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When: Thursday, April 20, 2017 - 17:00 - 21:15

Where: Metro Toronto Convention Centre


 

Celebrating our 30th Anniversary and Canada's 150th

On Thursday, April 20, 2017 at the Toronto Metro Convention Centre, the Public Policy Forum honoured Canadians who connect us to the world and the world to us. To mark the country's 150th, we recognized newcomers to Canada who have been active in using public policy to improve the country, and Canadians who have gone abroad to improve the world.

We also hosted a full lineup of events during the day on April 20, from an encore Growth Summit with Minister Morneau and Minister Bains to the Canada as an Agri-Food Powerhouse breakfast with Dominic Barton.

Each year at the Public Policy Forum's Testimonial Dinner in Toronto, more than a thousand leaders from all sectors of Canadian society gather to pay tribute to distinguished leaders who have made outstanding contributions to the quality of public policy and good governance.

We were delighted to have Prime Minister Justin Trudeau host this unique gathering of Canadian policy leaders.

Prime Minister
Justin Trudeau

 

PHOTOS30th Annual Testimonial Dinner Flickr gallery

VIDEOCheri Maracle sings O Canada in Mohawk 

THIS YEAR'S HONOUREES:

Louise Arbour
Former Supreme Court Justice
and former High Commissioner for Human Rights, United Nations
VideoFull introduction and remarks
 

Yaprak Baltacıoğlu
Secretary, Treasury
Board of Canada
VideoFull introduction and remarks

 

 

Dominic Barton
Global Managing Partner, McKinsey & Company
VideoFull introduction and remarks

 

 

Johann Koss
Founder,
Right To Play International
VideoFull introduction and remarks
Margaret MacMillan
Warden of St Antony's College, Oxford
VideoFull introduction and remarks

Naheed Nenshi
Mayor,
City of Calgary
VideoFull introduction and remarks

EMERGING INDIGENOUS LEADER AWARD RECIPIENT:

Alika Lafontaine
Collaborative Team Lead, Indigenous Health Alliance
VideoIntroduction from Prime Minister Trudeau and speech

We unleashed our inner wonks at Samara Canada's Wonk Prom, the Testimonial Dinner's official afterparty:

“Samara Canada presents Wonk Prom, the official after-party of the Public Policy Forum Testimonial Dinner. Wonk Prom begins when the Testimonial Dinner ends—extending the biggest night in Canadian politics and welcoming PPF guests and others for a night of collegiality and fun. Last year, Wonk Prom hosted policy leaders, journalists and senior politicians, as well as young policy-players for a night celebrating public leadership and emerging policy talent!”
To purchase Early Bird tickets while quantities last, go to www.universe.com/wonkprom2017 today!

Refund/Cancellation Policy:

All cancellations must be done in writing. The deadline to receive a refund is seven (7) business days prior to any PPF event. Cancellations received after the deadline are not eligible for a refund. All refunds are subject to a 10% administration fee. Registered delegate substitutions are allowed if you are unable to attend the event. Please contact us at registration@ppforum.ca before the event date if you have any questions.

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When: Thursday, April 7, 2016 - 17:00 - 21:00

Where: Toronto

At this year's Testimonial Dinner in Toronto, more than a thousand leaders from all sectors of Canadian society gathered to pay tribute to distinguished leaders who have made outstanding contributions to the quality of public policy and good governance.

"It is always such an honour to be in the company of people who make such a  profound difference," says Edward Greenspon, President & CEO of the Public Policy Forum. "Our honourees are an inspiration to everyone who believes that good public policy makes a better country." 

Special thanks to Premier Wade MacLauchlan for chairing our 29th Testimonial Dinner & Awards.

