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Visit to Belgium

OTTAWA—At the request of the Right Honourable Stephen Harper, Prime Minister of Canada, His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, will conduct visits to Poland, the Netherlands and Belgium, from October 22 to 29, 2014.

All timings indicated are in local time zone (Central European Time - UTC/GMT + 6:00).

 

VISIT TO BELGIUM

Brussels, Belgium
Monday, October 27

8 p.m.
Dinner with King Philippe and Queen Mathilde
Their Excellencies and Canadian delegates will attend a dinner hosted by His Majesty King Philippe of the Belgians and Her Majesty Queen Mathilde in honour of Their Excellencies’ visit. Twenty representatives of the top Belgian businesses with trade or investment ties to Canada will also be in attendance.
Dining Room, Laeken Palace
CLOSED TO MEDIA

 

Adegem, Belgium
Tuesday, October 28

9 a.m.
Wreath-Laying Ceremony at the Adegem Canadian War Cemetery
Their Excellencies and Canadian delegates will pay tribute to those who perished during the Liberation of Belgium in the autumn of 1944. The Governor General will deliver brief remarks and lay a wreath of flowers.

In the last week of September 1944, the Allies held the city of Antwerp, but the Germans held both shores of the Scheldt estuary, which meant that the port of Antwerp could not be used. The task of clearing the southern shore of the estuary was entrusted to the 3rd Canadian Division, aided by the 4th Canadian Armoured Division and the 52nd Division. The majority of the men buried at Adegem died during the operations to clear the south bank of the Scheldt, but many Canadians who lost their lives elsewhere in Belgium were also brought here for burial. The cemetery now contains 1 119 Commonwealth graves from the Second World War, including those of 848 Canadians, and one unidentified grave from the First World War. There are also
33 Polish and two French graves.
Adegem Canadian War Cemetery
OPEN TO MEDIA

 

Passchendaele, Belgium
Tuesday, October 28

10:30
Wreath-Laying Ceremony at the Passchendaele Canadian Memorial
The Governor General will lay a wreath of flowers while Her Excellency and Canadian delegates will lay small crosses made by students of schools of the Ottawa region to commemorate a battle that cost the lives of 16 000 Canadians over a three-week period in October-November 1917.

This Canadian Battlefield Memorial marks the site of Crest Farm, where Canadian soldiers encountered some of the fiercest resistance they were to meet during the war. The awarding of nine Victoria Crosses (the largest number for a single battle) exemplifies the heroic determination and skill of Canadian soldiers in this bitter struggle.
Passchendaele Canadian Memorial
OPEN TO MEDIA

 

Zonnebeke, Belgium
Tuesday, October 28

11:05 a.m.
Visit of the Memorial Museum Passchendaele 1917
Their Excellencies will visit the Canadian section of the museum to highlight the fruitful partnership between Canada and this Belgian museum which tells the Canadian story at the Ypres Salient during WWI. Following their visit, Their Excellencies will plant a Canadian sugar maple tree in the new Canadian poppy garden on the grounds of the museum’s chateau. The garden opened in August 2014.

The Memorial Museum Passchendaele 1917 keeps the memory of the Battle of Passchendaele alive, a battle in which half a million casualties fell in 100 days to gain a mere eight kilometres of territory. The museum is housed in the historic chateau grounds of Zonnebeke and focuses on the material aspects of WWI. For more information, visit www.passchendaele.be.
Memorial Museum Passchendaele 1917
OPEN TO MEDIA – During the tree planting only

 

Ypres, Belgium
Tuesday, October 28

1:30 p.m.
Visit to John McCrae Site
Their Excellencies and Canadian delegates will honour Canadian Officer-Surgeon and poet John McCrae and highlight the upcoming centenary of his famous poem In Flanders Fields. They will meet with representatives and students from the two local secondary schools that were involved in renovating the site where John McCrae worked and presumably wrote his poem. The project started in 1995, with the assistance of the City of Ypres. Yves Carton, Deputy Director of the Heilige Familieschool and the coordinator of the restoration project, will act as a guide for Their Excellencies. The Governor General will deliver short remarks on this occasion. The poem In Flanders Fields will be read out loud by a Canadian and two Belgian students.
John McCrae Site, Essex Farm
OPEN TO MEDIA

 

