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Fourth Annual Pan-Canadian Alumni Gala

Fourth Annual Pan-Canadian Alumni Gala

Sean Mitton, Canadian Expat Network
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If you're an alumni of a Canadian University there's a good chance your school was announced during role call by CNN anchor Jonathan Mann last Thursday night at the Four Season hotel in Atlanta. With representation of over 30 schools, the Fourth Annual Pan-Canadian Alumni Gala was a terrific evening to connect with other Canadian Expats and share Canadian heritage.

 

You could sense it would be an enjoyable evening when you first entered the Gala, as each attendee was greeted by a Canadian Mounted Police. The Governor of Georgia, Sonny Perdue was also in attendance and announced during the cocktail hour a new Southeast Alliance that would look to build relations among Southeast U.S. States and Canadian provinces. The first event will held in Savannah, Georgia towards the end of June. There will be more information to follow regarding this announcement.

 

Brian Oak, Consul General of Canada, provided the greetings and acknowledged sponsors RBC Centura, Purolator Courier, the Government of New Brunswick and McGill University. Each sponsor had recent news of note. RBC has recently changed its name to RBC Bank, Purolator is officially opens a Raleigh, NC office March 6th and the Government of New Brunswick created the Population Growth Secretariat. The mandate of this New Brunswick organization is to grow the province's population through increased immigration and activities supporting settlement services and multiculturism, attracting former residents through repatriation, and retention activities, particularly as they relate to youth.

 

Daniel Levitan, a professor at McGill University provided the Keynote Address with an educational and entertaining presentation based on his International best selling book "This is your brain on music: The science of a Human Obsession". Daniel's presentation may change the music experience of the 250 in attendance questioning whether it's art or science.

 

The evening concluded with Flin Flon, Manitoba native Jennifer Hanson performing after dinner in the Canadian Jazz Cafe. It was a great opportunity to say good bye to old and new friends along the way.

 

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