Governor General of Canada

Governor General of Canada

April 30, 2013 10:00 ET

Media Advisory: Governor General of Canada Welcomes His Excellency Toomas Hendrik Ilves, President of the Republic of Estonia

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - April 30, 2013) - Their Excellencies the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, and Mrs. Sharon Johnston will welcome His Excellency Toomas Hendrik Ilves, President of the Republic of Estonia and his spouse, Mrs. Evelin Ilves, at Rideau Hall on May 1, 2013, at 3 p.m. on the occasion of their State visit to Canada.

"I look forward to welcoming President Ilves and Mrs. Ilves, especially since this is the first State visit of an Estonian President to Canada," said the Governor General. "As President Ilves has both lived in Canada and visited our country on several occasions, this will be a great opportunity to deepen the dialogue between our two countries on issues relating to governance as well as explore the potential for greater cooperation in various sectors such as communications technologies and energy."

Events at Rideau Hall with the Governor General and Mrs. Johnston and President Toomas Hendrik Ilves and Mrs. Evelin Ilves

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

3 p.m. - Official Welcoming Ceremony

An official welcoming ceremony, with military honours, will be held at Rideau Hall. The President of the Republic of Estonia 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


3:30 p.m. - Meeting between the Governor General and the President of the Republic of Estonia

Large Drawing Room, Rideau Hall

PHOTO OPPORTUNITY - At the beginning of the meeting

4 p.m. - Ceremonial Tree Planting

The President will plant a tree on the grounds of Rideau Hall to commemorate his State visit to Canada. The tree will be a red maple (Acer rubrum), which was chosen to symbolize the President's ties to Canada.

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.

Accredited media 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 the Official Welcoming Ceremony. For more information on accreditation, contact the Parliamentary Press Gallery at 613-992-6517.

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