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Governor General to Undertake State Visit to the Republic of India 

OTTAWA—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 a State visit to the Republic of India, from February 22 to March 2, 2014.

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All timings indicated are in local time zone (India Time – UTC/GMT + 5:30)

STATE VISIT TO THE REPUBLIC OF INDIA

 

New Delhi
Saturday, February 22 

Arrival

9:05 p.m.                    
Welcoming Ceremony
Upon their arrival in India, Their Excellencies will be greeted by representatives of the Government of India.
Indira Gandhi International Airport
PHOTO OPOfficial photographers only  

Agra
Sunday, February 23
 

Taj

12:50 p.m.
Visit to the Taj Mahal
Their Excellencies will visit India’s most iconic monument, the Taj Mahal (“Crown Palace”). This immense mausoleum of white marble was built in Agra by order of the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan, in memory of his favourite wife. The construction started in1632 AD, and it took 20 000 men working every day for 22 years to complete. This UNESCO World Heritage site is the jewel of Muslim art in India and one of the world’s universally admired masterpieces.
Taj Mahal
OPEN TO MEDIA  

1:55 p.m.
Visit to Agra Fort
Their Excellencies will visit another UNESCO World Heritage site, the Agra Fort. Near the gardens of the Taj Mahal stands an important 16th-century Mughal monument known as the Red Fort of Agra. This powerful fortress of red sandstone encompasses the imperial city of the Mughal rulers within its 2.5-kilometre-long enclosure walls. It comprises many fairy-tale palaces, such as the Jahangir Palace and the Khas Mahal, built by Shah Jahan; as well as audience halls, such as the Diwan-i-Khas; and two very beautiful mosques.
Agra Fort
OPEN TO MEDIA

New Delhi
Monday, February 24
 

Official Military Welcoming Ceremony

10 a.m.
Official Military Welcoming Ceremony
Upon their arrival in the capital city of New Delhi, Their Excellencies will be officially welcomed by His Excellency the Honourable Shri Pranab Mukherjee, President of India, and His Excellency the Honourable Manmohan Singh, Prime Minister of India. During the ceremony, the Governor General will receive a 21-gun salute and inspect the guard of honour.
Rashtrapati Bhavan
OPEN TO MEDIA
MEDIA AVAILABILITY—At the end of the ceremony, the Governor General will answer a question from the media.
  

10:30 a.m.
Wreath-Laying Ceremony at Samadhi of Mahatma Gandhi
On the occasion of their State visit to the country, Their Excellencies will lay a wreath on behalf of the people of Canada at the Samadhi of Mahatma Gandhi (Rajghat), a memorial built in memory of Mahatma Gandhi at the site of his cremation on the western bank of the Yamuna River, on January 31, 1948. An eternal flame burns near the platform and a stone footpath leads to the enclosure that houses the memorial.
Samadhi of Mahatma Gandhi (Rajghat)
OPEN TO MEDIA  

11:15 a.m.
Meeting with the Minister of External Affairs

The Governor General will meet with Shri Salman Khurshid, Honourable Minister of External Affairs, to discuss bilateral relations between our two countries.
Parliament Room, C Floor, Taj Mansingh Hotel
PHOTO OP—At the beginning of the meeting  

11:30 a.m.
Visit to CanSupport by Her Excellency Sharon Johnston
Her Excellency will visit CanSupport, a daycare program for children and teenagers diagnosed with cancer. During her visit, she will participate in craft and story time activities, and meet with teenagers who attend the centre to participate in such activities as tae kwan do. Lastly, she will engage with the parents who receive support and counselling at the centre.

