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Events in Waterloo and Toronto

May 16, 2016

Governor General to Participate in Events
in Waterloo and Toronto

OTTAWA—Their Excellencies the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, and Mrs. Sharon Johnston will take part in public events in Waterloo and Toronto on Tuesday, May 17 and Wednesday, May 18, 2016, to celebrate innovation and entrepreneurship in Waterloo, and to recognize volunteer organizations who have helped Syrian refugees in Toronto.

Here is the detailed itinerary:

Waterloo, Ontario
May 17, 2016

12 p.m.
Accelerator Centre 10th Anniversary Open House
On the occasion of the Accelerator Centre’s 10th anniversary celebrations, the Governor General will visit the Centre to see client demonstrations and deliver remarks. Founding patron of the Centre when he was president and vice-chancellor of the University of Waterloo, His Excellency will talk about the Centre’s beginnings and how it is making a difference in Canada’s innovation landscape.

The Accelerator Centre is a world-renowned, award-winning network of facilities dedicated to developing and commercializing technology start-ups. It provides an essential combination of in-house mentorship, educational programming, facilities, networking and access to funding and facility services, with a goal of building successful companies. For more information, visit
295 Hagey Boulevard, Waterloo
MEDIA CONTACT: Mike Pereira, 226-339-8465,

1:30 p.m.
Visit to the Conrad Centre
The Governor General will visit the Conrad Business, Entrepreneurship and Technology Centre, the academic engine for entrepreneurship at the University of Waterloo, and meet with some of its students. He will speak to them briefly about the importance of innovation and their role as future business leaders in Canada. 

The Conrad Centre is known for its strong focus on innovation and entrepreneurship, research-driven faculty and a reputation for producing the leaders of tomorrow by offering entrepreneurial academic programs. For more information, visit
295 Hagey Boulevard, Suite 240, Waterloo
MEDIA CONTACT: Amanda Watkins, 519-888-4567 ext. 37106, 

Toronto, Ontario
May 18, 2016

9 a.m.
Syrian Refugee Volunteer Recognition Event
Their Excellencies will participate in a volunteer recognition event to honour community partners and volunteer organizations who have, with COSTI Immigrant Services, welcomed and helped settle over 1 900 Syrian newcomers to Toronto over the last few months. The Governor General will present awards to the organizations being recognized and will also deliver remarks. 

Meeting the needs of a diverse society since 1952, COSTI Immigrant Services is a community-based multicultural agency that provides employment, educational, settlement and social services to all immigrant communities, new Canadians and individuals in need of assistance. Operating out of 17 locations in Toronto, the Region of Peel and York Region, COSTI provides services in more than 60 languages. In 2015, over 39 000 individuals received assistance. For more information, visit
Berkeley Church and Field House, 315 Queen Street East, Toronto
MEDIA CONTACT: Mary Cellucci, 647-631-1574 (cell), 


Media information:
Marie-Pierre Bélanger
Rideau Hall Press Office
613-852-3248 (cell) 

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