Press Release

12/05/2017

OTTAWA, DEC. 5, 2017 – The Public Policy Forum’s annual Gordon F. Osbaldeston Lecture will be presented by acclaimed business thinker Roger Martin, who argues that our obsession with efficiency is a danger to democratic capitalism. This will be his first public speech on the topic after two years of research on the issue.

What: Democratic capitalism: Rethinking the altar of efficiency

When: Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017 – 6:45 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Where: Château Laurier, 1 Rideau St., Ottawa

Roger Martin is the Institute Director of the Martin Prosperity Institute, the Michael Lee-Chin Family Institute for Corporate Citizenship at the Rotman School of Management and the Premier’s Chair in Productivity & Competitiveness. 

Since 2006, the Public Policy Forum has hosted the annual Gordon F. Osbaldeston Lecture to explore the critical role the public service plays in preserving a democratic and vibrant Canadian society.

Economist panel to kick off the evening

The lecture will be preceded from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. by a panel of distinguished economists discussing the confluence of economic anxiety, labour market changes caused by technological developments and growing populism.

Economists Panel: Technology, work and populism – what gives?

Panelists:

·         David Dodge, former Governor, Bank of Canada

·         Armine Yalnizyan, President, Canadian Association of Business Economics

·         Jonathan Rothwell, Senior Economist, Gallup

Moderator: Jennifer Robson, Assistant Professor, Carleton University 

News media are welcome to cover the event. Please contact us to register.

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ABOUT THE PPF

The Public Policy Forum works with all levels of government and the public service, the private sector, Indigenous groups, labour, post-secondary institutions and NGOs to improve policy outcomes for Canadians. As a non-partisan, member-based organization, we work from "inclusion to conclusion," by convening discussions on fundamental policy issues and by identifying new paths forward. For 30 years, the PPF has broken down barriers among sectors, contributing to meaningful change that builds a better Canada.

For more information and media inquiries

Carl Neustaedter

Director of Communications

Public Policy Forum

cneustaedter@ppforum.ca

613.238.7858 ext. 286

Mobile: 613.866.7210

Jonathan Perron-Clow

Communications Specialist
Public Policy Forum
jperron-clow@ppforum.ca
613.238.7858 ext. 224
Mobile: 613.806.4967

 

 

For more information, visit www.ppforum.ca or follow us on Twitter: @ppforumca

11/28/2017

Public Policy Forum to honour Mark Carney, Beverley McLachlin, Richard Dicerni, ‘22 Minutes’ founders Mary Walsh and Michael Donovan, and journalist Francine Pelletier

Ottawa, Nov. 29, 2017 -- A charismatic central banker charged with bringing two G7 economies through extreme turbulence, a pioneering justice whose critical rulings and leadership redefined post-Charter Canada, a veteran public servant who sagely advised the federal government and two provinces, and an East Coast warrior princess and an Academy Award winner who blazed the North American trail for political satire will be honoured by the Public Policy Forum at its 31st annual Testimonial Dinner.

They will be recognized for their contributions to public policy at the PPF’s Testimonial Dinner on April 12, 2018 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre:

  • Mark Carney, Bank of England Governor and former Governor of the Bank of Canada
  • Beverley McLachlin, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court
  • Richard Dicerni, former federal and Ontario deputy minister, and Clerk to Alberta premiers Jim Prentice and Rachel Notley
  • Michael Donovan and Mary Walsh, co-creators of This Hour Has 22 Minutes, marking its 25th season on CBC

Also, Quebec feminist journalist Francine Pelletier will receive the Hyman Solomon Award for Excellence in Public Policy Journalism.

Rosemary Barton, co-anchor of CBC’s The National, will host the evening’s festivities.

 “We are thrilled to add these extraordinary individuals to the honour roll of 151 Canadians previously recognized by the Public Policy Forum,” said Edward Greenspon, PPF President and CEO. “All of them have made distinctive and significant contributions to Canada's public life.”