CanSupport is a non-profit organization founded by an Indo-Canadian cancer survivor,
Mrs. Harmala Gupta. Based on her experiences with cancer treatment and the support she received in Canada, she created this organization to provide similar services free of charge to poor communities in India. For more information, visit www.cansupport.org/newcansupport/index.html.
CanSupport
OPEN TO MEDIA

12 p.m.
Meeting with the Prime Minister of India
The Governor General will meet with His Excellency the Honourable Dr. Manhoman Singh, Prime Minister of India, to discuss Canada-India’s bilateral relationship. After the meeting, the Prime Minister and the Governor General will witness the signing of new agreements between Canada and India and address members of the media. 
Deccan Suite, 2nd Floor, Hyderabad House
PHOTO OP—At the beginning of the meeting and during the signing of agreements

1:15 p.m.
Business Meeting with the Chambers of Commerce
The Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India, in partnership with the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry, and the Confederation of Indian Industry, will host a business luncheon on the occasion of His Excellency’s visit to the country to highlight the Canada-India bilateral commercial engagement. The Governor General will deliver an address on Canada-India business relations to business leaders. 
Diwan-I-Am Room, Taj Mansingh Hotel
OPEN TO MEDIA—Speeches only 

2:30 p.m.
Visit to Loom Mool in Hauz Khas Complex by Her Excellency Sharon Johnston

Her Excellency will visit Loom Mool, a store established by SEWA Bharat—a 40-year-old trade union that represents 1.6 million women informal workers and entrepreneurs from the most marginalized groups of society. Through fair payment means, SEWA is ensuring that handiwork traditions are not lost. It works with the silk artisans directly, eliminating the ‘middle men’, and helps them create designs that are contemporary while using traditional weaves. Her Excellency will meet with Mrs. Meera Sexana, who designed the store, and speak with female artisans who are creating these contemporary designs.
Loom Mool, Hauz Khas Complex
OPEN TO MEDIA  

3:45 p.m.
Meeting with the Vice-President of India
His Excellency will meet with the Honourable Shri M. Hamid Ansrai, Vice-President of India.
Parliament Room, C Floor, Taj Mansingh Hotel
PHOTO OP—At the beginning of the meeting 

4:45 p.m.
Honorary Degree from the National Law University
Upon his arrival, His Excellency will be greeted by Ranbir Singh, Vice-Chancellor of the National Law University (NLU), and other guests. During a convocation ceremony, the Governor General will be conferred with an honorary degree, and will deliver an acceptance speech.
Plenary Hall, Vigyan Bhawan
OPEN TO MEDIA

7:30 p.m.
Meeting with the President of India
Their Excellencies will meet with His Excellency the Honourable Shri Pranab Mukherjee, President of India.
North Drawing Room, Rashtrapati Bhawan
PHOTO OP—At the beginning of the meeting  

8 p.m.
State Dinner Hosted by the President of India
Their Excellencies will attend a State dinner hosted by the President of India. The Governor General and the President will deliver speeches on this occasion. 
Ashoka Hall and Banquet Hall, Rashtrapati Bhawan
OPEN TO POOL MEDIA—Speeches only 


New Delhi
Tuesday, February 25
 

Unveiling of a Canadian Inuksuk

9:40 a.m.
Unveiling of a Canadian Inuksuk
Their Excellencies will unveil and present an inuksuk on behalf of the people of Canada to the people of India as a symbol of the friendship and co-operation shared between both countries. Canadian High Commissioner Stewart Beck and the Governor General will deliver brief remarks on this occasion. The Honourable Baljit Chadha, an Indo-Canadian who has spearheaded this initiative, will recognize the artists.

The inuksuk, conceived by Bill Nasogaluak with Kuzy Curley, was created using a naturally coloured purple-red armour stone from India. The arrangement of eight massive stones in a human formation measures approximately 2.5 metres high, with an arms’ breadth of 1.2 metres. Three stones are placed together in the heart of the structure—one from the Inuvialuit region in the high western Arctic, one from the Qikiqtaaluk region in the eastern Arctic, and a third, a red stone, joining all three. The orientation of the arms will be towards the northwest, connecting Canada to the location of the inuksuk in India.
Roundabout at Shanti Path and Satya Marg, near the High Commission of Canada
OPEN TO MEDIA 

10:30 a.m.
Grand Challenges Global Health Innovation Round Table
The Governor General will participate in the Global Health Innovation Round Table. He will address innovators and government representatives on the theme of innovation and the role of government in catalyzing innovation through initiatives, and addressing global health challenges. Canadian delegate Peter Singer, Chief Executive Officer of Grand Challenges Canada, will then provide an overview of current projects in India and launch the discussion.

