| Source: Office of U.S. Senator Olympia Snowe of Maine
||By Diana Emerson, Winnipeg, MB
Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson, the President of Iceland, has a full day in store when he visits Toronto on Friday, June 12, 2015. While in the city, the president will speak at the University of Toronto, attend a luncheon hosted by the Icelandic Canadian Club of Toronto, and attend a meeting of the Icelandic Canadian Chamber of Commerce.
President Grímsson will present a timely address on “The Arctic and the Himalayas: New Models of Cooperation” at the Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto, on Friday, June 12 at 10:30 a.m. The venue for the president’s address will be the Jackman Humanities Institute, Room 100, 170 St. George Street.
At noon, the president will join members of the Icelandic Canadian Club of Toronto for a luncheon at The National Club, 303 Bay Street, Toronto. “This is the first time since the 70s that a sitting president has visited us,” according to club leaders. In addition to enjoying time with President Grímsson, club members will celebrate the 90th birthdays of three honorary members: Gigi Fridriksson, Stella Hansen and Irene Gibson. Tickets are $50 each, but space is limited. Book online at www.icct.info (go to the “donate” button) or send a cheque to ICCT, 1680 Scugog Street, Port Perry, ON L9L 1E2.
In the afternoon, the
president will attend a general meeting of the Icelandic Canadian Chamber of Commerce at the offices of Bennett Jones LLP, 3400 One First Canadian Place, Toronto, at 3:30 p.m. Everyone interested in commercial relations between Iceland and Canada are welcome to attend and a reception will follow.
In addition to being Iceland’s longest-serving head of state, Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson, 72, is a popular and much sought after speaker abroad and the author of numerous academic articles that have appeared in both Icelandic and overseas periodicals. The first Icelander to hold a doctorate in the field of political science, he holds three degrees from the University of Manchester.