Honourable Wade MacLauchlan

Premier
Government of Prince Edward Island

 

Our 2016 honourees:

Francoise Bertrand
Présidente, directrice-générale,
Fédération des chambres
de commerce
du Québec
Jack Mintz
President's Fellow
School of Public Policy
University of Calgary
Chair, Torys LLP
and Chairman of the Board, Bank of Montreal
Wayne Wouters
Strategic and Policy Advisor
McCarthy Tétrault and former Clerk of the Privy Council of Canada

 

Hyman Solomon Award for Excellence in Public Policy Journalism:

Peter Mansbridge
Chief, Correspondent, CBC News and Anchor, The National


Emerging Leader Award presented by TD Bank Group:

Taylor Owen
Assistant Professor, Digital Media and Global Affairs,
University of British Columbia and
Founder & Editor-in-Chief,
OpenCanada.org

 

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When: Thursday, April 16, 2015 - 17:00 - 21:00

Where: Toronto

Canada’s Public Policy Forum honoured four Canadians for their outstanding contributions to public policy and governance, at its signature event on April 16, 2015. These extraordinary leaders from all walks of professional life exemplify the Public Policy Forum's commitment to achieving greater understanding and cooperation between the public and private sectors.

"For those who care deeply about public policy and good Canadian governance, our Dinner is an annual 'homecoming'," says David Mitchell, President & CEO of the Public Policy Forum. "It's the most significant event of its kind and promises, once again, to be very memorable this year."

Premier Kathleen Wynne chaired our 28th Annual Testimonial Dinner & Awards.

Hon. Kathleen Wynne
Premier
Government of Ontario

 

Former Group
President &
Chief Executive
Officer
TD Bank Group
Peter Herrndorf
President &
Chief Executive
Officer
National Arts
Centre
Roberta Jamieson
President & Chief Executive Officer, Indspire, former Chief of the Six Nations & former Ombudsman of Ontario
Michael Sabia
President &
Chief Executive
Officer
Caisse de dépôt et placement du
Québec


Hyman Soloman Award for Excellence in Public Policy Journalism:

Veteran Montreal-based political cartoonists Serge Chapleau and Aislin (Terry Mosher) received the 2015 Hyman Solomon Award for Excellence in Public Policy Journalism. The award was presented at the Public Policy Forum's 28th Annual Testimonial  Dinner & Awards in Toronto on April 16, 2015.

"We're very pleased to recognize two great political cartoonists and long-time friends, for their prolific body of work," says David Mitchell, the Forum's President & CEO. "They've provoked us with memorable images and thoughtful commentaries, helping us make sense of - and laugh at - the political and policy complexities of  our country and the world."
 

Serge Chapleau, La Presse  Aislin (Terry Mosher), The Montreal Gazette


2015 Emerging Leader Award Presented by TD Bank Group

Hannah Godefa
Humanitarian


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When: Thursday, April 10, 2014 - 17:00 - 21:15

Where: Metro Toronto Convention Centre, North Building, Constitution Hall

This is the 27th year that the Forum has honoured extraordinary Canadians for their contributions to public life, public policy and governance in Canada.   Hounourees are nominated by members of the Forum.

“After paying tribute to Canada’s Prime Ministers in 2012 and the Clerks of the Privy Council in 2013, the Public Policy Forum is returning to its tradition of recognizing Canadians from all sectors and regions of the country,” said David Mitchell, President and CEO of the Forum. “These four honourees represent the highest standards of accomplishment, leadership, and service to their respective fields and to their country.”

The Hon. Robert Ghiz, Premier of Prince Edward Island, will co-chair the event.  

Testimonial Dinner Award

This award honours men and women from various walks of professional life who exemplify the Public Policy Forum's commitment to achieving greater understanding and cooperation between the public and private sectors to improve the quality of government in Canada.  To view past recipients click here.

Annette Verschuren, Chair and CEO, NRStor Inc. and former President of The Home Depot Canada and Asia
Mary Simon, Chairperson, National Committee on Inuit Education, past President of Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami & Canada's first Ambassador for Circumpolar Affairs
Sheila Fraser, former Auditor-General of Canada
Heather Munroe-Blum, former Principal and Vice-Chancellor of McGill University

The Hyman Solomon Award for Excellence in Public Policy Journalism
Presented by OpenText

The Public Policy Forum established the Hyman Solomon Award for Excellence in Public Policy Journalism to celebrate the journalistic standards and intellectual integrity of the late Hyman Solomon who, as Ottawa Bureau Chief of the Financial Post, covered the complex interplay of the public and private sectors, and the intricacies of national decision-making. The award is presented to a journalist whose work, in either official language, provides insights into the policy-making process in Canada, and explains to Canadians how changes in public policy affect their individual well-being and collective economic progress.  To view past recipients click here.