Grand Challenges Canada is dedicated to supporting bold ideas with big impact in global health. It funds innovators in both low- and middle-income countries and in Canada to use science/technology, social and business innovation to address some of the most pressing global health challenges. In India, Grand Challenges Canada has committed $13.8 million to 64 projects.

Approximately half of the grants have been provided to Indian institutions and half to Canadian or other institutions implementing their projects in India. For more information, visit www.grandchallenges.ca.
Parliament Room, C Floor, Taj Mansingh Hotel
OPEN TO MEDIA 

10:30 a.m.
Visit to Asha Society Community Centre by Her Excellency Sharon Johnston
Asha means “hope” in Hindi, and this non-governmental organization (NGO) program strives to give slum inhabitants hope by showing them that, with some help, they can transform their lives. Asha programs are supported by the CanAssist Society, a fundraising society comprised of Canadians living in New Delhi.

During her visit to the centre, Her Excellency will meet with Asha health care volunteers to discuss health issues such as depression, which is a common mental illness throughout the slum colony. She will also meet with students of Asha’s education, mentorship and internship programs to discuss how they have overcome significant obstacles such as securing admission in universities that have a 0.1 per cent acceptance rate. Upon her departure, Her Excellency will visit the home of one of the students, who is presently in her first year of political science studies at the University of Delhi.

Asha was founded in 1988, and now provides services to more than 400 000 people in approximately 50 slum colonies of New Delhi, with the aim to address the obstacles that often keep slum dwellers trapped in poverty. Asha programs aim to help slum residents gain access to health care, financial services and education.
Asha Society Community Centre
OPEN TO MEDIA 

12 p.m.
Canada-India CEO Forum
The Canada-India CEO Forum will bring together senior Canadian and Indian executives to capitalize on opportunities for trade, investment and innovation partnerships, and to address related challenges.

The Canada-India CEO Forum co-chairs Tom Jenkins, Chairman of OpenText, and Hari S. Bhartia, Co-Chairman and Founder of Jubilant Bhartia Group, will present the report to the Governor General and the Honourable Anand Sharma, Minister of Commerce and Industry. They will also invite heads of working groups to share their recommendations on information and communications technology, financial services, and education. Following the presentations, His Excellency and Mr. Sharma will deliver remarks.

The Canada-India CEO Forum is organized by the Joint Secretariat, comprised of the Canadian Council of Chief Executives from Canada, and the Confederation of Indian Industry from India, with the support of both the Canadian and Indian governments. 
Villa Medici and Longchamp Room, R Floor, Taj Mansingh Hotel
OPEN TO MEDIA—Presentation of report and speeches

1 p.m.
Discussion on Development Challenges and Opportunities for Women in India with Her Excellency Sharon Johnston
Her Excellency will participate in a discussion with representatives from International Development Research Centre’s (IDRC) current and past grantee organizations, researchers working in relevant fields, and women entrepreneurs to address the current challenges faced by and opportunities for women in India. Participants will share their research and personal experiences on women’s employment and labour force participation; enrollment in basic and higher education; violence against women; safety and security in the workplace; and caste-, religious- and ethnic-based discrimination as a barrier for women.
PHOTO OP—Official photographers only 

2 p.m.
Visit to the Unique Identification Authority of India
His Excellency will visitthe Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI), the aim of whichis to issue every resident of India a unique identification number linked to the resident’s demographic and biometric information. This unique number, named Aadhaar, can be used by clients as a means to reliably establish their identity throughout India, and facilitates access to a host of benefits and services. 

