Governor General of Canada

Governor General of Canada

May 23, 2012 13:37 ET

Media Advisory: Governor General of Canada to Deliver Keynote Address at Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences

His Excellency will Attend Discussions on Community Engagement and Service in Education at Wilfrid Laurier University

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - May 23, 2012) - His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, will deliver a keynote address on the opening day of the 2012 Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences, on Saturday, May 26, 2012. During the day, he will also host the Governor General's Round Table on Community-Campus Collaboration, and attend a panel discussion on research, education and service to community presented by the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI). All three events will be held at Wilfrid Laurier University, in Waterloo, Ontario.

10 a.m.

Governor General's Round Table - Community-Campus Collaboration

His Excellency will host a discussion on university-community engagement with stakeholders from academic and community groups. Organized in partnership with the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, United Way-Centraide and ResearchImpact, the round table will encourage greater collaboration among community organizations and universities to create a smarter and more caring Canada.

Paul Martin Centre, Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, Ontario

OPEN TO MEDIA-Opening remarks only

12:15 p.m.

Keynote Address at the 2012 Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences

His Excellency will deliver a speech on "Democratizing Knowledge: The Key to Progress" to the general public, academics, students, practitioners and policy-makers from Canada and abroad. His address will be part of the Big Thinking lecture series, which will be open to the public throughout Congress. Following his address, a discussion with panellists will take place. The event will be webcast at www.congress2012.ca.

Maureen Forrester Recital Hall, Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, Ontario

OPEN TO MEDIA

2:30 p.m.

Panel Discussion - Research, Education and Service to the Community: New Ideas for a World of New Demands

The Governor General will attend a panel discussion on "Research, Education and Service to the Community: New Ideas for a World of New Demands" hosted by the CFI. Experts from CFI and from Canadian universities will investigate new models of service in Canadian universities, looking specifically at how university leaders are defining 'service' in their institutional, regional, national and global contexts.

Dining Hall, Senate and Board Chamber, Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, Ontario

OPEN TO MEDIA

About the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences

Organized by the Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences, the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences is the largest interdisciplinary conference in Canada. It brings together more than 70 scholarly associations in the humanities and social sciences. For more information about the conference, visit www.congress2012.ca.

About the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council

The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) is the federal agency that promotes and supports postsecondary-based research and training in the humanities and social sciences. Through its programs, SSHRC works to develop talented leaders for all sectors of society, help generate insights about people, ideas and behaviour and build connections within and beyond academia that will build a better future for Canada and the world. For more information, visit www.sshrc-crsh.gc.ca.

About the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI)

The CFI gives researchers the tools they need to think big and innovate. By investing in state-of-the-art facilities and equipment in Canada's universities, colleges, research hospitals and non-profit research institutions, the CFI is helping to attract and retain the world's top talent, to train the next generation of researchers, to support private-sector innovation, and to create high-quality jobs that strengthen the economy and improve the quality of life for all Canadians. For more information, visit www.innovation.ca.

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Contact Information

  • Marie-Eve Letourneau
    Rideau Hall Press Office
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    Alison Hebbs
    Director, Policy and Communications
    Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences
    613-238-6112 ext. 351
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    ahebbs@fedcan.ca

    Ursula Gobel
    Director, Communications
    Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council
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    ursula.gobel@sshrc-crsh.gc.ca

    Ryan Saxby Hill
    Coordinator, Media Relations and Online Engagement
    Canada Foundation for Innovation
    613-943-5346
    613-294-6247 (cell)
    ryan.saxby_hill@innovation.ca