Susan Delacourt
Senior political writer for the Toronto Star and author

“Susan has kept a sharp eye on decision-makers and the democratic process for more than 20 years,” said David Mitchell, the Forum’s President and CEO.  “Her insight, wit, and clear analytical focus contribute immensely to the quality of public discourse in Canada around public officials, governments, and the causes and effects of their decisions.”

 

Emerging Leader Award
Presented by TD Bank Group

In 2005, the Public Policy Forum established an annual award for emerging leaders to recognize the contributions of young Canadians who personify leadership in the area of public policy and civic discourse. Recipients of the Emerging Leaders Award are in the early stages of their career and demonstrate exceptional initiative and commitment to the principles of public service. The Forum is eager to play a role in encouraging young Canadians to become involved in the public policy process and the public arena. This may include participation in social enterprises and/or initiatives which contribute to public engagement and good governance.  To view past recipients click here.
 

    

Erin Freeland Ballantyne
Dean of Land-Based Academics, Innovation and Research
Dechinta Centre for Research and Learning
Northwest Territories

 

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Hyman Solomon Award for Excellence in Public Policy Journalism is presented by:

 

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When: Thursday, April 11, 2013 - 17:00 - 21:15

Where: Metro Toronto Convention Centre

Honouring Canada's Top Public Servants

Canada's Public Policy Forum recognized the contributions of Canada's Clerks of the Privy Council at its 26th Annual Testimonial Dinner & Awards in Toronto on April 11, 2013.

 "At our 25th Anniversary Testimonial Dinner in 2012, we paid tribute to Canada's former Prime Ministers, occupants of the highest political office in the country" said David Mitchell, President and CEO of the Forum. "This year, we're honouring the very important but less public role of Canada's top civil servant, a job not always understood or appreciated."

The following former Clerks were honoured and gave speeches:

  • Kevin Lynch (2006-2009)
  • Alex Himelfarb (2002-2006)
  • Mel Cappe (1999-2002)
  • Jocelyne Bourgon (1994-1999)
  • Paul Tellier (1985-1992)

"One of the Forum's goals is to celebrate leadership in Canada's public service," said Larry Murray, Chair of the Public Policy Forum. "As the head of the federal public service, the Clerk of the Privy Council must demonstrate extraordinary leadership qualities. We are very pleased to give our Clerks' achievements the spotlight they deserve."

Each year, the Forum's Testimonial Dinner & Awards recognizes distinguished Canadians who have made outstanding contributions to the quality of public policy and government in our country.

The Public Policy Forum produceComments from some previous Public Policy Forum Honourees, who shared their insights about the importance of Public Service Leadership.

Video: The Importance of Canadian Public Service Leadership.

Comments from previous Public Policy Forum Honourees who shared their insights about the importance of Public Service Leadership.

 

 

L to R: Kevin Lynch, Paul Tellier, current Clerk Wayne Wouters, Alex Himelfarb, Mel Cappe (absent: Jocelyne Bourgon)

About the Clerk of the Privy Council

The Clerk of the Privy Council is the most senior non-political official in the Government of Canada. He or she provides professional, non-partisan support to the Prime Minister on all policy and operational issues that may affect the government. The Clerk of the Privy Council and Secretary to the Cabinet also has particular responsibilities with respect to:

  • ensuring the continuity of government between successive administrations;
  • keeping custody of the records of previous administrations; and
  • enabling the government of the day to understand and recognize the established conventions of Canada's constitutional monarchy.

For more about the Clerk and the mandate and responsibilities of the Privy Council Office, visit the PCO website.

