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Canada’s protected areas and conservation of biodiversity showcased in photographic exhibition to close Expo 2020 Dubai

March 29, 2022 – Dubai, United Arab Emirates – Global Affairs Canada

In partnership with Parks Canada, the Canada Pavilion unveiled its final Expo 2020 Dubai photographic outdoor exhibition, showcasing the country’s spectacular national parks, historic sites and extensive marine conservation areas as part of Expo’s Water Week.

Canada is committed to protecting biodiversity and is taking action to conserve marine and coastal waters through close collaboration with Indigenous peoples, provinces, and territories.

The images offer insight into how water has connected Canadian communities for millennia, thanks to Indigenous stewardship, and showcases the actions being taken today by Parks Canada and Indigenous communities to preserve this important resource in national parks, national historic sites and national marine conservation areas across the country.

Canada’s goal is to protect 25 percent of marine and coastal areas by 2025 and 30 percent by 2030, and has surpassed its target to conserve 10 percent of marine and coastal waters by 2020. Enhancing the protection of marine ecosystems helps to conserve biodiversity, mitigate the impacts of climate change, and maintain the culture and traditions of Indigenous peoples, who have long been stewards of these waters.

“We are proud to complete our participation at Expo Dubai 2020 with an exhibition that offers visitors a closer view of Canada’s spectacular beauty and vast coastal geographies, and recognises the contribution of Indigenous Knowledge and leadership in preserving our cultural and natural heritage. Thank you to Parks Canada for enabling us to showcase this to the world through Expo 2020 Dubai.”
– Marie-Geneviève Mounier, Commissioner General of Canada, Expo 2020 Dubai

Canada established the first national parks service in the world in May 1911. Parks Canada has been a leader in the protection and presentation of natural and cultural heritage through its systems of national parks, national historic sites and national marine conservation areas. Parks Canada is the steward of 47 national parks, one national urban park, five national marine conservation areas and 171 national historic sites, including nine heritage canals. More than 30 of these places are managed through co-management and collaborative arrangements with Indigenous peoples.

During its participation at Expo 2020 Dubai, the Canada Pavilion hosted three spectacular outdoor photographic exposition in collaboration with Parks Canada.

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“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.”

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“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.”

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Embassy of Canada presents U.A.E. premiere of film Peace by Chocolate at Expo 2020 Dubai

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Embassy of Canada presents U.A.E. premiere of film Peace by Chocolate at Expo 2020 Dubai

 

An inspirational true story of a Syrian refugee in Canada

What:    Film screening opened by motivational address highlighting Canada’s commitment to sponsorship and resettlement of refugees

Who:     Tareq Hadhad, founder and CEO of Peace by Chocolate
Chadi Dali, producer of the film Peace by Chocolate
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada

When:   Monday, March 21, 2022, 7 pm GST

Where:  Festival Garden, Expo 2020 Dubai



The Embassy of Canada to the United Arab Emirates, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada and in partnership with the Canada Pavilion, Telefilm Canada and the Global Refugee Sponsorship Initiative, will host the U.A.E. premiere of the film Peace by Chocolate on Monday, March 21, at Expo 2020 Dubai’s Festival Garden. The event will open with a keynote address by Tareq Hadhad, whose life story inspired the film. A Q&A session will take place after the screening with Mr. Hadhad and Chadi Dali, the film’s executive producer.

This premiere will highlight the importance of refugee sponsorship initiatives, which provide permanent resettlement to those in need of protection and bring economic and social benefits to receiving nations.

Starting at 7 pm, Tareq Hadhad will deliver a keynote address. Sometimes a story comes along that every person on earth should hear; the story of Mr. Hadhad and his family is one such.

The story of Tareq and his family is moving and powerful and one that everyone needs to hear. It has been shared on a world stage, in front of global leaders, including former U.S. president Barack Obama. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau shared the story at the UN in an effort to reshape how everyone there and around the world thought about immigrants and newcomers.

With this film event, Canada hopes to reshape and reframe how the audience views the value of refugees, shifting the narrative to one of burden to one of opportunity and potential.

Following Tareq’s keynote address, Peace by Chocolate, the movie based on the story of his family, will be screened. Directed by award-winning storyteller Jonathan Keijser, the movie tells a heartwarming true-life story resulting from Canada’s immigration policies. The movie stars beloved Syrian film star Hatem Ali and was his final feature film before his premature death in 2020. The film was executive produced by Chadi Dali, himself a Syrian Canadian.

