Governor General of Canada

Governor General of Canada

September 24, 2014 14:43 ET

Governor General to Visit Quebec's North Shore

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Sept. 24, 2014) - Their Excellencies the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, and Mrs. Sharon Johnston will visit Quebec's North Shore to take part in several official events and functions in the cities of Baie-Comeau, Sept-Îles and Fermont, from September 29 to October 1, 2014.

"Sharon and I are delighted to visit the North Shore region. During our time in Baie-Comeau, Sept-Îles and Fermont, we will visit cutting-edge, technological and world-renowned industries in the agriculture, hydroelectricity, mining and metals sectors, which play a central role in the region's economic development. We will take the opportunity to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the City of Fermont, and we will have the honour of launching Maritime Week in Sept-Îles, during which we will inaugurate a naval monument to commemorate the 25th anniversary of HMCS Jolliet. We believe it is important to recognize innovative practices and new initiatives that encourage collaboration and, therefore, promote the establishment of economic partnerships between the public and private sectors in these three municipalities. This visit will also be an opportunity to honour citizens who show great dedication and work tirelessly for the well-being of their communities."

Below is Their Excellencies' detailed itinerary (Eastern Daylight Saving Time):

Monday, September 29

Baie-Comeau, Quebec

9:15 a.m.

Meeting with the Mayor of Baie-Comeau

Their Excellencies will meet with His Worship Claude Martel, Mayor of Baie-Comeau, to discuss certain social, economic and environmental issues. After the meeting, Their Excellencies will sign the city's guest book.

19 Marquette Avenue, City Hall, Baie-Comeau

PHOTO OP - After the meeting and during the guest book signing

MEDIA CONTACT: Mathieu Pineault, Communications Coordinator for the City of Baie-Comeau, 418-297-0350,

10 a.m.

Round Table on Public-Private Partnerships and the Economic Conditions in Baie-Comeau

Their Excellencies will take part in a round table with participants from the economic, academic, social and environmental sectors and will discuss challenges, successes, partnerships and projects that have improved the entire region's economic conditions.

Centre des Arts de Baie-Comeau, Baie-Comeau


Monday, September 29

Pointe-aux-Outardes, Quebec

1:30 p.m.

Visit to Les Buissons Research Centre (CRLB)

Their Excellencies will visit the CRLB, which has led a genetic improvement program for potatoes since 1987. They will attend a presentation on the projects that the CRLB and Les Semences élite du Québec are currently working on, and then a scientist will accompany them to an in vitro laboratory to see some plants. Since its creation, the centre has produced more than 15 varieties of potatoes, including Envol, which is found in Canada and the United States. The centre also conducts potato variety trials in Cuba, Brazil and Uruguay in order to test their disease resistance.

Founded in 1955 by the École Supérieure d'Agriculture in Sainte-Anne-de-La-Pocatière, this centre became the property of Quebec's department of agriculture in 1962. It helps to promote agriculture in the North Shore region. This research centre is one of the few North American research centres to be located this far north. Its unique location gives it an exceptional level of biosecurity that is conducive to operating a genetic improvement program. For more information, visit

358 Principal Road, Pointe-aux-Outardes


MEDIA CONTACT: Guy Simard, President of the CRLB, 418-297-6725,

Monday, September 29

Manicouagan, Quebec

3:20 p.m.

Visit to the Daniel-Johnson Dam and Manic-5 Generating Station

Their Excellencies will visit the hydroelectric facilities at the longest multiple-arch-and-buttress dam in the world, located 214 kilometres north of the city of Baie-Comeau and built across the Manicouagan river valley.

The dam is 214 metres high and 1 314 metres long across the crest. It has 13 arches and 14 buttresses, and was inaugurated in 1969. The power station was put into service in 1970-1971. The combined power of the two power stations (Manic-5 and Manic-5 PA) is 2 660 MW, which makes it the third largest site in Hydro-Québec's production system. The Manicouagan reservoir has a volume of 140 billion cubic metres of water, which makes it one of the largest freshwater reservoirs in the world. For more information, visit

Daniel-Johnson Dam and Manic-5 power station, Manicouagan


Tuesday, September 30

Sept-Îles, Quebec

8:45 a.m.