For more information, please contact kelly.cyr@ppforum.ca or 613.238.7858 x248

 

Media coverage

News Release
We need to protect Canada's public service (Toronto Star editorial)
Five top public servants to be honoured (Radio Canada International)

Stop muzzling scientists, restore public service's policy capabilities, says former PCO clerk Mel Cappe (Hill Times)

Canada's diverted public service poses a threat to our future (Nathalie Bender's column in the Toronto Star)

Don't take the public service for granted (Mel Cappe's speech published in iPolitics)

Let's respect the "faceless bureaucrats" who keep Canada running (Globe and Mail op-ed by Mel Cappe)

 


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When: Thursday, May 3, 2012 - 16:30 - 21:30

Where: Metro Toronto Convention Centre

Honouring Canada's Prime Ministers

The 25th Annual Testimonial Dinner & Awards was held on Thursday, May 3, 2012 in Toronto. To celebrate the Forum's 25th anniversary, we honoured all former living Prime Ministers of Canada.

It was a memorable evening that paid tribute to the former Prime Ministers and the role of the highest office in Canada's system of governance.

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In the media

Inside Queen's Park - Honouring Prime Ministers

Ottawa Citizen - Canada's place is among leaders

CBC News - Brian Mulroney quips, 'I miss the adulation'

CBC News - Former prime ministers honoured in Toronto

The Forum -  Peter MacKinnon awarded the Prime Ministers of Canada Fellowship

The Forum -  Public Policy Forum to Honour Canada's Prime Ministers

Globe and Mail - Along with high office, Canada’s prime ministers share a mutual disdain

Globe and Mail - John Turner: a great defender of Parliament

 

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Barrick CIBC CN Deloitte Enbridge General Electric Globe and Mail
Manulife Financial Microsoft PDAC
Porter

RBC

RIM

Spectra Energy TD Union Gas

 

24th Annual Testimonial Dinner & Awards

Each year at the Forum's Testimonial Dinner, over one thousand leaders from all sectors of Canadian society gather to pay tribute to distinguished Canadians who have made an outstanding contribution to the quality of public policy and public management in our country.

These men and women from various walks of professional life exemplify the Public Policy Forum's commitment to achieving greater understanding and cooperation between the public and private sectors to improve the quality of government in Canada. A jury appointed by the Public Policy Forum selects the honourees from among candidates nominated by Forum members.

The 24th Annual Testimonial Dinner & Awards was held on Thursday, April 28th, 2011 in Toronto.The event was co-chaired by the Honourable David Alward, Premier of New Brunswick, and Elyse Allan, President & CEO of GE Canada.

This year's honourees included the Honourable William G. Davis, Gordon M. Nixon, Monique F. Leroux, and Jim Stanford. The 2011 Hyman Solomon Award for Excellence in Public Policy Journalism was presented to André Picard and the 2011 Emerging Leaders Award was presented to Victor T. Thomas.

 

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The 2011 Testimonial Dinner Co-chairs:

David Alward

Hon. David Alward
Premier
Government of New Brunswick

Read the Premier's remarks

Elyse Allan

Elyse Allan
President & CEO
GE Canada

Read Ms. Allan's remarks

 

The 2011 Honourees:

Hon. William G. Davis

Gordon M. Nixon

Monique F. Leroux

Jim Stanford

Hon. William G. Davis

Gordon M. Nixon

Monique F. Leroux

Jim Stanford

 

In addition to the honourees, two other awards were presented at the Testimonial Dinner.

 

Hyman Solomon Award for Excellence in Public Policy Journalism

André Picard  

André Picard
Public Health Reporter
The Globe & Mail

The Public Policy Forum established the Hyman Solomon Award for Excellence in Public Policy Journalism to celebrate the journalistic standards and intellectual integrity of the late Hyman Solomon who, as Ottawa Bureau Chief of the Financial Post, covered the complex interplay of the public and private sectors, and the intricacies of national decision-making.

Each year, the award is presented to a journalist whose work, in either official language, provides insights into the policy-making process in Canada, and explains to Canadians how changes in public policy affect their individual well-being and collective economic progress. A cash prize is also awarded.

 

Emerging Leaders Award

Victor Thomas  

 

Victor T. Thomas
President
Regina & District Chamber of Commerce

 

The Forum is eager to play a role in encouraging young Canadians to become involved in the public policy process and the public arena. This may include participation in social enterprises and/or initiatives which contribute to public engagement and good governance.

