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Canada Plus – October

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A message from the High Commissioner

Gordon CampbellIt’s October and autumn is officially in the air. For Canadians, the changing of the seasons signals that Thanksgiving celebrations are right around the corner. Canadians abroad have, in my experience, made Herculean efforts to find a way to enjoy our annual traditions of harvest season, regardless of how far they are from home.

But it is not just turkey, stuffing and pumpkin pie on the foodie menu here in the UK. In recent months, we’ve seen a host of Canadian suppliers make their mark on the British food landscape.

Recently, Canada House hosted a tasting for several newcomers  who have either already started selling into the UK or are in the process of doing so - and the products on offer are as impressive as they are mouth-watering.

I’ve been introduced to cedar plank salmon with a twist – it comes with the piece of wood in the packet – thanks to the Cedar Bay Salmon people in Nova Scotia.

In neighbouring New Brunswick, Canadian scientists were also instrumental in reviving the stocks of endangered sturgeon in the Saint John River – where the world’s rarest caviar is being produced. Breviro Caviar has produced a sustainable, fully traceable caviar within the only captive breeding facility in the world approved by treaties to protect endangered species. We were delighted to welcome them to their new partnership with one of the giants of British luxury brands – Fortnum & Mason.

Those in search of other mouth-watering Canadian specialties need look no further than the Montreal-inspired pastrami maestros at Jacob Harrison. That would be Montreal smoked meat to the rest of us and it was awarded a coveted gold star at the Great Taste 2013 food awards in London last month.

Canadian soy-based Wowbutter – a peanut-free alternative to peanut butter – is set to go on sale here in the coming weeks and, on a sweeter note, my British Columbian heart skipped a beat when I heard that Nanaimo bars from The Maple Food Company had been named a local food hero and were on sale at selected Selfridges. 

Sticking with the sweet side of our culinary traditions, this Thanksgiving I thought I would move on from last year’s contest when we set out to find the best turkey recipes and head straight to the dessert course.

I’m asking readers to send us their best – be it your take on traditional apple pie, or a pinch of a secret ingredient that goes into your pumpkin pie. You might even have a different, special Thanksgiving dessert that is your family’s tradition. Please send them in to Canada Plus and tell us the story of where they came from and we’ll ask our in-house foodies at the High Commission to evaluate the entries. The one that tempts us the most will win an afternoon tea – naturally with your dessert on offer – here at the Official Residence in London.

It will be just one more reminder of all that we, as Canadians and friends of Canada here in the UK, have to be thankful for.

 Gordon Campbell
 Gordon Campbell

Caviar, Wowbutter, Nanaimo bars


Rhodes to success

We were so very proud to hear of yet another Canadian making both history and headlines here in the UK. John McCall MacBain has become the largest single donor in the history of the Rhodes Trust, the charity that administers the Rhodes Scholarships. Himself a Rhodes Scholar and now a trustee with the charity, Mr McCall MacBain wants his $120 million (£73 million) donation to be used to expand the charity’s reach beyond the Commonwealth, Germany and the USA to include China, Brazil and Russia.

Established in 1902 by British businessman Cecil Rhodes, the Oxford-based scholarships offer two years of fully paid study at Oxford and count former Canadian Governor-General Roland Michener, former Prime Minister John Turner and former US President Bill Clinton among its alumni.

Union ClubSpeaking to the Globe and Mail newspaper’s UK correspondent Paul Waldie, Mr McCall MacBain said of his time as a scholar: “It is a very principled education. The Rhodes scholarship also got me to meet other future potential leaders from other countries.”

In an interesting twist, Cecil Rhodes was a member of the prestigious Union Club on Trafalgar Square, which in 1925 would go on to become Canada House .

 Union Club, 1924. Courtesy of Library and Archives Canada. 

Open HouseOpen House

Canada House was pleased to welcome hundreds of visitors over the two-day Open House London event. We were grateful for all of the kind feedback from the many people who signed up for our tours and told us how much they enjoyed the chance to explore more of a building that is such a key part of an iconic London landscape.  

Omer’s work at the V&ADesigning Delights

Vancouver designer Omer Arbel, the creative director for Bocci and head of his own innovative design studio, gave us a sneak peak at his new, 30-metre high light installation, called 28.280, for the V&A at a recent Canada House Presents event to mark the 11th annual London Design Festival. Deputy Director Max Fraser joined us with more updates from some of the 300 events that celebrate the very latest in design. The evening was a wonderful example of the diversity that our Canada House Presents series is able to bring to audiences here in the UK. If you get a chance, do visit Omer’s work at the V&A to see some of the best very of Canadian contemporary design on the world stage.

WimbledonTennis anyone?

The list grows. Yet another British institution has made the trip to Canada in search of top talent. The Lawn Tennis Association – responsible for tennis in England and, most notably, Wimbledon, has recruited Tennis Canada’s Michael Downey as its new chief executive. We are delighted to welcome Michael to the UK as he takes on his new challenge with a mandate to increase the participation in the sport in this country.

Enter to win

Enjoy the union of traditional English and Atlantic Canadian folk music as two award-winning musicians perform together at the London home of folk music, Cecil Sharp House. They have offered us three pairs of tickets for an evening performance of Sam Carter and Catherine MacLellan. For a chance to win seats at this special event on Wednesday, October 16, just email with your name and a friend’s email address. We will put their email on our Canada Plus distribution list and enter both of you to win.

