Past Dinners

When: Thursday, October 8, 2015 - 17:00 - 21:00

Where: Winnipeg

The 2015 Western Dinner & Awards was an extraordinary celebration of Western leadership, featuring the presentation of the Peter Lougheed Award for Public Service to five remarkable Manitobans. We were delighted to host a sold-out crowd at the new Canadian Museum of Human Rights, a magnificent facility that embodies the determination and leadership that our honorees exemplify. And we are grateful to our honorees, those who presented them, and those who attended and supported our first signature event in Winnipeg earlier this month.

From Ambassador Gary Doer, we heard that important change in our country’s bilateral relations is measured less in years than in decades. The long-term commitment of Canadian leaders are bearing fruit, such as the U.S. recognizing hydroelectric power as a source of renewable energy. 

Gail Asper and her family hold an indelible place in the Manitoban imagination, manifested most recently by the Museum that hosted our festivities. Ms. Asper reminded us that the rigor of Canada is characterized by the capacity to think bigger and fight for regional rights.

Hon. Lloyd Axworthy cited the intra-Canadian discussion of tens of thousands of refugees arriving to Canada in a context where, globally, there are at present some 400 million displaced people. He challenged us to do better in preparing for uncertain times.

So, too, did Paul Moist. Mr. Moist insisted that leadership begins when we stare facts in the face, such as the fact that the income inequality gap is becoming everyday more of a chasm. He challenged us to do better for the more than 60% of the global population that live on less than $5 a day.

Justice Murray Sinclair noted the growing awareness of the truth of Canadian history, which includes nearly 130 years of government-imposed deprivations to First Nations peoples. Our country has the opportunity to forge a better future in which all Canadians can be proud of our collective response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

There was a sense throughout the evening that, as a country, we can be so much better. The recommendations of the TRC provide us with guidance to become better communities, better regions and better Canadians. Our willingness to have honest conversations about poverty and income inequality, and our capacity to build bridges with neighbours near and far will define our future. 

Premier Greg Selinger opened the occasion with an eloquent reminder of the many ways that today’s leaders walk the path forged by predecessors such as Peter Lougheed, whose career of public service resulted in prairie priorities being on the table in Ottawa. 

This year's recipients:

Gail Asper
President and Trustee
The Asper Foundation

Lloyd Axworthy
Past President, University of Winnipeg and former Minister of Foreign Affairs

 



Gary Doer

Canadian Ambassador to the United States and former Premier of Manitoba

 

Paul Moist
National President
Canadian Union of Public Employees

Justice Murray Sinclair
Chair, Indian Residential School Truth and Reconciliation Commission

   

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When: Thursday, October 23, 2014 - 17:00 - 21:00

Where: The Fairmont Hotel Macdonald, Edmonton

The Western Dinner features the presentation of the Peter Lougheed Award for Leadership in Public Policy. This award is presented to exceptional Western Canadians who have significantly contributed to public policy leadership on a regional basis, with national impact.

The late Peter Lougheed served as the tenth Premier of Alberta, and is widely acknowledged as one of Canada's greatest Premier's

This award was presented to the following recipients:

Oryssia Lennie Former Deputy Minister of Western Economic Diversification Canada Eric Newell Chancellor Emeritus of the University of Alberta and former CEO of Syncrude Jim Dinning
Chancellor Emeritus, University of Calgary and former Treasurer of the Province of Alberta
Allan Gregg
Pollster, political advisor, and founder of Decima Research

 

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When: Wednesday, October 16, 2013 - 17:30 - 21:00

Where: Radisson Plaza Hotel Saskatchewan Regina

 

The Western Dinner features the presentation of the Peter Lougheed Award for Leadership in Public Policy. This award is presented to exceptional Western Canadians who have significantly contributed to public policy leadership on a regional basis, with national impact.

