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Official Visit - Brazil

OFFICIAL VISIT TO THE FEDERATIVE REPUBLIC OF BRAZIL

At the request of the Right Honourable Stephen Harper, Prime Minister of Canada, Their Excellencies the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, and Mrs. Sharon Johnston will conduct an official visit to the Federative Republic of Brazil, from April 22 to 28; a working visit to Barbados,on April 29 and 30; and a State visit tothe Republic of Trinidad and Tobago,on May 1 and 2, 2012.

For more information on the announcement of these visits, please see the news release.

Sunday, April 22
Brasília, Brazil

Arrival of Their Excellencies

7:30 p.m.
Arrival in Brasília
Upon their arrival in Brasília, Their Excellencies will be welcomed by government officials.
Brasília Military Airbase, Brasília, Brazil

Monday, April 23
Brasília, Brazil

Her Excellency met with preschoolers in Varjao

12:30 p.m.
Meeting with Acting Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Federative Republic of Brazil
His Excellency and selected members of the Canadian delegation will meet with Ambassador Ruy Nogueira, Acting Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Federative Republic of Brazil.
Itamaraty Palace, Brasília, Brazil

1 p.m.
Official Luncheon Hosted by Acting Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Federative Republic of Brazil
In honour of Their Excellencies’ visit to Brazil, Ambassador Ruy Nogueira, Acting Minister of Foreign Affairs, will host an official luncheon with senior government officials, members of civil society, academics, and representatives from the business and diplomatic communities. The Governor General and the Minister will deliver remarks on this occasion.
Itamaraty Palace, Brasília, Brazil

2:40 p.m.
Presentation of the Mulheres Mil Project

His Excellency and the Canadian delegation will meet with Brazilian women participating in the Mulheres Mil (1000 Women) Project, which promotes the social and economic inclusion of disadvantaged women in the northeastern and northern regions of Brazil. The project helps them to improve their workforce potential and subsequently their lives, and the lives of their families and communities. During the meeting, the Governor General will hear about the significant and empowering impact the program has had on the women involved.

The Mulheres Mil project was launched in 2005 through cross-section co-operation between the Association of Canadian Community Colleges (ACCC), the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) and key Brazilian partners. The project was such a success that Her Excellency Dilma Vana Rousseff, President of the Federative Republic of Brazil, recently approved it as a national program, with a goal of training 100 000 women by 2014. 
Room of Acts, 9th Floor, Ministry of Education, Brasília, Brazil

3:20 p.m.
Meeting with the Minister of Education of the Federative Republic of Brazil
His Excellency and selected members of the Canadian delegation will meet with Mr. Aloízio Mercadante Oliva, Minister of Education of the Federative Republic of Brazil.
Minister’s Office, 8th Floor, Ministry of Education, Brasília, Brazil

Monday, April 23
Varjao, Brazil

3:30 p.m.
Visit to Tia Angelina Institution

Her Excellency will meet with the staff, volunteers and children of the Tia Angelina Institution. Supported in part by the Canada Fund for Local Initiatives, the Institution provides the local community with preschool care for 250 children through an agreement with the local government education authorities of the Federal District of Brasília. During her visit, Her Excellency will tour the facility, meet with local women who make soap and other handicrafts for sale, and take part in the opening of the Institution’s new workshop.
Varjão, Brasília, Brazil

Monday, April 23
Brasília, Brazil

4 p.m.
Meeting with the Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation
of the Federative Republic of Brazil

His Excellency and selected members of the Canadian delegation will meet with Mr. Marco Antônio Raupp, Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation of the Federative Republic of Brazil.
Room 400, 4th Floor, Esplanada dos Ministérios, Brasília, Brazil

5 p.m.
Meeting with the Brazilian Economic and Social Development Council, and Members of Academia and Civil Society
His Excellency and the Canadian delegation will meet with members of the Brazilian Economic and Social Development Council, as well as with members of academia and civil society to discuss partnerships in innovation, science and technology, and education. The Governor General will deliver remarks on this occasion.

The Brazilian Economic and Social Development Council is an influential group of advisors from the private sector, civil society and academia who hold policy dialogues in order to advise the president of Brazil on given issues related to infrastructure, energy, social monitoring, education and social security.  It was established in 2003 in the first year of President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva’s presidency as a mechanism to formalize the dialogue between government and Brazilian civil society.

7:30 p.m.
Meeting with Luiza Rabello
Their Excellencies will meet with Luiza Rabello,a 17-year-old Brazilian exchange student who studied for six months at a high school in Barrie, Ontario.

