"The Diplomacy of Knowledge: Innovation Exchange Across Borders"

His Excellency the Right Honorable David Johnston, Governor General and Commander-in-Chief of Canada.

Tuesday, April 29, 2014
1:30 PM
CNSI Auditorium
570 Westwood Plaza
Los Angeles, CA 90095

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Governor General David Johnston is The Queen’s representative in Canada and exercises the duties of head of State. Non-partisan and apolitical, he presides over the swearing-in of the Prime Minister, the Chief Justice of Canada and cabinet ministers; summons, prorogues and dissolves Parliament; delivers the speech from the Throne; grants Royal Assent to acts of Parliament. He also receives Royal visitors and many foreign dignitaries during their visits to Canada.  He also serves as Commander-in-Chief of Canada.

Mr. Johnston looks forward to talking with UCLA students, faculty and administrators about how Canada and the United States can work together to build a fertile innovation ecosystem that promotes the “Diplomacy of Knowledge” and the value of working across disciplines and across borders.  Prior to becoming Governor General of Canada in 2010, Mr. Johnston served as dean of the Faculty of Law at the University of Western Ontario, Vice-Chancellor of McGill University and the President of the University of Waterloo, Canada’s most innovative university recognized for advanced research and teaching in science and engineering, health, environment, arts and social sciences, and home to the world's largest post-secondary co-operative education program. In 2011, the University of Waterloo officially renamed its Research and Technology Park in honour of David Johnston to recognize his contributions to the university during his 11-year tenure as president, as well as his commitment to advancing research and technology in service for the people of the community and for all Canadians.

He has served on many task forces and committees, such as the Board of Oversees of Harvard College, Administrative Board of International Association Universities, and the Government of Canada’s Sustainable Development Technology; National Task Force on High Speed Broadband Access; and the Information Highway Advisory Council just to name a few.


Map, Directions and Parking Information

Parking for this event is available in parking structure 9.  Daily parking permits for parking structure 9 may be purchased for $12/day from the information kiosk located towards the end of Westwood Plaza. For more details and to view a map, please click here


Event Sponsors



Cost : Free and open to the public, RSVP required.

Sponsor(s): Burkle Center for International Relations, Institute of the Environment and Sustainability, UCLA International Institute, Consulate General of Canada - Los Angeles