The guest list for the Canada state dinner in Washington

Michael J. Fox, Lorne Michaels and Ryan Reynolds are among the invitees


WASHINGTON — A star-studded gathering of dignitaries, business leaders and entertainers are converging on the White House this evening for the lavish state dinner being held in honour of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

Trudeau’s visit marks the 11th state or official visit of Barack Obama’s presidency but the first for a Canadian in 19 years.

Obama and his wife, Michelle, will host the prime minister and his wife, Sophie Gregoire-Trudeau at the black tie gala.

Trudeau’s mother, Margaret, and his in-laws are among the invited guests.

The event is slated to include attendees from the political and business arenas, along notable homegrown names from the world of entertainment.

Canadian actors Michael J. Fox, Ryan Reynolds, Sandra Oh and comedian Mike Myers are slated to attend, as is Reynolds’s wife, American actress Blake Lively, and Canadian “Saturday Night Live” executive producer Lorne Michaels.

NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman, retired NBA star Grant Hill and his Canadian singer-songwriter wife, Tamia Hill, are also scheduled to attend.

A host of senior Obama administration officials and advisers, U.S. and Canadian ambassadors, U.S. state senators and Canadian cabinet ministers will be joined by philanthropists and CEOs from companies including Xerox, United Parcel Service and global security and aerospace company Lockheed Martin.

The first course of the glitzy dinner will see attendees dine on Alaskan halibut “casseroles” with cepes, delicate angel hair asparagus, chanterelles, baby onions, and lardon and herbed butter; followed by roasted apricot galette with Appalachian cheese, heirloom lettuces and pine nut crisps.

The menu features ingredients from the Pacific Northwest to the Atlantic coast, and a nod to Canada with duck poutine among the canapes set to be served.

The vegetables for the first course come from a farm in Ohio and the herbed butter is sourced from Michelle Obama’s White House kitchen garden.

The main course consists of a herb-crusted lamb from Colorado, Yukon Gold potato dauphinoise and lightly sauteed spring vegetables.

Dessert continues the spring theme as the chefs plan to serve a maple pecan cake with cocoa nib wafer and butterscotch swirl ice cream. The pecans in the cake are Texan and the maple syrup comes from New England.

There will also be a handmade sugar sculpture called “A View from the Mountain Top.” The menu says it is “inspired by the splendour of the Rocky Mountains, which extend from New Mexico to Canada.”

Pastries are also slated to feature “American and Canadian influences.”

The state dinner will be held in the East Room of the White House, and will be followed by a performance by American singer-songwriter Sara Bareilles.

Here’s a list of ‘expected attendees’ to tonight’s Canada state dinner in Washington:

U.S. President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Sophie Gregoire-Trudeau

Naomi Aberly, philanthropist, Larry Lebowitz

David Abney, chairman and CEO, United Parcel Service, Sherry Abney

Adewale Adeyemo, deputy assistant to the president, Heather Wong

Michael Alter, president, The Alter Group, Ellen Alter

Robert Anderson, author, Eric Harland

Economic Development Minister Navdeep Bains

Sara Bareilles, singer, Jennifer Bareilles

Bruce Bastian, co-founder, WordPerfect Corp., Clinton Ford

Gary Bettman, commissioner, National Hockey League, William Daly III

International Development Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau

Tony Blinken, deputy U.S. secretary of state, Evan Ryan

Angela Bogdan, chief of protocol of Canada

Jeremy Broadhurst, principal secretary to the prime minister

Stephen Bronfman, Canadian business representative, philanthropist

Ursula Burns, chairman and CEO, Xerox Corp., Lloyd Bean

Gerald Butts, principal secretary in the Prime Minister’s Office

Kristie Canegallo, assistant to the president, Simi Shah

Defence Secretary Ashton Carter, Cynthia DeFelice

Maine Sen. Susan Collins, Peter Vigue

Audie Cornish-Emery, National Public Radio, Theodore Emery

California Rep. Susan Davis, Steven J. Davis

Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton

Anita Decker Breckenridge, assistant to the president, Russell Breckenridge

Brian Deese, assistant to the president, Kara Deese

Foreign Affairs Minister Stephane Dion

Karen Dixon, executive committee member, Lambda Legal, Nan Schaffer

Juliet Eilperin, The Washington Post, Andrew Light

Adam Entous, The Wall Street Journal, Sandra Medina

Mark Feierstein, senior director for Western Hemisphere affairs, National Security Council, Tiffany Stone

