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Governor General to Undertake Visit to the West Coast of the United States of America

OTTAWA, ONTARIO -- (Marketwired) -- 04/25/14 -- At the request of the Right Honourable Stephen Harper, Prime Minister of Canada, His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, will conduct a visit to the West Coast of the United States of America, from April 28 to May 2, 2014.

"I'm honoured to be the first Governor General of Canada to visit the West Coast of the United States of America," said His Excellency. "During my visits to Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco and Seattle, I look forward to engaging with government representatives, business leaders, innovators, academic influencers and researchers to share knowledge and expertise on the themes of innovation and trade, education, and philanthropy. The Canada-United States bilateral relationship is a model for the world. This working visit will not only be a reflection of the importance that Canada attaches to this relationship, but also an opportunity to demonstrate our country's leadership in terms of education, technological innovation, global health and international development. It will be driven by our intentions of creating and renewing existing partnerships with Canada's largest trading partner."

All timings indicated are in Pacific Daylight Time.


                           Los Angeles, California                          
                              Monday, April 28                              
7 p.m.                                                                      
Speech at the Milken Institute Global Conference Canadian CEO Dinner        
His Excellency will address key Canadian and American business leaders at   
 the annual Canadian CEO dinner hosted by the Consulate General of Canada on
 the occasion of the Milken Institute Global Conference, being held in Los  
 Angeles from April 27 to 30, 2014. This event will be an opportunity for   
 the Governor General to interact with conference attendees and to promote  
 trade and investment between our two countries.                            
165 South Muirfield Road, Official Residence of the Consul General of       
 Canada, Los Angeles                                                        
PHOTO OP-Official photographers only                                        
                           Los Angeles, California                          
                              Tuesday, April 29                             
8 a.m.                                                                      
Milken Global Conference                                                    
The Governor General will attend panel discussion on innovation presented at
 the 2014 Milken Global Conference. He will also meet with key American     
 business leaders involved in these particular fields, and engage with      
 Canadian business leaders at the Invest in Canada booth.                   
The Milken Institute Global Conference welcomes 3 000 leading thinkers from 
 disparate disciplines to exchange ideas and solve some of the world's      
 toughest challenges. These high-powered CEOs, investors, innovators,       
 policy-makers, philanthropists, educators and scientists challenge each    
 other's thinking on topics from financial markets, economic development,   
 energy, and global health, to public policy, education, media and          
 technology. For more information, visit  
9876 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hilton Hotel, Los Angeles                      
OPEN TO MEDIA                                                               
11:15 a.m.                                                                  
Visit to the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) Campus with Vice-  
 Provost for International Studies                                          
Upon his arrival, the Governor General will be greeted by Cindy Fan, Vice-  
 Provost of International Studies at UCLA, who will offer a tour of the     
 campus, and provide an overview of the university and its relationship with
 Canada. In April 2012, the International Institute, under the leadership of
 Mrs. Fan, became the permanent administrative home for the Canadian Studies
Founded in 1919, UCLA is known worldwide for the breadth and quality of its 
 academic, research, health care, cultural, continuing education and        
 athletic programs. UCLA's primary purpose as a public research university  
 is the creation, dissemination, preservation and application of knowledge  
 for the betterment of our global society. To fulfill its mission, UCLA is  
 committed to academic freedom in its fullest terms: it values open access  
 to information, free and lively debate conducted with mutual respect for   
 individuals, and freedom from intolerance. For more information, visit                                                        
Charles Young Drive, UCLA, Los Angeles                                      
PHOTO OP                                                                    
12 p.m.                                                                     
Round-Table Discussion with UCLA Leadership and Canadian Studies Program    
 Executive Committee                                                        
The Governor General will deliver an address on the theme of Canada-United  
 States: Training the Next Generation of Researchers and Innovators.        
 Officials and faculty from the UCLA Canadian Studies Program, the          
 International Institute, the Burkle Center for International Relations, and
 the California Nanotechnology Institute will be in attendance. A discussion
 on innovation and the partnership between UCLA and Canada will follow,     
 moderated by Mrs. Fan, Vice-Provost for International Studies.             
