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Visit to the Capitale-Nationale and Chaudières-Appalaches Regions

February 18, 2016 

Governor General to Visit the Capitale-Nationale
and Chaudières-Appalaches Regions

OTTAWA—Their Excellencies the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, and Mrs. Sharon Johnston will visit Québec and Beauce from February 21 to 25, 2016

“Sharon and I are always delighted to return to the residence at the Citadelle of Québec to partake in a range of activities that touch on entrepreneurship, philanthropy, innovation, education, volunteerism and mental health,” said the Governor General. “We will have the opportunity to meet with experts in these various fields, who will highlight activities that have an impact on economic growth and social involvement in their region. I will also have the honour of presenting Decorations for Bravery to courageous Canadians who risked their lives to save or protect the life of another.” 

Below is Their Excellencies’ detailed itinerary. 

Sunday, February 21

1 p.m.
Meeting with the Finalists of the AA-Elites Division of the Pee-Wee Québec International Hockey Tournament and Trophy Presentation
Before the game, Their Excellencies, accompanied by His Worship Régis Labeaume, Mayor of Québec, and his spouse, Mrs. Louise Vien, will wish good luck to both teams competing in the AA-Elites Division championship game. At 1:30 p.m., Their Excellencies and their hosts will attend the game and cheer them on. The Governor General and the Mayor will then present the trophy to the runner-up team. 

Founded in 1960, the Pee-Wee Québec International Hockey Tournament continues to give thousands of youths aged 11 and 12 an unforgettable experience and lifelong memories as they represent their teams. Some of the big names in hockey, including Brad Park, Guy Lafleur, the Gretzky and Howe brothers, Mario Lemieux, Patrick Roy and Steven Stamkos have taken part in this tournament. For more information, visit
Centre Vidéotron, 250 Wilfrid-Hamel Boulevard, Québec
OPEN TO MEDIA—On-ice presentation of the trophy to the winning team
MEDIA CONTACT: Patrick Dom, 418-559-3000 (cell), 

Monday, February 22

10:30 a.m.
Presentation of Decorations for Bravery
During this ceremony, the Governor General will present 31 Decorations for Bravery. The Decorations for Bravery were created in 1972, to recognize people who risked their lives to try to save or protect another. The list of recipients, their citations and additional information will be published in a separate media advisory.
The Citadelle of Québec

Monday, February 22

2:30 p.m.
Visit to the Head Office of Leclerc Group
Upon arrival, Their Excellencies will be met by Mr. Denis Leclerc, President of Leclerc Group, and his spouse, Mrs. Lucie Gosselin, who will provide an overview of the company and its activities in national and international markets. The presentation will be followed by a visit to the Laboratory of Health and Wellness, where recipes are developed, and to the cookie and snack bar factory, where Their Excellencies will have the opportunity to speak with some of the employees. 

Founded in 1905, by François Leclerc, Leclerc Group has grown over the past 30 years to more than 825 employees, sales in excess of $375 million, and six ultramodern factories, including two in Québec, one in Hawkesbury, Ontario, one in Montgomery, Pennsylvania, one in Kingsport, Tennessee, and one in Phoenix, Arizona. The company is headquartered in the François-Leclerc Industrial Park in Saint-Augustin-de-Desmaures, near the City of Québec. Specializing in the production of cookies and snack bars, the company exports its products to more than 20 countries. For more information, visit
91 Rotterdam, François-Leclerc Industrial Park, Saint-Augustin-de-Desmaures
OPEN TO MEDIA—Visit to the Laboratory of Health and Wellness
OFFICIAL PHOTOGRAPHERS ONLY—Visit to the cookie and snack bar factory
MEDIA CONTACT: Marie-Josée Massicotte, Director of Communications, Leclerc Group, 418-878-3722, ext. 2249, marie-josé 

Tuesday, February 23

10:30 a.m.
Visit to La Boussole by Her Excellency Sharon Johnston
Her Excellency will have the opportunity to speak with stakeholders in two of La Boussole’s programs: Enfance-Jeunesse, focusing on group activities for children (7–12 years) and adolescents (13–17 years) with a family member living with a mental disorder, and L’homme qui parlait aux autos, training that offers a code of conduct to facilitate interaction with individuals with a mental disorder. In addition, Mrs. Johnston will meet with volunteer facilitators of self-help groups and volunteers with the 24/7 helpline, who offer callers support and a sympathetic ear. 

