Canadian Delegation to Accompany Governor General on State Visits to West Africa

October 22, 2018

OTTAWA—Her Excellency the Right Honourable Julie Payette, Governor General of Canada, will undertake State visits to West Africa from October 23 to 30, 2018. She will visit Burkina Faso from October 23 to 26; the Republic of Côte d’Ivoire from October 26 to 28; and the Federal Republic of Nigeria from October 28 to 30. Her Excellency will return to Canada on October 31.

Parliamentarians and Canadian leaders from the fields of education, research, innovation,
development, trade and arts will enhance relations with their African counterparts. These exchanges will strengthen Canada’s relationship with Burkina Faso, the Republic of Côte d’Ivoire, and the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

Official Delegation

Lieutenant General (retired) the Honourable Andrew Leslie, P.C.
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Foreign Affairs
Member of Parliament for Orleans

Mr. Edmond Dejon Wega
Ambassador of Canada to Burkina Faso

Ms. Julie Shouldice
Ambassador of Canada to Côte d’Ivoire

Ms. Amy Galigan
Acting High Commissioner of Canada to the Federal Republic of Nigeria

Mr. Francis Drouin
Member of Parliament for Glengarry-Prescott-Russell

Ms. Sylvie Boucher
Member of Parliament for Beauport-Côte-de-Beaupré-Île d’Orléans-Charlevoix

Ms. Linda Duncan
Member of Parliament for Edmonton-Strathcona

Mr. Roy Norton
Chief of Protocol of Canada

Ms. Marie-Geneviève Mounier
Associate Secretary to the Governor General of Canada

Ms. Jennifer Goosen
Director General, West and Central Africa, Global Affairs Canada

Accompanying Delegation

Mr. Pierre Boivin
Partner, McCarthy Tétrault LLP and Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors of the Canadian Council on Africa

Dr.  Jan Christilaw, C.M.
Special Advisor, Women’s Health, British Columbia Women’s Hospital
and Clinical Professor, University of British Columbia

Ms. Anne Gaboury (Côte d’Ivoire/Nigeria)
President and Chief Executive Officer, Développement international Desjardins

Mr. Francois Lalonde
Engineer and international business development consultant

Mr. Pierre Lassonde, O.C., O.Q.
Chairman of the Board, Franco-Nevada Corporation and
Chairman of the Board, Canada Council for the Arts

Mr. Jean Lebel
President, International Development Research Centre

Ms. Ellen McAteer

Dr. Chidi Oguamanam
Professor, University of Ottawa Faculty of Law (Common Law Section)

Ms. Lili-Anna Pereša, C.Q.
President and Executive Director, Centraide of Greater Montreal

Ms. Mariam Sy Diawara
Founding President, Maison de l'Afrique Montréal and Africa Web Festival

Mr. Daniel Taylor
Conductor/Countertenor, Head of Historical Performance and
Associate Professor of Voice, Early Music and Opera, University of Toronto

The biographies of the accompanying delegation will be available online at

Members of the public can follow the Governor General’s State visits to Burkina Faso,  Côte d’Ivoire and Nigeria online at where speeches, photos and videos will be posted.


Media information                                            

Julie Rocheleau
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