Peace by Chocolate premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival and has won numerous prizes at the other festivals it has been shown at, including:

  • Jury Award Best Director: Cordillera Film Festival
  • Audience Award Best Feature: Heartland International Film Festival, Naples International Film Festival, Woods Hole Film Festival
  • Jury Award Best Feature: Lavazza Italian Contemporary Film, Festival Toronto Food Film Festival
  • Jury Award Best Actor: Rising Sun International Film Festival, Scottsdale International Film Festival



What people have said about the film:

“An absolute indie gem that premiered at Tribeca, Jonathan Keijser’s Peace by Chocolate warmed the cockles of my heart. Keijser’s writing and narrative techniques impress big time with their simplicity, apart from [the film’s] mature stand on politics in general.”
– Tusshar Sasi; Filmy Sasi

“Wonderfully made, beautifully acted and completely engaging film”
– Richard Propes; The Independent Critic

“When all of the serious dramas and urgent documentaries have faded from your mind, odds are Peace By Chocolate is going to be the film that you not only remember but revisit.”
– Steve Kopian; Unseen Films

“Though [the film’s] presentation is extremely polished, Jonathan Keijser and co-writer Abdul Malik admirably leave in the rough edges narratively regarding the sacrifices he has to make for the sake of the family.”
– Stephen Saito; The Moveable Fest

“It’s like Frank Capra came back from the dead to make a movie in Canada.”
– Michael O’Keefe; Letterboxd

“Jonathan Keijser and Abdul Malik’s screenplay about a refugee looking to accomplish his dreams is told as a drama-comedy hybrid. This dual tone takes a potentially heartbreaking yet inspiring story and gives it a different layer by adding humor, making it more watchable [for] the common viewer. The believability and amazing performances are also a tribute to the great directing.”
– Chris Salce; Film Threat

Peace by Chocolate transcends the expected, sneaking up on you, guiding you toward emotional devastation and reconciliation.”
– Douglas Davidson; Elements of Madness

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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 in Canada’s provinces, territories and cities and throughout all sectors of society. Canada’s participation highlights Canadian leadership in key sectors, including artificial intelligence, 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 foundations for a prosperous and inclusive nation.

Canada’s National Day at Expo 2020 Dubai

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Canada’s National Day at Expo 2020 Dubai

What

  • Governor General of Canada to mark Canada’s National Day at Expo as the head of Canada’s delegation.
  • Enjoy performances by Quebec pop sensation Marie-Mai, alt-pop duo Neon Dreams and Inuit circus troupe
  • Regional premiere of Peace by Chocolate film rounds out Canada’s National Day showcase.

Who

  • Her Excellency the Right Honourable Mary Simon, Governor General of Canada
  • The Honourable Mary Ng, Minister of International Trade, Export Promotion, Small Business and Economic Development

Artists

  • MarieMai: Affectionately referred to as Quebec’s Beyoncé, pop sensation Marie Mai is a living musical legend
  • Neon Dreams: Vocalist Frank Kadillac and drummer Adrian Morris will perform their unique sound, blending pop, rock, electronic dance music, hip-hop, reggae and folk
  • Artcirq: based in Igloolik, Nunavut, Canada, Artcirq is a unique Inuit circus and multimedia production collective that aims to give its members space, skills and opportunities to express themselves and celebrate their heritage

When

Saturday, March 19, to Monday, March 21, 2022

Where

Canada Pavilion, Festival Garden, Jubilee Stage, Al Wasl Plaza and other Expo 2020 Dubai sites

 

Canada’s National Day acknowledges deepening of relationships made possible by Expo 2020 Dubai

Globally renowned artists Marie Mai, Neon Dreams and the Nunavut-based Artcirq team to headline Canada’s National Day showcase

The Canada Pavilion will mark its Expo National Day on Saturday, March 19, 2020, with a calendar of cultural and trade events recognizing the deepening of economic, cultural and people to people ties between Canada, the UAE and wider Middle East region, strenghthened by Canada’s participation in Expo 2020 Dubai.

The Right Honourable Mary Simon, Governor General of Canada, will lead Canada’s delegation at its Expo National Day and participate in a series of high-level meetings, where she will promote Canadian leadership, innovation and opportunities throughout all sectors of society while highlighting the importance of collaboration between countries and cultures.

She will be joined by the Honourable Mary Ng, Canada’s Minister of International Trade, Export Promotion, Small Business and Economic Development, who will highlight the role Expo 2020 Dubai has played in opening doors for more bilateral trade and investment opportunities for Canada and the United Arab Emirates.

Canada’s cultural showcase is not to be missed, with a week of music, art, movie screening and performances culminating in a National Day concert headlined by Quebec pop sensation Marie Mai. Marie Mai’s drive and energy, heightened by electrifying rhythms, has seen her build a massive fan base and dazzle audiences in Canada, France and the United States. Her music incorporates elements of rock, pop and electro mingled in an intoxicating, dynamic way. Over her nearly 20-year career, she has collaborated with renowned talents, such as Johnny Hallyday, been a brand ambassador, pursued a successful career in film and TV and become one of Canada’s most successful francophone pop stars.