About the honourees:

  • Mark Carney, the former head of the Bank of Canada, steered the Canadian economy to safety during the worst financial crisis in eight decades. He is at the helm of a central bank again as the United Kingdom weathers its own rough seas.
  • Beverley McLachlin sat on the Supreme Court for 28 years, almost 18 as Chief Justice, as it defined post-Charter Canada. Appointed by Progressive Conservative Prime Minister Brian Mulroney and elevated to Chief Justice by Liberal Prime Minister Jean Chrétien, she headed it longer than anyone in Canadian history, epitomizing its independence and non-partisanship.
  • Richard Dicerni personified the genius of our permanent public service in serving federal and provincial governments, led at various times by three different political parties.
  • Michael Donovan and Mary Walsh’s This Hour Has 22 Minutes blazed the North American trail for political satire, and is still informing the political conversation through the free expression of comedy. Mr. Donovan is Executive Chairman of Halifax-based DHX Media Inc. and a winner of a 2003 Oscar for best documentary feature, Bowling for Columbine.
  • Ms. Walsh is a celebrated Canadian writer, actress and mental health advocate. As the warrior princess, she has used the element of surprise to reveal a different side of our political leaders to Canadians.
  • Francine Pelletier is an acclaimed Quebec journalist. She is passionate, progressive and fearless. Founder of the feminist newspaper La Vie en Rose, she has worked in both official languages for daily newspapers and in broadcasting on CBC’s The Fifth Estate.

About the host:

Last year, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau played host as the PPF celebrated its 30th anniversary. This year, the PPF has turned to a journalist of rising influence in covering public affairs, Rosemary Barton, to be the host.

After a memorable period as host of CBC News Network’s Power & Politics, she is now one of four anchors on the reimagined The National.

“Rosemary has quickly emerged as a fearless yet empathetic interlocutor of the politicians in charge of policy-making in Canada,” said Mr. Greenspon. “She will be a force with whom to reckon for decades to come. We’re thrilled she will get acquainted with the PPF’s audiences and they with her.”

About the event:

The PPF Testimonial Dinner is the premiere event for policy and political junkies, attracting top public servants, politicians and senior business executives. It will be preceded by the third annual PPF Growth Summit.

Tickets and tables are on sale now.

About the PPF:

The Public Policy Forum works with all levels of government and the public service, the private sector, labour, post-secondary institutions, NGOs and Indigenous groups to improve policy outcomes for Canadians. As a non-partisan, member-based organization, we work from “inclusion to conclusion,” by convening discussions on fundamental policy issues and by identifying new options and paths forward. For 30 years, the Public Policy Forum has broken down barriers among sectors, contributing to meaningful change that builds a better Canada.

For more information:

Carl Neustaedter

Director of Communications
Public Policy Forum
CNeustaedter@ppforum.ca
613.238.7858 ext. 286
Mobile: 613.866.7210

 

 

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11/21/2017

OTTAWA, NOV. 21, 2017 -– The Public Policy Forum is pleased to announce that it has named its annual award for outstanding contributions to public policy by Atlantic Canadians in honour of Frank McKenna, one of the region’s most accomplished leaders. The Frank McKenna Award for Leadership in Public Policy will be presented to individuals who have made substantial contributions to public policy debate and decisions in one of the four Atlantic provinces, the overall region or nationally.

“Frank has been the indefatigable champion of New Brunswick and Atlantic Canada for more than 30 years,” says Edward Greenspon, President and CEO of the Public Policy Forum. “Wherever he is and whatever he does, he never loses sight of his responsibility to the region that shaped him.”

“Our policy award in Western Canada is named in honour of Peter Lougheed. Frank is his eastern counterpart in putting place before politics.”

Since 2013, the PPF has presented awards to distinguished Atlantic Canadians who have built bridges between sectors, contributed to public policy and shown exceptional leadership. Previous honourees include the Hon. Margaret Norrie McCain, the Hon. Myra Freeman, Tom Traves and Aldéa Landry. Nominations for the 2018 awards are being accepted until Nov. 30, 2017.

“The world is rapidly transforming, presenting both opportunity and challenge for Atlantic Canada,” says Frank McKenna. “We must continue to develop public policy that ensures our region and future generations are set up for success. To this end, it's vital we recognize and celebrate those who influence and implement policies that help us live better lives today and down the road.”

Mr. McKenna is the Deputy Chair of TD Bank Group, a three-term Premier of New Brunswick and Canada’s former ambassador to the United States. He is sought out widely for his leadership and knowledge of both the private and public sector.

The awards will be presented on March 21, 2018 in Fredericton, New Brunswick during the first PPF Atlantic Summit & Frank McKenna AwardsThe day-long Summit, which Mr. McKenna will attend, is the first public event of the PPF’s new three-year research project on immigration and retention in Atlantic Canada. Mr. McKenna will speak at the awards dinner in the evening.

