David Johnston, the Governor-General of Canada, spoke about creating Canadian culture at the Inaugural Governor-General’s Innovation Awards Ceremony at Rideau Hall on May 19, 2016
Our goal is to foster a culture of innovation that honours our most creative, caring and entrepreneurial citizens. We dream of a country that celebrates those who create value, who build more compassionate, inclusive communities and who improve our quality of life. We want a Canada that celebrates those who reject complacency, instead putting their ingenuity and skills to use in addressing important challenges of our time.
Some of the world’s most innovative people live among us, yet we don’t share their stories or celebrate that fact enough. Let’s foster a culture of innovation in Canada that recognizes the creativity and caring that exist in our communities. Let’s end the debate on whether Canadians are innovative or not with a resounding, “Yes we are.”