Established in 2001, the Canadian Studies Program at UCLA fosters a better  
 understanding of Canadian society and its relationship with the United     
 States. Through its teaching, research and public lecture series, the      
 program facilitates awareness of issues of mutual concern to the two       
 countries among students, faculty and the public at large. For more        
 information about the program, visit    
Faculty Center, UCLA, Los Angeles                                           
PHOTO OP-Official photographers only                                        
1:30 p.m.                                                                   
Keynote Address at UCLA                                                     
The Governor General will speak on The Diplomacy of Knowledge: Innovation   
 Exchange Across Borders to UCLA officials, faculty and students. Following 
 his address, he will participate in a question-and-answer period with the  
570 Westwood Plaza, California NanoSystems Institute Auditorium, Los Angeles
OPEN TO MEDIA                                                               
4:30 p.m.                                                                   
Meeting with Order of Canada Recipients                                     
The Governor General will meet with recipients of the Order of Canada living
 in California to recognize their contributions to both Canada and the U.S. 
 He will discuss with them how Canada can increase its partnerships with    
 creative industries located in the southern California region.             
Established in 1967 by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the Order of Canada  
 is the centrepiece of Canada's honours system and recognizes a lifetime of 
 outstanding achievement, dedication to the community and service to the    
 nation. The Order recognizes people in all sectors of Canadian society.    
 Their contributions are varied, yet they have all enriched the lives of    
 others and made a difference to this country. The Order of Canada's motto  
 is DESIDERANTES MELIOREM PATRIAM (They desire a better country). For more  
 information, visit                                      
165 South Muirfield Road, Official Residence of the Consul General of       
 Canada, Los Angeles                                                        
PHOTO OP-At the beginning of the meeting                                    
5 p.m.                                                                      
Friends of Canada Reception                                                 
In honour of his visit to Los Angeles, His Excellency will address Order of 
 Canada recipients, local business leaders and eminent community members who
 offer continued and exceptional service in promoting and enhancing the     
 Canada-United States relationship.                                         
165 South Muirfield Road, Official Residence of the Consul General of       
 Canada, Los Angeles                                                        
OPEN TO MEDIA                                                               
                            San Diego, California                           
                             Wednesday, April 30                            
9:15 a.m.                                                                   
Visit and Round-Table Discussion at Qualcomm Headquarters                   
The Governor General will visit Qualcomm's Technology Museum, which         
 showcases the company's rich history of innovation, the impact of its      
 technologies on the world today, and its vision for the future. His        
 Excellency will then meet with senior executives to discuss innovation and 
 Qualcomm's growing partnership with Canada through universities, Canadian  
 employees, and research and development.                                   
Qualcomm has close to 500 employees in five Canadian locations and is       
 considered one of the top 15 best workplaces in Canada. It is one of the   
 largest hiring companies of co-ops from the University of Waterloo and the 
 University of Toronto. In March 2014, Qualcomm signed a 10-year Innovation 
 Partnership Agreement with the University of British Columbia for          
 collaboration on the Internet of Things, which refers to uniquely          
 identifiable objects and their virtual representations in an Internet-like 
Since its founding in 1985, Qualcomm has become one of the principal drivers
 of San Diego's high-technology economy, spurring numerous start-up         
 companies and attracting other major players in the industry to San Diego. 
 Qualcomm is the world's leading mobile chipset provider and employs 21 000 
 workers worldwide. For more information, visit   
5775 Morehouse Drive, Qualcomm Inc. Headquarters, San Diego                 
OPEN TO MEDIA-Visit to Technology Museum and Patent Wall                    
CLOSED TO MEDIA-Meeting with Executives                                     
                            La Jolla, California                            
                             Wednesday, April 30                            
11 a.m.                                                                     
Visit to the Moores Cancer Center at the University of California San Diego 
Upon his arrival, the Governor General will be welcomed by Dr. Catriona     
 Jamieson, Director of Stem Cell Research, who will offer him a tour of her 
 research lab. At 11:30 a.m., His Excellency will then participate in a     
 discussion with researchers from UCSD and the Canada-California Strategic  
 Innovation Partnership in Cancer Stem Cells (CCSIP) to review the progress 
 of this successful initiative and discuss future opportunities.            
