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May 11, 2017

Governor General to Visit Toronto

OTTAWA—His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, will be in Toronto on Monday, May 15, 2017, to promote the spirit of innovation among Canadian youth and entrepreneurs.

In the morning, the Governor General will deliver a keynote address at the Ontario Prayer Breakfast. Following this, His Excellency will speak to SHAD students at Ryerson University about innovation. Later in the day, he will deliver remarks at Discovery 2017.

Below is His Excellency’s detailed itinerary.

Toronto, Ontario
Monday, May 15

7:00 a.m.
Keynote Address at the Ontario Prayer Breakfast
His Excellency will deliver the keynote address at the 49th annual Ontario Prayer Breakfast. The Ontario Prayer Breakfast is an annual opportunity for the Christian community to gather together to support members of the provincial parliament and city councillors in prayer. For more information, visit

10 a.m.
Discussion on Innovation with SHAD Students at Ryerson University
The Governor General and Tim Jackson, President and CEO of SHAD, will have a fireside chat on innovation with students attending the 2017 SHAD program at Ryerson University. The conversation will be followed by a question period. This fireside chat is part of the launch of SHAD at Ryerson, which is the 13th university in Canada to partner with the award-winning program. The event will be streamed live online at

Each year, SHAD provides the opportunity for 800 students from across Canada and around the world to attend a month-long summer program at a Canadian host university. The program is focused on science, technology, engineering, arts and math. For more information,
Ryerson University, Student Learning Centre, 341 Yonge Steet, Toronto
MEDIA CONTACT: Teddy Katz, 647-505-8095,

12:30 p.m.
Remarks at Official Opening of Discovery 2017
His Excellency will deliver remarks on the importance of innovation at the official opening of Discovery 2017, Canada’s leading innovation-to-commercialization conference. Beforehand, His Excellency will tour the show floor to meet with participants.

Hosted by the Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE), Discovery brings together key players from industry, academia, government and the investment community, as well as entrepreneurs and students seeking collaboration opportunities. For more information, visit
Metro Toronto Convention Centre, South Building, Level 800, 222 Bremner Boulevard 
MEDIA CONTACT: Andrew Robertson, 416-861-1092 ext. 1092,


Media information:

Josephine Laframboise
Rideau Hall Press Office
613-668-1929 (cell)

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