Presentation of Vanier Medal

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May 11, 2010 

Governor General to Present Vanier Medal 

OTTAWA—Her Excellency the Right Honourable Michaëlle Jean, Governor General of Canada, will present the 2009 Vanier Medal to Dr. Gordon S. Smith, Executive Director of the Centre for Global Studies at the University of Victoria, in British Columbia. The ceremony will be held at Rideau Hall, on Thursday, May 13, 2010, at 10:30 a.m.

The Vanier Medal, administered by the Institute of Public Administration of Canada (IPAC), is one of the highest forms of recognition for Canadian public administrators. It was created in 1962 in honour of Canada’s second Canadian governor general, the Right Honourable Georges P. Vanier. The Medal is awarded annually to a person who has shown distinctive leadership and has made a significant contribution in the field of public administration and public service in Canada.


Media wishing to cover the event are asked to contact
the Rideau Hall Press Office in advance.

Media Information:

Marie-Ève Létourneau
Rideau Hall Press Office

Gabriel Sékaly, CEO
Institute of Public Administration of Canada
416-924-8787 ext. 230
647-298-0337 (cell)