In 2005, the Public Policy Forum established an annual award for emerging leaders to recognize the contributions of young Canadians who personify leadership in the area of public policy and civic discourse. Recipients of the Emerging Leaders Award are in the early stages of their career and demonstrate exceptional initiative and commitment to the principles of public service. This annual award is sponsored by TD Bank Group.

 

For more information, please visit the Testimonial Dinner page.

For further information, please contact Kelly Cyr.

 

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CIBC

CN Generak Electric Canada Globe & Mail

Manulife Financial

Porter RBC RIM TD Union Gas

 

23rd Annual Testimonial Dinner & Awards

The 23rd Annual Testimonial Dinner & Awards was held on April 29, 2010 in Toronto. The event was co-chaired by The Honourable Darrell Dexter, Premier of Nova Scotia, and Chantal Hébert, Political Columnist, The Toronto Star.

This years honourees included Phil Fontaine, Carole Taylor, Tony Dean and Preston Manning. The 2010 Hyman Solomon Award for Excellence in Public Policy Journalism was presented to Bernard Derome and the 2010 Emerging Leaders Award was presented to Gabriel Bran Lopez.

 

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The 2010 Testimonial Dinner Co-chairs:

Hon. Darrell Dexter
Premier of Nova Scotia

Chantal Hébert
Political Columnist
The Toronto Star

 

The 2010 Honourees:

Tony Dean

Preston Manning

Phil Fontaine

Carol Taylor

Tony Dean

Preston Manning

Phil Fontaine

Carole Taylor

In addition to the honourees, two other awards were presented at the Testimonial Dinner.

 

2010 Hyman Solomon Award for Excellence in Public Policy Journalism:

Bernard Derome

Bernard Derome
Former Host, Le Téléjournal
Radio-Canada

The Public Policy Forum established the Hyman Solomon Award for Excellence in Public Policy Journalism to celebrate the journalistic standards and intellectual integrity of the late Hyman Solomon who, as Ottawa Bureau Chief of the Financial Post, covered the complex interplay of the public and private sectors, and the intricacies of national decision-making.

Each year, the award is presented to a journalist whose work, in either official language, provides insights into the policy-making process in Canada, and explains to Canadians how changes in public policy affect their individual well-being and collective economic progress. A cash prize is also awarded.

 

2010 Emerging Leaders Award:
 

Gabriel Bran Lopez

Gabriel Bran Lopez
Executive Director
Youth Fusion

The Forum is eager to play a role in encouraging young Canadians to become involved in the public policy process and the public arena. This may include participation in social enterprises and/or initiatives which contribute to public engagement and good governance.

In 2005, the Public Policy Forum established an annual award for emerging leaders to recognize the contributions of young Canadians who personify leadership in the area of public policy and civic discourse. Recipients of the Emerging Leaders Award are in the early stages of their career and demonstrate exceptional initiative and commitment to the principles of public service. This annual award is sponsored by TD Bank Group.

 

For more information, please visit the Testimonial Dinner page.

For further information, please contact Kelly Cyr.

 

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Research in Motion

Manulife Financial

Direct Energy GE Canada The Globe & Mail

Walton

CN Open Text TD Bank Financial Group
CIBC Enbridge Union Gas

   

22nd Annual Testimonial Dinner & Awards

The 22nd Annual Testimonial Dinner & Awards was held on April 2, 2009 in Toronto. The event was co-chaired by The Honourable Brad Wall, Premier of Saskatchewan and Mr. Alex Baumann, Executive Director, Road to Excellent and two-time Olympic Gold Medalist.

The honourees were Jim Balsillie, Mike Lazaridis, L. Jacques Ménard and Georgina Steinsky-Schwartz. The 2009 Hyman Solomon Award for Excellence in Public Policy Journalism was presented to Craig Oliver and the 2009 Emerging Leaders Award was presented to Sara Ehrhardt.

