WORKING VISIT TO BARBADOS
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 29
Arrival in Bridgetown
Upon their arrival in Bridgetown, Their Excellencies will be welcomed by Ms. Ruth Archibald, High Commissioner of Canada, and Mr. Philip St. Hill, Chief of Protocol of the Government of Barbados.
Grantley Adams International Airport, Bridgetown, Barbados
Sunday, April 29
Visit to Bellairs Research Institute
Their Excellencies and the Canadian delegation will tour the teaching and research facility connected to McGill University. They will be provided with an overview of the Institute’s history and researchers will present information about their ongoing research projects.
Bellairs Research Institute maintains an open-door policy to all researchers with academic interests in tropical terrestrial and marine environments. Research at Bellairs has broadened from primarily marine science to a wide spectrum of disciplines in the natural and social sciences, such as geology, geography, archaeology, climatology, biology, ecology, horticulture, agriculture, sustainability and water management.
Bellairs Research Institute, Holetown, Barbados
Monday, April 30
Courtesy Call on Acting Governor-General of Barbados
Their Excellencies and selected members of the Canadian delegation will meet with the Honourable Elliott Belgrave, Acting Governor-General of Barbados.
Government House, Bridgetown, Barbados
Courtesy Call on the Prime Minister of Barbados
Their Excellencies and selected members of the Canadian delegation will meet with the Honourable Freundel Stuart, Prime Minister of Barbados.
Ilaro, Bridgetown, Barbados
Friends of Canada Networking Lunch
The Governor General and the Canadian delegation will attend a networking lunch with government officials, as well as with Canadian and Barbadian representatives from the business, cultural and academic communities, and will engage in an exchange on our two countries’ close bilateral relationship through the Commonwealth, the United Nations and the Organization of American State. The Governor General will propose a toast in honour of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations.
The Grille Restaurant, Hilton Hotel, Bridgetown, Barbados
Monday, April 30
Saint Michael, Barbados
Keynote Address at Barbados Community College
The Governor General will visit Barbados Community College where he will deliver a speech to students, academics and Canadian institutions’ alumni on Canada’s and Barbados’ great education partnerships. A panel discussion on the topic of the importance of colleges in contributing to employability and economic prosperity with Canadian delegates and Barbadian counterparts will follow.
In 1968, Barbados Community College was established by an act of Parliament to provide post-secondary education to a wide cross-section of the Barbadian public to which higher education was previously inaccessible. The Barbados Community College Act was amended in 1990 to empower the College to grant certificates, diplomas, associate degrees, degrees and other awards to persons who successfully completed courses of study approved by the Board of Management.
Eyrie Campus, Barbados Community College, Saint Michael, Barbados
Visit to the Historic Garrison
Their Excellencies and the Canadian delegation will visit this UNESCO World Heritage Site and will meet with members of the Barbados Defence Force, as well as with government and private sector officials. The Governor General will deliver remarks on the long historical ties between Canada and Barbados and on Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations.
The Barbados Garrison, which was the largest in the British Colonies during the 18th and 19th centuries, was established in 1780 as the military headquarters for the Imperial Forces stationed here until 1905-06.
Officers Mess, St Ann’s Fort, Barbados Defence Force Headquarters, Saint Michael, Barbados