Welcome to Canada's Public Policy Forum

Who we are

Canada's Public Policy Forum is an independent, non-governmental organization dedicated to improving the quality of government in Canada through dialogue among leaders from all sectors of Canadian society.

Our vision

We believe that addressing Canada’s most complex problems requires effective government, with leaders from all sectors.

Our mission

We build bridges and transfer knowledge across sectors through constructive dialogue. Our approach helps catalyze good governance and public service leadership. To learn more, please see our 2013-16 Strategic Plan.

What we do      

We convene leaders, expertise and perspectives across Canada on policy issues in three thematic areas:
  • Public service and governance
  • Human capital
  • Economy and competitiveness 
We engage multiple sectors and jurisdictions to address emerging and complex issues. We publish original research and report on our meetings and activities. We build trust by establishing safe spaces for discussion and debate. We recognize and celebrate significant contributions to public policy in Canada at our Signature Events. And we promote learning and networking to support policy development and shared values.

How we do it

We depend on our members, sponsors and event participants to sustain our programming.
The Forum is governed by a Board of Directors whose members are leaders in their fields and represent diverse sectors and regions of Canada. The Forum's daily operations are directed from our Ottawa office, with the support of a new office in Toronto.

Our roots

In 1987, a formative meeting in Calgary with federal deputy ministers and private sector leaders provided the impetus for establishing the Forum. A strong consensus emerged regarding the need to create an independent space where leaders from the private and public sectors could meet regularly to discuss governance and public policy.Since that time, the Forum's membership has grown to include more than 180 leading organizations from business, federal, provincial and territorial governments, academic institutions, unions, and the voluntary and not-for-profit sectors.