Governor General of Canada

Governor General of Canada

May 30, 2011 10:36 ET

Media Advisory: Governor General to Undertake Official Visit to Nova Scotia

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - May 30, 2011) - Their Excellencies the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, and Mrs. Sharon Johnston will conduct an official visit to Nova Scotia from May 31 to June 2, 2011.

"My wife, Sharon, and I are excited about our official visit to Nova Scotia, which will allow us to learn about the innovative research and environmental projects being developed by government and academic institutions," said His Excellency. "We are also looking forward to meeting with Membertou First Nation community members and experience, first-hand, how the five First Nations in Cape Breton have formed a unique economic partnership and established a collaborative approach to economic development that is becoming recognized across Canada."

Upon their arrival in Halifax, Their Excellencies will meet with the Lieutenant Governor and the Premier of the province, as well as with the Mayor and members of city council. While in the capital city, the Governor General will meet with scientists from the National Research Council's Marine Research Station who are involved in the algal biofuels program. His Excellency will also present the Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award to young Canadians for their exemplary community service.

Their Excellencies will also travel to Dartmouth to visit the Nova Scotia Community College's Centre for the Built Environment: to Glace Bay, where they will participate in a Habitat for Humanity building project; and to Membertou, where they will meet with First Nation community members.

Tuesday, May 31

Halifax, Nova Scotia

5:40 p.m.

Arrival in Halifax

Upon their arrival in the capital city, Their Excellencies will be greeted by Her Honour the Honourable Mayann Francis, Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia, and other officials.

Esso Avitat Hangar, Halifax Stanfield International Airport, Halifax, Nova Scotia.

PHOTO OP—Upon Their Excellencies' arrival

7 p.m.

Meeting with the Honourable Darrell Dexter, Premier of Nova Scotia, and his wife, Ms. Kelly Wilson.

Morning Room, Government House, Halifax, Nova Scotia.

PHOTO OP—At the beginning of the meeting

Wednesday, June 1

Halifax, Nova Scotia

9 a.m.

Meeting with His Worship Peter Kelly, Mayor of Halifax Regional Municipality

Upon his arrival at City Hall, His Excellency will be greeted by His Worship Peter Kelly, Mayor of Halifax Regional Municipality, and by the Vivace Children's Choir. Prior to the meeting, His Excellency will sign the guest book inside the Mayor's office.

City Hall, Halifax, Nova Scotia

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

Wednesday, June 1

Ketch Harbour, Nova Scotia

10:30 a.m.

Visit to the National Research Council of Canada Marine Research Station

His Excellency will attend a presentation by Dr. Stephen O'Leary, a research officer with the National Research Council of Canada Institute for Marine Biosciences (NRC-IMB). Dr. O'Leary is the program leader for Establishing a Canadian Capacity to Produce Biofuels from Marine Algae, a project under NRC's National Bioproducts Program. During his visit to the facility, the Governor General will also have the opportunity to tour the algal biorefinery with lead scientist Dr. Patrick McGinn.

The National Research Council Marine Research Station, in Ketch Harbour, Nova Scotia, is a world-class facility for research, development and demonstration activities involving marine algae. At the station, NRC researchers and its partners are developing technologies in areas of algae cultivation, oil extraction and ultimately, biofuel production. The collaborators are also investigating innovative ways to use the by-products of fuel production, such as in health-related products and animal feed. For more information, visit

270 Sandy Cove Road, Marine Research Station, NRC, Ketch Harbour, Nova Scotia


Wednesday, June 1

Dartmouth, Nova Scotia

1:30 p.m.

Visit to Nova Scotia Community College, Centre for the Built Environment

Their Excellencies will be greeted by Mr. Don Bureaux, President of the Nova Scotia Community College, and Waterfront Campus principal Rachael Donovan. They will proceed to the Living Wall, where Mr. Don Jardine, Academic Chair of Environmental Sustainability and Development, will provide an overview of the College and its programs. During the tour of the College, Their Excellencies will engage with students from the Centre for the Built Environment (CBE), an example of restorative building design, which blends elements of the 'natural' and 'built' environments to ensure the building and its operations do not contribute to environmental harm. The CBE focuses on creating learning environments that enable students to collaborate on projects, see first-hand how building systems function, and access the latest in alternative energy technologies.

Nova Scotia Community College (NSCC) is a vibrant, post-secondary institution committed to building Nova Scotia's economy and quality of life through education and innovation. NSCC offers over 100 programs in five academic schools that reflect the labour market needs and opportunities of the provincial economy. It serves the province through a network of 13 campuses. For more information, visit

Waterfront Campus, Nova Scotia Community College, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia.


Wednesday, June 1

Halifax, Nova Scotia

4:40 p.m.

Visit to the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21

Their Excellencies will be greeted by a member of the museum's board of trustees, Mrs. Ruth Goldbloom, and will visit the Exhibition Hall.

The Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 explores the theme of immigration to Canada to enhance public understanding of the experiences of immigrants as they arrived in Canada, of the vital role that immigration has played in the building of Canada, and of the contributions of immigrants to Canada's culture, economy, and way of life. For more information, visit

1055 Marginal Road, Halifax, Nova Scotia

PHOTO OP—At the beginning of the tour

5:30 p.m.

