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The Canada Pavilion at Expo 2020 introduces new interactive visitor experience “Present in the Future”

January 21, 2021 – Dubai, United Arab Emirates – Global Affairs Canada

The Canada Pavilion is pleased to present two new interactive and immersive installations as part of its visitor experience at Expo 2020 Dubai.

Created by Montreal-based new media studio Iregular, “Present in the Future” is a two-tiered interactive exhibition about the impact of our actions and our mere existence on the unfolding of the future ahead.

Presenting two of the studio pieces, “Forward” and “Omnipresence”, this new interactive journey merges themes well anchored in our current times: the predominance of technology, the imminence of occurrences and the consequences of our everyday decisions on a personal and global scale. Everything we do shapes what’s to come and every second influences the next.

The new installations at the Canada Pavilion align with its Expo 2020 theme, “The Future in Mind”, which is a call to celebrate human ingenuity and an invitation to reflect on how to address emerging challenges.

 

About the installations:

FORWARD is a generative video installation taking the form of a digital tunnel that infinitely changes its shape, pattern and direction. This is done by using software that computes probabilities every single second, resulting in random audiovisual iterations that are never the same.

The tunnel is a reference to the future, so unstable and fragile that the mere action of thinking about it can change its course. It is constantly evolving, redrawing itself every instant, underlying the futility of being too concerned or anxious about what’s to come.

OMNIPRESENCE is an audiovisual interactive “mise en abyme” that highlights technology’s ability to curate our digital persona.

The piece invites visitors to move around a digital infinity mirror that endlessly multiplies their reflection using video feedback. Before projecting the captured video of the moving participants back onto the screen, a software tweaks some of the image properties distorting the perception of time and space.

Whether they are upside down images, delayed projections, reversed recordings or simply true untampered reflections, the infinitely mirrored body images lose their symmetry and seem to move at their own will, disconnected from the audience members initially triggering them.

A disorienting journey defying dimensions, Omnipresence makes you lose control of your own actions, causing diverting yet uneasy feelings about our impotence in the face of the digital world.

 

STROBE WARNING

Visitors should note that this installation includes strobe lighting elements and might not be safe for people with epilepsy or light sensitivity. Viewer discretion is advised.

 

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Canada at Expo 2020 Dubai

“Canada’s Expo 2020 theme, The Future in Mind, serves as a platform to promote opportunities for trade, investment, education, tourism and immigration, from across Canada’s provinces, territories and cities, and throughout all sectors of society. Canada’s participation highlights Canadian leadership in key sectors, including artificial intelligence (AI), robotics, education, digitization, telemedicine, clean technology, agriculture, health sciences, aerospace and more. Canada’s approach to Expo 2020 Dubai is inspired by our core values of diversity, inclusion, human rights and gender equality as the foundation to building a prosperous and inclusive nation.”

 

Global Affairs Canada

“We define, shape and advance Canada’s interests and values in a complex global environment. We manage diplomatic relations, promote international trade and provide consular support. We lead international development, humanitarian, and peace and security assistance efforts. We also contribute to national security and the development of international law.”

 

Iregular

Iregular is a Montreal-based new media art studio that creates audiovisual installations, large-scale sculptures, architectural projections and scenographies, with a focus on interactive and immersive experiences. At the crossroads between art and technology, the studio works with the infinite and random combinations produced by interactive systems that the audience ultimately influences and transforms. Since its inception, Iregular produced over 50 artworks and toured in more than 25 countries.

 

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Canada celebrates Travel & Connectivity Week at Expo 2020 Dubai with outdoor exhibit showcasing 450,000 km2 of possibilities 

December 10, 2021 – Dubai, United Arab Emirates – Global Affairs Canada

In line with Travel and Connectivity Week at Expo 2020 Dubai, the Canada Pavilion unveiled its outdoor exhibit featuring Canada’s vast network of heritage places and natural parks.

Launched in partnership with Parks Canada, the exhibit highlights Canada’s breathtaking landscapes, wide-open spaces and vibrant cities with diverse and inclusive experiences.

Parks Canada manages 174 national historic sites, 47 national parks, 5 national marine conservation areas and 1 national urban park. Visitors to the exhibition are able to get a glimpse of some of Canada’s 450,000 km2 of possibilities for adventure, right at the heart of Expo 2020 Dubai.

