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Canada Plus – March

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Gordon Campbell

A message from the High Commissioner

March 11 is Commonwealth Day. The Commonwealth has been a springboard for democracy since its outset. Today there are 54 members of the Commonwealth family. Its most important asset is a commitment to the ideals of democracy, human rights and the rule of law. These three factors are the foundations upon which economic and social development rest.

A spotlight was thrown on the Commonwealth last year when it played an important part in Jubilee celebrations. Her Majesty is the sovereign of 15 realms and Canada is the oldest. Last year Members of the Royal Family visited each Commonwealth realm country, including the visit of His Royal Highness Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall to Canada. The visits certainly celebrated her Majesty's Diamond Jubilee but they also reminded us that the Commonwealth is bound together with the very framework of values that Her Majesty embodies.

As in every year since the Commonwealth's inception, the Royal Family will attend a special service at Westminster Abbey on Commonwealth Day. This year Canada's flag bearer at the ceremony will be David Obert. David is from Alberta and is currently at Oxford on a Rhodes Scholarship pursuing a Master of Public Policy degree and playing on the Oxford Blues Ice Hockey team. Following his studies at Oxford, he will return to Harvard to finish his medical degree.

Canada is taking the lead in the revitalization and reform of the Commonwealth. Our Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird has been a strong voice advocating the rule of law, democratic reform, and human rights for everyone in the Commonwealth. As the Prime Minister has said, we will not shy away or stand idly by as some undermine the fundamental values of the Commonwealth.

One of the Commonwealth's greatest assets is its incredible diversity. Imagine: an organization that embraces India with a population of 1.2 billion people and a GDP of 1.7 trillion on the one hand and Tuvalu with a population of 11,264 and a GDP of 37 million on the other. It is an organization that connects the Caribbean with the Asia, North America with Africa and the south Pacific and Australia with Europe. The keystone to its success is its search for common purpose and common values in the midst of such diversity. The Commonwealth is a place where we define common interest and mutual benefit for people around the world in vastly differing circumstances.

Canada sees democracy and fundamental human rights as essential ingredients for international progress. Those principles lie at the core of the Commonwealth. All members have signed on to these principles and newer members have joined because they are the principles that the Commonwealth has a history of upholding.
When Minister Baird addressed the Royal Commonwealth Society a year ago, he spoke passionately about the government's commitment to advocating for the rights of women, for freedom to believe and practice one's faith and freedom from intimidation, harassment and criminalization based on sexual orientation. For Canada, membership in the Commonwealth is a privilege to be earned and maintained; a privilege for those governments that hold human rights and democratic institutions as paramount.

The Commonwealth has been a strong advocate for these principles since its creation. It can be proud of its history. It must meet today's challenges head on to maintain that tradition of democracies freely joined in common purpose for the good of people around the world.

Gordon Campbell

– Gordon Campbell


Candidates nominated to carry Canada’s flag

As a member of the Commonwealth, Canada is proud to have an important role to play in the Commonwealth Day Observance in Westminster Abbey. The High Commissioner was so impressed with the quality of candidates nominated to carry Canada's flag in the ceremony, he held a special lunch at the Official Residence to honour them. Nineteen young people were identified for their exceptional work in the community embodying this year's Commonwealth

Day theme: Opportunity through Enterprise. The candidates had a wide range of skills, experience and academic credentials, from volunteering around the world to starting charitable organisations at home to creating innovative fundraising projects. Many congratulations to Victoria Heyens, Emma Lecavalier, Lindsay Watson, Kristin Makulowich, Laura Konkel, Ryan Khan, Samantha Pepper, Paige MacKay, Malcolm McEachern, Bryan Tsuyuki Tomlinson, David Obert, Nik Poon, Emily Christou, Alison MacKenzie, Margaret Polk, Allison Gourley, Brandon Bland, Victor Bomers and George Harrington for representing Canada so well, at home and abroad. (picture taken by Paul)

Romeo and JulietWe're so excited to welcome the National Ballet of Canada to London for the first time in a generation as they perform their 60th anniversary production of Romeo and Juliet. Sadler's Wells has offered to share that experience with you, our Canada Plus readers. They've given us two opening night tickets and two programs to pass on to a lucky reader and their guest. To enter to win, please sign a friend up to receive the newsletter by sending their email to with the subject heading Romeo and Juliet. For more information on the National Ballet of Canada's performances at Sadler's Wells including a video preview and details on how to purchase tickets.

Also coming up, the flagship of the Royal Canadian Navy's Atlantic Fleet, the destroyer HMCS IROQUOIS will pay a visit to London in April. The ship will be open for members of the public to go on board and meet the sailors. Further details will be available in the April newsletter. It's a great opportunity to get up close to this impressive ship.

The High Commission was honoured by a visit from one of the wounded Canadian soldiers who is hoping to take part in the South Pole Allied Challenge, in association with Walking with the Wounded and its patron, Prince Harry. Sgt James McIntyre, MCpl Chris Downey and Cpl Alexandre Beaudin d'Anjou will be in Iceland this week for the final selection to represent Canada as part of the Commonwealth Team, which will be competing against the UK and USA in a trek to the South Pole this winter. The Canadians on the team will be raising money for Soldier On, an organisation to help ill and injured Canadian military personnel and their loved ones. You can follow the South Pole Allied Challenge here.