The Governor General will be provided with an overview of the Aadhaar project, followed by live demonstrations of Aadhaar enrolment (which will include the capture of fingerprints and an iris scan), as well as examples of the electronic Know-Your-Customer authentication process and potential real-life applications. 

Launched in September 2010, the UIDAI has issued over 560 million Aadhaar numbers to date. Enrolment is free of charge, but individuals must go to an authorized Aadhaar enrolment centre and must bring various documents used to establish identity and address. During enrolment, minimal demographic data are collected and matched to an iris scan, fingerprints and a photograph. Once issued an Aadhaar number, clients may use an online authentication process (limited to approved commercial and government providers) to prove their identity in order to access services and benefits.
Jeevan Bharti Building, Connaught Place
OPEN TO MEDIA 

3 p.m.
Panel Discussion on Canada-India: Training the Next Generation of Innovators and Researchers
His Excellency will address Ph.D. students from the National Institute of Immunology about the changing role of the researcher in today’s connected world, the role that mobility can play in enhancing research, and the role of higher institutions in economic advancement and development. A panel discussion and question period with Canadian and Indian experts will follow and will focus on the important next steps needed to train new researchers and scholars, as well as education co-operation and mobility between Canada and India.

The event is co-organized by the High Commission of Canada, the National Institute of Immunology, Mitacs (a Canadian national not-for-profit organizationdeveloping the next generation of innovators in partnership with companies, government and academia) andthe Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute.
National Institute of Immunology
OPEN TO MEDIA 

7:30 p.m.
Friends of Canada Reception
On the occasion of his visit to New Delhi, His Excellency will offer short remarks and present the Governor General’s visit medallions to individuals for their continued and exceptional service in promoting and enhancing the Canada-India relationship.
Canada House, Official Residence of the High Commissioner of Canada
OPEN TO MEDIA—Remarks and medallion presentation

Bangalore
Wednesday, February 26


University of Agricultural Sciences in Bangalore

11:40 a.m.
Arrival in Bangalore
Upon their arrival in Bangalore, Their Excellencies will be welcomed by representatives of the Government of Karnataka.
Kempegowda International Airport
PHOTO OP—Official photographers only 

12:30 p.m.
Visit to the University of Agricultural Sciences and Presentation on the All India Coordinated Small Millets Improvement Project
The University of Agricultural Sciences is conducting research on the All India Coordinated Small Millets Improvement Project, under the Canada International Food Security Research Fund, which was created in 2009, by the International Development and Research Centre and the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development. Their Excellencies will visit the facility and learn about the process used to plan, coordinate and execute research programs to increase the production and productivity of six small millet types, namely finger millet, kodo millet, little millet, foxtail millet, proso millet and barnyard millet.
University of Agricultural Sciences
OPEN TO MEDIA 

2:05 p.m.
Inauguration of the Consulate General of Canada
Their Excellencies will inaugurate the new consulate general at the World Trade Centre, in Bangalore, which will oversee Canada’s expanded presence in South India.
22nd Floor, World Trade Centre
OPEN TO MEDIA 

6:30 p.m.
Meeting with the Governor of Karnataka
Their Excellencies will meet with His Excellency Hans Raj Bhardwaj, Governor of Karnataka.     
Raj Bhavan Complex
PHOTO OP—At the beginning of the meeting 

7 p.m.
State Dinner Hosted by the Governor of Karnataka
Their Excellencies will attend a State dinner hosted by the Governor of Karnataka.
Raj Bhavan Complex
CLOSED TO MEDIA

Bangalore
Thursday, February 27

Visit to Sneha Care Home and Shining Star School by Her Excellency Sharon Johnston

9 a.m.
Visit to Sneha Care Home and Shining Star School by Her Excellency Sharon Johnston
Sneha is a support and care center for pre-adolescent children with HIV and children orphaned or abandoned as a result of HIV/AIDS in their families. Her Excellency will visit its residential program, which provides nutrition, hygiene and support to some 120 children. The program also offers children the proper tools to better integrate themselves into society when they reach adulthood. Some Canadians have worked as interns at this centre. The University of Manitoba established the HIV/AIDS centre in Karnataka with funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
Sneha Care Home and Shining Star School
OPEN TO MEDIA 

9:45 a.m.
Canada–India Round-Table Discussion on Innovation
His Excellency will participate in a Canada-India discussion on innovation with high profile leaders from both countries. The event is organized in collaboration with the Asia-Pacific Foundation of Canada and hosted by Infosys.

