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The Canadian Press

April 16, 2007 13:00 ET

General Rick Hillier to Speak at CP Dinner-May 24 in Toronto

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - April 16, 2007) -

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Editors Note: Photos for this release will be available on the CP picture wire via CCNMatthews.

The role of the Canadian military and the sacrifice of the soldiers serving in Afghanistan is one of the top issues on the minds of Canadians today. CP has documented Canada's military campaigns for 90 years, since the famous victory at Vimy in 1917, throughout the Second World War from the defeat at Dieppe to the triumph on D Day, to the Gulf Wars and now Afghanistan.

So it is appropriate and timely that on May 24th, Canada's top military commander, General Rick Hillier, Chief of the Defence Staff, will be the guest speaker at The Canadian Press annual dinner at the historic Liberty Grand Ballroom in Toronto. He is the highest profile Commander in years and is known for his blunt honesty.

About our guest speaker:

General Rick Hillier has commanded troops from the platoon to division level and has served all over Canada, twice in Europe and the United States. He has enough time with the United Nations and NATO forces in the former Yugoslavia to be eligible to vote there.

On May 30, 2003, he was appointed the Commander of the Army and later that year was chosen as the next commander of the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Kabul, Afghanistan. He commanded ISAF for seven months in 2004.

He assumed duties as Chief of the Defence Staff in February 2005.

Born in Newfoundland and Labrador, General Hillier is a graduate of Memorial University in St. John's. After completing a Bachelor of Science Degree in 1975 through the Regular Officer Training Plan, he joined his first regiment, the 8th Canadian Hussars (Princess Louise's) in Petawawa, Ontario. General Hiller also served with and later commanded the Royal Canadian Dragoons.

About our event:

For more than 50 years, the CP Annual Dinner has been a prestigious forum for renowned - and sometimes controversial - speakers. It has been a much-anticipated event where the leaders of Canada's newspapers, broadcasters, magazines and online sites hear directly from those who shape the country and the world.

It has hosted prime ministers, governors general, media moguls, famed journalists and international diplomats. From Pierre Trudeau to Robert Kennedy to Conrad Black, they have made remarks ranging from insightful to outrageous, humorous to touching, and sometimes even prophetic.

The Canadian Press is a not-for-profit co-operative owned by a wide cross-section of the news media and set up under a charter of Parliament. It fills a vital role as an independent institution serving the country's entire news system.

This year's dinner will be held May 24 at the Liberty Grand Ballroom in Toronto, located at 25 British Columbia Road, Exhibition Grounds.

Reception: 6:00 p.m. - Liberty Grand, Governor's Room

Speech and Dinner: 7:30 p.m. Liberty Grand, Governors Room

To arrange media coverage, including technical requirements, contact Broadcast News Audio Supervisor Rose Kingdon at 416-507-2176 or

To order individual tickets or reserve tables of 10, please contact Sharon Hockin at 416-507-2137 or

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