Thursday, 10 November 2016

Norwegian Royal Visit to Canada, Day Three

The Crown Prince and Princess of Norway hear about innovation during their trip to Canada
(photo detnorskekongehus Instagram)

One of the big focuses of the Norwegian official visit to Canada was the role of innovation in developing links between the two countries and day three of the trip, November 9th 2016, saw Crown Prince Haakon Magnus and Crown Princess Mette-Marit get a fuller overview of how that is taking shape. From healthcare to tunneling, this was a day about thinking about the future but it ended with a reflection on the past.

The day began with a seminar about diversity and inclusion before the royal visitors put the focus on healthcare as they took a tour of the MaRS Centre to hear about how Innovation Norway and FRAM Medtech are helping Norwegian companies in this sector grow. It also meant a chance for those always popular royal images of Crown Princesses in goggles and Crown Princes doing science. What's not to love?

After that there was time for a seminar on tunneling and a spot of lunch with local and Norwegian businesses and entrepreneurs as this official visit got serious on economics.

After so much focus on the future, Haakon Magnus and Mette-Marit went back to the past, to a time in both countries' recent histories when innovation made a huge difference to how life would turn out. They visited Little Norway Park in Toronto where they heard about the training given, in World War Two, to pilots and mechanics in the barracks which used to stand on the site.

The royal couple laid flowers at the memorial to those who fought and died for Norway and Canada before meeting some of the Norwegians who have made their home in Toronto today. The official visit now takes them to St John's in Newfoundland where their tour will come to an end.

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