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Governor General to visit Salvador, Brasilia, Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro as part of State Visit to Brazil

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June 27, 2007

OTTAWA—Their Excellencies the Right Honourable Michaëlle Jean, Governor General of Canada, and Jean-Daniel Lafond will conduct a State visit to Brazil from July 6 to July 15, 2007. At the request of the Prime Minister, the Governor General will represent Canada and lead a delegation of Canadians representing youth, culture and international development to Salvador, Brasilia and Sao Paulo.  The visit will conclude in Rio de Janeiro where Their Excellencies will attend the official opening of the XV Pan American Games and support Canadian athletes during the competitions.


Mr. Guillermo E. Rishchynski
Ambassador of Canada to the Federative Republic of Brazil

Ms. Sheila-Marie Cook
Secretary to the Governor General

Mr. Michael Small
Assistant Deputy Minister, Global Issues, Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada

Ms. Maureen O’Neil
President, International Development Research Centre

Mr. Malcolm McKechnie
Chief of Protocol, Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada

Ms. Sarah Foutain Smith
Director, Inter-American Relations and Regional Policy, Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada 

Dr. Arthur Carty, O.C.
National Science Advisor to the Government of Canada


Mr. Cameron Bailey (ON)
Writer, broadcaster and International Programmer, Toronto International Film Festival Group

Mr. Hervé Fischer (QC)
Artist and philosopher

Mr. Stephen Wilson (MB)
Executive Director, Graffiti Gallery

Mr. Peter Wintonick (QC)
Producer, director, critic and editor of independent film, video and new media

Ms. Marie-Hélène Bonin (QC)
Executive Director, Alternatives

Mr. Michael Casey (QC)
Executive Director, Development and Peace

Dr. Ted Hewitt (ON)
Vice-President, Research and International Relations, University of Western Ontario

Dr. Réjean Thomas (NB)
President, Clinique médicale l’Actuel

Ms. Jennifer Corriero (ON)
Executive Director, TakingITGlobal

Mr. James Makokis (AB)
Aboriginal youth leader and medical student

Mr. Michael Murray (ON)
Executive Director, UrbanArts Community Arts Council

Mr. Michel-Denis Richard (NB)
Agent de projet, Caraïbes Amériques (Unité Jeunesse), Organisation internationale de la francophonie

The list of delegates is subject to change. An itinerary will follow. For further information on the State visit, please click on


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