The Duke of Edinburgh Gold Awards Ceremony

His Excellency will present the Duke of Edinburgh Gold Awards to about 50 youth from the Maritime provinces for developing important life skills while contributing to the community. The Governor General will deliver an address on this occasion.

The Duke of Edinburgh Award is a self-development program available to all young people between the ages of 14-25. The award encourages youth to be active, to participate in new activities, and to pursue current interests in four different ways: Community Service, Skills Development, Physical Fitness, and Expeditions and Exploration. Gold Award participants must
also complete a Residential Project consisting of voluntary service. To date, the award program has motivated over 500 000 young people from Canada, and over seven million youth in 130 countries worldwide, to undertake a variety of voluntary and challenging activities. For more information, please visit

Heritage Hall, 1055 Marginal Road, Halifax, Nova Scotia


Thursday, June 2

Sydney, Nova Scotia

9:20 a.m.

Arrival in Sydney

Upon their arrival, Their Excellencies will be welcomed by the Honourable Frank Corbett, Deputy Premier and Member of the Legislative Assembly for Cape Breton Centre, and Mrs. Joan Anne Corbett.

JA Douglas McCurdy Sydney Airport, Sydney, Nova Scotia

PHOTO OP—Upon Their Excellencies' arrival

9:30 a.m.

Visit to Cape Breton University

Their Excellencies will be welcomed by Dr. H. John Harker, President and Vice-Chancellor of Cape Breton University. Their Excellencies will proceed to the Board of Governors Boardroom, where they will be introduced to vice-presidents and other officials. They will then attend presentations on Aboriginal business studies, energy and the environment.

Their Excellencies will continue to Unama'Ki College for a presentation on the history of Cape Breton University with Mi'kma'ki—the homeland of the Mi'kmaq— by principal Lindsay Marshall. They will also attend a round-table discussion with representatives from the Unama'ki communities—the five First Nations of Cape Breton—that have formed a unique economic partnership and established a collaborative approach to economic development. Their Excellencies will conclude their visit at the Where are the Children? Healing the Legacy of Residential Schools exhibit. The exhibition, a partnership between the Cape Breton University Art Gallery and the Unama'Ki College, consists of 118 framed archival photographs, text panels, maps, original classroom texts and historical government papers that span over 125 years. It serves as an educational tool and a means of honouring the survivors of the residential school system.

Cape Breton University's Centre for Sustainability in Energy and the Environment, the chiefs and band councils of Cape Breton's five First Nations communities, and the Unama'ki Economic Benefits Office share a collaborative partnership that focuses on economic opportunities directly tied to research and development in energy and environmental sustainability that will see the engagement of local Mi'kmaq in these research and development efforts. For more information about Cape Breton University, visit

1250 Grand Lake Road, Sydney, Nova Scotia

PHOTO OP—Upon Their Excellencies' arrival

OPEN TO MEDIA—Presentations by Unama'Ki College staff, round-table discussion and tour of exhibit

CLOSED TO MEDIA—Presentations by Cape Breton University staff


Visit to the Community of Membertou

Upon their arrival, Their Excellencies will be greeted by Chief Terry Paul and Mrs. Tracey Paul. They will sign the guest book and view Unama'ki artifacts on display. Their Excellencies will also listen to a Mi'kmaq honour song performed by the Sons of Membertou.

Membertou Trade and Convention Centre, 50 Maillard Street, Sydney, Nova Scotia


2 p.m.

Tour of Membertou

Their Excellencies, accompanied by Chief Terry Paul and Mrs. Tracy Paul, will visit the Dream Catcher Room, where a Grade 4 student from Membertou Elementary School will present them with a dream catcher. Their Excellencies will participate in a walking tour of the community and view historical monuments. Three graduates from Cape Breton University will also explain how the educational business model has had a positive impact on their personal lives and their community.

Membertou, Sydney, Nova Scotia


2:25 p.m.

Visit to the Membertou Elementary School

Their Excellencies, accompanied by Chief Terry Paul and Mrs. Tracy Paul, will meet and interact with students from grades Primary to 6 at the Membertou Elementary School, known for its highly successful graduation rate.

The school is dedicated to providing quality education for all students, and strives to offer a safe and comfortable environment where mutual respect results in academic, social, physical and emotional growth for everyone. For more information, visit

45 Maillard Street, Membertou, Nova Scotia


Thursday, June 2

Glace Bay, Nova Scotia

3:05 p.m.

Habitat for Humanity Build Site

As patron of Habitat for Humanity Canada, His Excellency will meet with volunteers involved in renovating a company house for a family in need. Company houses in Glace Bay were built in the early 1900s by the Dominion Coal Company to house its workers. This renovation project is in conjunction with Habitat for Humanity Nova Scotia and the University of Cape Breton. The Governor General will take this opportunity to address volunteers and learn about how their experience has changed their lives. His Excellency believes that philanthropy and volunteerism are key components in establishing a smart and caring nation, and has incorporated them into the three pillars of his mandate as the 28th governor general of Canada.

Habitat for Humanity is a non-profit organization working for a world where everyone has a safe and decent place to live. The mission of Habitat for Humanity is to mobilize volunteers and community partners in building affordable housing, and promoting homeownership as a means to breaking the cycle of poverty. For more information, visit

50 Mechanic Row, Glace Bay, Nova Scotia


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