Meeting with the Mayor of Sept-Îles

Their Excellencies will meet with His Worship Réjean Porlier, Mayor of Sept-Îles, and will sign the city's guest book.

546 de Quen Avenue, City Hall, Sept-Îles

PHOTO OP - At the beginning of the meeting and during the guest book signing

MEDIA CONTACT: Marie-Christine Arseneau, Communications for the City of Sept-Îles, 418-962-2525 ext. 2044,

9:30 a.m.

Meeting with the Uashat-Maliotenam Innu community

Their Excellencies will meet with Chief Mike McKenzie of the Uashat-Maliotenam Innu Community and members of the Innu Takuaikan Uashat mak Mani-Utenam band to discuss the creation of a long-term community plan that focuses on health and social services, education, employment and training, economic development, and the region's land use plan, among other things.

ITUM, Sept-Îles

PHOTO OP- At the beginning of the meeting

MEDIA CONTACT: Arthur Fontaine, Political Secretary, ITUM, 418-968-2266,

10:30 a.m.

Visit to the Port of Sept-Îles and Launch of Maritime Week

The Governor General will be welcomed upon his arrival by Pierre Gagnon, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Port of Sept-Îles, who will discuss the North Shore port authority's operations and the activities it leads. At 11:15 a.m., Their Excellencies, accompanied by the President and CEO, and by Carol Soucy, Chairman of the Board for the Sept-Îles Port Authority, will launch Maritime Week in Sept-Îles (September 29 to October 5) on Quai Mgr-Blanche.

Celebrating its 15th anniversary in 2014, the Port of Sept-Îles is the largest ore-handling port in North America, with over 30 million tons of merchandise annually. Its infrastructures play an important and strategic role in support of Eastern Canada's economy. The economic impact of the Port has been associated with the creation of approximately 4 000 direct and indirect jobs, representing economic activity amounting to $1 billion annually. For more information, visit

1 Quai Mgr-Blanche, Port of Sept-Îles

PHOTO OP: Launch of Maritime Week on Quai Mgr-Blanche

MEDIA CONTACT: Patsy Keays, Director of Corporate Affairs, Port of Sept-Îles, 418-965-7434,

10:30 a.m.

Discussion on the Suicide Prevention Program with Her Excellency Sharon Johnston

Mrs. Johnston will speak with suicide prevention program specialists and patients, and with representatives from the Centre de santé et de services sociaux de Sept-Îles and the Centre de prévention du suicide de la Côte-Nord to learn more about the measures that have been put in place to lower the region's suicide rate. Their Excellencies place a great deal of importance on physical and mental health. Throughout their mandate, they have added their voices to national efforts aimed at reducing the stigma of mental illness and showing that it a question of health, just like any physical illness.


1:30 p.m.

Visit to Aluminerie Alouette

Their Excellencies will be welcomed by Claude Boulanger, President and Chief Executive Officer, and by Claude Gosselin, Vice-President of Operations and Maintenance at Aluminerie Alouette, who will then give them an overview of the company's operational and production activities. Their Excellencies will then visit the electrolysis section, the factory's largest section, with 594 vats used to produce primary aluminium, and the casting centre, which is where the final step in the aluminium manufacturing process takes place before shipping.

Inaugurated in 1992, Aluminerie Alouette is an independent aluminium production company. It has the largest aluminium smelter in the Americas, with an annual production capacity of 600 000 tons of aluminium, and employs nearly 1 000 people in Sept-Îles. The Sept-Îles factory is a world leader in energy efficiency and uses cutting-edge technology. For more information, please visit (website in French only).

OPEN TO MEDIA: Visit to the electrolysis section and the casting centre

MEDIA CONTACT: Maxime Lelièvre, Communications Advisor, Aluminerie Alouette, 418-964-7340,

3:30 p.m.

Official Inauguration of a Naval Monument in Honour of the 25th anniversary of Her Majesty's Canadian Ship (HMCS) Jolliet and Presentation of the Caring Canadian Award

As part of Maritime Week in Sept-Îles, Their Excellencies will inaugurate a naval monument to commemorate the 25th anniversary of HMCS Jolliet, 22nd Canadian Naval Reserve Division. The Mayor of Sept-Îles and representatives from the Port of Sept-Îles and the Royal Canadian Navy will also attend this event, at which the Governor General will deliver an address.