The Lieutenants Governor of British Columbia, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island recently came to London for an audience with Her Majesty The Queen. While here, the Honourable Judith Guichon, Lieutenant Governor of B.C. presented the Order of B.C. to High Commissioner Campbell for his dedicated service to the province.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper is presented with a scarfPrime Minister Stephen Harper announced the creation of a new Office of Religious Freedom within the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, whose purpose is to promote freedom of belief around the world. Dr. Andrew Bennett was named Ambassador.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper is presented with a scarf from the Tibetan community after announcing the establishment of the Office of Religious Freedom.
Photo - Office of the Prime Minister

Consular Corner

The consular question of the month is, “How does one obtain a Canadian passport in one's married name?” The most important thing to note is that we must have government-issued identification in the new name which bears your signature, such as a UK driver's license. Details are available on our website under Frequently Asked Questions.

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


Mar 5-7 ¦ Ecobuild
Ecobuild is the world's largest showcase for sustainable construction products and Canada will be front-and-centre with the Canada Innovation Pavilion and Showcase. Over 20 Canadian companies will feature green-build products and services, showing the world how to meet building needs naturally, today and tomorrow. Ecobuild is a trade only event.

Mar 13 ¦ Technology Forum Breakfast Briefing on Cyber Security
Please see the Canada-UK Chamber of Commerce Website for details and registration information

Mar 13 ¦Networking Reception on Canadian Corporate tax presentation
The Canada-UK Chamber of Commerce hosts this networking event in association with Trowbridge Global Tax Corporation.

Mar 26 ¦ EU Culture Program Bid-Writing Workshop for Canadian and Australians in the arts
The Canadian and Australian High Commissions have arranged a workshop at Macdonald House for potential applicants to the EU's Culture Program. The workshop is for applicants at a fairly advanced stage of their project development. Booking essential.

Upcoming events

March 11 ¦ Commonwealth Day Tea Party
Royal Commonwealth Society ¦ While you may not be able to attend the Commonwealth Day Observance in Westminster Abbey, the RCS will be having a tea party afterwards at 16:30, which is open to the public. Tickets can be purchased on the society's webpage.

March 19 ¦ The History of Quebec Politics
Macdonald House ¦The Canadian Women's Club presents guest speakers Dr. Leigh Oakes, Professor William Marshall and Professor Rachel Killick. The evening’s discussion will cover the history of Quebec politics, its influence on the film industry and the development of Quebec language policy from the Quiet Revolution to the present day. This is a free event, however seats must be booked through the Canadian Women’s Club or 02072586344.

April 23 ¦ Canada House Presents Marc Keilburger
Canada House ¦ Marc Keilburger is one of the world’s leading figures in corporate social responsibility, social activism and youth empowerment. A Harvard and Oxford graduate, Rhodes scholar, columnist and best-selling author, Marc is co-founder of Free the Children and Me to We. This is a free event, but you must book in advance through with the subject line Canada House Presents.

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


Arctic Film FestivalMar 17 – 24 ¦ Arctic film week: voices from the North
Arts Picturehouse Cambridge ¦ The Canadian High Commission and National Film Board of Canada co-present this week of film screenings and discussions, as part of the Cambridge Science Festival. This series of films by and about the Inuit people offers a unique account of life in the Arctic and the challenges faced there today.


Canadian musicians continue their success across the UK. This month features tours by Ron Sexsmith, Justin Bieber, Japandroids and Cold Specks, as well as a selection of classical performers, below.


March 6 ¦Reception with Prof Amit Chakma, President, University of Western Ontario
The Canada-UK Chamber of Commerce presents this reception in honour of Founder's Day, on the 135th anniversary of the founding of the University of Western Ontario. The event is free to CUKC members and Western Alumni.

Mar 9 ¦ QS World MBA Fair – Featuring the University of Western Ontario's Richard Ivey School of Business and the Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto.
Two prominent Canadian business schools will be at the QS MBA World Tour in London at the QEII Conference Centre. This is an opportunity to meet with representatives of these business programs to gain real insight into the MBA experience and find out what an MBA can offer you. At 2pm both universities will be participating in a panel discussion on studying in North America. If you would like to meet with someone from Rotman during the Fair please contact Claire Gumus at If you would like to meet with someone from Richard Ivey during the Fair please contact Gregory Yantz at

Mar 16 ¦ The Student World London Fair
Emirates Stadium, London. ¦ This is a unique event for international universities to speak to students and parents about abroad. Come and meet over 50 universities from around the world, including representatives from the Canadian High Commission, Study in Quebec and the University of Waterloo. Free registration.

Coming up

9 April ¦ Rotman School of Management Strategy Experts Speaker Series
Thomson Reuters Building ¦ Prof. Roger Martin, Dean and Professor of Strategic Management, Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto and his co-author A.G. Lafley, former Chairman and CEO, Procter & Gamble who will be joining the session via satellite. Roger Martin will lead a discussion with A.G. Lafley based in part on their new book Playing To Win: How Strategy Really Works Audience Q&A will follow.

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:

Jul 2 ¦ The Tragically Hip
KOKO ¦ Nine number one albums, 14 Juno Awards, the classic Canadian rockers who need no introduction have announced one special show at KOKO in London in July. Tickets are available now.


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

Employment opportunities


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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