Governor General of Canada

Governor General of Canada

December 12, 2011 12:27 ET

Media Advisory: Governor General to Visit Montreal

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Dec. 12, 2011) - His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, will be in Montréal on Wednesday, December 14, 2011.

During his one-day visit, His Excellency will tour the National Circus School, where he will see first-hand how young circus artists are studying and training to become outstanding performers. He will then proceed to the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) where he will visit the facility, and present Eddy, the mascot of EduZone-an online educational resource for teachers and students to be launched on the Governor General's website ( for back to school in fall 2012-to the CSA so it can journey into space with Canadian Astronaut Chris Hadfield during Expedition 34/35 in 2012. In the afternoon, His Excellency will join volunteers from the Santropol Roulant to deliver meals in the community, and illuminate Old Port of Montréal's Clock Tower alongside veterans.

Wednesday, December 14
Montréal, Quebec

10:30 a.m.

Visit to the National Circus School

Joined by Mr. Marc Lalonde, Executive Director of the National Circus School, His Excellency will tour this state-of-the-art facility, meet with circus students and witness some of their extensive training sessions. The visit will conclude with a performance by students.

The largest North American school devoted to advanced circus arts training, the National Circus School is an institution for higher education with a primary mission to prepare circus artists. Internationally renowned for highest-quality training, it opens its doors to more than 150 students from around the world.

8181-2e Avenue, Montréal, Quebec


1 p.m.

Visit to the Canadian Space Agency

His Excellency will be welcomed by Mr. Steve MacLean, President of the Canadian Space Agency (CSA), who will explain the importance of the Space Operations Support Centre, which is equipped with an operations control room, networking equipment, audio and video equipment, and software to support NASA in the operation and maintenance of the Mobile Servicing System.

Eddy Goes to Space!

The Governor General will take this opportunity to present Eddy, the mascot of EduZone, to CSA president Steve MacLean and Canadian Astronaut Chris Hadfield -who will be live from NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas, via video conference. Eddy will join Mr. Hadfield aboard the Russian Soyuz spacecraft in November 2012 and will fly into space to reach the International Space Station as part of Expedition 34/35. During space missions, astronauts can bring with them a certain number of objects from various organizations.

His Excellency has chosen innovation and education as one of the three pillars of his mandate as governor general of Canada and Mr. Hadfield has spent much of his career as an astronaut speaking to students about the importance of pursuing their education. This is why Eddy is the perfect candidate to accompany Mr. Hadfield on this important mission; the mascot represents education through EduZone, an innovative and educational tool on the Governor General's website ( This online resource (to be launched in fall 2012) will provide lesson plans and interactive activities for teachers and students about the role and responsibilities of the governor general, as well as the two official residences.

The Canadian Space Agency is committed to leading the development and application of space knowledge for the benefit of Canadians and humanity. The mandate of the Canadian Space Agency is to promote the peaceful use and development of space, to advance the knowledge of space through science, and to ensure that space science and technology provide social and economic benefits for Canadians.

Canadian Space Agency, 6767, route de l'Aéroport, Saint-Hubert, Quebec


2:20 p.m.

Visit to the Santropol Roulant

His Excellency will meet with staff from the Santropol Roulant, a Montréal-based not-for-profit organization that prepares and delivers meals by bicycle, on foot, by public transport and by car to seniors and people living with a loss of autonomy across Montréal. During his visit, His Excellency will tour the centre's roof-top gardens, bicycle co-op and kitchen. His Excellency will also have the opportunity to engage with volunteers and join them in delivering meals to homes in the community.

111 Roy East (corner of Coloniale), Montréal, Quebec


4 p.m.

Ceremony to Illuminate the Old Port of Montréal's Clock Tower

To mark the redevelopment of the Old Port of Montréal's Clock Tower, His Excellency will illuminate the city's iconic symbol in the presence of veterans. The new lighting will further showcase this historic tower built between 1919 and 1922 under the authority of Montréal's harbour commissioners, acting on an idea proposed by a group of citizens to erect a monument in honour of the members of the merchant marine lost at sea during the First World War. An inscription was later added in memory of the seamen lost in the Second World War.

Clock Tower Quay, Entrance at de la Commune and at the corner of Bonsecours, Montréal, Quebec


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