Travel and Connectivity Week focuses on reshaping tourism in balance with the natural world, redesigning mobility for more-connected societies and creating a digital world that is safe, inclusive and accessible. Canada remains one of the top destinations for immigration, study and travel.

Quotes

“The last 2 years have brought unprecedented changes to our way of living and highlighted the importance of spending time outdoors on our well-being. Connecting with nature has proven its benefits on our physical and mental health. This exhibit is a showcase of Canada’s abundant natural beauty, secluded lakes and forests, mountains and glaciers from coast to coast to coast.”
– Marie-Geneviève Mounier, Commissioner General, Expo 2020 Dubai

Canada is one of the most multicultural countries in the world, with clean and friendly cities, world-class universities,, as well as business and job opportunities for many who choose to visit, study and immigrate. This Instagram account showcases stunning Canadian photography of some of the world’s most breathtaking natural landscapes for all to explore and connect with when travel isn’t always an option. The Canada Pavilion has also been transformed into an award-winning interactive virtual showcase on the Canada Pavilion’s website, allowing visitors to experience the Canada Pavilion from anywhere in the world.

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Canada Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai

“Canada’s Expo 2020 theme, The Future in Mind, serves as a platform to promote opportunities for trade, investment, education, tourism and immigration, from across Canada’s provinces, territories and cities, and throughout all sectors of society. Canada’s participation highlights Canadian leadership in key sectors, including artificial intelligence (AI), robotics, education, digitization, telemedicine, clean technology, agriculture, health sciences, aerospace and more. Canada’s approach to Expo 2020 Dubai is inspired by our core values of diversity, inclusion, human rights and gender equality as the foundation to building a prosperous and inclusive nation capable and intent on offering solutions to global challenges.”

Global Affairs Canada

“We define, shape and advance Canada’s interests and values in a complex global environment. We manage diplomatic relations, promote international trade and provide consular support. We lead international development, humanitarian, and peace and security assistance efforts. We also contribute to national security and the development of international law.”

Parks Canada

“On behalf of the people of Canada, we protect and present nationally significant examples of Canada’s natural and cultural heritage, and foster public understanding, appreciation and enjoyment in ways that ensure the ecological and commemorative integrity of these places for present and future generations.”

Destination Canada

“At Destination Canada we believe in the power of tourism. Our aspiration is to enhance the quality of life of Canadians and enrich the lives of visitors. Our mission is to influence supply and build demand for the benefit of locals, communities and visitors through leading research, building alignment with public and private sectors, and marketing Canada nationally and abroad. In collaboration with our partners, we promote Canada as a premier four-season leisure and business tourism destination around the country and world.”

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada

“IRCC is advancing global migration policies in a way that supports Canada’s immigration and humanitarian objectives. Along with its partners, IRCC develops and implement policies, programs and services that:

  • facilitate the arrival of people and their integration into Canada in a way that maximizes their contribution to the country while protecting the health, safety and security of Canadians;
  • maintain Canada’s humanitarian tradition by protecting refugees and people in need of protection;
  • enhance the values and promote the rights and responsibilities of Canadian citizenship; and
  • reach out to all Canadians and foster increased intercultural understanding and an integrated society with equal opportunity for all, regardless of race, ethnicity and religion”

Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada

“ At Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada, we help Canadian small and medium-sized businesses grow, innovate and expand through trade and innovation and promote increased tourism in Canada. We also work to position Canada as a global centre for innovation where investments support clean and inclusive growth, the middle class prospers through more job opportunities and companies become global leaders. ”

 

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One Awesome Anchorage

If you do a Google image search for “international trade,” here’s a sample of what you’ll get: handshakes superimposed on world maps; world maps superimposed on handshakes; world maps with arcing coloured lines connecting countries and continents; and a signpost with IMPORT pointing one way and EXPORT the other.

But the images that have the greatest impact — that really bring home the sheer size and complex web of infrastructure upon which global trade relies — are the photographs of ships and ports.

These awe-provoking images set the imagination spinning. Ships three times as long as a football field! Brightly coloured containers that look like stacked LEGO bricks — what could be inside them? Tugboats straining to nudge ships toward a bustling dock where massive cranes sit ready to pluck cargo and place it onto trucks or trains headed to, well… to the far-flung reaches of who-knows-where? Dockworkers in fluorescent vests and steel-toed boots, dwarfed by machinery and materials that they have to make sure runs smoothly and safely, rain or shine — what is that job like?

These are just some of the images you’ll see in this photo essay on the Port of Prince Rupert’s Fairview Container Terminal, in northwestern British Columbia.