Ms. Rabello became famous in January 2012, following a turn of events that led to social media stardom. Her father, Gerardo Rabello, appeared in an infomercial for a new condominium construction project. In the commercial, he mentioned that he is surrounded by his family, “except Luiza (his daughter) who’s in Canada.” That phrase, “except Luiza who’s in Canada,” went viral across social networks and throughout traditional media in Brazil.
Official Residence of the Ambassador of Canada, Brasília, Brazil

Tuesday, April 24
Brasília, Brazil

The Governor General met with Her Excellency Dilma Vana Rousseff, President of the Federative Republic of Brazil, at the Planalto Palace, in Brasilia, Brazil.

11 a.m.
Opening Address at the Canadian Digital Media Network (CDMN)
Canada 3.0 Digital Media Forum

With an opening address delivered via video conference, His Excellency will help launch the CDMN Canada 3.0 Digital Media Forum, being held in Stratford, Ontario. The Governor General will recognize the importance of Brazilian participation in the forum and of the people-to-people links between Canada and Brazil, encouraging participants to use their talents, expertise and connections in support of Canada-Brazil science, technology and innovation collaboration.

CDMN Canada 3.0 Digital Media Forum will bring together over 2 000 delegates to celebrate Canadian leadership in digital media as evidenced by best practices, lessons learned and grassroots initiatives showcasing our success in business and technology, arts and heritage, and research and academia.

3 p.m.
Meeting with the President of the Federative Republic of Brazil
The Governor General will meet with Her Excellency Dilma Vana Rousseff, President of the Federative Republic of Brazil.
Planalto Palace, Brasília, Brazil

Tuesday, April 24
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

6 p.m.
Arrival in Rio de Janeiro
Upon their arrival in Rio de Janeiro, Their Excellencies will be welcomed by government officials.
Rio de Janeiro Military Airbase, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Wednesday, April 25
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Their Excellencies and the Canadian delegation visited Corcovado, the famous mountain in central Rio de Janeiro.

9:30 a.m.
Visit to Corcovado
Their Excellencies and the Canadian delegation will visit Corcovado, the famous mountain in central Rio de Janeiro. The statue of Christ the Redeemer with open arms is the image of Christian faith and the iconic symbol of the city of Rio de Janeiro and the entire country. In 2007, it was voted one of New Seven Wonders of the World.
Corvocado, Tijuca National Park, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

11 a.m.
Keynote Address at the Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro

The Governor General will address students, professors and representatives from the Pontifícia Universidade Católicaand other local universities, as well as industry players, including Canadian companies and community members established in Rio de Janeiro.

Recognized worldwide as one of the most important doctoral research centers in Brazil, the Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro (PUC-Rio) is a private, non-profit Catholic university. The school was founded in 1940, with the objective of developing knowledge based on humanistic values. It now welcomes some 20 000 students.
Auditorio Del Casthilo, 2nd Floor, Pontifícia Universidade Católica, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

12:30 p.m.
Business Round Table and Luncheon

The Governor General and the Canadian delegation will meet with several senior representatives of Canadian companies operating in Brazil and with representatives of Vale, Brazil’s largest investor in Canada. Together, they will discuss their achievements, as well as plans for and challenges of doing business in Brazil and in Canada. His Excellency will deliver remarks on this occasion.
Arpoador Room, E Floor, Hotel Sofitel, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

2:30 p.m.
Percussion Class with Quizomba Group
Her Excellency will meet with artists from Quizomba Group who will perform samba music demonstrations and discuss Brazilian rhythms and the different instruments that are played in a samba school and in bloco de carnaval (carnival street band.) Her Excellency will have the opportunity to play an instrument with students and learn some samba moves from a dance teacher.

Quizomba is one of Rio's most popular carnival street bands. It is renowned for playing a great mixture of rhythms, ranging from samba to Brazilian pop music. Quizomba was formed by a group of 16 musicians who spread their music throughout Brazil.
Rio Scenarium, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

4:30 p.m.
Courtesy Call with the Governor of the State of Rio de Janeiro
His Excellency and selected members of the Canadian delegation will meet with Mr. Sérgio Cabral Filho, Governor of the State of Rio de Janeiro.
Palacio de Guanabara, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Thursday, April 26
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

The Governor General showcased Canada’s educational excellence in his opening address at the Conference of the Americas on International Education (CAIE), in Rio de Janeiro.