We have two tickets to give away to see Canadian writer Malcolm Gladwell in London on October 28. Named one of Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People and a member of the Order of Canada, Gladwell presents his new live show “The Story of Underdogs, Misfits and the Art of Battling Giants”. Send an email with your name and the email address of a friend to with the subject line “Gladwell” to win.
Canada House Update

Canada House’s revitalization project that will unite our existing building on Trafalgar Square with the newly-acquired 2-4 Cockspur Street building is underway in earnest. Designers, planners, architects and technical experts are already in the building and working on some of the behind-the-scenes pieces that will lay the foundation for a great, revitalized building to serve as Canada’s front door to the United Kingdom. It’s not the glamorous stuff just yet, more plumbing and phone lines, but we are getting there.

Plans to market and sell our Mayfair location at Macdonald House also continue and last month, we named Savills as the agent who will handle the sale. It’s all go and we look forward to keeping you updated on our plans as they unfold.   

Drawing, Canada House

Consular Corner

Question: In light of recent events in Kenya and unrest in other parts of the world, how should I prepare myself before travelling abroad?

Answer: First up, you should consult our Travel Advice and Advisories webpage both before making your travel arrangements and immediately before your departure date to ensure you have up-to-date and accurate information about your destination. When the Government of Canada recommends against travel to a certain country or region, this advisory will be posted on the site.  You should always register with the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development’s Registration of Canadians Abroad program as well.  Registration ensures that you can be contacted in the event of a natural disaster or civil emergency. There is more  information about services provided to Canadians overseas during emergencies here.

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

October Events

3 October ¦ The Financial Crisis: A Canadian perspective on lessons learned and avoiding the next crisis
Richard Nesbitt the chief operating officer of CIBC is the speaker at this event hosted by the London School of Economics about Canada’s experience in the financial crisis.

7 October ¦ Writing a biography of John A Macdonald
Ged Martin, Emeritus Professor of Edinburgh University and biographer of Sir John A Macdonald, Canada’s first Prime Minister, will talk about the pleasures and pitfalls of writing about the great man’s life and times. 6.00pm start, UCL Institute of the Americas, 51 Gordon Square, London, WC1H OPN; to attend please contact Dr Tony McCulloch, Senior Fellow in North American Studies,

7 October ¦ Can Women Truly Not Have it All?
London ¦ Canadian Women’s Club networking evening with Dr. Beatrix Dart, Executive Director, Initiative for Women in Business, Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto. Come to Dr. Dart’s discussion about the challenges and obstacles for women to advance into senior positions, paying particular attention to the pressure from society, cultural differences, and the last frontier to women’s advancement – the home front. Canadian High Commission, 1 Grosvenor Square (Bond St tube). Please use side door entrance. Buy a place on-line or RSVP to Solange,, 0207 258 6344. Tickets are £8 for members £10 for non-members.

9 – 20 October ¦ London Film Festival
Look out for the many Canadian offerings at the BFI London Film Festival such as: A Girl Named Elastika, Buffalo Death Mask, Daybreak, Sarah Prefers to Run, Siddharth, Tom at the Farm and Vic + Flo Saw a Bear.

10 October ¦ Tax and Immigration Networking Evening
Macdonald House, LondonThe Canada-UK Chamber of Commerce is organising this evening with representatives of RBC, Trowbridge and Marani Law to offer advice on tax and immigration issues for Canadians in the UK and individuals and businesses thinking of going to Canada.

14 October ¦ Canadian Thanksgiving in London
Live music, all Canadian music on the Jukebox and a turkey dinner with pumpkin pie and a cup of Timmies all served up right beside the Thames with great views at The Banker Pub. Tickets include: complimentary glass of red or white wine, turkey with mashed potatoes, gravy and vegetables (vegetarian option), pumpkin pie and Tim Hortons’ coffee. Two seatings for dinner: 18:30 and 19:30. Cost: £23 for Adults, £18 for 60+ and Students, £12 for under 10's. Contact the CWC Office

15 October ¦ Australia vs. Canada
A friendly football match between Canada and Australia at Craven Cottage. Australia won its two most recent matches against Canada in 1993 and 1994 in qualifiers for the World Cup.

19 October ¦ Canadian MBA Alliance Reception
London, The Lancaster ¦ The Canadian MBA Alliance, consisting of the six top-ranked MBA programs in Canada, will be hosting a reception immediately following the QS World Tour MBA Fair in London. Representatives from all six schools will be in attendance to answer any questions you may have about studying and living in Canada, applying for a visa, quality of education, job opportunities after graduation, and much more. Refreshments and light snacks will be provided.

21 October ¦ “A Tale of Two Futures”: The history of Saskatchewan
Bill Waiser, History Professor at the University of Saskatchewan, presents an historical examination of why the "new" Saskatchewan of today is fundamentally different from the province that entered Canadian confederation in 1905. The talk will debunk many of the misconceptions about the province, while examining the challenges that Saskatchewan faces in the new century. 6.00pm start, UCL Institute of the Americas, 51 Gordon Square, London, WC1H OPN; to attend please contact Dr Tony McCulloch, Senior Fellow in North American Studies,

Oct 28 – Nov 1 ¦ Malcolm Gladwell
The well-known New Yorker writer performs in London, Liverpool and Dublin as part of his live show “The Story of Underdogs, Misfits and the Art of Battling Giants”.

Further Ahead

Poppies10 November ¦ Remembrance Day
London, Green Park ¦ High Commissioner Gordon Campbell invites all Canadians to join our Service of Remembrance at the Canada Memorial in Green Park at 1:45pm.


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

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