Operated by the Dubai-based company DP World, the terminal is an integral part of the port, which itself plays a critical role in growing Canadian trade.

Not only is the Port of Prince Rupert home to North America’s deepest harbour, which allows it to accommodate the largest ships in trans-Pacific trade, but it’s also the third-largest port in North America by value of trade — $60 billion in 2020.

Perhaps more importantly given the prominent role the Asia-Pacific region in plays in Canada’s international trade, Prince Rupert is the continent’s closest port to Asia by up to three sailing days. For example, it would take a ship coming from Shanghai 36 extra hours to get to Vancouver, and 68 extra hours to get to Los Angeles.

Read on to get a glimpse of the Fairview Container Terminal facility and the some of the hundreds of people who work there, and learn more about the critical role it plays in making Canada a global player in international trade.

 


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Two tugboats work a container ship into position so that it can dock at the Fairview Container Terminal.

When Fairview opened in 2007, it was North America’s first dedicated ship-to-rail container terminal and had capacity for 500,000 containers, which in the shipping world are known as twenty-foot-equivalent units, or TEUs.

Then in 2015, DP World, a Dubai-based company that operates port facilities around the world, bought Fairview for $580 million, expanding its investment and presence in the Canadian market (DP World operates three other facilities in British Columbia and one in New Brunswick).

By 2017, DP World had expanded the terminal, increasing its capacity to 1.35 million TEUs. The facility’s next expansion, expected to be complete in 2022, will further increase its capacity to 1.8 million TEUs.

DP World’s investment in and expansion of the Fairview Container Terminal is expected to eventually create 300 full-time jobs at a 41-hectare facility, which is about the same size as 50 Canadian Football League fields.

“DP World Prince Rupert is an essential logistics hub that links Canadians to the goods they need from the Asia Pacific region,” says Maksim Mihic, general manager and CEO of DP World Canada. “It also provides export opportunities for Canadian businesses to expand beyond traditional North American markets. With ample industrial land for expansion of the terminal and related logistics industries, the Port of Prince Rupert is critical to the future of Canadian trade, ensuring we have the capacity needed in our supply chain. DP World is proud of the role we have played in creating economic growth in the region through our investments in infrastructure and employment at our terminal.”

 


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The Hapag-Lloyd ship Leverkusen Express at the Fairview Container Terminal dock in August 2018.

Four months earlier, in April, YM Masculinity had arrived at the terminal, marking the first time the global shipping giant’s cargo had moved through the Port of Prince Rupert. At the time, Uffe Ostergaard, the president of Hapag-Lloyd America, said that the company had decided to incorporate Prince Rupert into its network because it was the closest major North American port to Asia with direct access to Canadian National Railway’s continental rail network.

 


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Kaitlin Johnny checks the pins that help secure a full shipping container to a truck. Johnny is a member of the Cree First Nation and has worked as a longshorewoman at the Fairview Container Terminal since 2018.

“Before I started this job, I was working 15-hour days doing highway flagging,” she says. “This is much better because the hours are shorter and the pay is better. My son gave me the application to work at the container terminal, which I’m grateful for because since DP World came along in 2015, they’ve really changed things for jobs. What I like about my job is that I know a lot of people that I work with because Prince Rupert is such a small town. It’s not an easy job, but I love working outside and feeling like I’m part of something important, so it’s worth it.”

 


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Mia Petri stands at her desk at the Fairview Container Terminal, where she works as a rail planner, organizing the inbound and outbound rail traffic. Petri used to own her own business in Prince Rupert but has worked at the terminal since 2007, when the facility first opened.

“I’ve been a rail planner since 2012, and I still really love my job,” she says. “It’s like a puzzle, but one that changes every day. Sometimes it’s easy and sometimes it’s tricky, but that keeps it interesting. Also, we have a great crew here. Everyone works hard to make this terminal successful. Since 2015, the terminal has really expanded, and that’s been good because it’s created more jobs. I think Prince Rupert had been at a bit of a standstill, with people losing fishing jobs and pulp mill jobs and moving away. But I’ve seen families move back here because the container terminal and the port are growing to handle all the cargo coming through. Having a big company invest in Prince Rupert has been great for our people and community.”

 


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A panoramic view of the Fairview Container Terminal from atop one of the eight gantry cranes that currently line the dock. The eighth crane – which at 92 metres high also happens to be the largest quay crane in Canada – was delivered in June 2021.

