Friday, February 18, 2011

Guelph Hosts Canadian First: Universities Fighting World Hunger Summit

Former Gov. Gen. Michaëlle Jean, American Ambassador among Attendees

GUELPH, Ontario, February 18, 2011 /Canada NewsWire/ - The University of Guelph will welcome the world Feb. 25 to 27 for the Universities Fighting World Hunger Summit. Attendees will include the Right Honourable Michaëlle Jean, UNESCO Special Envoy for Haiti and former governor general and Commander-in-Chief of Canada, and David Jacobson, American ambassador to Canada.

This is the first time the summit has been held in Canada. Its co-hosts are U of G president Alastair Summerlee and fourth-year student Gavin Armstrong.

The summit is expected to attract hundreds of people— from university students, scholars and government leaders to international activists and politicians.

Highlights include:

Friday, Feb. 25

...A President's Dialogue on " Hunger Has No Boundaries" featuring opening remarks by the Right Honourable Michaëlle Jean and David Jacobson, and a public panel discussion, 4 to 6 p.m.;

...Arrival of Joseph Henry, an Alabama University student concluding an 800-kilometre run from Washington, D.C. to the summit; and

...Presentation of an honorary degree to the Right Honourable Michaëlle Jean, 6:30 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 26

...Launch of the new Michaëlle Jean Emergency Hunger Relief Award for students, from any country, who have demonstrated outstanding leadership in the fight against hunger in an emergency relief situation. Madame Jean will deliver brief remarks at 9 p.m.

Sunday, Feb. 27

...Keynote address by Ramiro Lopes Da Silva, deputy executive director of the World Food Program in Rome, 9 a.m.

Detailed information about the summit is available online at:

Additional information about the President's Dialogue is available online at:

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