Department of National Defence

Department of National Defence

June 18, 2013 10:48 ET

Media Advisory: Minister MacKay to Address the Inter-American Defense Board and to Award U.S. Senator McCain With an Honourary Doctorate

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - June 18, 2013) - Media are invited to attend two events with Minister of National Defence, the Honourable Peter MacKay, during his visit to Washington, DC.

  1. Minister MacKay to address representatives of the Inter-American Defense Board (IADB) & the Organization of American States (OAS)

Following a meeting with the Secretary General of the OAS, Jose Miguel Inzulsa, Minister MacKay will address the Council of Delegates of the IADB and representatives of the various Permanent Representative Missions to the OAS, on Canada's defence engagement in the Americas, as well as hemispheric security issues. Following his speech, the Minister will accept questions from the audience.

When: Tuesday, June 18, 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. (EDT)

Where: The Organization of American States, 17th & Constitution Avenue. NW, Washington, DC, Simon Bolivar Room.

Notes to editor / news director:

Street parking is available around the OAS building. All members of the media need to enter the building by the entrance doors of the Main Building and clear security. If members of the media are carrying large pieces of equipment, they should enter through the C Street entrance. Everyone seeking entry will require photo ID.

Members of the media are asked to arrive no later than 10:15 a.m. (EDT).

Contact information: Mrs. Patricia Esquenazi, 202-370-5437.

  1. U.S. Senator John McCain to receive honourary doctorate from the Royal Military College of Canada

Senator McCain is being awarded an honourary doctorate of military studies for his ongoing cooperation with Canada, as well as his years of dedicated work with Canada toward strengthening hemispheric and international security. In addition to Minister MacKay, Dr. Joel Sokolsky, Principal of the Royal Military College of Canada, and Major Ray Stouffer, the Registrar, will also be on hand to present the degree to Senator McCain.

Minister MacKay and Senator McCain will take questions from the media following the presentation.

When: Tuesday, June 18, 2013, 2:40 - 3:00 p.m. (EDT)

Where: Canadian Embassy, 501 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC., Niagara Room, 6th Floor.

Notes to editor / news director: Parking is not available at the Embassy. Public parking and both the Archives Metro station and the Gallery Place Chinatown Metro station are nearby. Please ensure that everyone desiring entrance to the Embassy has photo ID and arrives at least 15 minutes in advance to clear security. Media with camera equipment need to arrive at the Embassy's C St. N.W. loading dock entrance no later than 2:00 p.m. (EDT). All members of the media attending should be in place by 2:30 p.m. (EDT).

Contact information:
Embassy of Canada
Media Inquiries: (202) 682-7732

Contact Information

  • For information regarding any of these events
    Jay Paxton
    Minister MacKay's Director of Communications

    Paloma Aguilar
    Minister's Press Secretary

    Information: 1-866-377-0811/613-996-2353