Michael J. Fox, actor, Tracy Pollan

International Trade Minister Chrystia Freeland

Michael Froman, United States trade representative, Nancy Goodman

Anna Gainey, president of the Liberal party of Canada

Mark Gallogly, co-founder and managing principal, Centerbridge Partners, Elizabeth Strickler

Suzy George, executive secretary and chief of staff of the National Security Council, Devon George-Eghdami

Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale

Jean Gregoire and Estelle Blais, parents of Sophie Gregoire-Trudeau

Avril Haines, assistant to the president, David Davighi

John Hannaford, foreign and defence policy adviser to the prime minister

Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch, president pro tempore of the U.S. Senate, Wendy Hatch

Marillyn Hewson, chairman, president and CEO Lockheed Martin, James Hewson

Bruce Heyman, U.S. ambassador to Canada, Vicki Heyman

Grant Hill, member of The President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition, Tamia Hill

Irwin Jacobs, co-founder, Qualcomm and chair of the board of trustees, Salk Institute, Joan Jacobs

Roberta Jacobson, assistant U.S. secretary of state for Western Hemisphere affair, Jonathan Jacobson

Valerie Jarrett, senior adviser to the president, Anthony Balkissoon

Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson, Susan DiMarco

Heritage Minister Melanie Joly,

Wayne Jordan, founder and principal, Jordan Real Estate Investments, Quinn Delaney

Jonathan Kaplan, founder and CEO The Melt, Marci Glazer

Washington Rep. Derek Kilmer, Jennifer Kilmer

Maine Sen. Angus King, Kathryn Rand

Robert Klein II, president, Klein Financial Corp., Robert Klein III

Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar, John Bessler

Vermont Sen. Patrick Leahy, Marcelle Leahy

Twila Legare, letter writer, Marc Legare

Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew

Charles Lewis, chairman, Lewis-Sebring Family Foundation, Penny Sebring

Andrew Liveris, chairman and CEO Dow Chemical Co., Paula Liveris

Alexander Macgillivray, deputy chief technology officer, the White House, Shona Crabtree

David MacNaughton, Canadian ambassador to the United States, Leslie Noble

Denis McDonough, White House chief of staff, Karin McDonough

Environment Minister Catherine McKenna

Lorne Michaels, executive producer, Saturday Night Live, Alice Michaels

Lisa Monaco, assistant to the president, Mark Monaco

Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz, Katya Frois-Moniz

Dennis Muilenburg, chairman, president and CEO, Boeing Co., Gregory Smith

Shailagh Murray, assistant to the president, Neil King

Mike Myers, actor, Kelly Myers

Marvin Nicholson, special assistant to the president, Helen Pajcic

Konrad Ng, executive director, Shangri La, Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art, Maya Soetoro-Ng

Sandra Oh, actress, Lev Rukhin

John Owens, chairman of the board, MediGuide International, Missy Owens

California Rep. Nancy Pelosi, Democratic leader of the House of Representatives. Paul Pelosi

Amy Pope, deputy assistant to the president, Neil Allison

Samantha Power, U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, Cass Sunstein

Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker, John Poorman

Thomas Pritzker, chairman and CEO, The Pritzker Organization, Margot Pritzker

Kate Purchase, director of communications, the Prime Minister’s Office

Roberta Rampton, Reuters, Peter Rampton

Ryan Reynolds, actor, Blake Lively

Ben Rhodes, assistant to the president, Ann Norris

Steven Ricchetti, chief of staff to the vice-president, Amy Ricchetti

National Security Adviser Susan Rice, Ian Cameron

Martine Rothblatt, chairman and co-CEO, United Therapeutics Corp., Bina Rothblatt

Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan

Peter Selfridge, chief of protocol, U.S. State Department, Parita Shah Selfridge

New Hampshire Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, William Shaheen

Beth Shaw, member of the President’s Advisory Council on Financial Capability for Young Americans, Adam Shaw

Adam Silver, commissioner, National Basketball Association, Maggie Grise

Ian Simmons, co-founder and principal, Blue Haven Initiative, Liesel Simmons

Todd Stern, special envoy for climate change, Jennifer Klein

Michele Taylor, member, United States Holocaust Memorial Council, Kenneth Taylor

Tina Tchen, chief of Staff to the First Lady

Katie Telford, chief of staff, Prime Minister’s Office.

Montana Sen. Jon Tester, Sharla Tester

Fisheries Minister Hunter Tootoo

Margaret Trudeau, mother of the prime minister

Michael Wernick, clerk of the Privy Council

Melissa Winter, deputy assistant to the president

David Zaslav, president and CEO, Discovery Communications, Pam Zaslav


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