Governor General of Canada

Governor General of Canada

May 09, 2013 09:00 ET

Canadian Delegates to Accompany Governor General on Visits to Ghana, Botswana and South Africa

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - May 9, 2013) - Their Excellencies the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, and Mrs. Sharon Johnston will be joined by official and accompanying delegations on the occasion of a State visit to the Republic of Ghana, from May 13 to 16; on a State visit to the Republic of Botswana, from May 16 to 19; and on a State visit to the Republic of South Africa, from May 20 to 22, 2013.

A delegation of Canadian public- and private-sector leaders in the fields of business, education, innovation, social justice and development will share their experiences and knowledge with their counterparts and play an active role in highlighting Canada's involvement in the three host countries. These exchanges will further develop the wide-ranging and multi-faceted relationships with Ghana, Botswana and South Africa, and will provide greater visibility for our bilateral co-operation initiatives.

Deepak Obhrai (South Africa)
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Member of Parliament
David McGuinty
Member of Parliament
Peter Braid
Member of Parliament
John Rafferty
Member of Parliament
The Honourable Perrin Beatty (Ghana, Botswana)
President and Chief Executive Officer, Canadian Chamber of Commerce
Dr. Amit Chakma
President and Vice-Chancellor, Western University and
Chair, World University Service of Canada (WUSC)
Paul Davidson
President, Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada (AUCC)
Derek Evans
Executive Director, Cuso International
Craig Kielburger (Botswana, South Africa)
Co-Founder, Free the Children
Jean Lebel
Acting President, International Development Research Centre (IDRC)
Rodney N. Thomas
First Vice President, Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada

The biographies of the accompanying delegation are available online at

Members of the public can follow the Governor General's State visits to the Republic of Ghana, the Republic of Botswana and the Republic of South Africa online at, where speeches and photos will be posted.

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