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Canada Plus – September

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A message from the High Commissioner

Gordon CampbellIt doesn’t seem to matter how old you are or how long it’s been since you took your seat in a classroom, September still has a way of feeling like it’s back-to-school time. I definitely had that sense a few weeks ago in a packed room at Canada House when we had the great pleasure to welcome actor Kim Cattrall for a lunchtime edition of our ongoing Canada House Presents speakers’ series.

Kim and former BBC television presenter Miriam O’Reilly treated us to an intriguing and frank discussion about society’s views on aging and gender and their own experiences of being mature women in industries that at times seem to favour youth above all else.

For me, the most memorable line of the day came when Kim was asked what advice she would give to women looking to find continued success and new challenges at work as they grow older. Her answer was straight-forward: “Always be the student in the room.”

She went on to tell us that while performing to rave reviews at the Old Vic Theatre in Tennessee Williams’ Sweet Bird of Youth, she was spending her time sitting in on rehearsals for Tony-award winning actor and director Mark Rylance’s production of Much Ado About Nothing starring Vanessa Redgrave and James Earl Jones, just for the chance to listen and learn from such theatrical heavyweights.

Miriam O’Reilly, Kim Cattrall, Gordon Campbell, Arlene PhillipsBorn in Liverpool and raised in British Columbia, Kim is proudly Canadian and shared her strong views on the Canadian television and film industries and the need for all of us to support their endeavours. Not happy to wade in from the sidelines of Hollywood, Kim talked about her Canada-based production company and her upcoming series that is set in Toronto. She also spoke candidly of the conditions she set to reprise her role as Samantha Jones in the Sex in the City films and said women should not need to apologize for demanding fair treatment and fair pay, regardless of their chosen career path.

I suspect that some of the host of other prominent Canadian women who have taken the United Kingdom by storm in recent weeks and months would agree with Kim and Miriam’s advice to demand better and to stand up for gender equality.

At the Royal Mail, Chief Executive Moya Greene has overseen the move to take the company public and has won praise from all corners for laying out the case for the move with vigour and grace.

Literary giant Margaret Atwood was once again front and centre at the Edinburgh International Literary Festival and at Southbank Centre and ¬Alison MacLeod, a UK-based Canadian, has been long-listed for the Man Booker Prize for her new wartime novel Unexploded. Both are internationally recognized for what they achieve, not which sex they are.

On a musical note, Martha Wainwright drew in the crowds and the critics across the UK all summer, including headlining at the Wilderness festival. One critic said she simply held her audience “in thrall”.

Canada takes pride in its international stance on issues relating to women’s rights, and kicked off the summer by hosting a high-level Commonwealth meeting at Canada House on ending child marriage – an event organised by the Royal Commonwealth Society and Plan UK.

Bit by bit, week by week and month by month, Canadian women from all walks of life are adding their unique voices to the fight for gender equality and, taking Kim Cattrall’s advice to heart, I fully intend to watch and learn and remember to always be the student in the room.

 Gordon Campbell
 Gordon Campbell

Photograph, L-R, Miriam O’Reilly, Kim Cattrall, Gordon Campbell, Arlene Phillips


Wit and wisdom

Catch up with highlights from Canada House Present’s event with Kim Cattrall and journalist Miriam O’Reilly via our Facebook page: and there are clips on YouTube

Kim Cattrall and Miriam O’Reilly

High-tech history

If you are interested in learning more about Canada’s diplomatic history in the UK, there is an opportunity to tour historic Canada House this month with the upcoming Open House London event, but you can also turn to Facebook for a glimpse of the past, learning more about Canada’s High Commissioners to the UK through the decades

Canada’s High Commissioners to the UKMedal-winning meat

Congratulations to Jacob Harrison, whose Montreal-style smoked meat has won over the judges of the Great Taste awards.  The pastrami was given a gold star in the world’s largest food awards, involving hundreds of judges and blind tastings. Not bad for their first entry in a food competition.

West Coast to Covent Garden

Founded where the mountains meet the coastline in British Columbia, the makers of rugged outdoors wear, Arc’teryx, have opened a new shop in London’s Covent Garden in St Martin’s Courtyard.

