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Canada Plus – January

Your monthly email newsletter from the High Commission of Canada in the United Kingdom. Subscribe now to Canada Plus.

Canada Plus

Gordon Campbell

A message from the High Commissioner

Happy New Year everyone!

Happy New Year everyone!

The excitement and big events of 2012 are behind us and they will always be remembered as real triumphs. But there is no question that 2013 will hold many surprises.

This year is the 60th anniversary of Her Majesty's coronation. That was the first year many Canadians got their first television set. Within a decade cities across the country were fields of TV aerials as everyone flocked to the "new technology". Who knows what 2013 will bring that will change our lives on that scale?

While 2012 was a spectacular year for sport and culture with the Jubilee, Olympics and Paralympics, 2013 holds great promise of its own. This year, the UK will host the G8 summit in Northern Ireland, with G8 Finance Ministers and Foreign Ministers meeting here in advance. Leaders will support the development of open economies, open governments and open societies. We are working to finalise a trade agreement between Canada and the EU, which will contribute $12 billion a year to Canada's economy and create 80,000 new jobs. Opening up trade is an essential component of getting our economies to thrive.

This year we will be building on the Canada Plus program. It aims to give you information and opportunities to get together for cultural activities, to hear from great Canadian leaders from all walks of life and to create an even stronger network of Canadians working together.

In 2012, we welcomed 400 Canadians for lunch at Canada House with the Governor General, we hosted astronaut Julie Payette, the next Governor of the Bank of England Mark Carney, writers Margaret Atwood and Michael Ondaatje, Prince Harry and Prime Minister Stephen Harper.

Everyone at the High Commission wants to establish a positive, stimulating and productive environment for Canadians in the UK through our events. We want the next few years at Canada House to be even better, and we'd like more Canadians taking part. This month, we are launching "Canada House Presents" a series of 6 talks per year by or about Canadians. On January 17th, Parks Canada's underwater archaeologist Ryan Harris will come to speak to us about the search for Franklin's lost ships, which carried Sir John Franklin and his crew on their fateful quest to discover the Northwest Passage. We hope you can join us. If you'd like to attend contact us at

I am really interested in how we can do a better job for you here in the UK.

While we may not know what the year ahead has in store for us, we do know is the Canada UK relationship will continue to thrive and we will all benefit from that.

All the best to you and your families in the new year.

See you soon!

– Gordon Campbell

Collage highlights 2012

L-R The High Commissioner and Governor General, Prime Minister Stephen Harper, Julie Payette, Michael Ondaatje, The Honourable Bal Gosal, Henry Storgaard, CEO and Director General of the Canadian Paralympic Committee and Deputy High Commissioner Susan Gregson


Big Ben and fireworksAll the best for 2013 from the Canadian High Commission. We are getting ready for an exciting year ahead and are busy planning some interesting events at Canada House.

As the High Commissioner mentioned, we're launching Canada House Presents this month. If you would like to attend our inaugural discussion, “The Search for Franklin's Lost Ships,” send us an email with the names of those who would like to attend. Seating is limited.

Cowboy JunkiesThe Barbican Centre has given us two tickets for Canada Plus readers to see the Cowboy Junkies on January 25th. To apply, just send us one friend's name and email address to receive the Canada Plus newsletter and we'll enter both of you in our random draw. The winner will be selected on January 18th.

Royal events

The Canadian High Commission in London usually receives an allocation of invitations and tickets to Royal events such as the Queen's Garden Party, Royal Ascot and Trooping the Colour, and can give a number of these to Canadian citizens living or visiting the UK.

To find out how to attend one of these events, please send an email to quoting "Royal Events 2013" in the subject line.

The application process for the Garden Parties at Buckingham Palace has now started, and the deadline to apply is on the 8th February.

Consular Corner

In each issue of Canada Plus, Consular Corner will address a question posed by you. This month:

We are occasionally contacted by Canadians who are victims of overseas fraud. Some have lost significant amounts of money to someone they have never met in person, almost always have only met on the Internet. See for advice on avoiding overseas fraud.

Email your consular question to with “Consular Corner” in the subject line.

Upcoming events

Jan 17 ¦ Canada House Presents: The Search for Franklin's Lost Ships
Ryan Harris of the Canadian Government's Underwater Archaeology Service discusses the recent discovery and scientific study of the wreck of HMS Investigator. The ship was one of the first to be sent by the Admiralty to find Sir John Franklin's lost ships, HMS Erebus and HMS Terror. Ryan has taken part in four campaigns to find Franklin's lost vessels, directing three of them. As a seasoned Arctic maritime specialist, he headed the underwater search in 2010 that discovered the wreck of HMS Investigator.

Until May 1 ¦ Commonwealth Essay Competition
The annual essay competition is open to entries by young people across the Commonwealth.


Jan 15 ¦ Foreign Investment in Canada
The Canada-UK Chamber of Commerce hosts a breakfast briefing and panel discussion at Canada House in Trafalgar Square with Jaime Watt and Oliver Borgers on foreign investment in Canada.

Jan 20 ¦ Montreal Pastrami pop-up
A Canadian entrepreneur is bringing Montreal-style smoked meat to the UK. Jacob Harrison will be serving smoked meat at the Maple Leaf Pub in Covent Garden from 1 pm.

Jan 22 ¦ EU – Canada Day
A morning of information and networking at Canada House based around the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement between Canada and the EU, highlighting potential commercial and investment opportunities in Canada for UK companies. Email: or phone 02074958191

Jan 28 ¦ Luncheon with the Hon. Pauline Marois, Premier of Quebec
The Canada-UK Chamber of Commerce hosts this lunchtime reception at the Waldorf-Hilton with the Premier of Quebec


Jan 7 ¦ Wings Madness
The Expat Canadian Meetup group will gather at the Maple Leaf pub for their wings night special between 6 – 8 pm. Group leader Dave Matthews has even brought back some Timbits from a recent trip home.

Jan 22  ¦ Vandoos
The Vandoos are a group of Canadians who meet at a different pub on the 22nd of each month. This month they'll be at the Shakespeare's Head in Holborn from 6 pm.

Coming up

Feb 7 – March 2 ¦ Playing Cards 1: SPADES
Renowned Canadian playwright Robert Lepage brings his new production to the Roundhouse in London. The first in a planned series of four, this play explores the theme of war and is set in the desert city of Las Vegas at the start of the US invasion of Iraq in 2003.

Feb 14 ¦ The Maple Leaf Trust Luncheon Series
High Commissioner Gordon Campbell and his wife Nancy will be hosting lunch at the Official Residence in this fundraising event for the Maple Leaf Trust. The guest speaker will be Professor Margaret MacMillan, an author, academic, commentator and Officer of the Order of Canada.


For more news of culture and the arts with Canadian connections appearing in the UK check out our Calendar of Events.

Job opportunities

The Canadian agency of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission is seeking a new Secretary-General.

The Canadian High Commission will begin recruiting for interns later this month.

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