Governor General marks the State Visit of the President of Iceland with a series of events

May 29, 2023

Her Excellency the Right Honourable Mary Simon, Governor General of Canada, and Mr. Whit Fraser hosted a series of events on May 29, 2023, as part of the State Visit of the Icelandic President Guðni Th. Jóhannesson and Ms. Eliza Reid.

While in Ottawa, the First Couple joined the Governor General for a welcoming ceremony, tree planting, bilateral meeting, round table on language preservation, an event on youth wellbeing and substance use prevention, and a State dinner.

The visit provided an opportunity to deepen Canada’s bilateral relationship with Iceland and explore increased collaboration in areas such as climate change and clean technology, the health and wellbeing of young people, and sustainable trade and investment.

A delegation of Icelandic officials and business representatives accompanied the First Couple, including Her Excellency Lilja Alfreðsdóttir, Minister of Culture and Business Affairs, and His Excellency Hlynur Guðjónsson, Ambassador of Iceland to Canada.

This was the first Icelandic State visit to Canada since 2000.