Canadian alt-pop duo Neon Dreams, made up of vocalist Frank Kadillac and drummer Adrian Morris, will perform their unique sound, blending pop, rock, electronic dance music, hip-hop, reggae and folk. The pair have won numerous Canadian awards, including Breakthrough Group of the Year at the 2020 Juno Awards and Best New Group or Solo Artist: Dance/Urban/Rhythmic at the 2017 Canadian Radio Music Awards.

Expect to be mesmerized and inspired by internationally renowned circus troupe Artcirq and its energetic, acrobatic performances. What began as a way to provide youth with a cathartic artistic outlet has become a sought-after artistic phenomenon. Artcirq’s unique performing style blends modern circus techniques with Inuit culture and multimedia production, giving its members the space, skills and opportunities to express themselves and celebrate their heritage.

The Canada Pavilion will also display the eye-opening outdoor photographic exhibition Take Your Seat. The name Take Your Seat comes from the director’s chair creatively placed in each shot as a reminder that the choice to take care of each other, our planet and our best selves is ours to make. In line with Canada’s Future in Mind Expo theme, visitors to the Canada Pavilion will be invited to “take a seat” on the red director’s chair and reflect on the beautiful connections forged during Expo 2020 Dubai.

The Canada Pavilion will also participate in a series of fun events and activities to mark International Francophonie Day on March 20, a day on which more than 300 million francophones on 5 continents celebrate the French language, its diversity and their love of it.

Rounding out Canada’s National Day showcase will be the regional premiere of Peace by Chocolate, a Canadian dramatic film directed by Jonathan Keijser and inspired by the true story of the Hadhad family. This Syrian family moved to Canada as refugees fleeing their country’s civil war. Settling in Antigonish, Nova Scotia, they established the Peace by Chocolate artisanal chocolate shop.

 

Canada’s National Day program

March 14 Take Your Seat photographic exhibition All day Canada Pavilion
March 16 Artcirq movie documentary Circus Without Borders 1 pm Youth Pavilion
March 16 Neon Dreams performance 8 pm Angola Pavilion
March 17 Artcirq performances 10 am / 11 am Sun Stage / Canada Pavilion
March 17 Neon Dreams performance 9:30 pm Australia Pavilion
March 18 Neon Dreams performance 2 pm Canada Pavilion
March 18 Artcirq performances 3 pm Canada Pavilion
March 19 Marie Mai and Artcirq: Official Ceremony 5 pm Al Wasl Plaza
March 19 Canada National Day headline concert with Neon Dreams, Artcirq and Marie Mai 6 pm Festival Garden
March 20 International Day of la Francophonie: Marie Mai performance 8:50 pm Jubilee Stage
March 21 eace by Chocolate movie screening 7 pm Festival Garden

 

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About 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.

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. The NAC is partnering with Global Affairs Canada to deliver a cultural programme over the six months of Expo 2020 Dubai, an integral part of Canada’s participation.

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McGill University executives applaud United Arab Emirates’ and Canada’s efforts to transform education and shape future-ready students

March 7, 2022, 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 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.

A delegation of McGill University’s most senior executives and academic heads led presentations at Expo 2020 Dubai and the Canada Pavilion over the weekend, praising efforts by the UAE and Canada to transform education and shape future-ready students.

Ranked one of the top universities in Canada and the world, McGill’s program at Expo 2020 Dubai marked the launch of its Third Century Celebrations, and brought together alumni, government representatives and industry partners to discuss the future of higher education.

In her address during a private event at the Canada Pavilion, Suzanne Fortier, Principal and Vice Chancellor of McGill University, recognized the importance of bilateral cooperation in higher education between the UAE and Canada.

“We are operating in a fast-changing world and the Covid-19 pandemic, technological innovation and climate change are all accelerating the pace of transformation. As educators, we must prepare the next generation of leaders to adapt to these challenges – to be both job-ready and future-ready.

“Canada has some of the most prestigious universities in the world offering exceptional study opportunities to students from all over the world and it is no surprise that the past 15 years have seen significant growth in the number of Middle Eastern students choosing to complete their education in Canada. Our Expo theme ‘The Future in Mind’ is an invitation to innovate together for a better future where we enable and empower students to thrive, innovate and bring solutions to our world’s most pressing challenges.” said Marie-Geneviève Mounier, Commissioner General – Canada Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai.

McGill University continues to strengthen its relationship with the UAE, its top market for international students from the Middle East. In partnership with the Crown Prince Court of Abu Dhabi, the university has established several McGill-UAE Fellowships to encourage top students from the UAE to pursue Master’s and PhD degrees in science, technology, engineering or mathematics.

“Education plays a crucial role in building resilient and inclusive societies and economies. We are encouraged by the partnerships forged between the UAE and Canada throughout Expo 2020 Dubai to foster even more collaboration in higher education. Such bilateral cooperation is key to connecting minds and creating a better future for all,” Principal Fortier said.

