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Smart Global Development Conference

April 11, 2016 

Governor General to Address Smart Global Development Conference

OTTAWA—His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, will deliver a keynote address at the Smart Global Development conference on Wednesday, April 13, 2016, at 5:00 p.m., at the Delegation of the Ismaili Imamat in Ottawa, Ontario.

“As hubs of innovation and creativity, universities and institutes of higher education are ideally positioned to contribute to sustainable development,” said the Governor General. “I’m looking forward to joining leaders in the field to discuss how inclusivity, innovation and diplomacy can foster a smarter, more caring world.”

About the Smart Global Development Conference
The Smart Global Development conference, convened by Aga Khan Foundation Canada, Academics Without Borders, and the International Development Research Centre, will explore the role of higher education in advancing sustainable development goals. Global experts, thought leaders and practitioners will participate in a series of discussions centered on strengthening the capacities of universities to tackle critical development challenges.


Members of the media wishing to cover the conference should arrive at the Delegation of the Ismaili Imamat (199 Sussex Dr.) no later than 4:45 p.m. on the day of the conference.

Media information:

Emily Keogh
Rideau Hall Press Office
613-218-2299 (cell)

Rosemary Quipp
Public Affairs Officer
Aga Khan Foundation Canada
613-237-2532, ext. 107           

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