Infosys is a global leader in information technology consulting services, with clients in more than 30 countries. For more information, visit www.infosys.com/pages/index.aspx
Infosys Campus
OPEN TO MEDIA 

11:15 a.m.
Meeting with Women Entrepreneurs at YourStory
Media Pvt. Ltd. by Her Excellency Sharon Johnston
Her Excellency will meet with women entrepreneurs, known as Mompreneurs, involved in SmartMomz.com. This interactive platform created by YourStory allows mothers and other women entrepreneurs to share their success stories and the challenges they face in trying to keep their employment after maternity leave. 

YourStory is India’s number one media platform for entrepreneurs, dedicated to championing and promoting the entrepreneurial ecosystem in India. Since its inception in October 2008, it has profiled stories of over 12 000 entrepreneurs, and has provided business networking opportunities to over 50 000 entrepreneurs. YourStory is a member of WE Connect International India Chapter–Women’s Enterprises, the mission of which is to identify, educate, register and certify women’s business enterprises based outside of the United States that are at least 51 per cent owned, managed and controlled by one or more women, and then connect them with multinational corporate buyers.  For more information, visit http://yourstory.com/.
YourStory Media Pvt. Ltd.
OPEN TO MEDIA

12:15 p.m.
Canada-India Business Luncheon
Canadian and Indian business representatives will attend this luncheon to reinforce the long-standing relationship between our countries. On this occasion, His Excellency will deliver a speech and present the Governor General’s commemorative visit medallions to individuals for their continued and exceptional service in promoting and enhancing Canada-India relations.   
Bene Restaurant, Sheraton Hotel
OPEN TO MEDIA
Speeches and presentation of medallions

2 p.m.
Working Session on Skills Development
The Governor General will address participants on strengthening partnerships before launching a panel discussion with Canadian and Indian experts on skills development and the importance of further building connections between Canadian and Indian institutions in this particular field.

The Government of India has identified skills development as a priority. According to Indian government statistics, by 2022, there will be a need to have 500 million skilled Indians. At present, India is able to train only 20 per cent of the Indian industry’s annual requirement of 22 million skilled workers.
Canadian Aviation Electronics
OPEN TO MEDIA

Mumbai
Thursday, February 27

5:35 p.m.
Arrival in Mumbai
Upon their arrival in Mumbai, Their Excellencies will be welcomed by representatives of the Government of Maharashtra.
Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport
PHOTO OP—Official photographers and Canadian media only 

7:45 p.m.
Signing of the Remembrance Book for the Victims of the 2008 Terrorist Attack
Their Excellencies will pay their respects to the victims of the November 2008 terrorist attack that occurred at the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel. In front of the memorial plaque and the symbolic tree that survived the attack and subsequent fire, they will lay flowers, light a candle and sign the visitors’ book in remembrance of the 32 victims, of which two were Canadian.                                

The attack, which consisted of 12 coordinated bombings and shootings, began in the early morning of November 26, 2008, and culminated in a four-day siege that led to the death of 168 people and wounded over 300.
Memorial, Taj Mahal Palace Hotel
PHOTO OP—Official photographers and Canadian media only

Mumbai
Friday, February 28

Inauguration of BIL-Ryerson DMZ India

8:45 a.m.
Opening of the Stock Market at the Bombay Stock Exchange
The Governor General will address the business community, showcasing Canada as a trade and investment partner of choice for India. Then, at 9:15 a.m., he will officially open the stock market at the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) by hitting a gong.