In June 2008, the Canadian Stem Cell Consortium (CSCC) established a formal 
 partnership with California through the signing of a memorandum of         
 understanding with the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine      
 (CIRM) to explore possible collaborative funding of cancer stem cell       
 research projects undertaken by Canadian and Californian research teams.   
During the discussion, His Excellency will also acknowledge Dr. Napoleone   
 Ferrara, UCSD Senior Deputy Director for Basic Sciences and recipient of   
 the 2014 Canada Gairdner Award. Dr. Ferrara was recognized for his work    
 identifying the role of the human vascular endothelial growth factor gene  
 in promoting angiogenesis-the formation of new blood vessels that can feed 
 tumor growth-and the subsequent development of two major monoclonal        
 antibody drugs. The Canada Gairdner Awards were created in 1959 to         
 recognize and reward the achievements of medical researchers whose work    
 contributes significantly to improving the quality of human life. They are 
 Canada's only globally known and respected international science awards.   
 For more information about the award, visit             
Established in 1978, the UCSD Moores Cancer Center is one of 41 National    
 Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers in the United     
 States, and the only one in the San Diego region. Such centres are         
 prominent among the nation's leading institutions dedicated to scientific  
 innovation and clinical excellence. For more information, visit                                                       
3855 Health Sciences Drive, Moores Cancer Center, UCSD, La Jolla            
OPEN TO MEDIA-Tour of lab                                                   
CLOSED TO MEDIA-Meeting with researchers                                    
                            Berkeley, California                            
                             Wednesday, April 30                            
5 p.m.                                                                      
Public Address at UC Berkeley                                               
The Governor General will deliver a speech on The Diplomacy of Knowledge:   
 Innovation Exchange Across Borders to the general public, students and     
 faculty. Following his address, His Excellency will participate in a       
 question-and-answer period with the audience. The event is hosted by UC    
 Berkeley's Canadian Studies Program, the UC Berkeley Institute of          
 Government Studies, and UC Berkeley International House.                   
The Canadian Studies Program at UC Berkeley was established in 1982, with   
 the aim of institutionalizing the interdisciplinary study of Canada through
 instruction and research.                                                  
It encourages and facilitates an awareness of Canadian issues on the campus,
 in nearby institutions with no Canadian studies programs of their own, and 
 in the wider community. For more information, visit                                                               
Morrison Reading Room, Doe Library, UC Berkeley, Berkeley                   
OPEN TO MEDIA                                                               
6:15 p.m.                                                                   
Reception Hosted by the Chancellor of UC Berkeley                           
In honour of the Governor General's visit, Nicholas B. Dirks, Chancellor of 
 UC Berkeley, will host a reception with senior university faculty and      
 administrators, student, Canadian Studies Program staff and researchers, as
 well as Canadian students to underscore the relationship between Canada and
 UC Berkeley.                                                               
University House, UC Berkeley, San Francisco                                
PHOTO OP-Official photographers only                                        
                          San Francisco, California                         
                               Thursday, May 1                              
9 a.m.                                                                      
Visit to the Canadian Technology Accelerator (CTA) at RocketSpace           
The Governor General will visit RocketSpace, an accelerator for start-ups   
 that focuses on providing space and support for early-stage innovators,    
 particularly those in Internet-related subsectors. He will meet with Duncan
 Logan, founder and CEO of RocketSpace, and take a tour of the facilities.  