McGill’s academic heads and captains of industry from the UAE discussed the future of higher education during a series of panel discussions at Expo’s Terra Pavilion. For future economic growth to be sustainable and inclusive, they emphasized the importance of anchoring education in sustainability principles, ethics and social purpose. This will be fundamental for leadership in the next century across all business sectors.

Being future-ready also requires meaningful inclusion of Indigenous communities and knowledge. The Government of Canada is committed to advance reconciliation and renewing the relationship with Indigenous peoples, based on recognition of rights, respect, cooperation and partnership. It is a commitment shared by Canada’s universities and McGill is prioritizing Indigenous studies and Indigenous education across its campuses. This includes celebrating Indigenous art as a bridge between traditional knowledge and contemporary research.

H.E. Jean-Philippe Linteau, Consul General of Canada in Dubai and the Northern Emirates, said: “McGill University embodies the excellence of Canada’s education system and is one of the world’s best universities. McGill graduates are contributing to the success of the UAE in areas such as medicine, business and education.  As a McGill alumnus, I am thrilled to see the McGill community celebrate the bicentennial at Expo2020 Dubai.”

As part of McGill’s Third Century Celebrations, the university has brought the ground-breaking Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit (IQ), Art, Architecture and Traditional Knowledge Exhibition to Dubai. Curated by Canadian architecture firm EVOQ and sponsored by McGill University, the exhibition is a first-of-its-kind in Canadian art history and celebrates the contribution of Traditional Knowledge to the development of modern sciences and technologies. The exhibition leaves its permanent home in the Canadian High Arctic Research Station and will remain on display at the Canadian University Dubai until 20 March.

At the exhibition vernissage yesterday, McGill Provost Christopher Manfredi said: “We hope the IQ Exhibition can help inspire us all while sharing some of Canada’s multifaceted Indigenous culture with Dubai and with the world. Showing interest and respect for each other’s traditions and knowledge is the most important way to build understanding and to strengthen bridges between communities.”

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 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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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.”

About McGill University:

Founded in Montreal, Quebec, in 1821, McGill University is Canada’s top ranked medical doctoral university. McGill is consistently ranked as one of the top universities, both nationally and internationally. It is a world-renowned institution of higher learning with research activities spanning three campuses, 11 faculties, 13 professional schools, 300 programs of study and over 39,000 students, including more than 10,400 graduate students. McGill attracts students from over 150 countries around the world, its 12,000 international students making up 30% of the student body.

Women Inspiring Women: A message from Canada

On this International Women’s Day, 2022, we celebrate the groundbreaking contributions women and girls have made in science, technology, education, politics, business and beyond. We recognize how far we have come in bridging the gender divide, and how much progress remains to be made. One thing is certain: women and girls, in all their diversity, are powerful agents of change, and will continue to be. When women and girls succeed, we all do.

When Canada adopted a Feminist Foreign Policy, it was one of only two countries to have done so. The vision was to support the advancement of women and girls in all their diversity, and of all groups that have historically faced marginalization, both as a valuable goal in its own right and as an essential condition for durable peace and security, robust democracy and sustainable economic development. While policies, initiatives, and tools change over time, the importance of a world where all women and girls are valued and empowered, have control over their own lives and fully participate in decisions that affect them remains a timeless priority.

This year, the Government of Canada’s theme for International Women’s Day is Women Inspiring Women. It celebrates all the diverse women and girls who inspire us by demonstrating leadership in the choices they make in their day-to-day lives to contribute to the social, economic, cultural, and political spheres. This builds on the #PeaceByHer campaign that Canada launched last International Women’s Day as we continue to recognize women peacemakers, peacekeepers and peacebuilders.

Each woman and girl has the potential to be a catalyst for change. Each and every one of us has a role to play in ensuring that women and girls have the right tools and opportunities to make a difference, today and in the years to come. When women and girls have equal opportunities to succeed, including equal access to education and full enjoyment of their human rights, they can transform their local economies and generate growth that benefits their communities and countries. When women and girls are empowered to reach their full potential, the global community can move towards more just, peaceful and prosperous societies.

We encourage everyone today to lead in solidarity on this important dialogue and reflect on how you can make a difference for gender equality and inspire others to do so. It is by raising our voices, and by being politically and socially active that together we will continue to break barriers to empowerment and eliminate gender biases. It is our hope that our continued efforts will lead, over time, to more representative and more inclusive institutions, policies, and societies with better outcomes for all.

Join the conversation on social media by identifying inspiring women in your life and using the hashtags #IWD2022 and #PeaceByHer.

– Marie-Geneviève Mounier, Commissioner General – Expo 2020 Dubai
– Marcy Grossman Ambassador of Canada to the United Arab Emirates

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.”

 

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“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.

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“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’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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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).

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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.”

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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