 


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The Fairview Container Terminal has grown significantly since 2015, but even in the days before DP World took over operation of the facility, Prince Rupert was being recognized as an increasingly important calling point by global shipping companies such as COSCO. In this image, the MV COSCO Prince Rupert approaches the terminal’s dock in April 2011, when the ship made its maiden voyage to Prince Rupert. David Bedwell, who at the time was executive vice-president for COSCO Canada Inc., said, “Naming the vessel MV COSCO Prince Rupert recognizes the growing importance of the Port of Prince Rupert in the Asia-Pacific trade route.”

 


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Carrying three giant gantry cranes, a ship edges closer to the Fairview Container Terminal in May 2017, marking the end of a one-and-a-half-month journey across the Pacific Ocean. The arrival of the three 80-metre-high cranes was a key part of the terminal’s expansion, as it brought the total number of cranes at the terminal to seven, which meant that for the first time in the facility’s history, two ships could be loaded or unloaded at the same time.

 


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The cranes that were delivered to the Fairview Container Terminal in 2017 reach across to unload cargo from various ships. Because the beams at the top of the new cranes are longer than those of the terminal’s older cranes, they can cover a greater distance across ships that can be more than 40 metres wide at their widest point and carry more than 10,000 shipping containers.

 


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A dockside view of a container ship MSC Auriga at the Fairview Container Terminal in October, 2021. The ships and cranes at the facility are massive, but so is the surrounding web of infrastructure and equipment that helps keep everything running smoothly. This includes seven working rail tracks, six storage rail tracks, and four radiation scanning portals, which are used to check cargo for dangerous levels of radiation.

 


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Lena Steinbrenner braves the rain and wind on the dock at the Fairview Container Terminal, where she works as shift manager, primarily with the terminal’s rail department. Steinbrenner worked for a logistics company in Prince Rupert before getting a job at the terminal in 2017.

“I’m one of the people responsible for the day-to-day organization of the terminal, making sure things run on time and that people are safe – especially with the pretty challenging weather we get here,” she says. “It’s a stimulating and fast-paced atmosphere, because this terminal is growing and getting busier all the time. We can have anywhere from 50 to 100 people on-site during a shift, but everyone is great. It makes me think of this slogan the Port of Prince Rupert has: Small town, big port. For me, that really rings true, because this place has some of the friendliest people I’ve ever met, and I think pulling together a team like the one we have here is the best part of the job. I think the investments that have been made in expanding the terminal have helped create a lot of positive growth around Prince Rupert, and that’s allowing people to stay in the north, which is what I was looking for.”

 


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Two tugboats guide the Northern Jamboree toward the Fairview Container Terminal in December 2020. Authorities at the Fairview Container Terminal and the Port of Prince Rupert see a bright future ahead for the facility and the surrounding community.

“In the past decade, the volume of cargo and the number of people employed at the Port of Prince Rupert have doubled, benefitting communities across northern British Columbia and other parts of Western Canada,” says Shaun Stevenson, president and CEO of the Prince Rupert Port Authority. “The Port’s success is due in large part to the commitment of the 3,700 men and women who are directly employed in marine, terminal, rail, truck and logistics activities, with an additional 4,100 people working for businesses that service and supply the port industry.”

Canada unveils Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics exhibition at Expo 2020 Dubai

December 15, 2021 – Dubai, United Arab Emirates – Global Affairs Canada

As part of Knowledge and Learning Week at Expo 2020 Dubai, the Canada Pavilion is unveiling a new outdoor exhibition, Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), which celebrates the accomplishments of women in STEM.

In partnership with Ingenium – Canada’s Museums of Science and Innovation – the graphic art portraits honour the leadership of innovators, researchers and scientists throughout history, and their greatest contributions to date in resolving pressing challenges in areas like cancer research, Arctic issues, climate change, and accessibility rights. The exhibit celebrates equity, diversity and inclusivity within the STEM fields.

Among the inspired women featured in the exhibition are genetic genius Lihadh Al-Gazali, Professor of Clinical Genetics at United Arab Emirates University, and Hind A. Al-Abadleh, Professor of Chemistry and Fulbright Canada Research Chair in Atmospheric Chemistry, Air Quality and Climate Change who also grew up and graduated in the UAE. Visitors to the exhibition will also learn about Canada’s first female astronaut, the first woman in the world to receive a master’s degree in aeronautical engineering, a female Canadian entrepreneur who is raising awareness of disability issues and more.

