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Visit to Moncton and Presentation of Honours

June 8, 2017

Governor General to Visit Moncton and Present Honours 

OTTAWA—His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, will visit Moncton, New Brunswick on Monday, June 12, 2017.

Upon arrival, His Excellency will present The Duke of Edinburgh’s Gold Award to a group of students. In the afternoon, the Governor General will recognize more than 50 remarkable Canadians with awards and honours. He will then join Tom Jenkins, Chair and former CEO of OpenText and Chair of the National Research Council, at an event presented by the Frye Festival where they will speak about their recently published book, Ingenious.

Below is the Governor General's detailed itinerary. All timings indicated are in Atlantic Daylight Time.

11 a.m.
Presentation of The Duke of Edinburgh’s Gold Award of Achievement
The Governor General will present The Duke of Edinburgh’s Gold Award to 31 young people from across Canada. 

The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award is a global program whose goal is to challenge, encourage and recognize young people between the ages of 14 and 24. This unique program is designed to empower youth to utilize their passions to help them believe in their own potential. For more information, visit
Carleton & Albert Rooms, Crowne Plaza Hotel, 1005 Main Street, Moncton
MEDIA CONTACT: Danielle McLeod, 506-453-3662, 

2 p.m.
Presentation of Honours
The Governor General will present honours to more than 50 remarkable Canadians to recognize excellence, courage or exceptional dedication to service. The ceremony will be streamed live online at The list of recipients, their citations and additional information will be published in a separate media advisory.  

The Governor General presents honours on behalf of all Canadians in communities across the country to help share inspiring stories, celebrate tremendous contributions to our society and connect with Canadians. From community volunteers to astronauts, from actors to members of the military, from scholars to everyday citizens, hundreds of Canadians earn our applause and gratitude. For more information about honours or to nominate someone who inspires you, visit
Moncton Wesleyan Celebration Centre, 945 St. George Blvd, Moncton
MEDIA CONTACT: Melanie Primeau, Rideau Hall Press Office, 613-993-2569 or
613-618-2691 (cell),

5 p.m.
Ingenious On-Stage Conversation
The Frye Festival will present an on-stage conversation hosted by local broadcaster Christine McLean, during which 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.

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.
Salle Bernard-Leblanc, Aberdeen Cultural Centre, 140 Botsford Street, Moncton
MEDIA CONTACT: Suzanne Cyr, Frye Festival President, 506-874-8850, 


Media information:

Melanie Primeau
Rideau Hall Press Office
613-618-2691 (cell)  

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