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State Visit to Chile

Governor General to Undertake State Visits to Chile and Colombia 

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 State visits to the Republic of Chile, from November 29 to December 3; and the Republic of Colombia, from December 3 to 6, 2014

All timings indicated are in local time zone (Chile Summer Time – UTC/GMT -3 hours; and Colombia Time – UTC/GMT -5 hours). 



Santiago, Chile
Saturday, November 29

11:45 p.m.
Arrival in Santiago
Upon their arrival in the capital city, Their Excellencies will be greeted by Patricia Fuller, Ambassador of Canada to Chile, and by representatives of the Government of Chile.
Santiago International Airport

Santiago, Chile
Sunday, November 30

During their first day in Santiago, Their Excellencies visited the Museum of Memory and Human Rights, which recounts the country’s struggle for democracy and human dignity under the dictatorship of former Chilean President Augusto Pinochet, between 1973-1990.

2:50 p.m.
Visit to the Museum of Memory and Human Rights
Their Excellencies will visit the Museum of Memory and Human Rights, inaugurated by Her Excellency Michelle Bachelet, President of the Republic of Chile, in January 2010. The Museum recounts the country’s struggle for democracy and human dignity under the dictatorship of former Chilean President Augusto Pinochet, between 1973-1990. It serves as a place for reflection and debate on human rights, respect and tolerance. During their visit, Their Excellencies will also learn more about the Government of Canada’s involvement in welcoming thousands of Chileans to our nation. For more information, visit
Museum of Memory and Human Rights

Santiago, Chile
Monday, December 1

11 a.m.
Wreath-Laying at the Monument to Bernardo O’Higgins
Upon their arrival, Their Excellencies will be greeted by Jorge Burgos, Minister of Defence in Chile, and General Leonardo Martínez, Commander of Santiago’s military garrison. They will then lay a wreath at the Monument to Bernardo O’Higgins, a Chilean leader who freed Chile from Spanish rule in the Chilean War of Independence. 

The Chilean War of Independence (1810-1821) was an armed conflict between pro-independence Chileans seeking political and economic autonomy from Spain, and royalists supporting continued allegiance to the Captaincy General of Chile and membership in the Spanish Empire.
Plaza de la Ciudadanía

11:15 a.m.
Visit to the Crypt of Bernardo O’Higgins
Following the wreath-laying, Their Excellencies will proceed to the Crypt of Bernardo O’Higgins, where the remains of the Founding Father of Chile and heroic leader of national independence in Chile and Latin America are honoured and protected. Their Excellencies will sign the guest book in honour of their visit.
Plaza de la Ciudadanía
Official photographers only 

11:40 a.m.
Official Welcoming Ceremony
The Governor General will be officially welcomed by President Bachelet. During the ceremony, the Governor General will receive military honours.
Constitution Square, La Moneda

12:05 p.m.
Meeting with the President of the Republic of Chile
His Excellency will meet with President Bachelet to discuss Canada’s ongoing strategic partnership with Chile.
Blue Room, La Moneda
PHOTO OP FOR POOL MEDIA ONLY—At the beginning of the meeting between the Governor General and the President 
MEDIA AVAILABILITYFollowing their meeting, from 1 p.m. to 1:10 p.m., the Governor General and the President will deliver statements and answer questions from members of the media in the Las Camelias Courtyard 

12:05 p.m.
Meeting with Sebastián Dávalos Bachelet
Her Excellency Sharon Johnston will meet with Sebastián Dávalos Bachelet, Director of the Socio-Cultural Section of the Presidency, and visit the Palace and Centro Cultural de La Moneda.
La Moneda

1:30 p.m.
State Luncheon Hosted by the President of the Republic of Chile
Their Excellencies will take part in a State luncheon hosted by President Bachelet, in honour of their visit to the country. The Governor General and the President will deliver remarks on this occasion.
Montt-Varas Room, La Moneda
OPEN TO POOL MEDIA ONLY—During remarks delivered by the Governor General and the President 

3 p.m.
Meeting with the President of the Supreme Court of Chile
His Excellency will meet with Sergio Manuel Muñoz Gajardo, President of the Supreme Court of Chile. The Supreme Court of Chile is the highest court in the country. The Court’s 21 members are appointed by the President of the Republic of Chile and adjudicate over cases in groups of at least five judges, with the most senior judge presiding over each group.
Salón de la Presidencia, Supreme Court
PHOTO OP—At the beginning of the meeting 

3:30 p.m.
Visit to Fondacio by Her Excellency Sharon Johnston
Joined by Sebastián Dávalos Bachelet, Her Excellency will visit Fondacio, a non-governmental organization (NGO) that uses occupational and horticultural therapy to help people with physical and mental disabilities live independent, fulfilling lives. 

