will not be available for interviews related to this visit.


Image with caption: "HRH The Princess Royal, Princess Anne speaks with The Right Honourable Joe Clark (left) and Paul Desmarais Jr. (centre), at a dinner hosted by Power Corporation to highlight the work of Emerging Leaders’ Dialogues Canada, the Canadian arm of The Duke of Edinburgh’s Commonwealth Study Conferences. [photo credit] Anick Valiquette (CNW Group/ELD Canada)". Image available at:

Image with caption: "HRH The Princess Royal, Princess Anne chats with a beneficiary of Santropol Roulant, a food agency supported by Centraide of Greater Montreal. She is visiting Montreal in her capacity as president of Emerging Leaders’ Dialogues (ELD) Canada, a charity strengthening global ties and networks through leadership. [photo credit] Anick Valiquette (CNW Group/ELD Canada)". Image available at:

For further information: MEDIA CONTACT: Karen Henderson, Project Manager, Emerging Leaders' Dialogues Canada, 289-879-1267,


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