Governor General of Canada, David Johnston, visits Conrad Centre

Thursday, May 19, 2016

On May 17th, the Conrad Business, Entrepreneurship and Technology Centre welcomed His Excellency, the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, to speak with students in the Master of Business, Entrepreneurship, and Technology (MBET) program. 

Addressing students, staff, faculty, and guests, including Conrad Centre benefactors Manfred and Penny Conrad, His Excellency took questions from MBET students on such topics as Canada’s entrepreneurial future, and the role of innovation in citizen political engagement. In his responses, he stressed the unique set of skills MBET students possess and the ways they can foster smart and caring communities.

You may not realize this but you’re pretty impressive people and have very special skills; you know how to get things done. Use your skills in areas where you can make a difference.”

The Governor General was an early supporter of the Conrad Centre, and helped nurture the Centre’s growth during his tenure as President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Waterloo. His visit marks the first time he has returned to the Conrad Centre as Governor General. Prior to his visit at the Centre His Excellency delivered remarks at the Accelerator Centre’s 10th Anniversary celebrations.

Group photo of Governor General with students

His Excellency, the Right Honourable Governor General of Canada, David Johnston (front row, second from left), poses for a photo with Conrad Centre Founder, Howard Armitage ( front row, third from left), Dean of Engineering, Pearl Sullivan (front row, first from left), and the MBET class of 2016.

For more information: 

The University of Waterloo: "Governor General inspires a new generation of student startups"

The Record: "Extraordinary community’ will generate more tech success, Johnston says"

Communitech news: "Homecoming: Governor General David Johnston on why Canada needs more Waterloo"

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