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Canada’s ex-Governor General Clarkson to deliver keynote speech at Athens Democracy Forum

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Canada’s former Governor General, the Right Honourable Adrienne Clarkson will be the keynote speaker on Tuesday at the 3rd Athens Democracy Forum, organised by the International New York Times and Kathimerini.

Clarkson’s keynote address, which will focus on the crucial issue of migration, will be held on Tuesday, September 15 at 8:50 a.m. at the Athens Concert Hall.

Clarkson served as 26th Governor General of Canada, from October 7, 1999, to September 27, 2005. She is the child of immigrants herself from Hong Kong who lost everything in the Second World War. Clarkson came to Canada as a refugee in 1942 and settled with her family in Ottawa.

Clarkson had a rich and distinguished career in broadcasting as a host, writer, producer and director for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, Canada’s national network.

Upon ending her term as Governor General of Canada, Clarkson and her husband, writer John Ralston Saul, founded the Institute for Canadian Citizenship, a national, non-profit charity that helps accelerate new citizens' integration into Canadian life.

Clarkson has authored three books, her most recent titled “Room For All of Us”, presenting the story of eight extraordinary Canadians who, like herself, immigrated to Canada and have since helped to transform it.

Her keynote speech at the Athens Democracy Forum will be followed by four panel discussions. Those interested in attending can find out more information on the forum's website. However, there will be a live feed from the sessions on our website.