Art appreciation

Whether you are working towards a BA in Art History or are looking to study for the joy of learning, Birbeck College at the University of London, working in conjunction with the British Museum, is offering a new, 11-week course in the study of indigenous American art. Starting in late September, Inuit and First Nations art constitute an important element of the coursework and the classes are held at the British Museum.  Those interested in a taster can also stop by the Canada House Gallery on Trafalgar Square to see our current exhibit, Inuit Ullumi: Inuit Today, which features key pieces of contemporary Inuit art from the TD Bank’s collection. 

Canada House Update

Things are continuing to move forward as planned in the Canada House revitalization project. We’ve selected Savills estate agents to handle the sale of our Mayfair building, known to many of you as Macdonald House. This is an important step in our plans to consolidate our operations in one central location, in Canada House on Trafalgar Square, and to make the most of this historically important building. Watch this space for more updates on the progress of this exciting move. 
Drawing, Canada House

Consular Corner

My passport is due for renewal in 2014. My question concerns the transfer of the 'permission to enter the UK indefinitely' stamp/visa into the new passport, and whether this can be done when I apply for my new one? 

When obtaining a new passport applicants should be aware that we are unable to transfer any stamps or visas from the old passport into the new one. Residents of the UK who wish to know if they may continue to use the visa in the old passport should direct their enquiry to the United Kingdom Border Agency.

If you have a consular question for us, please email with the subject line Consular Corner.

September Events

10 – 13 September ¦ Defense and Security Event
Excel Centre, London ¦ DSEI is the world’s largest fully integrated defence and security exhibition that brings together the entire industry to source the latest equipment and systems, develop international relationships, and generate new business opportunities. Some 60 Canadian companies are expected to be represented at this show.

12 September ¦ Omer Arbel at the London Design Festival
Canada House, London ¦ The Canadian High Commission and London Design Festival present a discussion with festival Deputy Director Max Fraser and Vancouver-based designer Omer Arbel. The event will include highlights from the 2013 Design Festival and a virtual presentation of Omer’s custom-made light installation for the Grand Entrance of the V&A.

13 September ¦ Emerging Trends Fashion Challenge
London ¦ Ottawa-based fashion designer Elena Jones will represent Canada in an international competition for emerging designers to create new trends in fashion.

15 September ¦ Terry Fox Run/Walk
Four Seasons Hotel Hampshire ¦ On the 33rd anniversary of Terry Fox’s inspirational Marathon of Hope, the 5km Terry Fox Run/Walk in support of cancer research will once again this year take place on the grounds of the beautiful Four Seasons Hotel Hampshire. Race time is 3pm and anyone interested in taking part can call the hotel on 01252 853 056 or email

Sept 15 – UBC Alumni Picnic in the Park
Alumni of any West Coast universities are invited to join UBC grads in Regent’s Park for a pot-luck picnic. Please bring friends, family, a Frisbee and of course food to share and meet at the grassy area near Hanover Gate. RSVP to

19 September ¦ Tim Hecker
London ¦ Canadian ambient electronic sound artist Tim Hecker will be dimming the lights and playing in pitch black as part of a series of concerts bringing ambient and electronic music to an historic location in East London.

19 September ¦ 110th Rhodes Scholarship Anniversary
Oxford ¦ Rhodes Scholars are being invited to celebrate the Trust’s 110th anniversary together in Oxford.

21 September ¦ The 7 Virtues
UK ¦ Canadian entrepreneur Barb Stegemann, named one of the 100 Most Powerful Women in Canada, brings her ethical scents to London. The 7 Virtues line is made from natural essential oils that come from rebuilding nations. They will be on sale at Selfridges from Sept. 21, chosen in honour of the United Nations International Day of Peace.

21 -22 September ¦ Canada House in Open House London
London ¦ Canada House will be open to the public as part of Open House London 2013. Tours will be given around the Greek Revival building, which has been Canada’s front door in the UK since 1925. This is an opportunity to see it before significant restoration work starts later this year which will transform Canada House into our national showcase in London once again.

22 September ¦ Vandoos Meetup
TBA, London ¦ The Vandoos, run by the London Canadian Expat Meetup Group is a gathering of Canadians who get together on the 22nd of each month at a selected London put to meet new people and catch up with old friends. Check their meetup page for this month’s location.