She will be greeted by Paula Vargas, Head of Development and of Fondacio’s Solidarity Program, and by Mónica Espinoza, the centre’s project manager. They will provide insight on the program and its focus on teaching participants how to produce traditional herbal medicines.

Mrs. Johnston will then proceed to the greenhouse—built with the support of the Canada Fund for Local Initiatives—to participate in workshops with the beneficiaries. She will speak with them about how the program has helped them overcome their own personal challenges while allowing them to support the organization through the sale of medicinal plants in stores. For more information, visit

3:45 p.m.
Meeting with the President of the Chamber of Deputies
His Excellency will meet with Aldo Cornejo, President of the Chamber of Deputies.
Ex Congreso Nacional Building
PHOTO OP—At the beginning of the meeting 

4:25 p.m.
Meeting with the Mayor of Santiago
The Governor General will meet with Carolina Tohá Morales, Mayor of Santiago. Following the meeting, the Mayor and the Governor General will proceed to the Plenary Room, where she will award him the keys to the city and the title of “Illustrious Guest,” in honour of his visit. His Excellency will deliver remarks on this occasion. The ceremony will conclude with a cultural performance in the foyer of City Hall.
Plenary Room and Foyer, Santiago City Hall
OFFICIAL PHOTOGRAPHERS ONLY—Meeting between the Governor General and the Mayor of Santiago
OPEN TO MEDIA–Presentation of the keys to the city and cultural performance

8 p.m.
Friends of Canada Reception
On the occasion of his State visit to Chile, 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-Chile relationship.

Santiago, Chile
Tuesday, December 2

9:30 a.m.
Panel Discussion on Fostering Entrepreneurship and Innovation
Upon arrival, the Governor General will be greeted by Alfonso Gómez, Executive President of Anacleto Angelini UC Innovation Center, before proceeding to the auditorium. The discussion will include testimonials from a Canadian-Chilean angel investor and the owner of a Chilean start-up who have established a successful business relationship. They will describe the major elements required to secure good projects from an investor’s point of view, and how to attain angel funding from a start-up point of view. A panel of Canadian and Chilean experts will then share their comments and answer questions from the audience. The Governor General will summarize the discussion with closing remarks. 

The Anacleto Angelini UC Innovation Center is a multidisciplinary and generalist centre conceived to promote innovation and entrepreneurship initiatives that will yield high economic, social and cultural impact. For more information, visit
Centro de Innovación UC Anacleto Angelini

Maipú, Chile
Tuesday, December 2

10 a.m.
Launch of In Maipú, It Gets Better Project with Her Excellency Sharon Johnston
Joined by Alejandra Bustamante, Acting Mayor of the Municipality of Maipú, and by community members, teachers, students and project representatives, Her Excellency will attend the launch of the project En Maipú, Todo Mejora (In Maipú, It Gets Better )—the Chilean branch of the international It Gets Better organization. This new project, supported by Canada Fund for Local Initiatives, consists of a play and a discussion on gender identity. It will provide participating public schools in Maipú with the tools to promote and implement a safe environment for sexual diversity.  

During her visit, Her Excellency will have a private discussion with youths who have been struggling with their sexual identity. She will then attend a theatrical performance with children on gender identity and respect for sexual diversity. Following the performance, she will engage the children in a discussion on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights. 