Established in 1875, the BSE is Asia’s first stock exchange and one of India’s leading exchange groups. Over the past 137 years, the BSE has facilitated the growth of the Indian corporate sector by providing an efficient capital-raising platform. For more information, visit www.bseindia.com.
Convention Hall, Bombay Stock Exchange
OPEN TO MEDIA 

9:30 a.m.
Inauguration of BIL-Ryerson DMZ India and Discussion on How to Build an Innovation Ecosystem in India
The Governor General will join Sheldon Levy, President and Vice-Chancellor of Ryerson University, to inaugurate the BIL-Ryerson DMZ India, an incubation centre for entrepreneurs supported by the Bombay Stock Exchange Institute, Ryerson University and Simon Fraser University. This new initiative will accelerate start-up growth and be a focal point to connect entrepreneurs with mentors, investors and other technology start-ups. His Excellency will also attend the incubator’s first series of pitches by start-ups.

The Governor General and Mr. Levy will then participate in a discussion on how to build an innovation ecosystem in India using the Canadian experience. The discussion will include perspectives from incubators, young entrepreneurs, angel investors and other stakeholders.
BIL-Ryerson DMZ India, Bombay Stock Exchange
OPEN TO MEDIA 

12:10 p.m.
Discussion on India’s Education Future: From Traditional Systems to Innovative Models
His Excellency will participate in a round-table discussion with education stakeholders from the private, public and non-profit sectors on how India can improve and expand on its formal education system through innovative platforms. A special focus will be placed on how Canada can help India bridge some of the existing gaps.
Convocation Hall, Wilson College
OPEN TO MEDIA—Speeches and Discussion 

1 p.m.
Discussion Between Indian Women Leaders and Her Excellency Sharon Johnston
Her Excellency will engage with prominent Indian women from the private and public sectors, civil society, politics, media and academia, and learn about the challenges and opportunities faced by women in India.
Khyber Restaurant
PHOTO OP—Official photographers only

2:30 p.m.
Address on Research Collaboration atthe Indian Institute of Technology Bombay
The Governor General will address 300 engineering and science students and faculty members of the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IIT-Bombay) on economic growth through innovation. His Excellency will hear from India’s next generation of leaders during a question period. The exchange will be followed by a tour of the Society for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, where two selected incubated companies will showcase their projects.

The Indian Institute of Technology consists of a group of 15 autonomous engineering and technology-oriented institutes established across India. Of the 400 000 students who apply annually to study, only about 10 000 students are accepted, and of these, 60 per cent opt to apply to IIT-Bombay specifically, ahead of the 14 other IITs in India. IIT-Bombay has partnership agreements with 11 Canadian universities and associated organizations. For more information, visit https://www.iitb.ac.in/.
Victor Menezes Auditorium, Bombay Campus, Indian Institute of Technology 
OPEN TO MEDIA 

3 p.m.
Visit to Dasra by Her Excellency Sharon Johnston
Her Excellency will visit Dasra’s offices to learn about its unique ability to work with both philanthropists and social entrepreneurs and bring together knowledge, funding and people to catalyze social change. She will participate in a round-table discussion with representatives from Dasra and from several NGOs active in the area of mental health.

Dasra is a strategic philanthropy NGO co-founded and co-managed by Indo-Canadian Mrs. Neera Nundy. Dasra matches mainly Indian philanthropists with organizations operating in several key areas. Most recently, the focus has been on sport development, commercial sex trafficking, domestic violence, child marriage and reproductive health. Dasra also operates a social entrepreneurship arm. For more information, visit www.dasra.org/dasra.
Dasra
OPEN TO MEDIA

Mumbai
Saturday, March 1

Grassroots Entrepreneurship in Dharavi Slum

9 a.m.
Grassroots Entrepreneurship in Dharavi Slum
Dharavi is a prime example of India’s deep-seated entrepreneurship. The slum’s various micro-businesses generate an estimated $665 million in revenues annually. During their visit, Their Excellencies will have the chance to see micro-enterprises in recycling, small-scale manufacturing and textiles, and gain a better understanding of the informal sector that underpins much of the Indian economy. Dharavi is one of the largest slums in Asia and is home to approximately one million people living within 1.75-square kilometres of land.