 During the tour, the Governor General will learn about the company's vision
 and its role with corporate partners. He will then proceed to the CTA to   
 witness project demonstrations from early-stage Canadian companies who are 
 participating in the program.                                              
In April 2011, the Consulate General of Canada in San Francisco/Silicon     
 Valley chose RocketSpace as the site for the CTA. The program is designed  
 to enable innovative Canadian technology companies to grow and succeed     
 internationally. It does this through an intensive immersion experience of 
 entrepreneurship; customer acquisition, supply and strategic partnerships; 
 and venture capital formation. The CTA makes free office space available   
 for three to six months where physical offices are located within existing 
 business incubators. There are five CTAs in the United States located in   
 the San Francisco Bay Area, New York City and Boston. For more information,
225 Bush Street, 12thFloor, RocketSpace, San Francisco                      
OPEN TO MEDIA                                                               
                            Palo Alto, California                           
                               Thursday, May 1                              
10:45 a.m.                                                                  
Discussion with the Stanford Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society       
 (Stanford PACS)                                                            
The Governor General, joined by Ian Bird, President of Community Foundations
 of Canada, will discuss efforts to increase philanthropic funding in the   
 United States and how it might serve as a model for increasing philanthropy
 in Canada. This meeting with representatives from the Stanford PACS and    
 other American organizations in attendance will also be an opportunity to  
 exchange views on the impact of social innovation on philanthropy, and to  
 share information on Canadian efforts to actively engage more participation
 in philanthropy and volunteerism.                                          
In his installation speech in October 2010, the Governor General spoke of   
 his vision of Canada as a smart and caring nation where all Canadians can  
 develop their talents, succeed and contribute to society. He set out three 
 pillars necessary to achieve this vision:supporting families and children; 
 reinforcing learning and innovation; and encouraging philanthropy and      
Stanford PACS is a research centre for students, scholars and practitioners 
 to develop and share knowledge to improve philanthropy, strengthen civil   
 society and effect social change. Its primary participants are Stanford    
 faculty; visiting scholars; post-doctoral scholars; graduate and           
 undergraduate students; and non-profit and foundation practitioners. As the
 publisher of the Stanford Social Innovation Review, Stanford PACS informs  
 policy and social innovation, philanthropic investment and non-profit      
 practice. For more information, visit     
Quadrus Conference Center, Palo Alto                                        
PHOTO OP-Official photographers only                                        
12:15 p.m.                                                                  
Canadian Innovation Luncheon with Business Leaders                          
The Governor General will attend an innovation luncheon, where he will      
 address members of the C100-a non-profit, member-driven organization       
 dedicated to supporting Canadian technology entrepreneurship and           
 investment-, local business leaders and other eminent members of the       
 community. The luncheon will also include brief testimonials from two      
 Canadian expat leaders who will talk about the strength of Silicon Valley- 
 Canada business connections.                                               
QCC Room, Quadrus Conference Center, Palo Alto                              
OPEN TO MEDIA-Governor General's remarks and testimonials from two Canadian 
 business leaders                                                           
                          Mountain View, California                         
                               Thursday, May 1                              
2 p.m.                                                                      
Visit to Google Headquarters and Discussion with Canadian Googlers          
Upon his arrival, the Governor General will visit the Google Campus during  
 which he will have the opportunity to try on the Google Glass. Following   
 the tour, he will meet with company executives from the United States to   
 explore trends in how educational institutions are providing the proper    
 training and producing the right type of employees in the fields of        
 information technology and communication. The discussion will also focus on
 Canada's impressive co-op programs that place Canadian university students 
 at numerous Silicon Valley tech firms. The Governor General will then      
 participate in a round-table discussion with Canadian employees working at 
 Google Headquarters to learn more about their experience, their work       
 environment and the company's innovative culture.                          
In September 2013, Google implemented a Global Tech Hub Program in Waterloo,
 Canada, to provide start-up companies with exclusive access to Google      
 experts and products, and to encourage participation in Google events.     
 Google also has offices in Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal. There are more    
 than 300 Google employees in Canada, with the majority working at the      
 Waterloo office.                                                           
1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Google Inc. Headquarters, Mountain View          
PHOTO OP-Official photographers only                                        
                          San Francisco, California                         
                               Thursday, May 1                              
5:45 p.m.                                                                   
Friends of Canada Reception                                                 
In honour of the Governor General's visit to the city, Mr. Edwin Lee, Mayor 
 of San Francisco, will make a special presentation to His Excellency before
 an audience of elected officials from the federal, state and municipal     
 levels; business and community leaders; academics; and Canadians living in 
 California. The Governor General will deliver remarks on this occasion.    