During this same ceremony, Their Excellencies will meet citizens from the community of Sept-Îles and His Excellency will present the Governor General's Caring Canadian Award to six deserving volunteers. The recipients' names and citations will be published at a later date. Created in 1995, this award recognizes living Canadians and permanent residents who have made a significant, sustained, unpaid contribution to their community, in Canada or abroad. Often working behind the scenes, these individuals volunteer their time and efforts to help their fellow citizens. The award also highlights the example set by volunteers, whose compassion and engagement are a part of our Canadian character. For more information, visit

The name of HMCS Jolliet is taken from Louis Jolliet, the great explorer and cartographer. Since its inauguration in 1989, HMCS Jolliet has been the training centre for nearly 500 Royal Canadian Navy officers and non-commissioned officers, many of whom have taken part in dozens of missions in Canada and around the world.

366 Arnaud Avenue, Naval Reserve, Sept-Îles


MEDIA CONTACT: Lieutenant Commander François Lévesque, Commander of HMCS Jolliet, 418-350-0538,

Wednesday, October 1

Sept-Îles, Quebec

8:30 a.m.

Discussion with Members of the Huntington Disease Working Group

Huntington disease is a serious, hereditary, neurological disorder that results in the progressive development of significant cognitive problems, mental symptoms and problems with movement. A parent with the disease has a 50 percent chance of transmitting it to his or her child. Their Excellencies will meet with Dr. Sylvain Chouinard, a neurologist at the CHUM Hôpital Notre-Dame, and with members of the Uauitshitum, the ITUM and the Sept-Îles health and social services centres to learn about the research currently being done and the many challenges they face.

Wednesday, October 1

Fermont, Quebec

11:30 a.m.

Meeting with the Deputy Mayor of Fermont

Their Excellencies will meet with Marco Ouellet, Deputy Mayor of Fermont, and his wife, Diane Bond, as well as municipal councillors to discuss certain socio-economic issues affecting the city. They will also sign the city's guest book.

100 Daviault Place, Caserne/City Hall, Fermont

PHOTO OP - At the beginning of the meeting with the deputy mayor and municipal councilors and during the guest book signing

MEDIA CONTACT: Carolle Bourque, Communications for the City of Fermont, 418-287-5411,

1:45 p.m.

Visit to the ArcelorMittal Mines Canada Mont-Wright Mining Complex

Upon their arrival, Their Excellencies will be welcomed by Steve Wood, President and Chief Executive Officer of ArcelorMittal Mining Canada, and by Bernard Laflamme, Director General of the Mont-Wright mine, who will give them an overview of the mining activity taking place and of the Port-Cartier expansion project. Afterwards, Their Excellencies will have the opportunity to visit the open-pit mine, which extends over 24 square kilometres, its train loading system and its concentrator, which was inaugurated in 2013 and now allows the company to produce 24 million tons of iron ore concentrate annually.

A wholly owned subsidiary of ArcelorMittal, the largest iron and steel producer in the world, ArcelorMittal Mines Canada is one of the main Canadian suppliers of iron ore products on the global steel market, alone producing nearly 40 percent of Canada's total production. The company operates two major open-pit mines, one in Mont-Wright, which is the largest of its kind in North America, and another in Fire Lake. For more information, visit .

ArcelorMittal Mines Canada, Mont-Wright

OPEN TO MEDIA: Visit to the mine

MEDIA CONTACT: Réjeanne Le Bloch, Head of Communications, ArcelorMittal, 418-287-4700, ext. 4975,

5 p.m.

Gathering with the Community of Fermont and Presentation of the Caring Canadian Award

In honour of Their Excellencies' visit, the community of Fermont will organize a community gathering during which His Excellency will present the Governor General's Caring Canadian Award to four deserving volunteers. The recipients' names and citations will be published at a later date. The Governor General will also present the Fire Services Exemplary Service Medal to Claude Meilleur, in recognition of his 20 years of exemplary public security service in Canada.

850 Daviault Place, Centre multifonctionnel CLIFFS, Fermont


MEDIA CONTACT: Carolle Bourque, Communications for the City of Fermont, 418-287-5411,

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