Governor General of Canada

Governor General of Canada

October 30, 2012 15:03 ET

Governor General to Visit Toronto

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Oct. 30, 2012) - Their Excellencies the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, and Mrs. Sharon Johnston will visit Toronto on November 1 and 2, 2012.

Below is Their Excellencies' detailed itinerary:

Thursday, November 1
Toronto, Ontario

1:30 p.m.

Governor General's Round Table on Youth Engagement

His Excellency will host a round table on youth engagement with 65 youth from the Toronto area. Organized in partnership with United Way Toronto, this one-day discussion will focus on defining meaningful youth involvement, identifying challenges faced by youth and how to address them, as well as finding new innovating ways and opportunities to better assist them in their endeavours. At 1:30 p.m., Their Excellencies will visit the participants. The Governor General will talk to them about the importance of building a smarter and more caring community, and hear their views and ideas on the three themes of the discussion during their break-out sessions.

Established in 1956, United Way Toronto is a charity dedicated to creating opportunities for a better life for everyone. Working in partnership with other individuals and organizations, it mobilizes people and resources to support a network of agencies that help people when they need it most. United Way also addresses the root causes of social problems, working to change community conditions for the better over the long term. For more information, please visit

BMO Financial Group, First Canadian Place, 100 King Street West, 68th Floor, Toronto


Media Contact: Michelle Yao, 416-557-8508,

6:30 p.m.

True Patriot Love Foundation Dinner

Their Excellencies will attend the fourth annual True Patriot Love Tribute Dinner, which honours and supports members of the Canadian Forces and their families. As commander-in-chief, The Governor General will be the guest of honour, and as commander-in-chief of Canada, he will address Canadian Forces members and their families, and distinguished guests.

True Patriot Love is a national foundation that supports and honours members of the Canadian military and their families. It was founded by a group of citizens dedicated to building bridges between Canadian civilians and their military, in order to better understand and appreciate the sacrifices of soldiers and their families. In celebrating the patriotism of our military families, the foundation also strives to inspire Canadians to serve their country, whether it's in or out of uniform. For more information, please visit

Metro Toronto Convention Centre, North Building, Toronto


Media Contact: Hilary Coles, 416-628-4972,

Friday, November 2
Toronto, Ontario

10 a.m.

Opening of 'Lab of the Future' at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

Their Excellencies will attend the official opening a 150 000-square-foot medical research space at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre. This will be the largest and only centre of its kind in Canada. Following the inauguration, Their Excellencies will visit several labs, such as the Neurointervention Centre, where they will see how research is helping patients recover from strokes and understand how the brain works when it must do competing tasks.

The Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, affiliated with the University of Toronto, is an internationally recognized leader in research and education and one of Canada's premier academic health sciences centres. It specializes in caring for women with high-risk pregnancies as well as critically ill newborns and adults, and offers specialized rehabilitation, treatment and prevention of cancer, cardiovascular disease, neurological and psychiatric disorders, orthopaedic and arthritic conditions, and traumatic injuries. The Hospital also has a unique national program for the care of Canada's war veterans. For more information, visit

2075 Bayview Avenue (between Eglinton and Lawrence) Main Entrance M-Wing (M6/M7), Toronto

OPEN TO MEDIA - Opening of lab and visit to the Neurointervention Centre

Media contact: Monica Matys, Communications Advisor, 416-480-4040

2 p.m.

Canada Awards for Excellence

His Excellency will attend the 28th Canada Awards for Excellence. As patron, he will deliver a speech and present the Order of Excellence (the highest designation within the award's structure) to seven deserving organizations. Since 1984, the Canada Awards for Excellence have been presented annually to private, public and not-for-profit organizations that have demonstrated excellence in the areas of Quality and a Healthy Workplace®.

Founded in 1992 by Industry Canada, Excellence Canada is an independent, not-for-profit organization that is committed to advancing organizational excellence across Canada. Since its inception, it has helped thousands of Canadian organizations across many sectors. For more information, visit

Metro Ballrooms, Westin Harbour Castle Hotel, Toronto


Media contact: Allan Ebedes, 647-588-2222,

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