Nieuwpoort, Belgium
Tuesday, October 28

3 p.m.
Official Belgian National Commemorative Ceremony of the Flooding of the Yser Plain - Nieuwpoort
Their Excellencies will take part in this event organized by the Belgian federal government to commemorate the flooding of the Yser Plain and to honour the Soldier King, Albert I. The ceremony will be attended by the King and the Queen of the Belgians and by representatives from countries involved in the First World War. Members of the public will be able to follow the ceremony live via giant screens erected in the Kaaiplein square, in Nieuwpoort.
King Albert I Monument
OPEN TO POOL MEDIA

 

Ypres, Belgium
Tuesday, October 28

the Governor General took part in a ceremony on the centenary of the First Battle of Ypres.  As the highest-ranking representative of the Commonwealth attending the ceremony, he delivered a speech.

5:30 p.m.
Official Belgian National Commemorative Ceremony of the 100th Anniversary of the Battle of Ypres – Menin Gate
Their Excellencies will take part in a second ceremony that will focus on the centenary of the First Battle of Ypres, with the theme of ‘refusal to surrender.’ The King and Queen of the Belgians, along with national and international guests, will attend this modified version of the “Last Post.” As the highest-ranking representative of the Commonwealth to attend the ceremony, the Governor General will deliver remarks on this occasion. Members of the public will be able to follow the ceremony live via giant screens erected in Ypres’ Grand Place.
Menin Gate
OPEN TO POOL MEDIA

 

Brussels, Belgium
Wednesday, October 29

Her Excellency visited Pony Paradise, a hippotherapy centre based in Brussels. Hippotherapy is a therapeutic approach used to treat individuals experiencing difficulties related to physical or mental disabilities, as well as people suffering from depression, personality disorders, ADHD and autism.

9 a.m.
Visit to the Hippotherapy Centre Pony Paradise
Her Excellency will visit Pony Paradise, a hippotherapy centre based in Brussels. Hippotherapy is a therapeutic approach used to treat individuals experiencing difficulties related to physical or mental disabilities, as well as people suffering from depression, personality disorders, ADHD and autism. This method uses the horse’s natural movement as a tool for physical and mental rehabilitation. For more information, visit www.pony-paradise.be(Website in French only.)
Rue des Poulets 7, 1070 Brussels
OPEN TO MEDIA

9:15 a.m.
Opening Ceremony of the Canadian European Investment Roadshow (Business Forum) of the Global Business Leaders Series
The Governor General will deliver remarks to kick off this Canadian Business Forum. The series engages senior business executives, key local influencers and representatives from government, local business organizations and economic development agencies with the primary aim of attracting investment to Canada in the context of the upcoming implementation of the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA). Following the meeting in Brussels, the forum will take place in Antwerp, Luxembourg, Birmingham, Oxford, London and Stuttgart.
Conference Room, 1st Floor, Rue Ravenstein 4, 1000 Brussels, Fédération des entreprises de Belgique (FEB)
OPEN TO MEDIA

10:45 a.m.
Visit to IMEC (formerly the Interuniversity Microelectronics Centre) and Discussion on Research and Development Co-operation
The Governor General will take part in this round table with officials from IMEC at KU Leuven to discuss ways to foster greater innovation and R&D co-operation projects with Canada.

IMEC conducts world-leading research in nanoelectronics and nanotechnology. Its staff of close to 2 000 people includes over 600 industrial residents and guest researchers. IMEC’s research is applied in the pursuit of better health care, smart electronics, sustainable energy and safer transport. For more information, visit www.imec.be.
Kapeldreef 75, 3001 Heverlee
CLOSED TO MEDIA

1 p.m.
Luncheon with Representatives of the Canadian and Belgian Business Communities
The Governor General will deliver a keynote address to key business leaders, political figures and academics to highlight Canada’s qualities as an investment destination and to build awareness on the CETA. His Excellency will also underline Canada’s war efforts in Belgium during the 20th century and celebrate 75 years of diplomatic relations.
Grande Salle, 1st Floor, Palais d’Egmont
OPEN TO MEDIA – During the Governor General’s speech only

Members of the public can follow the Governor General’s visits to Poland, the Netherlands and Belgium 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.

Media information:

Julie Rocheleau
Rideau Hall Press Office
613-998-7280
julie.rocheleau@gg.ca

 

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