The exhibition forms part of Canada’s educational showcase at Expo 2020 Dubai’s Knowledge and Learning Week and will be displayed in the Canada Pavilion’s forecourt until the middle of January.

“Women from Canada and around the world have made such important contributions in STEM fields throughout history, and, with this exhibition, we are celebrating the strength and intellectual power of a number of these trailblazing women. By showcasing the notion ‘if I can see her, I can be her,’ this exhibition is helping us break down implicit gender biases that lead us to think that only men are successful in STEM.”

  • Marie-Geneviève Mounier, Commissioner General for Canada at Expo 2020 Dubai

There are 60 posters available on Ingenium’s Women in STEM website. The Canada Pavilion’s exhibition at Expo 2020 Dubai showcases a selection of 13 posters in total, which can be downloaded here.

The past 15 years have seen significant growth in the number of Middle Eastern students choosing to complete their education in Canada. From K-12 studies to language schools, colleges and universities, Students find quality education across all levels. With 8 universities in the top tier of international rankings, Canada continues to grow as the preferred choice for tens of thousands of students from across the Middle East who appreciate the added value of an internationally recognized education in broadening career opportunities.

Quick facts:

  • In 2020, over 730,000 international students chose Canada as their study destination.
  • Canada ranks first place globally for quality of life (S. News & World Report, 2021).
  • Canada ranks third among the world’s best countries to start a career (CEOWORLD Magazine, 2020)
  • Canada ranks fourth among the world’s best countries for international students (CEOWORLD Magazine, 2021).
  • Canada is an affordable option. Tuition fees are generally lower than colleges and universities in Australia, the United Kingdom and the United States (QS Top Universities, 2018).

Associated links:

 

Canada at Expo 2020 Dubai

“Canada’s Expo 2020 theme, The Future in Mind, serves as a platform to promote opportunities for trade, investment, education, tourism and immigration, from across Canada’s provinces, territories and cities, and throughout all sectors of society. Canada’s participation highlights Canadian leadership in key sectors, including artificial intelligence (AI), robotics, education, digitization, telemedicine, clean technology, agriculture, health sciences, aerospace and more. Canada’s approach to Expo 2020 Dubai is inspired by our core values of diversity, inclusion, human rights and gender equality as the foundation to building a prosperous and inclusive nation.”

Global Affairs Canada

“We define, shape and advance Canada’s interests and values in a complex global environment. We manage diplomatic relations, promote international trade and provide consular support. We lead international development, humanitarian, and peace and security assistance efforts. We also contribute to national security and the development of international law.”

About Ingenium – Canada’s Museums of Science and Innovation

Ingenium oversees three national museums of science and innovation in Ottawa – the Canada Agriculture and Food Museum, the Canada Aviation and Space Museum, and the Canada Science and Technology Museum— and the new lngenium Centre, which houses an exceptional collection, research institute, and digital innovation lab.

lngenium takes science engagement to the next level by co-creating participatory experiences, acting as community hubs and connectors, helping Canadians contribute to solving global challenges, and creating a collective impact which extends far beyond the physical spaces of our museums.

Ingenium is a vital link between science and society. Our engaging digital content, outreach programs, travelling exhibitions, and collaborative spaces help to educate, entertain, and engage audiences across Canada and around the world.

 

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Women in STEM

Canada Shines as an Education Superpower During Expo’s Knowledge & Learning Week

December 7, 2021 – Dubai, United Arab Emirates – Global Affairs Canada

Recognized as one of the top countries in the world for the quality of its education programs, Canada’s participation in Expo’s Knowledge & Learning Week will offer insight into the exceptional study opportunities the country offers, and shine a spotlight on its innovative contributions to global education.

The Expo’s Knowledge & Learning Week, running from 12th to 18th December 2021, features several activities in which Canada will participate, including the ReWirED Summit, a global conference focused on redefining education to ensure a prosperous and sustainable future for all, and the “Women in STEM’’ art exhibit displayed outside of the Canada Pavilion, that celebrates their contribution to science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

Canada’s Expo 2020 theme “The Future in Mind” provides a platform to highlight the country’s credentials at all levels of education, and the reasons for which it is chosen as a study destination by more than half a million international students annually. Canada’s higher education system ranks 7th in the world, with more than 16,000 university and 8,000 college programs offered across the country.

