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Canada Plus – October

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A message from the High Commissioner

Gordon Campbell

We have just finished a pretty incredible month!

First, it was one of the driest Septembers on record so by British standards one could naturally be concerned that there might be nothing to talk about. But we shouldn’t have worried, it certainly was a month to remember.

There was great relief at the results of the Scottish referendum. It was a classic example of the challenges and the triumphs of democracy. We now enter an era of significant constitutional change when the United Kingdom will revisit the relationships between Westminster and the constituent nations with further devolution still to come. The UK is about to embark on this journey in the run-up to the May 7th, 2015 general election. It is pretty clear that things will never be quite the same. September 18th will likely be remembered as a political turning point in this country.

In Canadian news, the UK trade mission led by Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Minister Ed Fast at the start of the month was a big success and is a forerunner to many more missions to come. Then, on September 25 the text of the Comprehensive Economic Trade Agreement with Europe was finalised by the Prime Minister and the President of the European Union, paving the way for a new era of trade and prosperity for Canada and the EU. It is the most ambitious trade agreement we’ve ever signed and it may well become a template for future EU trade deals. It creates billions in economic opportunity for both the EU and Canada, and I look forward to seeing Canadian and British entrepreneurs seizing that opportunity.

In September we also hosted Leonard Cohen at the official residence on the eve of his 80th birthday. It was a real treat to meet and to listen to this Canadian legend. He was here with the people from Sony and Columbia Records to advance his new record/CD. He even promised to come to Canada House to debut the new album.

One last great September moment was the discovery of one of Franklin's ships, the HMS Erebus.

Finding the very ship Sir John Franklin sailed on in his search for the Northwest Passage really was historic and you are sure to hear more about it in the months ahead, particularly in December when we host the underwater archeologist from Parks Canada who has been leading the search. I noticed the British government had offered a £20,000 reward back in 1850: “£10,000 for information leading to the expedition’s relief, and £10,000 to anyone who might ascertain the fate of the expedition” but they pretty much gave up hope of ever finding anything. The ship that has been found is a real treasure and the discovery of the Erebus will be just one more reason that September 2014 will long be remembered. Have a great October, and Happy Thanksgiving.

Signature - Gordon Campbell
Gordon Campbell


Infectious Invictus

Collage - Invictus Games and HRH Prince Harry

Canada’s team of soldiers who took part in the inaugural Invictus Games in London made a bold statement to the world about what they can achieve – the haul of medals and the constant display of good sportsmanship were inspirational. Team Canada and Deputy High Commissioner Alan Kessel were delighted to welcome HRH Prince Harry when he dropped in at the welcome reception at the Official Residence.

Love Canada? Tell the Telegraph

You have just a few weeks left to nominate your favourite Canadian destination, city, ski hill, travel company or hotel for the Telegraph Travel Awards. Don’t be shy, share your love of Canada for visitors.

Hockey season substitute

Missing hockey? You’re invited to bring along your equipment and join a group of Canadians for competitive ball hockey Wednesday evenings in London. For more details please contact

Ending Forced Marriage

High Commissioner Campbell hosted some of the many people fighting to put a stop to forced marriage. The event brought together The Sharan Project, which discussed its new initiative to work closely with colleges and universities in a bid to reach young Asian woman at risk of being forced into marriage, with key workers in law enforcement and at the Home and Foreign Offices who are working alongside our own consular officials to put an end to the scourge of child and early forced marriage.

“Early forced marriage is a fundamental denial of human rights and it is not only an issue in the UK but one that is widespread across the globe. Addressing it across education systems is a crucial step in bringing this appalling practice to an end,” the High Commissioner said of Canada’s stance on the issue.

Canada House Update

Collage, work on the High Commission's new home

Work on the High Commission’s new home, Canada House, is going strong, with the installation of a staircase in the atrium of the former Sun Life building on Cockspur Street. The High Commissioner has been showing staff around the site, ahead of our move at the end of the year.  Further ahead, there are exciting sponsorship opportunities related to the re-opening of Canada House. Please contact for more details.

Drawing - Canada House

Business Brief

The CETA process moved another key step closer last week when Prime Minister Stephen Harper convened a Canada-EU summit, welcoming Herman Van Rompuy, President of the European Council, and José Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commission, to Ottawa and Toronto.

The free trade deal will offer widespread opportunities on both sides of the Atlantic. Among those industries that stand to benefit is aquaculture, as almost 96% of EU tariffs on fish and seafood products will be immediately duty-free under CETA.

Here in the UK, Prime Minister David Cameron has predicted that the benefit to British business will amount to an injection of $2.4 billion (£1.3 billion) into the UK economy, boost exports by almost a third and create thousands of new jobs. Indeed, for many Canadian businesses, the UK – with our historic ties and existing strong relationship – is seen by many firms as a gateway to further European expansion.

The CETA deal will build on Canada’s position as one of the biggest global import markets and a significant source of demand for UK exports - exports of Goods and Services to Canada from the UK in 2012 were £4.2 billion for goods and £3.9 billion for services.

