Governor General of Canada

Governor General of Canada

February 02, 2011 10:33 ET

Governor General to Honour Acts of Bravery During Visit to the Citadelle of Quebec

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Feb. 2, 2011) - Their Excellencies the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, and Mrs. Sharon Johnston will stay at the official residence of the Citadelle of Québec, from February 4 to 8, 2011.

During that visit, the Governor General will present the Commander-in-Chief Unit Commendation to the 3rd Battalion of the Royal 22e Régiment Battle Group, which displayed extraordinary tenacity and courage during confrontations with insurgents in Afghanistan. He will also present Decorations for bravery to individuals who risked their lives to try to save or protect another person.

"Courage sometimes leads us to surpass ourselves and make heroic acts. Whether during a mission in Afghanistan or simply in wanting to come to the aid of a neighbour in distress, the true value of these outstanding acts is worthy of recognition. That is why I am proud to honour these individuals who have demonstrated bravery and excellence, while putting their own lives at risk," said His Excellency.

Their Excellencies will host a presentation of credentials ceremony, meet with the Mayor of Québec, and attend Québec Winter Carnival activities. They will also visit the city of La Pocatière to tour higher education institutions and centres of innovation specializing in the agri-food and biofood development sectors.

Friday, February 4 
City of Québec
11 a.m.
Meeting with His Worship Régis Labeaume, Mayor of City of Québec
Mayor's Office, City Hall, 2 des Jardins Street, City of Québec
PHOTO OP — When the Governor General arrives and during the meeting.
2:30 p.m.
Awarding of the Commander-in-Chief Unit Commendation to the 3rd Battalion, Royal 22e Régiment Battle Group
His Excellency will deliver a speech and award the Commander-in-Chief Unit Commendation scroll and pennant to the 3rd Battalion, Royal 22e Régiment Battle Group.
From July 2007 to February 2008, the 3rd Battalion, Royal 22e Régiment Battle Group, displayed outstanding courage and resolve while battling insurgents in Afghanistan. Arriving at a difficult time for coalition forces, the members of the battle group worked aggressively to regain the initiative from the enemy. They were instrumental in dismantling improvised explosive device networks, re-capturing checkpoints and returning them to Afghan control, enhancing the capacity of Afghan forces and providing guidance on community building and local governance. Their unrelenting efforts expanded the coalition's security presence and brought hope to the Afghan people.
The Commander-in-Chief Unit Commendation was created on July 3, 2002, to recognize exceptional service by Canadian Forces units under extremely hazardous circumstances in a theatre of operations. For more information, visit
Canadian Forces Base, Valcartier, Quebec
Saturday, February 5, 2011
City of Québec
1 p.m.
Québec Winter Carnival Media Event
Their Excellencies will attend the Québec Winter Carnival media event that showcases an international component of the Carnival: the participation of a guest country. This year, South Korea is being honoured. The Governor General will deliver a speech welcoming South Korean representatives and thanking all the employees and volunteers whose presence, caring, generosity and solidarity help to make the world-renowned festival a resounding success.
1:15 p.m.
Tour of the Place Desjardins Site
Their Excellencies, accompanied by Mr. Jean-François Côté, President of the Québec Winter Carnival, will tour the Place Desjardins site and meet with the employees and volunteers who are helping to keep the 57th edition of this major winter festival running smoothly.
Québec Winter Carnival, Place Desjardins, City of Québec
Sunday, February 6
City of Québec
1:30 p.m.
Canoe Race Finals
Their Excellencies, accompanied by Bonhomme, the official mascot of the Carnival, will drop the flag to start the finals of the men's elite canoe race on the frozen St. Lawrence River.
Louise Basin, Port of Québec, City of Québec
Monday, February 7
La Pocatière, Quebec
10:15 a.m.
Meeting with His Worship Sylvain Hudon, Mayor of La Pocatière
Their Excellencies will be greeted upon their arrival by His Worship Sylvain Hudon, Mayor of La Pocatière, and Grade 3 students of École Sacré-Cœur.
Mayor's Office, La Pocatière City Hall, 412 – 9e Rue, La Pocatière, Quebec
PHOTO OP — During the guest book signing and at the beginning of the meeting.
10:30 a.m.
Discussion with Public- and Private-Sector Representatives
Their Excellencies, accompanied by the Mayor of La Pocatière, will talk with public- and private-sector representatives about the region's economic development and new innovation projects in the food, agri-environment, agro-forestry and physical technology sectors.
Bombardier Centre, 600 – 9e Rue, La Pocatière, Quebec
1:30 p.m.
Tour of the Centre de développement bioalimentaire du Québec
Their Excellencies, accompanied by the Mayor, will visit the bio-food complex of the Centre de développement bioalimentaire du Québec, where they will tour the laboratories of the CDBQ's food-processing pilot plant.
The CDBQ is a non-profit organization with the mandate of consolidating innovation and technology transfer resources for Quebec's bio-food industry.
1642, rue de la Ferme, La Pocatière, Quebec
3 p.m.
Tour of the Institut de technologie agroalimentaire (ITA)
Their Excellencies will tour the Institut de technologie agroalimentaire, which comprises a network of three specialized training centres in La Pocatière, Saint-Hyacinthe and McGill University's Macdonald College. The institute provides specialized training in farming, animal production, environment, food quality and processing, and equine technology.
Their Excellencies will also have an opportunity to tour the Lapokita school farm, a renowned farm management teaching facility that encourages an entrepreneurial spirit among its students. In addition to general training and specialized courses, the farm provides an overview of the agri-environment sector as well as courses in livestock and building management, and agricultural technology.
At 4 p.m., the Governor General will address students, business leaders, the Mayor and residents of the City of La Pocatière. He will talk about the importance of technology, education and innovation in building a smart and caring municipality.
La Pocatière Campus, ITA, 40, rue Poiré, La Pocatière, Quebec
Tuesday, February 8
City of Québec
10 a.m.
Presentation of Credentials
His Excellency will receive credentials from four ambassadors and two high commissioners from the following countries: the Republic of South Africa, the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, the Kingdom of Thailand, the Republic of Hungary, the Republic of Nicaragua, and the Republic of Moldova.
Upon their arrival in Canada and before they can carry out their duties as heads of mission, new high commissioners, for which Queen Elizabeth II is not the Head of State, and new ambassadors must be officially welcomed by the governor general of Canada. High commissioners representing countries for which Queen Elizabeth II is the head of state, are introduced to the prime minister of Canada, rather than the governor general. Credentials are the official documents by which new heads of diplomatic missions are presented by their head of State to Canada. Currently, there are more than 130 heads of diplomatic missions accredited to Canada.
The Citadelle of Québec, City of Québec
1:30 p.m.
Decorations for Bravery Presentation Ceremony
The Governor General will present two Stars of Courage and 11 Medals of Bravery during the ceremony.
The Decorations for Bravery were created in 1972, to recognize people who risked their lives to try to save or protect the lives of others. The Cross of Valour (C.V.) recognizes acts of the most conspicuous courage in circumstances of extreme peril; the Star of Courage (S.C.) recognizes acts of conspicuous courage in circumstances of great peril; and the Medal of Bravery (M.B.) recognizes acts of bravery in hazardous circumstances.
The Citadelle of Québec, City of Québec

Contact Information

  • Ottawa:
    Rideau Hall Press Office
    Marie-Eve Letourneau
    613-302-0912 (cellular)
    City of Quebec:
    Joanne Charrette
    Official Spokesperson to the Governor General
    613-852-5364 (cellular)