Governor General to Visit Lithuania and Estonia

November 22, 2019

OTTAWA—At the request of the Right Honourable Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada, Her Excellency the Right Honourable Julie Payette, Governor General of Canada, will visit Lithuania from November 24 to 26, 2019, and Estonia from November 26 to 28, 2019.

The visit will underline Canada’s deep-rooted partnership with Lithuania and Estonia, and provide an opportunity to explore areas for future growth. The visit will also showcase Canada as a world leader in scientific research, innovation, entrepreneurship and culture.

To strengthen the people-to-people ties and promote various aspects of Canada abroad, the Governor General will be accompanied by a delegation of Canadian experts in these fields

Times are indicated in local time.

LITHUANIA

Vilnius
Monday, November 25

11:20 a.m.
Visit to Antakalnis Cemetery

The Governor General will visit the Antakalnis Cemetery to lay a wreath at the Monument to the Victims of 13 January 1991, which honours all those who lost their lives in the struggle for Lithuania’s freedom and independence. Upon arrival, Her Excellency will be greeted by Linas Linkevičius, Minister of Foreign Affairs.

Antakalnis Cemetery was established in 1809 and is the final resting place of soldiers, politicians, and renowned artists and scientists.
OFFICIAL PHOTOGRAPHERS ONLY

11:40 a.m.
Meeting with the President

The Governor General will meet with His Excellency Gitanas Nausėda, President of the Republic of Lithuania. Before entering the meeting, the Governor General will sign the guest book.
Presidential Palace
OPEN TO MEDIA — For the signing of the guest book and at the beginning of the meeting

12:20 p.m.
Joint Press Conference

The Governor General and His Excellency Gitanas Nausėda, President of the Republic of Lithuania, will each deliver short statements to the media.
Presidential Palace
OPEN TO MEDIA

4 p.m.
Presentation and Panel Discussion on Innovation and Entrepreneurship

The event will begin with a presentation by the Governor General. Following this, members of the Canadian delegation and Lithuanian experts will participate in a panel discussion to explore the ingredients required to foster innovation and entrepreneurship in society. The event will conclude with a question and answer session.

The Vilnius Tech Park is the largest information and communication technologies start-up hub in the Baltic and Nordics region. For more information, visit www.vilniustechpark.com.            
Vilnius Tech Park
OPEN TO MEDIA  

Kaunas
Tuesday, November 26

10:30
Presentation at Santaka Valley Kaunas University of Technology (KTU) Science, Technology and Business Centre

The Governor General will deliver a presentation to students about her experience as an astronaut.  

Santaka Valley KTU integrates the activities of the largest research, technology and educational institutions in Kaunas: Kaunas University of Technology, the Lithuanian University of Health Sciences, the Lithuanian Energy Institute, Vytautas Magnus University, the Hospital of Lithuanian University of Health Sciences Kauno klinikos, and the Kaunas Science and Technology Park. For more information, visit www.santakosslenis.lt/en/.
Santaka Valley (KTU) Science, Technology and Business Centre
OPEN TO MEDIA 

ESTONIA

Tallinn
Wednesday, November 27

9:00 a.m.
Meeting with the President

The Governor General will meet with Her Excellency Kersti Kaljulaid, President of the Republic of Estonia. Upon arrival, the Governor General will be greeted with a welcome ceremony and will sign the guest book.  
Office of the President
OPEN TO MEDIA — During the welcome ceremony, the signing of the guest book and at the beginning of the meeting

10:05 a.m.
Joint Press Conference 

The Governor General and Her Excellency Kersti Kaljulaid, President of the Republic of Estonia, will each deliver short statements to the media.
Office of the President
OPEN TO MEDIA

10:30 a.m.
Classroom Visit and Presentation by the Estonian President and the Governor General

Upon arrival at the school, the President and the Governor General will visit a classroom where students will be programming Micro:bit computers using laptops. Afterwards, Estonian President Kaljulaid and the Governor General will each address students from the Tallinn Secondary School of Sciences, other schools in the Estonian Space School Network and from the Space Program at Tallinn Technical University. The presentation will be followed by a question and answer session with the students.
Tallinn Secondary School of Science
OPEN TO MEDIA

1:15 p.m.
Meeting with the Prime Minister of the Republic of Estonia

The Governor General will meet with His Excellency Jüri Ratas, Prime Minister of the Republic of Estonia.
Stenbock House
OPEN TO MEDIA — At the beginning of the meeting

2 p.m.
Meeting with the President of the Parliament of the Republic of Estonia

The Governor General will meet with His Excellency Henn Põlluaas, President of the Parliament of the Republic of Estonia.
OPEN TO MEDIA - Outside for the arrival
OFFICAL PHOTOGRAPHERS ONLY– During the meeting

5 p.m.
Performance at the Arvo Pärt Centre

The Governor General will attend a performance hosted by the Estonian Government and the Pärt family. The performance will feature Estonian Collegium Musicale Chamber Choir, Estonian pianist Mihkel Polland and Canadian violinist Kerson Leong; and will highlight Estonia’s strong musical tradition.

The Arvo Pärt Centre was founded by the composer’s family in 2010, in Laulasmaa, a small town located about 29 kilometres west of Tallinn. For more information, visit www.arvopart.ee/en/.
Arvo Pärt Centre
OPEN TO MEDIA

Tallinn
Thursday, November 28

10 a.m.
Visit to the e-Estonia Briefing Centre

The Governor General will visit the e-Estonia Briefing Centre to learn about e-services offered by the Government of Estonia and about their challenges and best practices.

The e-Estonia Briefing Centre seeks to inspire visitors by showcasing Estonia’s advanced e-government services. For more information, visit www.e-estonia.com/about-us/.
e-Estonia Briefing Centre
OPEN TO MEDIA

11 a.m.
Discussion at the NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence (CCDCOE)

The Governor General will participate in a discussion at the NATO CCDCOE to gain an understanding of cyberwarfare, as well as Estonia’s leading role in bolstering NATO’s capacity to address cyber threats.

The NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence is a multinational and interdisciplinary cyber defence hub. For more information, visit www.ccdcoe.org/.
NATO CCDCOE
OFFICIAL PHOTOGRAPHERS ONLY

12 p.m.
Round-table Discussion at the Estonian Academy of Sciences

The Governor General and members of the Canadian delegation will attend a round-table discussion with notable Estonian scientists and members of the academy to identify opportunities and ideas for future collaboration in science between Canada and Estonia.
OFFICIAL PHOTOGRAPHERS ONLY

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Media wishing to obtain photos of the visit can contact the Rideau Hall Press Office.
This itinerary is subject to change without notice.
To obtain the latest updates, visit
 www.gg.ca.

Media information:
Josephine Laframboise
Rideau Hall Press Office
613-668-1929 (cell)
josephine.laframboise@gg.ca

In Lithuania:
Ingrida Viciulyte
+370 5 249 09 53
ingrida.viciulyte@international.gc.ca

In Estonia:
Jude Pecora
+371 2330 3640
jude.pecora@international.gc.ca

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