8 a.m.
Opening Address at the Conference of the Americas on International Education (CAIE)
The Governor General will lead a delegation of 30 university presidents of the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada (AUCC) and deliver the opening address on the “Diplomacy of Knowledge”.

The CAIE aims to promote an inter-American exchange space for leaders of higher education institutions, namely to discuss priority issues concerning the internationalization of higher education, as well as its quality management. This event provides a dynamic forum where the different parties involved may explore the benefits of mutual collaboration. The conference serves as pivotal event for the continual development of academic collaboration in the hemisphere. This is the second edition of the conference; the first edition was held in Calgary, in 2010.
Louvre I-IV, Main Floor, Windsor Barra Hotel, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

9:30 a.m.
Visit to Espaço Criança Esperença
Her Excellency will conduct a walking tour followed by a visit to the Espaço Criança Esperença, a UNESCO-supported charitable organization located in the communities of Cantagalo-Pavão-Pavãozinhom(three favelas located in Copacabana and Ipanema.) She will have the opportunity to meet with children and artists who use the centre as she tours the professional training centres, the library, the computer room, the indoor soccer facility and the outdoor swimming pool. The Criança Esperança Centre in Rio de Janeiro was founded in 2001. Favela Cant-Pavão-Pavãozinho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

10:20 a.m.
AUCC Canada-Brazil University Presidents’ Round Table
His Excellency, joined by the Canadian delegation, will open a round-table discussion with university presidents of AUCC and rectors from Brazilian universities who are attending the CAIE. The discussion will focus on Canada identifying Brazil as a priority technology partner; fostering opportunities for the exchange of expertise between institutions; and highlighting Canada as a world leader in education.
Queluz II-III, Lower Level, Windsor Barra Hotel, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

11:45 a.m.
Visit to CAIE Fair and Imagine Education in Canada Booth
His Excellency and the Canadian delegation will visit the Canada booth at the CAIE, where they will have the opportunity to meet with Brazilian students who have studied in Canada.Versailles I and II, Ground Floor, Windsor Barra Hotel, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Thursday, April 26
São Paulo, Brazil

2 p.m.
Arrival in
São Paulo
Upon their arrival in São Paulo, Their Excellencies will be welcomed by government officials.
Guarulhos Military Airport Base, São Paulo, Brazil

3:30 p.m.
Keynote Address at the São Paulo Research Foundation

The Governor General will deliver a keynote address on “Brazil-Canada Partnerships and Enhancing the Innovation Ecosystem” to researchers, professors, administrators and students at the São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP). A panel discussion on the topic of “Brazil-Canada: Capabilities and Current Opportunities for Institutional Collaboration” and a question period with Canadian delegates and Brazilian counterparts will follow.

FAPESP is an independent public foundation with the mission to foster research and the scientific and technological development of the State of São Paulo.
Main Auditorium, FAPESP, São Paulo, Brazil

Friday, April 27
São Paulo, Brazil

In São Paulo,Their Excellencies and the Canadian delegation met with scholarship recipients and their families, as well as partners of the Science Without Borders scholarship program, the Brazilian Alumni community, and education partners from academia and government.

9:10 a.m.
Canada-Brazil Innovation Nations Forum

His Excellency and the Canadian delegation will participate in this forum, which will bring together Canadians and Brazilians from the private sector, as well as researchers and university representatives, academics, and Brazilian government officials. The forum aims to enhance the profile of Canada as an innovation partner of choice in Brazil, and to stimulate science and technology collaboration between Canada and Brazil. The Governor General will deliver remarks on the importance of international collaboration in research and development, and the potential
between Brazil and Canada as partners.
Room Morumbi C, Hilton São Paulo Morumbi Hotel, São Paulo, Brazil

10:15 a.m.
Visit to Lucy Montoro Centre for Rehabilitation
Joined by Dr. Linamara Rizzo Battistella, Secretary for the Rights of People with Disabilities of the State of São Paulo, Her Excellency will visit the rehabilitation centre, which aims to integrate people with disabilities into society by capitalizing on their potential and their unique capabilities. Through a comprehensive approach to rehabilitation, the centre provides patients with access to state-of-the-art equipment and a variety of services such as hydrotherapy, laboratories, physical therapies and a small surgical centre, as part of their treatment. Her Excellency will tour the laboratories and the research and children’s centre, and meet with patients who are receiving treatment.
Rua Jandiatuba, 580, Morumbi, São Paulo, Brazil