La Boussole, celebrating its 35th anniversary this year, is a community-based, non-profit organization in the Québec region with a mission to bring together and support the family members and friends of individuals experiencing the clinical features of a mental disorder. The organization offers a range of services to help, inform and equip them to improve their quality of life. For more information, visit (French only).
302 3rd Avenue, Québec
MEDIA CONTACT: Myriam Faucher-Bilodeau, Development and Communication Officer and Volunteer Coordinator, La Boussole, 418-523-4903, ext. 232, 

2:30 p.m.
Visit to the Centre de recherche de l’Institut universitaire en santé mentale de Québec (CRIUSMQ) and Discussion on Groundbreaking Research to Detect Early Signs of Mental Illness in Youth
Their Excellencies will meet with Dr. Yves De Koninck, Professor of Psychiatry and Neuroscience at Université Laval and Scientific Director of CRIUSMQ, and with Ms. Maryse Beaulieu, Managing Director, IUSMQ Foundation. Their Excellencies will be given an overview of how various research projects are developing, including research to detect early signs of mental illness in youth by studying the retina. They will then visit the laboratories of Dr. Pierre Marquet, a world-class researcher and the only Canada Excellence Research Chair in the field of mental health, who joined the research team for what could be the world’s first biological test to detect early signs of mental illness. 

CRIUSMQ is a neuroscience and mental health research centre in Canada. The Centre studies the primary causes of brain diseases and hosts nearly 70 researchers who lead teams totalling nearly 500 people. It offers multidisciplinary expertise ranging from membrane biophysics to social intervention, including cognitive psychology. For more information, visit

Thursday, February 25

9:30 a.m.
Meeting with the Mayor of Saint-Georges and City Council Members
Their Excellencies will be greeted by His Worship Claude Morin, Mayor of Saint-Georges, and his spouse, Mrs. Anne Desrousseaux. They will then engage in a discussion with the Mayor and with members of city council on the region’s economy, its successes and challenges. At 10:15 a.m., Their Excellencies will proceed to the Council Chamber to sign the guestbook. 

Founded in 1856, Saint-Georges is a flagship city in Beauce, with over 32 000 inhabitants. In 2015, it ranked 4th in Quebec and 35th in Canada in terms of its dynamic entrepreneurship. Its technology park and its two industrial parks help raise the city’s profile.
11700 Lacroix Boulevard, City Hall, Saint-Georges
PHOTO OP—During the signing of the guestbook 
MEDIA CONTACT: Lisa Gagné, Assistant, City Hall and External Communications, Saint-Georges, 418-226-2239,

10:45 a.m.
Visit to the Centre intégré de mécanique industrielle de la Chaudière (CIMIC)
Their Excellencies will visit CIMIC’s workshops in industrial design, electricity, industrial mechanics, machining techniques, welding and fitting, and auto mechanics. Following the visit, Their Excellencies will speak with teachers, students and associated entrepreneurs who will highlight the Centre’s areas of expertise. 

Unique to North America, CIMIC is an integrated professional industrial mechanics training centre at the secondary, college and university levels. Approximately 90 per cent of the 700 graduates from each graduating class find employment before the end of their studies. Moreover, the Centre operates an applied research centre benefitting SMEs in the region. For more information, visit (French only).
11700 25th Avenue, Saint-Georges
OFFICIAL PHOTOGRAPHERS ONLY—Discussion with teachers, students and entrepreneurs
MEDIA CONTACT: Lisa Gagné, Assistant, City Hall and External Communications, Saint-Georges, 418-226-2239, 

12:15 p.m.
Discussion on the Issues and Realities of the Beauce Region
Their Excellencies will meet with participants from the economic, philanthropic, academic and health sectors to discuss the region’s strengths and successes, as well as its challenges. They will also discuss partnerships and projects underway between Saint-Georges and the private and public sectors that have strengthened mutually beneficial ties and, as a result, have improved the region’s overall economic forecast.

Thursday, February 25

2 p.m.
Visit to Les Industries Bernard & Fils
The maple syrup industry is a leading industry in Quebec with some 7 300 maple syrup-producing companies. Their Excellencies will visit Les Industries Bernard & Fils, a family-owned company that has been producing high-quality, pure maple syrup since the early 19th century. During their visit, Their Excellencies will observe the maple syrup bottling process, from heating to labelling for commercial sale. 

Thanks to its modern bottling facility, Les Industries Bernard & Fils bottled 16 million pounds of maple syrup in 2015. This family business exports many of its products to some 40 countries. For more information, visit

Thursday, February 25

4 p.m.
Visit to the École d’Entrepreneurship de Beauce (EEB)
Their Excellencies will be greeted by Mr. Marc Dutil, founder of the EEB, and Ms. Valérie Parent, Director of Outreach, and will be given a tour of the facilities to learn about the school’s history and various programs. Their Excellencies will then attend the launch of the “G5” cohort in the Émergence program and meet with students who have been running a business for a few years and are looking to expand their business. 

Officially launched in September 2010, the EEB is the only school in Canada that is dedicated to training entrepreneurs through the transfer of knowledge and experience from one generation of business leaders to another. In less than five years, over 80 high-level entrepreneurs have agreed to come and share their life experiences in Beauce. The EEB’s goal is to be a key player in the province’s prosperity by training Canada’s entrepreneurial elite. For more information, visit (French only).
18255 Lacroix Boulevard, Saint-Georges
MEDIA CONTACT: Lisa Gagné, Assistant, City Hall and External Communications, Saint-Georges, 418-226-2239, 


Media information:
Marie-Ève Létourneau
Rideau Hall Press Office
613-302-0912 (cell)


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