On July 1 in Moscow, Russia, representatives of the diplomatic community as well as Canadian and Russian government, business, political, sport, and culture circles enjoyed a reception on the occasion of the Canada Day celebration. The event was organized by the Embassy of Canada in the Russian Federation, in the Hall of Fame of the Hockey Museum. It brought together more than 100 guests – contacts of the Embassy involved in various sectors of interest to Canada. The event started with the welcoming speech of Stéphane Jobin, Charge d'Affaires, Embassy of Canada in the Russian Federation, who highlighted the fact that the people-to-people connections between citizens of our countries provide a solid background for a frank dialogue between the governments about critical issues like a rules based international order, regional security, respect for human rights, and the future of our Arctic regions. He also explained the choice of the venue – the Hockey Museum – as a symbolic highlight of an important and longstanding cultural aspect shared by Canadians and Russians - the passion for hockey. From the Russian side, Vladislav Tretiak, President of Society of Friends of Canada, President of the Ice Hockey Federation of Russia, Member of the State Duma of the Russian Federation, and Viacheslav Fetisov, Soviet and Russian Hockey Player, Member of the State Duma of the Russian Federation, greeted the guests and presented to Mr. Jobin an autographed commemorative photo of the Canadian and Russian Hockey Legends.
The event was held in a ceremonial atmosphere, Canadian and Russian national anthems were played.
The event highlighted the diversity of interests that Canadians have in Russia and the longstanding people-to-people connections.