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Visit of the President of Israel

May 3, 2012

Governor General of Canada Welcomes 
His Excellency Shimon Peres, President of the State of Israel

OTTAWA—Their Excellencies the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, and Mrs. Sharon Johnston will welcome His Excellency Shimon Peres, President of the State of Israel at Rideau Hall from May 6 to 8, 2012, on the occasion of his State visit to Canada.

“I look forward to welcoming President Peres to Canada. He has played an eminent role in the history of the State of Israel. I will take this special opportunity to discuss with him how we can strengthen research and educational collaboration between our countries,” said the Governor General.

Events at Rideau Hall with the Governor General
and President Shimon Peres during the State Visit

Monday, May 7, 2012

9:30 a.m. – Official Welcoming Ceremony
An official welcoming ceremony, with military honours, will be held at Rideau Hall. The President of the State of Israel will conduct an inspection of a guard of honour. The Governor General and the President will then offer remarks.
Rideau Hall Grounds, 1 Sussex Drive, Ottawa, Ontario

9:50 a.m. – Meeting between the Governor General and the President of the State of Israel
Large Drawing Room, Rideau Hall
PHOTO OPPORTUNITY – At the beginning of the meeting

7 p.m. – State Dinner
In honour of the President’s visit to Canada, Their Excellencies will host a State dinner at Rideau Hall. 
Ballroom, Rideau Hall
OPEN TO MEDIA – Official remarks at the beginning of the State dinner, in the Ballroom, and a photo op prior to the dinner, in the Reception Room

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

10 a.m. –Discussion on Education and Innovation
The Governor General, joined by the President of the State of Israel, will host a discussion on education and innovation for the purpose of promoting greater collaboration and synergy between Canada and Israel. Participants will include experts from universities and organizations interested in furthering the convergence of education and innovation.
Large Dining Room, Rideau Hall
OPEN TO MEDIA – For opening remarks only

11:30 a.m. – Signature Ceremony for Memorandum of Understanding
The Governor General and the President will witness the signature of a Memorandum of Understanding between the Royal Society of Canada and the Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities.
Reception Room, Rideau Hall

11:45 a.m. – Ceremonial Tree Planting
The President will plant a tree on the grounds of Rideau Hall to commemorate his State visit to Canada. The tree will be an Eastern White Pine (Pinus strobes), which is called the ‘Tree of Peace’ by the Iroquois.
Rideau Hall Grounds

Note that events taking place at Rideau Hall during the State visit are not open to the public and that the grounds will be closed to the public on May 7 and 8.


Accredited media with the Parliamentary Press Gallery must confirm their attendance in advance with the Rideau Hall Press Office. For more information on accreditation, contact the Parliamentary Press Gallery at 613-992-6517.

Media information:

Julie Rocheleau
Rideau Hall Press Office


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