Many major Canadian companies have significant investments in the UK including the likes of Bombardier, Thomson Reuters, McCain, CGI, Maple Leaf Foods, Blackberry, Mitel, Cirque du Soleil, Nexen, and Finning. The Canadian family the Westons own Selfridges, Heals, Fortnum and Mason, and Associated British Foods.
Canadian pension funds are some of the most prolific investors into UK infrastructure, real estate and other asset classes – approximately C$35 billion. Many of these funds have set-up London based offices as they continue to look for opportunities to invest in UK.

Consular Corner

Question:  My photo card certificate of citizenship only shows the year in which I obtained Canadian Citizenship. How can I get the full date including day and month?

Answer:   Some previous versions of certificates of Canadian citizenship bear only the year, or month and year, that citizenship was obtained. In certain instances, foreign governments may request the exact date you obtained proof of Canadian citizenship.  If you require proof of Canadian citizenship bearing the full date citizenship was obtained, you may apply for a new style certificate of Canadian citizenship. You might also wish to request a search of citizenship records, which will show the date citizenship was obtained.

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

October Events

Until 29 November ¦ Aidan McNeill’s Borders Between
Canadian High Commission, London ¦ The High Commission – along with the PayneShurvall gallery - is delighted to host a new solo show by emerging artist Aidan McNeill. Borders Between takes the artist’s own large-format botanical images of English Roses and transforms them into lyrical works of light and shadow. There is limited availability to view the show, if interested in attending, please contact

3 October ¦ Study Abroad Huddle
Leeds ¦ The Study Abroad Huddle is aimed at staff from schools and colleges in the UK to learn more about the international market, why international universities want UK students and how to best advise your student body. Registration is free.

4 – 5 October ¦ London Literature Festival: Freedom Play
Royal Festival Hall, London ¦ Craig Taylor, the author of One Million Tiny Plays about Britain turns his attention to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Taylor dramatises snatches of overheard conversations and makes a series of observations about how freedom can be taken for granted.

4 October ¦ The Student World Fair
New Dock Hall, Leeds ¦ Meet with more than 40 universities from around the world at the Student World Fair in Leeds. Seminars are held throughout the day on studying in specific countries, including Canada.

5 October ¦ The Student World Fair
Business Design Centre, London ¦ Meet with more than 60 universities from around the world at the Student World Fair in London. Seminars are held throughout the day on studying in specific countries, including Canada.

5 October ¦ Terry Fox Run
Hampshire ¦ Thirty-four years after Terry Fox’s Marathon of Hope, millions of people honour his legacy by participating in fundraising events, such as this 5km run around the Four Seasons Hotel Hampshire estate. For details email

6 October ¦ Tammy Weis celebrates Julie London
Pizza Express Jazz Club, London ¦ Canadian singer Tammy Weis pays tribute to the sultry jazz legend, and she’ll be joined by special guest Randy Bachman! To win a pair of tickets to the show email with Jazz in the subject line.

6 October ¦ Naomi Klein
London ¦ Best-selling Canadian author Naomi Klein discusses her most provocative book yet, This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs the Climate.

7 October ¦ Canadian Women’s Club autumn tour of Highgrove Estate
Highgrove, Gloucestershire ¦ The Canadian Women’s Club has arranged a full day visit to HRH the Prince of Wales’ estate, complete with coach transfer, a two-hour guided walking tour of the gardens, lunch and a visit to the Highgrove shop. For more details, email or call 020 7258 6344.

7 October ¦ Study in Canada
British Library, London ¦ University counsellors and career advisors from UK schools and FE/HE institutions are invited to attend this event to learn about opportunities for their students in Canada. We are also hosting a separate evening event for students and families.

  • 1:00 – 4:30pm ¦ For careers advisors and university counsellors: Join us for this Canada-focused event for careers professionals which will include presentations on study opportunities in Canada, as well as information on funding, study permits, and a chance to meet with Canadian university and college representatives. Reference materials will be provided for attendees. Location: the British Library Conference Centre.
  • 5:30 – 8:30pm ¦ For students and their families: In the evening we will have a programme for students interested in studying opportunities in Canada, which will include presentations on studying in Canada, funding, and study permits. Location: the British Library Conference Centre.

Please email to register your interest in these events.

8 October ¦ Interactive Storytelling and the NFB – The Medium and the Message
Frontline Club, London ¦ Award-winning executive producer and creative technologist Loc Dao talks about the opportunities offered by new media on documentary filmmaking.

8 – 19 October ¦ BFI London Film Festival
London ¦ Jason Reitman’s Men, Women & Children and Xavier Dolan’s Mommy headline Canadian talent at this year’s BFI London Film Festival which hosts a bunch of films from Canada including Jean-Francois Caissy’s Guidelines, Ron Mann’s Altman and Hole by Martin Edralin.

