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Visit to Calgary

November 9, 2012

Governor General to Receive Honorary Doctorate from the University of Calgary

And Invest Ralph Klein into the Order of Canada

OTTAWA—His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, will be in Calgary on Tuesday, November 13, 2012.  During his visit, he will receive an honorary doctorate of laws from the University of Calgary for his exceptional career accomplishments in academic and political affairs. He will also present the insignia of Officer of the Order of Canada to a family member of Mr. Ralph Klein, O.C., A.O.E.

Below is His Excellency’s itinerary (Mountain Standard Time): 

Tuesday, November 13
Calgary, Alberta

11:30 a.m.
Order of Canada Investiture
During a ceremony at City Hall, His Excellency will presentthe insignia of Officer of the Order of Canada to a member of the Klein family. Mr. Klein’s citation, as well as a backgrounder on the Order of Canada, will be issued in a separate media advisory with detailed information about the ceremony.
Calgary Power Reception Hall, Historic City Hall, Calgary

2 p.m.
Honorary Degree from the University of Calgary
Mr. Jim Dinning, Chancellor of the University of Calgary, will confer an honorary doctorate of laws degree on His Excellency at the fall convocation ceremony. On this special occasion,
His Excellency will deliver a speech to new graduates in education, social work, public policy and communications studies, among others. He will also present the Governor General’s Academic Medal (Gold Level) to  Gillman Payette and Sachin Pendharkar. The ceremony will be webcast on
Jack Simpson Gymnasium, University of Calgary

6:15 p.m.
Building the Next Generation of Community Leaders Reception and Governor General’s Caring Canadian Award Ceremony
In recognition of His Excellency’s achievements,  the University of Calgary will host a reception on the theme of “Building the Next Generation of Community Leaders.”Students, Albertan leaders, university stakeholders and community members who support the initiative of creating smart and caring communities will be in attendance.  During the reception, His Excellency will present the Governor General’s Caring Canadian Award to two recipients. The list of recipients and their citations follow.

EEEL Building Main Lobby, University of Calgary, Alberta
OPEN TO MEDIA – Speeches and Caring Canadian Award Ceremony

Stephen Huang
Calgary, Alberta 

Stephen Huang, a fifth-year student  in physics and computer science at the University of Calgary, is the founder of Nepal Vision, a charitable organization that provides eye surgery, ophthalmology training and school supplies to those in need in Nepal.  In May 2012, after a year of successfully raising funds and collecting donated supplies, Stephen—along with his sister, a biology student, and his father, an ophthalmologist—set out on a three-week mission to Nepal. There, Stephen and his sister visited orphanages and schools, handing out donated items, while his father performed various eye surgeries and taught local doctors.

Robert Symons
Alberta Beach, Alberta 

For nearly 42 years, Robert Symons has been involved with civic and social causes in his community. He is best known for being a founding member of the District Citizens on Patrol, for which he has volunteered countless hours. He is the current president of the Meals on Wheels program and the founder of the Happy Rollers Bowling League for individuals with special needs. Through his dedication in helping others, Mr. Symons has become an inspiration to many.       

Created in 1995, the Governor General’s Caring Canadian Award recognizes living Canadians and permanent residents who have made a significant, sustained, unpaid contribution to their community, in Canada or abroad. Often working behind the scenes, these individuals volunteer their time and efforts to help their fellow citizens. The award also brings to light the example set by volunteers, whose compassion and engagement are a part of our Canadian character. For more information about this award, visit


Media information:

In Ottawa:                             
Marie-Ève Létourneau                                    
Rideau Hall Press Office                                
613-302-0912 (cell)                                             

In Calgary:
Joanne Charette        
Official Spokesperson to the Governor General         
613-852-5364 (cell)

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