Since 2012, Todo Mejora has been affiliated with the global It Gets Better Project, a network that seeks to improve the quality of life for LGBT people. The In Maipú initiative aims to evaluate existing levels of understanding about sexual diversity among students, to add human rights and sexual orientation rights to the school curricula, and to end the stigma associated with sexual diversity. For more information, visit
Garden of the City Hall of the Municipality of Maipu
OPEN TO MEDIA—Theater performance

Santiago, Chile
Tuesday, December 2

12:30 p.m.
Visit to Circo del Mundo
Their Excellencies will be greeted by Alejandra Jiménez, Director of Circo del Mundo, and Alain Veilleux, Co-founder of Circo del Mundo. They will visit the facility and attend a performance by students from MiniCompañia under the circus tent. Following the performance, Their Excellencies will engage with the students, many of whom come from low-income communities in Santiago. They will describe how the circus has been beneficial to them, to their families and to their community as a whole. 

Circo del Mundo is an NGO devoted to teaching, cultivating, promoting and professionalizing contemporary circus in Chile. Its mission is to enhance and promote the circus as a performing art and as an intervention tool for human development. Circo del Mundo was created through the initiative of Cirque du Soleil and Jeunesse du Monde in 1995, as part of an international co-operation project with Corporación Canelo de Nos, a Chilean NGO.
Circo del Mundo, Santiago

2:15 p.m.
Working Luncheon on Women’s Issues in Chile Hosted by Her Excellency Sharon Johnston
Her Excellency will meet with representatives from the Government of Chile, the United Nations Development Program, NGOs and the academic sector to discuss women’s issues in Chile. The participation of women in public policy discussions and decision making is low in Chile, and among the lowest in South America. The dialogue will also focus on the Government of Chile’s changes to its political system to increase the participation of women in politics by introducing mandatory quotas for candidates and financial incentives for political parties that favour female candidates. 

3:30 p.m.
Address and Discussion on Education at
Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile
The Governor General will deliver a keynote address to academics and faculty from universities across Santiago. The Global Knowledge Economy: A Canadian Perspective will focus on the importance of collaboration through education, innovation and trade, as well as through the diplomacy of knowledge. A discussion with Canadian experts and a question period with the audience will follow. The Governor General will be awarded the Monsignor Larraín Gandarillas medallion, an honorary distinction awarded to people whose contributions to society, culture, economy or politics, both at an international and national level identify them as “Eminent Guests” of Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. 

Founded in 1888, the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile signed its first agreement with Simon Fraser University in 1995. Since then, it has signed 18 other agreements with institutions in Canada, including such top-ranked schools as Queen’s University, Université de Montréal and the University of Alberta. These agreements range from general bilateral co-operation to MBA and PhD-specific exchanges. Over 520 students in areas such as administration and economics, education, engineering, and social sciences have taken part in these exchanges. For more information, visit
Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile

4:30 p.m.
Visit to Fundación de las Familias by Her Excellency Sharon Johnston
Her Excellency will visit the Peñalolén Centre of Fundación de las Familias, an organization that aims to improve the quality of life and social skills of some 300 vulnerable families through educational, sporting, cultural and integration activities. She will be joined by Sebastián Dávalos Bachelet, Daniela Baeza, the centre’s director, and by Carolina Leitao Álvarez-Salamanca, Mayor of Peñalolén. 

Her Excellency will tour the centre and learn about its green garden and recycling programs that provide a healthier environment for the community. She will also participate in various workshops and interact with participants whose everyday lives have been changed for the better, thanks to the services offered by the centre. 

The Fundación de las Familias is funded by the Government of Chile. It helps people in need through group workshops, meetings and modules from four targeted areas of interest: sports, culture, green spaces and healthy living, and socio-family development.
Fundación de las Familias

8 p.m.
Discussion on Innovation and Productivity
The Governor General and Luis Felipe Céspedes Cifuentes, Minister of Economy, Development and Tourism in Chile, will attend a discussion on Canada and Chile’s respective priorities and agendas for increasing productivity, economic growth, innovation and competitiveness. Private sector representatives from Canadian companies, investors, Chilean government officials, and other stakeholders will also take part in the discussion.

Members of the public can follow the Governor General’s State visits to the Republic of Chile and the Republic of Colombia online at, where speeches, photos and videos will be posted. 


This itinerary is subject to change without notice.
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