During the week, the Canada pavilion will launch its second exposition – Women in STEM – in collaboration with Canada’s Museums of Science and Innovation highlighting the leadership of Canadian women innovators, researchers and scientists throughout history, and their greatest contributions to date in resolving pressing challenges like cancer research, Arctic issues, climate change, and accessibility rights. The exhibit also celebrates the human diversity within Canada’s STEM fields and Canadian society at large.

With more than 250 ethnic origins and 200 languages from around the world along with 60 Indigenous languages spoken, Canada welcomes international students to its open, stable, safe, and culturally diverse and inclusive society that allows equitable opportunities for all.

Canada’s leadership in online and distance education also positioned it well to navigate the global disruption to education, from kindergarten to post graduate studies, caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The past 15 years have seen significant growth in the number of Middle Eastern students choosing to complete their education in Canada. From K-12 studies to language schools, colleges and universities, students find quality education across all levels. With eight universities in the top tier of international rankings, the cost of university education in Canada is affordable. Canada continues to grow as the preferred choice for tens of thousands of students from across the Middle East, who appreciate the value added of an internationally recognized education in broadening career opportunities.

Quote:

“International students contribute to knowledge exchange and disseminating new innovative ideas around the world. In Canada, students and researchers get a world-class experience helping them prepare for future challenges and career opportunities. It’s not surprising that so many international students continue to choose Canada for their studies.”

Marie-Geneviève Mounier, Commissioner General – Expo 2020 Dubai

Quick Facts:

  • Canada is a land of endless possibilities. In 2020, over 730,000 international students chose Canada as their study destination.
  • Canada ranks in first place globally for the best quality of life (U.S. News & World Report, 2021).
  • Canada ranks third among the world’s best countries to start a career (CEO World, 2020)
  • Canada ranks in fourth place among the world’s best countries for international students (CEOWorld Magazine, 2021)
  • Canada is an affordable option. Tuition fees are generally lower than colleges and universities in Australia, the United Kingdom and the United States (QS Top Universities, 2018).

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Related Links:

Canada Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai
 
“Canada’s Expo 2020 theme, The Future in Mind, serves as a platform to promote opportunities for trade, investment, education, tourism and immigration, from across Canada’s provinces, territories and cities, and throughout all sectors of society. Canada’s participation highlights Canadian leadership in key sectors, including artificial intelligence (AI), robotics, education, digitization, telemedicine, clean technology, agriculture, health sciences, aerospace and more. Canada’s approach to Expo 2020 Dubai is inspired by our core values of diversity, inclusion, human rights and gender equality as the foundation to building a prosperous and inclusive nation capable and intent on offering solutions to global challenges.”

Global Affairs Canada

“We define, shape and advance Canada’s interests and values in a complex global environment. We manage diplomatic relations, promote international trade and provide consular support. We lead international development, humanitarian, and peace and security assistance efforts. We also contribute to national security and the development of international law.”

About Ingenium – Canada’s Museums of Science and Innovation

Ingenium oversees three national museums of science and innovation in Ottawa – the Canada Agriculture and Food Museum, the Canada Aviation and Space Museum, and the Canada Science and Technology Museum— and the new lngenium Centre, which houses an exceptional collection, research institute, and digital innovation lab.

lngenium takes science engagement to the next level by co-creating participatory experiences, acting as community hubs and connectors, helping Canadians contribute to solving global challenges, and creating a collective impact which extends far beyond the physical spaces of our museums.

Ingenium is a vital link between science and society. Our engaging digital content, outreach programs, travelling exhibitions, and collaborative spaces help to educate, entertain, and engage audiences across Canada and around the world.

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media@international.gc.ca

Canada presents all-Indigenous delegation of cultural contributors at Expo 2020 Dubai Tolerance & Inclusivity Week and the Te Aratini Festival

November 14, 2021 – Dubai, United Arab Emirates – Global Affairs Canada

The Government of Canada is committed to advancing reconciliation and renewing the relationship with Indigenous Peoples, based on respect, co operation, and partnership.

During the month of November, Canada is presenting an all-Indigenous delegation of performers, speakers, panellists and cultural contributors during the Tolerance and Inclusivity week and the Te Aratini Festival of Indigenous & Tribal Ideas. The programme curated by Canada’s National Arts Centre (NAC) is an integral part of Canada’s overall participation at Expo 2020 and its theme “The Future in Mind”, which invites visitors to reflect on how to address emerging challenges between humans and nature and seize opportunities for innovation. The cultural programme that is dynamic, diverse, and rich in culture, welcomes visitors to discover and learn more about the richness of Indigenous cultures, as well as their lived experiences.