Room of The Dons, 999 California Street, Mark Hopkins Intercontinental      
 Hotel, San Francisco                                                       
OPEN TO MEDIA-Special presentation and remarks                              
                             Seattle, Washington                            
                                Friday, May 2                               
8:45 a.m.                                                                   
Discussion on Philanthropy with Senior Officials from the Bill and Melinda  
 Gates Foundation                                                           
The Governor General will tour the Visitor Center of the Bill and Melinda   
 Gates Foundation to see first-hand the partnership that exists between the 
 Foundation and Grand Challenges Canada, which supports innovators          
 developing new approaches and instruments to help accelerate progress in   
 global health.                                                             
The Governor General will then meet with senior officials to share          
 philanthropy strategies and approaches pertaining to global health and     
 post-secondary education in American institutions. The meeting will also be
 an opportunity to reiterate Canada's commitment to continuing its          
 leadership in areas of mutual interest such as maternal, newborn and child 
 health, as well as food and nutrition security.                            
Guided by the belief that every life has equal value, the Bill and Melinda  
 Gates Foundation works to help all people lead healthy, productive lives.  
 In developing countries, it focuses on improving people's health and giving
 them the chance to lift themselves out of hunger and extreme poverty. In   
 the United States, it seeks to ensure that all people-especially those with
 the fewest resources-have access to the opportunities they need to succeed 
 in school and life. Based in Seattle, Washington, the foundation is led by 
 CEO Jeff Raikes and Co-chair                                               
William H. Gates Sr., under the direction of Bill and Melinda Gates, and    
 Warren Buffett. For more information, visit                                                                   
440 5th Ave North, Seattle                                                  
OPEN TO MEDIA-Visit to the Foundation's Visitor Center                      
CLOSED TO MEDIA-Meeting with executives                                     
11:30 a.m.                                                                  
Round-Table Discussion on Innovation                                        
The Governor General will meet with academic, business and innovation       
 leaders to discuss major innovation and trade trends, opportunities and    
 challenges that characterize the technology ecosystem in Seattle.          
Edgewater Hotel, Seattle                                                    
PHOTO OP-Official photographers only                                        
                             Redmond, Washington                            
                                Friday, May 2                               
1:45 p.m.                                                                   
Meeting with Executives at Microsoft Corporation                            
Upon his arrival, the Governor General will visit Microsoft's Envisioning   
 Center, which offers a hands-on experience with the future of business and 
 leisure-and also serves as a laboratory for the company's engineering      
 teams. The facility encompasses scenarios at home, at work and places in   
 between, and is inspired by product teams, Microsoft Research and by trends
 throughout the industry. Highlighted technologies include workplace        
 collaboration tools, novel touchscreens, voice recognition and ubiquitous  
Following the visit, the Governor General will meet with senior executives  
 to discuss Canada's opportunities to support Microsoft's global research   
 and development. The discussion will also focus on Canada's strategy to    
 better integrate technology into classrooms; and on immigration as a key   
 component to our country's workforce development, namely with the recently 
 launched Start-Up Visa Program, which attracts skilled workers and         
 entrepreneurs to Canada.                                                   
Microsoft employs approximately 3 000 Canadians at its headquarters in      
 Redmond, along with about 1 300 full-time staff at its Microsoft Canada    
 subsidiary. The company remains one of the largest multinational           
 information communication technology investors in Canada. Founded in 1975, 
 Microsoft (Nasdaq "MSFT") is the worldwide leader in software, services and
 solutions that help people and businesses realize their full potential. For
 more information, visit                         
Executive Briefing Center, Microsoft Headquarters, Redmond                  
PHOTO OP-Upon His Excellency's arrival                                      
CLOSED TO MEDIA-Visit to the Envisioning Center and meeting with executives 
                             Seattle, Washington                            
                                Friday, May 2                               
6:30 p.m.                                                                   
Friends of Canada Reception                                                 
To conclude his visit in the United States, His Excellency will offer short 
 remarks and meet with individuals who offer continued and exceptional      
 service in promoting and enhancing the Canada-United States relationship.  
Official Residence of the Consul General of Canada, Seattle                 
PHOTO OP-Official photographers only                                        

Visits abroad by a governor general play an important role in Canada's relations with other countries. They are highly valuable as they help broaden bilateral relations and exchanges among peoples.

Members of the public can follow the Governor General's visit to the West Coast of the United States of America online at, where speeches and photos will be posted.

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