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Canada Plus – February

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Gordon Campbell - Canada House - Trafalgar Square

A message from the High Commissioner

On Friday, the Government announced exciting plans to move the Canadian High Commission to a renovated and invigorated Canada House on Trafalgar Square. This is great news for Canadians.  Canada will be represented best from one location in the heart of London.

Canada House has been an elegant, active and prestigious home-away-from-home for Canadians since it was opened as the High Commission by King George and Queen Mary in 1925. It has served as a gathering place for everyone from homesick soldiers during the war to backpackers exploring Europe. It is also the backdrop  for  thousands of Canadians celebrating our national day in Trafalgar square every July 1st. 

We have acquired the building right next door, an office that was originally built by Sunlife of Canada in 1929, and served as the Canadian Army's overseas headquarters in London during World War II.  We will be disposing of Macdonald House and moving all our services to an expanded Canada House. It will be an easily accessible, highly recognisable, modern and efficient office space for the work of the High Commission. There will be no disruption in consular or immigration services during the move, which is planned over the next 18 months.

This is a return to our history, to a place that was described by Mackenzie King as “the finest site in London”, but also a move forward, creating a modern and efficient foreign service that meets the needs of Canadians and Canada in today's world. It will be a showcase for Canadian design, talent, innovation and enterprise.

This move will be a homecoming for the Canadian High Commission. Whether you’re renewing a passport, viewing an art show, or attending a talk or performance by a Canadian luminary, you’ll be welcome in the renewed, revitalised, refurbished Canada House on Trafalgar Square .

Gordon Campbell



–  Gordon Campbell


Canada House Presents evening with Parks Canada’s underwater archaeologist, Ryan HarrisWe’re thrilled about the possibilities of making better use of Canada House, our landmark building right in the heart of London.

Some of you will have attended events at Canada House, including the first Canada House Presents evening with Parks Canada’s underwater archaeologist, Ryan Harris. We were delighted with the response to that talk, and hope we can keep up the momentum for the rest of the program.

We were pleased to have been able to pass two tickets to Canada Plus reader Sharon Osman to see Cowboy Junkies at the Barbican last month. This month, if you sign up a friend to receive the newsletter, we’ll put your names in the hat for two tickets to attend Light Show, an exhibition of sculptures and installations exploring the use of light. The Hayward Gallery on the Southbank has opened the new exhibition curated by Vancouver-born Dr Cliff Lauson. Please send us an email including your friend’s email address and indicate that you would like to be entered into the draw. 

If you have been to any of our events, and have comments or suggestions to make, your emails would be most welcome 

international meeting on freedom of religion or beliefIn January we welcomed Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird, who was in London to attend an international meeting on freedom of religion or belief, hosted by Baroness Warsi. Minister Baird underscored Canada's commitment to working with international partners in speaking out against violations of freedom of religion and denouncing violence against human-rights defenders around the world.

The Canadian High Commission in London is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr Ken Brundle as its Honorary Consul in Northern Ireland, effective 1 February 2013.  He can be contacted at 
First trip to WolverhamptonLast month, the High Commissioner made his first trip to Wolverhampton to promote trade ties between Canada and the Black Country area. He met with a number of different people, including Canadian companies  based  in the UK, British companies interested in expanding into Canada,  and local community members . The High Commissioner also made speech at the city council, which has created an All Party Canada Group  to explore new economic partnerships with Canada. He intends to travel to more areas of the United Kingdom this year to encourage cooperation and trade.

Consular Corner

Starting July 1, 2013, all new Canadian passports issued will be electronic passports, or ePassports. At that time, adult applicants will have the option of a 5- or 10-year ePassport for both first-time applications and renewals, while children's ePassports will be issued for a maximum of 5 years. About ePassports.

If you have a consular question for the Canadian High Commission, please send it to with Consular Corner in the subject line.


12 Feb │ Reception with Barb Stegemann
Simpson's-in-the-Strand, London │ Barb Stegemann of The 7 Virtues Beauty Inc will be in London promoting her Fragrance Collection. A hit on Canada's Dragon's Den TV series, these fair trade scents are based on essential oils gathered in Afghanistan and Haiti, and also include a fragrance combining oils from Iran and Israel.
For more information on 7 Virtues >>

The Canada-UK Chamber of Commerce will host an event featuring Barb Stegemann on 12th February 2013. To register >>

23 Feb │ Trade and Invest British Columbia
1 Great Cumberland Place, London │ British Columbia officially launches its European trade and investment office based in London, which will focus on four areas: investor attraction into BC, trade, education agreements and research and development.

28 Feb │ Toronto Homecoming
Toronto │ Toronto Homecoming’s annual conference, taking place May 9-11, connects talented Canadians working abroad with top employers in Toronto. Participants will have multiple opportunities to meet with dozens of senior leaders interested in hiring global talent including RBC, Rogers and Loblaw. Applicants should be in the early-to-mid stages of their career with experience in Financial & Professional Services, Retail & Consumer Packaged Goods or Technology & Telecom. Participation is limited and by application only. Deadline to apply is February 28, 2013.

Apr 10 │ Ocean Business 2013: Growing Markets and World-Class Research Opportunities
National Oceanography Centre, Southampton │ There will be a Canada Country Focus at this year’s Ocean Business Exhibition. Three free seminars are on offer focussing on Canada’s National Shipbuilding and Procurement Strategy, Accessing Canada’s World Leading Testing and Demonstration Infrastructure and a Window on Emerging Innovation from Canada.  To register please contact:

Upcoming events


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

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.

Feb 24  │ Montreal Smoked Meat
Maple Leaf Pub, Covent Garden, London │ After to the success of the Montreal smoked meat pop-up at the Maple Leaf Pub in January, Jacob Harrison will again serve traditional smoked meat sandwiches at the Maple Leaf Pub. Fifty pence from each sandwich will go to benefit the Maple Leaf Trust. Tickets will go on sale at 12:00 p.m. for a 1:00 p.m. start. 


This month, Canadian artists performing in the UK include Julie Doiron, Elliott Brood, Ron Sexsmith and Justin Beiber. The celebrated Canadian pianist Louise Bessette has just released a new recording with Quatuor Molinari for ATMA Classique featuring music by the stylistically-varied and intense Russian composer Alfred Schnittke.


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

Employment opportunities


  • The Canadian High Commission is now recruiting interns for Spring 2013.
  • The University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management is offering UK employers the chance to hire MBA interns during the summer of 2013. The UK Internship Program is administered by Matilda Kentridge, Rotman's Director UK & Europe, who is based in London. If you would like to discuss hiring a Rotman Intern this summer please contact Matilda Kentridge at: or 07867 522 002

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