Governor General of Canada

Governor General of Canada

May 10, 2011 10:55 ET

Media Advisory: Governor General to Deliver Opening Address at the Community Foundations of Canada Conference in Vancouver

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - May 10, 2011) - His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, will deliver the opening address at the 2011 Community Foundations of Canada (CFC) Conference, in Vancouver, British Columbia, on Thursday, May 12, 2011.

As keynote speaker, His Excellency will speak on the importance of volunteerism and philanthropy, and will inspire action as we move towards Canada's 150th anniversary in 2017. The Governor General is patron of Community Foundations of Canada.

While in Vancouver, His Excellency will also attend round-table discussions with representatives of the Youth Philanthropy Council and members of the University of British Columbia's innovation panel. The visit will conclude with the presentation of the coat of arms to Capilano University.

Thursday, May 12

8:30 a.m.

Opening Address at Community Foundations of Canada Conference

His Excellency will deliver the opening address at the Community Foundations of Canada Conference entitled A World of Opportunity. This international gathering of members of the philanthropic sector is held every two years.

The Community Foundations of Canada is the national membership association for the country's 178 community foundations. These organizations have connected donors to community needs and opportunities since 1921, and are one of the country's largest supporters of local charities. For more information, visit

Sheraton Wall Centre Hotel, 1088 Burrard Street, Vancouver


10:45 a.m.

Discussion with Youth Philanthropy Council Members

His Excellency will participate in a discussion facilitated by the Vancouver Foundation that will bring together participants from the Foundation's Youth Philanthropy Council as well as young people from across Canada who are engaged in the community foundation movement. The Governor General will hear their success stories, and learn about what motivates them to accomplish their work, and what drives them to pursue their outstanding efforts.

The Vancouver Foundation's Youth Philanthropy Council empowers young people in the region to take action on issues of common concern by supporting programs that encourage youth growth and dignity; that foster inclusiveness, fairness and equality; that promote youth voice; and that increase opportunities for youth participation. For more information, visit

YMCA Robert Lee Centre, 955 Burrard Street, Vancouver

PHOTO OP—At the beginning of the discussion

1:20 p.m.

Meeting with Professor Stephen J. Toope, President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of British Columbia

President's Office, Old Administration Building, University of British Columbia,

6328 Memorial Road, Vancouver

PHOTO OP—Upon the arrival of His Excellency, at the signing of the guest book and at the beginning of the meeting

1:45 p.m.

Discussion with Leaders from the University of British Columbia's Innovation Panel

His Excellency will participate in a round-table discussion with innovation leaders, including professors, researchers and students, to share perspectives on the innovation landscape in Canada.

The University of British Columbia, established in 1908, educates a student population of 50 000 on major campuses in two cities, and holds an international reputation for excellence in advanced research and learning. For more information, visit

Board and Senate Room, Old Administration Building, University of British Columbia,

6328 Memorial Road, Vancouver


4 p.m.

Presentation of Coat of Arms to Capilano University

During a ceremony, His Excellency will unveil the university's coat of arms in front of an audience of students, faculty, staff, alumni and board members. The Governor General will also deliver remarks on this special occasion.

Opened in 1968 as a community college, Capilano was officially designated a university in 2008. It offers a complete range of preparatory courses; university-level arts and science courses; business and management studies; creative and applied arts programs; health and human services programs; plus a range of services in support of student learning and success. For more information, visit

Multi-Purpose Room, Sportsplex,Capilano University, North Vancouver


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