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The 2009 Testimonial Dinner Co-chairs:

Brad Wall

The Hon. Brad Wall

Premier of Saskatchewan

Mr. Alex Baumann

Executive Director, Road to Excellence and two-time Olympic Gold Medalist

The 2009 Honourees:

Jim Balsillie Mike Lazaridis L. Jacques Ménard Georgina Steinsky
Schwartz

 

In addition to the honourees, two other awards were presented at the Testimonial Dinner.

 

2009 Hyman Solomon Award for Excellence in Public Policy Journalism:

Craig Oliver
CTV Chief Political Correspondent and Co-Host, Question Period

The Public Policy Forum established the Hyman Solomon Award for Excellence in Public Policy Journalism to celebrate the journalistic standards and intellectual integrity of the late Hyman Solomon who, as Ottawa Bureau Chief of the Financial Post, covered the complex interplay of the public and private sectors, and the intricacies of national decision-making.

Each year, the award is presented to a journalist whose work, in either official language, provides insights into the policy-making process in Canada, and explains to Canadians how changes in public policy affect their individual well-being and collective economic progress. A cash prize is also awarded.

 

2009 Emerging Leaders Award:

Sara Ehrhardt
Economist, International Finance and Development Division
Finance Canada

The Forum is eager to play a role in encouraging young Canadians to become involved in the public policy process and the public arena. This may include participation in social enterprises and/or initiatives which contribute to public engagement and good governance.

In 2005, the Public Policy Forum established an annual award for emerging leaders to recognize the contributions of young Canadians who personify leadership in the area of public policy and civic discourse. Recipients of the Emerging Leaders Award are in the early stages of their career and demonstrate exceptional initiative and commitment to the principles of public service. This annual award is sponsored by TD Bank Group.

For more information, please visit the Testimonial Dinner page.

For further information, please contact Kelly Cyr.

 

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21st Annual Testimonial Dinner and Awards

The 21st Annual Testimonial Dinner & Awards was held on Thursday, April 10th, 2008 in Toronto. The event was co-chaired by Dr. Indira Samarasekera, President of the University of Alberta and The Honourable Danny Williams, Premier of the Government of Newfoundland & Labrador.

The 2008 honourees included, Mr. David A. Dodge, Ms. Sheila Watt-Cloutier and Dr. Gerri Sinclair. The 2008 Hyman Solomon Award for Excellence in Public Policy Journalism was presented to Alain Dubuc and the 2008 Emerging Leaders Award was presented to Peter MacLeod.

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The 2008 Testimonial Dinner Co-chairs:

Dr. Indira Samarasekera, President of the University of Alberta

The Honourable Danny Williams, Premier of the Government of Newfoundland & Labrador

 

The 2008 Honourees:

Mr. David A. Dodge

Ms. Sheila Watt-Cloutier Dr. Gerri Sinclair

 

In addition to the honourees, two other awards were presented at the Testimonial Dinner.

 

2008 Hyman Solomon Award for Excellence in Public Policy Journalism:

Alain Dubuc
Columnist, La Presse and Le Soleil

The Public Policy Forum established the Hyman Solomon Award for Excellence in Public Policy Journalism to celebrate the journalistic standards and intellectual integrity of the late Hyman Solomon who, as Ottawa Bureau Chief of the Financial Post, covered the complex interplay of the public and private sectors, and the intricacies of national decision-making.

Each year, the award is presented to a journalist whose work, in either official language, provides insights into the policy-making process in Canada, and explains to Canadians how changes in public policy affect their individual well-being and collective economic progress. A cash prize is also awarded.

 

2008 Emerging Leaders Award:

Peter MacLeod
Partner and Co-Founder
MASS LBP

The Forum is eager to play a role in encouraging young Canadians to become involved in the public policy process and the public arena. This may include participation in social enterprises and/or initiatives which contribute to public engagement and good governance.

In 2005, the Public Policy Forum established an annual award for emerging leaders to recognize the contributions of young Canadians who personify leadership in the area of public policy and civic discourse. Recipients of the Emerging Leaders Award are in the early stages of their career and demonstrate exceptional initiative and commitment to the principles of public service. This annual award is sponsored by TD Bank Group.

For more information, please visit the Testimonial Dinner page.

For further information, please contact Kelly Cyr.

 

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