Participants include JUNO Award-winning Celeigh Cardinal, the west coast Dancers of Damelahamid, spoken word artist Zoey Pricelys Roy, activist Sarain Fox, Governor General Award-winning playwright Kevin Loring, and internationally recognized bands Digging Roots and Shawnee Kish. As well, Christine Frederick will hold a truthful, reconciling, and inclusive dialogue, to strengthen the ties that unite us and look toward the planet’s future with optimism while acknowledging the past. On the 15th of November, Canada will produce a special show to kick off the Te Aratini Festival from the Jubilee Stage at Expo. The programme will highlight Canada’s traditions and philosophy of gifting. Performers will offer their gift of artistic expression and share their contribution to the unified space. Ribbons will be passed between performers – symbolic of the fulfilment that comes with offerings and the ties that bind people together.

Te Aratini Festival of Indigenous & Tribal Ideas organized with a number of international partners, under strong leadership from New Zealand, is an opportunity for Canada to hold a truthful, reconciling and inclusive dialogue to acknowledge the past, look towards a promising future and strengthen the unity with Indigenous Peoples.

“At Expo 2020 Dubai, Canada’s theme, “The Future in Mind’’ – with a strong focus on diversity and innovation – is also an invitation to reflect on opportunities for reconciliation both in Canada and around the world. This month, in partnership with Canada’s National Arts Centre, we are proud to welcome a number of Indigenous Canadian artists and creators who will be performing on-site during Tolerance and Inclusivity Week, Te Aratini Festival of Indigenous & Tribal Ideas, and at Expo Jubilee Beats. The promotion of Indigenous culture and languages is a powerful tool for healing, reconciliation and the promotion of a strong sense of identity. We join our international partners across Expo 2020 Dubai in this important collective endeavor.”
– Marie-Geneviève Mounier, Commissioner General of Canada, Expo 2020 Dubai

“Canada’s National Arts Centre is committed to showcasing the importance and cultural uniqueness of Indigenous artistic voices and ideas, at home and abroad. This outstanding group of Indigenous artists will shine on the world stage at Expo 2020 Dubai during Tolerance & Inclusivity Week and share their insight and experience at the Te Aratini Festival of Indigenous & Tribal Ideas. It’s the perfect opportunity to bring people together through culture and artistic expression, looking forward to the future.”
– Heather Gibson Executive Producer, Popular Music and Variety National Arts Centre

The table below lists speaking engagements by members of the Canadian Indigenous Delegation. All are available for interviews on request. Synopsis for full bios on all of the artists and speakers are also available.

 

Canadian Indigenous Delegation of Speakers at the Te Aratini Festival

Name
Theme
Date in November
Raven Kanatakta
(Digging Roots)
The potency of our arts, film, and music in maintaining community cohesion Wednesday 17th
Kevin Loring The future of our stories and narratives in diverse contexts: Visioning for the next 2000 years Wednesday 17th
Shoshona Kish Story forms that adapt, respond and endure in nature Wednesday 17th / Thursday 18th
Sarain Fox The potency of our arts, film, and music in maintaining community cohesion

How does a seat at the table influence outcomes in our communities

Wednesday 17th

Thursday 18th

Christine Frederick How does a seat at the table make a difference to outcomes in our communities Thursday 18th
Margaret Grenier
(Dancers of Damelahamid)
Planning for uncertainty with Indigenous Futurisms: weaving traditional knowledge and culture with futuristic ideas and settings Friday 19th
Zoey Pricelys Roy Cultural Performance Friday 19th

 

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Canada at Expo 2020 Dubai

“Canada’s Expo 2020 theme, The Future in Mind, serves as a platform to promote opportunities for trade, investment, education, tourism and immigration, from across Canada’s provinces, territories and cities, and throughout all sectors of society. Canada’s participation highlights Canadian leadership in key sectors, including artificial intelligence (AI), robotics, education, digitization, telemedicine, clean technology, agriculture, health sciences, aerospace and more. Canada’s approach to Expo 2020 Dubai is inspired by our core values of diversity, inclusion, human rights and gender equality as the foundation to building a prosperous and inclusive nation capable and intent on offering solutions to global challenges.”

