OTTAWA (ON), October 11, 2022 /CNW/ – The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeauannounced today that the Governor General of CanadaHer Excellency the Right Honorable Mary Simon, will travel to Reykjavík, Icelandof October 12 to 15, 2022where she will attend the Arctic Circle Assembly and deliver a keynote address.

During His Excellency’s visit to Icelandwho comes like Canada and Iceland celebrate their 75th anniversary of diplomatic relations, the Governor General will meet with local, international and Arctic leaders on from Canada approach to issues of diplomacy, environmental change and reconciliation in the northern circumpolar region.

In Reykjavík, the Governor General will meet with over 115 Canadian delegates attending the Arctic Circle Assembly and participate in a roundtable on gender equality and diversity in Arctic leadership. Her Excellency will also meet with other world leaders participating in the Assembly, including the President of the IcelandGuðni Thorlacius Jóhannesson, and the President of EstoniaAlar Karis.


“The Governor General’s participation in the Arctic Circle Assembly is an excellent opportunity for Canada to engage with Icelandic leaders and other international partners on shared priorities, including addressing climate change, promoting reconciliation, and ensuring sustainable economic development across the Arctic.

– The Rt. Hon. Justin Trudeauprime minister of Canada

Fast facts

  • Canada and Iceland the bilateral relationship is based on longstanding cooperation in the Arctic; sustainable, inclusive and rules-based trade; and interpersonal ties. Over 100,000 people of Icelandic descent live in Canadacomprising the largest Icelandic diaspora in the world.

  • Established in 2013 at Iceland, the Arctic Circle Assembly is the largest annual international gathering on the Arctic. Participants include governments, indigenous organizations, universities and environmental associations.

  • Canada is represented in Iceland via an embassy in Reykjavík. In Canada, Iceland maintains an embassy in Ottawaand consulates general in Toronto, Vancouverand Winnipeg.

  • The Governor General travels abroad at the request of the Prime Minister. This is Her Excellency’s third international visit and the first to an Arctic state since settling in July 2021. She has already visited Germany and the Middle East.

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