23 September ¦Arrows of Desire – Matthew Good / Love + Fury – The Headstones
UK ¦ Canadian singer-songwriter Matthew Good releases his newest album simultaneously in Canada and the UK. The video for the single “Had it Coming” was shot during a recent trip to London where he played two sold-out shows. The UK album contains exclusive acoustic material on a bonus disc. The Kingston-based Headstones are back, with a new album after a decade’s hiatus.

24-25 September ¦ Multinational Symposium on Veteran Transition
London ¦ The True Patriot Love Foundation, a Canadian charity which supports the armed forces and their families, will host a two-day conference at Canada House on veteran transition.  Attending and speaking will be thought leaders from academia, the charitable sector, government and industry on the personal and professional transition of our armed forces.  Spaces are still available.

29 September ¦ Jan Lisiecki
Wigmore Hall, London ¦ The eighteen-year old Canadian pianist makes his Wigmore Hall debut playing Bach and Chopin.

Until 30 September ¦ Inuit Ullumi: Inuit Today
London ¦ Canada House is pleased to present this exciting exhibition of contemporary Inuit art from TD Bank’s collection. The exhibit is free and open to the public in the Canada House Gallery in Trafalgar Square. Open weekdays 11 – 5:45 p.m. Saturdays 12 – 5 p.m. and on Thursdays until 8 p.m.

Planning Ahead

1 October ¦ Invest in North America
Guildhall, London ¦ The Canadian High Commission and the US and Mexican Embassies are teaming up to promote investing into North America.  This one-day conference will give attendees the opportunity to hear from experts on the innovative North American marketplace and its competitive advantages. It will allow individuals to learn from companies that have invested in North America, meet with service providers who can give guidance on the nuts and bolts of doing business in North America. Those interested should register online.

1 October ¦ Risk Mitigation and CSR Seminar
London ¦ The Canadian High Commission is delighted to host the Canada-Southern Africa Chamber of Business' acclaimed Risk Mitigation & CSR Seminar. This full-day seminar, now in its 7th year, will explain in detail how companies can mitigate their risk in all global mining jurisdictions through the implementation of effective CSR programs. The program features a broad range of relevant CSR topics, expert speakers, Canadian and international case studies by successful companies and international organizations as well as providing a networking forum.
Registration via:

3 October ¦ Global Study Expo 2013
Olympia, London ¦ The Global Study Expo will bring together international universities, summer schools, internship agencies, gap year providers, volunteering organisations and advisors under one roof to meet parents, schools, colleges, students and young adults seeking a new experience outside the UK.

7 October ¦ Can Women Truly Not Have it All?
London ¦ Dr. Beatrix Dart, of the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto speaks at this event hosted by the Canadian Women’s Club to discuss the challenges and obstacles for women to advance to senior positions.

12 - 13 October ¦ The Student World
Manchester / London ¦ Meet over 50 universities from around the world, including Carleton, Centennial College, University of Saskatchewan and the University of Winnipeg. In Manchester on 12th of October and London on 13th. Attendees will be able to attend interactive sessions to learn more about studying abroad and find out about fees and funding.

14 October ¦ Maralinga Lament
Union Chapel, London ¦ Canadian violinist Lara St John joins London’s all-Australian chamber orchestra for a tribute to the Maralinga land in South Australia, chosen as a site for undercover nuclear testing in the 1950s and 60s.

19 October ¦ QS World MBA Tour
London ¦ A chance to meet representatives of some of Canada’s world-leading MBA programmes. The event gives candidates the chance to meet face to face with admission directors as well as alumni to help find the right program and business school for the applicant. There are various sessions about application processes, scholarships and GMAT preparation tips. The Canadian business schools attending the fair in London include the Ivey Business School, University of Toronto Joseph L. Rotman School of Management, York University Schulich School of Business, McGill University Desautels Faculty of Management, Sauder School of Business and Queen’s School of Business.  


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

Job openings

The Trade Commissioners at the High Commission have an opening for an Associate Investment Officer, to help promote UK investment in Canada. They are looking for a bright, personable, enthusiastic person who will help build trade and investment links between the UK and Canada. Those interested must apply by following the steps listed on our website.

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