Governor General of Canada

Governor General of Canada

April 18, 2013 10:00 ET

Media Advisory: Governor General to Host a Discussion on Education Partnerships Between Canada and Africa

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - April 18, 2013) - His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, will host a round-table discussion on Education Partnerships between Canada and Africa, on April 22, 2013, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., at Rideau Hall.

The Governor General will be joined by Ms. Reeta Roy, President and CEO of The MasterCard Foundation; Mr. David Naylor, President of the University of Toronto; Professor Stephen Toope, President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of British Columbia; and Professor Heather Munroe-Blum, Principal and Vice-Chancellor of McGill University. His Excellency will deliver opening and closing remarks at this event.

The discussion, which will be moderated by Mr. Paul Wells, political editor at Maclean's magazine, will include the following four panellists:

  • Mr. Gerald Bareebe, Sauvé scholar and Ugandan journalist;
  • Dr. Antoinette Handley, Associate Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Toronto;
  • Dr. James Mwangi, CEO and Managing Director, Equity Bank; and
  • Professor Stephen Toope, President and Vice-Chancellor, University of British Columbia and Chair of the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada.

Together, they will discuss His Excellency's concept of the 'Diplomacy of Knowledge,' and how post-secondary institutions can facilitate learning between nations and building global citizens. The round table will also examine how Canada and Africa, through such means as The MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program, can further advance education partnerships. For more information on The MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program, please visit

Media wishing to cover this event are requested to confirm their attendance with the Rideau Hall Press Office, and must arrive at the Princess Anne entrance no later than 9:45 a.m. on the day of the event.

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