Governor General to deliver keynote address at Universities Canada fall membership meeting

October 23, 2023

OTTAWA, Ontario—Her Excellency the Right Honourable Mary Simon, Governor General of Canada, will deliver a keynote address at the Universities Canada Annual General meeting being held at the Fairmont Château Laurier in Ottawa, on Tuesday, October 24, 2023, at 11 a.m. The Governor General will also participate in a Q&A session with Canadian university presidents from across the country.

The keynote address will focus on the disproportionate impact on women, especially young women and women from equity-seeking groups, of disrespectful and abusive online discourse in Canada. Her Excellency’s keynote address will highlight her support of women’s experiences, and outline ways in which allies in a broad range of communities can encourage positive actions and change to help encourage the next generation of women leaders.

Date:            Tuesday, October 24, 2023
Time:           11 a.m. (EDT)
Location:     Drawing Room, Fairmont Château Laurier

OPEN TO MEDIA – During keynote address only

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About Universities Canada
Universities Canada is a membership organization providing university presidents with a unified voice for higher education, research and innovation. Universities Canada advances the mission of its 97 member institutions to transform lives, strengthen communities and find solutions to the most pressing challenges facing our world.

Organized by Universities Canada, this event will bring together Canada’s university presidents to discuss the role universities play in finding solutions to the most pressing challenges, such as the increasingly polarized public discourse in Canada.

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Universities Canada
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