8 October ¦ U15 Alumni Reception
Marriott Grosvenor Square Hotel, London ¦ Member institutions of U15, Canada’s group of research-intensive universities will be hosting an alumni reception on Wednesday 8 October at the Marriott Grosvenor Square Hotel from 6:00 pm. Confirmed institutions are: University of Alberta, University of British Columbia, University of Manitoba, Université de Montréal, University of Ottawa, University of Toronto, University of Waterloo, Queen’s University, Western University. For further information, including registration details please email: LDNAcademic/

11 October ¦ QS MBA World Tour and Canadian MBA Event
The Lancaster, London ¦ Speak with admissions directors from the world's leading business schools to find the MBA program that's right for you. Top business schools from Canada will be in attendance including University of Toronto, York, McGill, Queens, Western and UBC.

13 October ¦ Thanksgiving Dinner
London ¦ The Canadian Women’s Club is hosting Thanksgiving Dinner with all the trimmings at The Counting House pub and restaurant. The menu features all the regulars of roast turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes and pumpkin pie. There are seatings at 7 and 7.30 pm. Contact to reserve your place and preferred time.

13 – 17 October ¦ Creative Saskatchewan
London ¦ Cultural industries showcase from the Canadian province of Saskatchewan. Highlights include performance from singer-songwriter Zachary Lucky and a one-of-a-kind exhibition featuring the works of 27 Saskatchewan visual artists. For details email

14 October ¦ Confronting Genocide: Fighting Impunity on the Front Lines
London ¦ In-conversation with Payam Akhavan, former Legal Advisor to the Prosecutor’s Office of the International Criminal Tribunals for the former Yugoslavia and Rwanda  and Sir Geoffrey Nice, principal trial attorney in the case of Slobodan Milošević, former President of Serbia. For more details please email

23 – 30 October ¦ National Arts Centre Orchestra WWI Commemorative tour
Various UK locations ¦ Under the direction of Pinchas Zukerman, the National Arts Centre Orchestra (NACO) is touring across the UK to mark the 100th anniversary of the First World War and to demonstrate the power of music as a force for healing and remembrance. The works performed will include the UK premiere of A Ballad of Canada by Malcolm Forsyth.

28 October ¦ Find a PhD event
Oxford ¦ If you are in the market for the PhD program that suits your needs, then Canada’s finest institutions will be on hand to answer your questions at this event in Oxford. Registration is free.

Further Ahead

1 November – 8 March 2015 ¦ From the Forest to the Sea, Emily Carr in British Columbia
Dulwich Gallery, London ¦ The much-anticipated first UK exhibition dedicated to Emily Carr, a pioneering modernist painter. The Dulwich will showcase more than 100 paintings produced by Carr between 1912 and 1939, including a focused selection of her watercolours and sketchbook drawings. The exhibit will also highlight the importance of indigenous art as a key influence.

8 November ¦ Commonwealth Fair
London ¦ This year’s Commonwealth Fair takes place in Kensington Town Hall from 11:30-6:00pm. Canada’s booth will offer pancakes and maple syrup and Nanaimo bars. The event raises money for a Commonwealth girls’ scholarship fund.

9 November ¦ Queen’s University UK Open Day
Bader International Study Centre, East Sussex ¦ Students, parents and careers advisors are invited to learn more about undergraduate opportunities from staff, current students and alumni. The visit will include transportation to and from London, a light lunch, a tour of our 15th century castle and an information session highlighting academic programs of study at Queen’s University and how to apply. Registration is free.

9 November ¦ Remembrance Day Service
PoppiesLondon, Green Park ¦ High Commissioner Gordon Campbell invites all Canadians to join our Service of Remembrance at the Canada Memorial in Green Park at 1:30pm.

11 November ¦ Remembrance Day Services
Brookwood Military Cemetery, Surrey ¦ Everyone is welcome to join Canadian servicemen and women in honouring the fallen at Remembrance services at Brookwood in Surrey at 10:10am.

12 November ¦ Queen’s University info evening
Canadian High Commission, London ¦ This evening event hosted by the High Commission is a chance to learn about opportunities to study at Queen’s University.  Register your interest by emailing

18, 19 November ¦ Emily Carr University of Art and Design visit
London ¦ The renowned Emily Carr University of Art & Design will be visiting London in order to meet with UK schools and offer one-on-one portfolio reviews for both prospective undergraduate and postgraduate students. All meetings are by appointment, and can be booked by emailing Ehren Seeland,

1 December ¦ The Franklin Expedition
London ¦ Canadian government marine archeologist Ryan Harris talks about the recent exciting discovery of a Franklin ship in the Northwest Passage.


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

Job opportunities

Each year, the Government of Canada’s Recruitment of Policy Leaders (RPL) program seeks out talented professionals, academics, scientists and thinkers, offering them a unique opportunity to launch directly into a stimulating and diverse career in the federal public service. Have you finished (or are you about to finish) a master’s, doctoral or law degree complemented by an undergraduate degree in any discipline? Do you have a strong record of academic excellence, sound knowledge of the world of public policy and experience that demonstrates leadership and commitment? Do you want to use your skills and expertise to make a real difference? The Government of Canada is looking for people like you.

For eligibility criteria and to apply visit: Recruitment of Policy Leaders - Overview.

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