Her Excellency will also tour the Community Outreach Program (CORP), an NGO launched in Dharavi 35 years ago. CORP now has 20 community centres in 13 slum communities across Mumbai. These centres focus on empowering women and supporting at-risk children by providing them with access to quality education, shelter, nutritious meals, health care and vocational training. During her visit to CORP, Mrs. Johnston will meet with social workers to speak on issues related to education, health, hygiene and sanitation within Mumbai’s slums. She will also hear from young women who benefit from CORP’s vocational training courses. CORP has recently received financial support from the Canada Fund for Local Initiatives.
Dharavi
OPEN TO MEDIA 

10:45 a.m.
Discussion on the Future of Audiovisual Co-Production Between Canada and India at Film City
Mumbai is recognized worldwide for its Bollywood industry, which releases over 1 000 films a year. At Film City, Their Excellencies will meet with Managing Director Laxmikant Deshmukh, as well as with film producers currently shooting in Film City and stakeholders from leading film productions. They will engage in a round table discussion on the future of audiovisual co-production between Canada and India. Following the discussion, Their Excellencies will tour some of Film City’s most famous sets.           

Film City hosts the most film shoots in India. This Maharashtra State Government-owned property located on 500 acres of land is involved in more than 100 Bollywood films a year and a number of premier television shows.
Film City
OPEN TO MEDIA 

3 p.m.
Indo-Canadian Business Chamber Annual Convention
His Excellency will attend the Indo-Canadian Business Chamber (ICBC) Annual Convention. He will deliver remarks on Canada’s success in higher education, research and development, and technological innovations that have helped build Canada’s innovation ecosystem. He will address how the overall Canada-India bilateral relationship can be broadened and strengthened. 

The ICBC promotes linkages with Canada across sectors and organizes monthly events to raise awareness of Canadian opportunities, innovation, companies and more. This is India’s only Canada‑focused business group, with a membership of over 100 corporate members across country in its four regional chapters.
Gateway Room, Taj Mahal Palace Hotel
OPEN TO MEDIA
 

3 p.m.
Visit to
Apne Aap Women’s Collective by Her Excellency Sharon Johnston
Apne Aap Women’s Collective is an NGO that works to prevent second-generation trafficking among the children of sex workers in Asia’s largest and oldest red-light district, Kamathipura. During her visit, Mrs. Johnston will interact with current and past beneficiaries of the Udaan project—daughters of women in brothel-based prostitution and other marginalized girls between the ages of 6 and 18— to discuss the challenges of integration and the positive changes in their lives. 

The Consulate General of Canada in Mumbai recently facilitated funding for the Udaan program through an association of expatriate spouses called Mumbai Connexions.
Apne Aap Women’s Collective
OFFICIAL PHOTOGRAPHERS ONLY

6 p.m.
Meeting with the Governor of Maharashtra
Their Excellencies will meet Kateekal Sankaranarayanan, Governor of Maharashtra.
Raj Bhavan
PHOTO OP—Official photographers only

8 p.m.
Friends of Canada Reception
To conclude his visit in India, His Excellency will offer short remarks and present the Governor General’s visit medallions to individuals for their continued and exceptional service in promoting and enhancing the Canada-India relationship.
Taj Mahal Palace Hotel
OPEN TO MEDIA—Remarks and medallion presentation 

Visits abroad by a governor general play an important role in Canada’s relations with other countries. They are highly valuable as they help broaden bilateral relations and exchanges among peoples. 

Members of the public can follow the Governor General’s State visit to the Republic of India online at www.gg.ca, where speeches, photos and videos will be posted. 

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This itinerary is subject to change without notice.
To obtain the latest updates, please visit 
www.gg.ca.
 

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613-998-0287
marie-eve.letourneau@gg.ca

 

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