Princess Anne began her two day working visit to Montreal on Friday by meeting with local organisations that are recognised leaders in building healthy, thriving societies both in Montreal and around the world. The Princess Royal is in Canada in her capacity as president of Emerging Leaders Dialogues Canada.
The first port of call for The Princess Royal was a visit to McGill University’s Institute for the Study of International Development. As part of her visit, Princess Anne met with staff and students at the institute. Since it was established in 2008, McGill University’s Institute has fast become a leader in cutting edge research and teaching related to international development.
From the institute, Princess Anne moved to Santropol Roulant, a food security agency supported by Centraide of Greater Montreal. On her stop at Santropol Roulant, Anne met with Executive Director, Pier Line, and discussed the agency’s mission of breaking social and economic isolation while increasing solidarity between cultures and generations.
As well as official visits, The Princess Royal has also made a number of private visits to Canada. She is honorary Colonel-in-Chief of 6 Canadian Forces units and her most recent visit came in November 2014 when she and Vice-Admiral Tim Laurence arrived for a two-day visit in Ottawa with a focus on Remembrance Day ceremonies. In 1970, Princess Anne visited Canada with her brother, Prince Charles, for celebrations of the centennial of Manitoba’s entry in to Confederation.
Emerging Leaders Dialogues Canada, of which Princess Anne is president, is a charitable organisation focused on providing in-field leadership development programs for emerging leaders. Their two week programs are designed to expand participants worldview by providing them with various opportunities to explore diverse leadership styles and build international networks.
One of Princess Anne’s final visits in Montreal was a drop by to the Royal Canadian Hussars, a Montreal based armoured reserve unit of the Canadian forces of which Princess Anne is Colonel-in-Chief. On her visit, Anne met with soldiers and their civilian employers with whom she discussed the benefits of Canadian Forces professionalism and leadership, as well as the benefits to the community.
Princess Anne’s final engagement in Montreal was a presentation of Gold Awards to winners of the Duke of Edinburgh Awards. The programme was founded by Prince Philip in 1956 and honours young people aged 14-24 years old for their achievements in community service, skills, fitness and adventure.