Global Affairs Canada

“We define, shape and advance Canada’s interests and values in a complex global environment. We manage diplomatic relations, promote international trade and provide consular support. We lead international development, humanitarian, and peace and security assistance efforts. We also contribute to national security and the development of international law.”

About the National Arts Centre

The National Arts Centre is Canada’s bilingual, multi-disciplinary home for the performing arts. The NAC presents, creates, produces, and co-produces performing arts programming in various streams — the NAC Orchestra, Dance, English Theatre in collaboration with Black Theatre Workshop, French Theatre, Indigenous Theatre, and Popular Music and Variety — and nurtures the next generation of audiences and artists from across Canada. The NAC is located in the National Capital Region on the unceded territory of the Algonquin Anishinaabe.

 

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Backgrounder : Canada at Expo 2020 Dubai

On January 25, 2019, Canada announced its participation at Expo 2020 to be held in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE) from October 1, 2021 and March 31, 2022. Based on the theme “Connecting Minds, Creating the Future”, this Expo will be the first to take place in the region. The Expo organizers are anticipating up to 25 million visits over six months. Canada has been host to Expo ‘67 and a [1] Specialized Expo in 86 in Vancouver.

Global Affairs Canada is leading Canada’s participation at this Expo, and will be promoting the economic, investment and cultural benefits of Canada’s participation in the lead-up to, and during the Expo.

  • Canada has always had the future in mind from the day it became a country on July 1st 1867, to its centennial year when it hosted a World Expo in 1967 in Montreal. Canada captured the hearts and minds the world over with the theme “Man and His World” – an Expo celebrated as one of the most successful World’s Fairs of the 20th
  • Expo 2020 Dubai provides a unique opportunity to present Canada as a destination of choice to visit, study, immigrate, invest and do business.
  • Canada’s participation will convey the image of a country that is:
  • a global leader, innovator and collaborator with solutions to offer the world in many spheres: rule-based global trade, international security, migration, sustainable development, food and water security
  • a leader in climate action and sustainable economies
  • an ideal place for business, investment, education, tourism and immigration
  • Participating in Expo 2020 Dubai aligns with the Government’s trade diversification strategy, which helps Canadian businesses access more opportunities around the globe.
  • Showcasing Canadian expertise to the world at Expo 2020 Dubai is one more way the government will open doors for companies of all sizes to compete and succeed in thriving global markets, which in turn will create jobs for the middle class.
  • The UAE was Canada’s 20th largest merchandise export market in 2020, with exports approaching 1.8 billion dollars.
  • Already, more than 150 Canadian companies from various sectors are present in the United Arab Emirates, mainly to serve as a base for their operations in the region.
  • Expo 2020 Dubai will be the first international Expo to take place in the Middle East, Africa and South Asia (MEASA) region and the largest event to ever take place in the Arab world.

Invest in Canada:

  • In March 2018, the Government of Canada launched Invest in Canada, Canada’s global investment attraction and promotion agency.
  • Invest in Canada’s mission is to promote, facilitate and accelerate foreign direct investment (FDI) into Canada.
  • The organization brings industry, community and government partners together to offer seamless services that make it easy for global companies to grow their operations in Canada.
  • At Expo 2020, Invest in Canada’s Business Lounge and Terrace provides a convening space for global business leaders to connect and network with Canadian companies and stakeholders.
  • The Invest in Canada Lounge also showcases Canada’s bustling business landscape from coast to coast, increasing awareness of Canada’s innovation expertise across agri-business, life sciences, transportation, technology and Canada’s emerging prowess in hydrogen and electric vehicle supply chain.

The Trade Commissioner Service:

Canada’s Commercial Program aims to create meaningful opportunities (virtually as well as in person) to connect international stakeholders with Canadian businesses and partners on the margins of Expo 2020 by leveraging Dubai as a regional business hub where many Canadian companies have established subsidiary offices. Canada’s trade commissioners in the region will assist Canadian companies and industry organizations in developing business relationships with international buyers and partners through participation at major trade shows and curated business-to-business (B2B) events surrounding Expo 2020 Dubai.

  • Canada is committed to trade diversification and collaborative innovation. With 15 free trade agreements in force with 49 countries and 15 science, technology and innovation agreements and treaties in place with countries around the world, Canada is an ideal environment for partnerships.
  • Through its Canadian Trade Commissioner Service (TCS), Canada has a global network of trade offices in more than 160 cities across Canada and around the world to help Canadian and international companies connect and do business.