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Visit to Halifax

May 11, 2017

Governor General to Visit Halifax

OTTAWA—His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, will be in Halifax on Saturday, May 13, 2017.

During the visit, His Excellency and co-author Tom Jenkins will present their new book Ingenious at Dalhousie University. The Governor General will also speak at The Walrus Talks Conversations About Canada: We Desire a Better Country, as part of the national tour’s Halifax stop.

Below is His Excellency’s detailed itinerary. All timings indicated are in local time zone.

Saturday, May 13

12 p.m.
Ingenious On-Stage Conversation
During an on-stage conversation hosted by Richard Florizone, President of Dalhousie University, the Governor General and Mr. Jenkins will speak about their book, Ingenious. The conversation will be followed by a question period and a book-signing session. The event will be streamed live online at

Published simultaneously in English and French by Signal/McClelland & Stewart (a division of Penguin Random House Canada) and Les Éditions La Presse, Ingenious is a book about hundreds of Canadian innovations that have made the world a smarter, smaller, kinder, safer, healthier, wealthier and happier place. The co-authors have worked hard to make sure this collection illustrates the range and depth of innovations that Canadians have given to the world. Ingenious categorizes these innovations by the impact they have made on our society, from the light bulb, the propeller, the electric radio and the zipper, to the life jacket, the basketball, peanut butter and Superman.
Kenneth C. Rowe Management Building, Dalhousie University, 6100 University Avenue
MEDIA CONTACT: Shona Cook, Signal/McClelland & Stewart, 416-957-1576

3 p.m.
The Walrus Talks Conversations About Canada: We Desire a Better Country
As part of the Walrus Talks national tour marking our country’s 150th anniversary and the Order of Canada’s 50th anniversary, His Excellency will deliver remarks on how this one-of-a-kind speakers’ series has motivated Canadians to think of new ideas for the Canada of today and tomorrow. The event will also feature Order of Canada members Fred Fountain, Molly Johnson, Charles Pachter and Jane Urquhart, as well as new voices Desmond Cole, Anand Mahadevan, Aaron Taylor and Rebecca Thomas. It will be streamed live online at   

The Walrus Foundation, in partnership with the Order of Canada and Canada 150, presents a national tour focusing on the future of our country and featuring 50 members of the Order of Canada and 50 youth leaders. It aims to provide Canadians with opportunities to participate and celebrate together, fostering a deeper understanding of Canada, its people, and what it means to be Canadian. The tour runs until May 31, 2017. For more information and tour dates, visit

The motto of the Order of Canada, DESIDERANTES MELIOREM PATRIAM (They desire a better country), is the source of inspiration for the tour. The Order’s 50th anniversary will be celebrated during the year through a host of special initiatives and partnerships. To join the celebration, visit
Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21, 1055 Marginal Road
MEDIA CONTACT: Cailin Cooper, The Walrus Foundation, 416-802-4453 (cell),  


Media information:

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

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