11a.m.
Canadian Business Round Table
The Governor General and the Canadian delegation will participate in a round table with senior representatives of Canadian companies engaged in the Brazilian market in a variety of sectors. The discussion will focus on how they benefit from Brazil’s strategic location for their global operations, and how Canada can better support Canadian companies doing business in Brazil.
His Excellency will deliver remarks on this occasion.
Room 5, 3rd Mezzanine
, Hilton São Paulo Morumbi Hotel, São Paulo, Brazil

1 p.m.
Luncheon with Business Round Table and Innovation Forum Participants

His Excellency and the Canadian delegation will attend a luncheon with business leaders, opinion makers, members of academia and politicians from the city of São Paulo and from across Brazil. Guests will also include AUCC presidents and Canadian companies active in Brazil to highlight the development of a broader Canada-Brazil innovation relationship. The Governor General will deliver remarks on this occasion. Morumbi Ballroom, Hilton São Paulo Morumbi Hotel, São Paulo, Brazil

5 p.m.
Courtesy Call with the Governor of the State of
São Paulo
The Governor General and selected members of the Canadian delegation will meet with Mr. Geraldo José Rodrigues Alckmin Filho, Governor of  the State of São Paulo.
Office of the Governor, 2nd Floor, Palácio dos Bandeirantes, São Paulo, Brazil

6 p.m.
Education in Canada Networking Reception

Their Excellencies and the Canadian delegation will meet with scholarship recipients and their families, as well as partners of the Science Without Borders scholarship program, the Brazilian Alumni community, and education partners from academia and government. The event will highlight the importance of the Science Without Borders program, which was launched by the Government of Brazil in July 2011. The program aims to send over 100 000 Brazilian students to study internationally in science, technology, engineering and mathematics subjects by 2015. The Governor General will deliver remarks on this occasion.
Morumbi Ballroom, Hilton São Paulo Morumbi Hotel, São Paulo, Brazil

Saturday, April 28
Campinas, Brazil

Mrs. Sharon Johnston visited Casa São José, a community centre that caters to the needs of over 2 000 families and also includes a daycare for children and an education facility.

9 a.m.
Keynote Address at the University of Campinas and Visit to Synchrotron Light Laboratory Brazil

His Excellency will visit the University of Campinas. At 9:25 a.m., he will address Canadian university presidents and university officials from the State of São Paulo on “Transferring University Research to the Private Sector to Create Innovative Communities.”Canadian delegates and Brazilian counterparts will then engage in a panel discussion on the same subject matter.”

At 11:15 a.m., His Excellency will visit the Brazilian Synchrotron Light Laboratory, where he will see a live experiment done in conjunction with the Canadian Light Source, Inc. in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.

The University of Campinas is a public university, funded by the State of São Paulo. It was established in 1966, in the city of Campinas, with the goal to become an academic center of excellence producing world-class basic and applied research, providing high-quality undergraduate and graduate education, and serving as a catalyst for economic and social development.
University of Campinas, Campinas, Brazil

Saturday, April 28
São Paulo, Brazil

11 a.m.
Visit to Casa
São José
Upon her arrival, Her Excellency will be welcomed by Sister Natalina Cherchiaro and members of the Canadian International Society (CIS). They will tour the library, the barbecue area—which was donated by the Canada-Brazil Chamber of Commerce—and the dental clinic, paid for through donations made by the CIS.

Casa São José was founded in 1986, by Sister Natalina Cerchiaro, an Italian-born nun. The community centre caters to the needs of over 2 000 families and also includes a daycare for children and an education facility.

The CIS is a registered, non-profit organization operating in the greater São Paulo region. Its efforts are dedicated to raising money for local charitable institutions that care for disadvantaged children and adults, and to helping develop young leaders in São Paulo’s poorer communities.
Rua José Barros Magaldi, 100 Jardim São Luiz, São Paulo, Brazil

1:15 p.m.
Visit to Casa Madre Teodora dos Idosos

Her Excellency, joined by Sister Natalina and CIS members, will visitCasa Madre Teodora dos Idosos (House for the Elderly), which was founded in 1989 and originally consisted of three wooden shacks on a vacant lot. Through the hard work of Sister Natalina and her group of volunteers, the facility has grown into a centre that houses 70 elderly homeless men and women who are provided with medical care, physical therapy, food, clothing, leisure activities, and physical and spiritual comfort. 
Rua Yoshimara Minamoto, 56, Jardim Brasília, São Paulo, Brazil