Governor General of Canada

Governor General of Canada

May 28, 2013 13:49 ET

Media Advisory: Governor General of Canada Welcomes His Excellency Sebastian Pinera, President of the Republic of Chile

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - May 28, 2013) - Their Excellencies the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, and Mrs. Sharon Johnston, will welcome His Excellency Sebastián Piñera, President of the Republic of Chile, and his spouse, Mrs. Cecilia Morel, to Rideau Hall, on May 30 and 31, 2013, on the occasion of their State visit to Canada.

The detailed itinerary of the events taking place at Rideau Hall can be found below.

Thursday, May 30, 2013

3:15 p.m. - Official Welcoming Ceremony
An official welcoming ceremony, with military honours, will be held at Rideau Hall. The President of the Republic of Chile will conduct an inspection of a guard of honour. The Governor General and the President will then offer remarks.
Rideau Hall Grounds, 1 Sussex Drive, Ottawa, Ontario
3:45 p.m. - Meeting between the Governor General and the President of the Republic of Chile
Large Drawing Room, Rideau Hall
PHOTO OPPORTUNITY - At the beginning of the meeting
4:15 p.m. - Ceremonial Tree Planting
The President and his spouse will plant a tree on the grounds of Rideau Hall to commemorate their State visit to Canada. The tree will be a red maple (Acer rubrum), chosen to symbolize the close links between Canada and Chile.
Rideau Hall Grounds
7 p.m. - State Dinner
In honour of the President's visit to Canada, Their Excellencies will host a State dinner at Rideau Hall.
Ballroom, Rideau Hall
OPEN TO MEDIA - Official remarks at the beginning of the State dinner, in the Ballroom, and a photo op prior to the dinner, in the Reception Room.

Friday, May 31, 2013

8:30 a.m. - Discussion on Education and Innovation
The Governor General will host a round-table discussion on the role of learning and innovation in strengthening ties between peoples, institutions and nations. He will be joined by the President, as well as participants from Canada and Chile.
Large Dining Room, Rideau Hall
PHOTO OPPORTUNITY - At the beginning of the round table

Media accredited with the Parliamentary Press Gallery must confirm their attendance in advance with the Rideau Hall Press Office. It is requested that members of the media arrive no later than 30 minutes prior to official events. For more information on accreditation, contact the Parliamentary Press Gallery at 613-992-6517.

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