This year's Dinner featured welcoming remarks by the Hon. Brad Wall, Premier of Saskatchewan

The 2013 Recipients

The Honourable Gordon Barnhart

Bonnie DuPont

George E. Lafond

Harold H. Mackay

The Honourable Gordon Barnhart, former Lieutenant Governor of Saskatchewan
Bonnie DuPont, Chair, University of Calgary's Board of Governors
George E. Lafond, Treaty Commissioner for Saskatchewan
Harold H. MacKay, Senior Partner, MacPherson Leslie & Tyerman LLP

“These four remarkable individuals have made lasting contributions to public life in Western Canada,” said  Forum President and CEO David Mitchell. “We are delighted to pay tribute to their work, their leadership, and the generosity they have shown to their communities and their country.”

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When: Wednesday, September 26, 2012 - 17:30 - 21:00

Where: Calgary, Telus Centre

The Annual Public Policy Forum Western Dinner was held in Calgary on September 26th, 2012 at The Telus Centre. The dinner featured the presentation of the Peter Lougheed Award for Leadership in Public Policy awarded in recognition of exceptional Western Canadian public policy leadership with a national impact. The late Peter Lougheed served as the tenth Premier of Alberta, and is widely acknowledged as one of Canada's most respected leaders and greatest Prmier of the past generation.

The 2012 Recipients

Indira V. Samarasekera James S. Palmer  

Nancy Southern Don Martin 

Dr. Indira V. Samarasekera, President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Alberta
James S. Palmer, Partner, Burnet, Duckworth & Palmer
Nancy Southern, Deputy Chairman, President & CEO of ATCO Group
Don Martin,  Journalist, Author & Host of CTV’s Power Play
 

“From coast to coast, Canada’s Public Policy Forum brings together our Nation’s best and brightest to pay tribute to exemplary leadership in Canada,” said Larry Murray, Chair of the Forum’s Board of Directors. “The Western Dinner is a mark of our great respect for the difference Western Canadian leaders have made in our lives.”

“Each year we look forward to this wonderful event and to honouring the remarkable individuals who champion the West and represent the best spirit of Canadian leadership and public service”, said David Mitchell, President & CEO of the Public Policy Forum. “With this dinner and these awards, the Forum celebrates its roots in Western Canada.”

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Kelly Cyr, Director of Operations
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2nd Western Dinner

The Second Annual Public Policy Forum Western Dinner was held in Vancouver on September 22nd, 2011 at The Fairmont Waterfront Hotel. The dinner featured the presentation of the Peter Lougheed Award for Leadership in Public Policy awarded in recognition of exceptional Western Canadian public policy leadership with a national impact.

The Forum's inaugural Western Dinner was held in Calgary on September 22nd, 2010.

 

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The 2011 Honourees

David Emerson

Michael Harcourt

Edward John

Carole Taylor

David Emerson Michael Harcourt Edward John Carole Taylor

 

Media Coverage

The Vancouver Sun - Opinion: Honours for province's top public policy-makers

The Vancouver Sun - The four deserving honourees

 

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1st Western Dinner

The Public Policy Forum's first ever Western Dinner was held in Calgary on September 22nd, 2010. This special event celebrated the tremendous contributions of Western Canadians to public policy leadership.

The dinner featured the inaugural presentation of the Peter Lougheed Award for Public Policy Leadership. This award is given in recognition of exceptional Western Canadian public policy leadership with a national impact. The Hon. Peter Lougheed (pictured here) served as the tenth Premier of Alberta, and is widely acknowledged as one of Canada's most respected leaders.

This prestigious new award was presented by Peter Lougheed to Roger Gibbins, President and CEO of the Canada West Foundation, Ron Hicks, former Deputy Minister of the Executive Council, Government of Alberta, Martha Piper, former President of the University of British Columbia, and Clay Riddell, Founder and Chairman of Paramount Resources.

 

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The 2010 Honourees
 

Roger Gibbins Ron Hicks Martha Piper Clay Riddell
Roger Gibbins Ron Hicks Martha Piper Clay Riddell

 

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