ABOUT THE PPF

The Public Policy Forum works with all levels of government and the public service, the private sector, Indigenous groups, labour, post-secondary institutions and NGOs to improve policy outcomes for Canadians. As a non-partisan, member-based organization, we work from "inclusion to conclusion," by convening discussions on fundamental policy issues and by identifying new paths forward. For 30 years, the PPF has broken down barriers among sectors, contributing to meaningful change that builds a better Canada.

For more information and media inquiries

Carl Neustaedter

Director of Communications
Public Policy Forum
CNeustaedter@ppforum.ca
613.238.7858 ext. 286
Mobile: 613.866.7210

Jonathan Perron-Clow

Communications Specialist
Public Policy Forum
JPerron-Clow@ppforum.ca
613.238.7858 ext. 224
Mobile: 613.806.4967

 

 

For more information, visit www.ppforum.ca or follow us on Twitter: @ppforumca

11/17/2017

OTTAWA, NOV. 17, 2017 -– The Public Policy Forum congratulates Anne-Marie Hubert, the Chair of its Board of Directors, on her investment into the Order of Canada. She will be invested as a Member by Governor General Julie Payette in a ceremony at Rideau Hall in Ottawa today.

“We are so delighted at this recognition of her massive contributions, both in the business life of the country and in pursuing better policy on behalf of Canadians,” says Edward Greenspon, President and CEO of the PPF.

Anne-Marie joined the PPF board in 2009 and became Chair in 2015. She has made an immeasurable impact on the organization and public policy in Canada.

Her citation reads:

Anne-Marie Hubert has a proven track record as an exceptional administrator, rising through the ranks of global firm EY, where she serves as managing partner for Quebec. She is deeply committed to parity and inclusion in business. She has also made a tangible impact within her organization through her initiatives to encourage professional development and mentorship for women and cultural minorities, initiatives that have since been emulated elsewhere. Actively involved in governance, she brings her energy and know-how to numerous educational, charitable and business organizations.

ABOUT THE PPF

The Public Policy Forum works with all levels of government and the public service, the private sector, Indigenous groups, labour, post-secondary institutions and NGOs to improve policy outcomes for Canadians. As a non-partisan, member-based organization, we work from "inclusion to conclusion," by convening discussions on fundamental policy issues and by identifying new paths forward. For 30 years, the PPF has broken down barriers among sectors, contributing to meaningful change that builds a better Canada.

For more information and media inquiries

Carl Neustaedter

Director of Communications
Public Policy Forum
CNeustaedter@ppforum.ca
613.238.7858 ext. 286
Mobile: 613.866.7210

Jonathan Perron-Clow

Communications Specialist
Public Policy Forum
JPerron-Clow@ppforum.ca
613.238.7858 ext. 224
Mobile: 613.806.4967

 

 

For more information, visit www.ppforum.ca or follow us on Twitter: @ppforumca

11/10/2017

OTTAWA, NOV. 10, 2017 -– The Public Policy Forum is pleased to announce the addition of five new PPF Fellows. They are:

·         Robert Asselin, former Policy and Budget Director for Finance Minister Bill Morneau. He brings extensive experience in policy in academia and government, particularly around economic and fiscal issues.

·         Erin Freeland Ballantyne, Dean of Land Based Education, Research and Innovation, and Founder, Dechinta Centre for Research and Learning. She brings her knowledge of Indigenous issues linked to education, governance in the North and remote communities.

·         Mark Cameron, Executive Director, Clean Prosperity. He brings a long policy history in federal-provincial relations and climate and energy policy.

·         Glen Hodgson, economist and author. He brings deep pools of knowledge of economic policy and growth related to recent work on energy and climate policy.

·         Emilie Potvin, Director of Public Policy, Asia, Uber. She brings knowledge of policy-making networks in Ottawa and has recent experience with a disruptive technology company and working in Asia.

The PPF recently added Professor Lori Turnbull as a Fellow in October. She joined the 14 fellows who had previously been named over the past 18 months.

Fellows lend their deep experience to our research projects, help identify emerging policy trends and advise the PPF. They are an essential part of PPF’s ability to deliver timely, relevant and knowledgeable policy research and recommendations.

For more information and media inquiries

Carl Neustaedter

Director of Communications
Public Policy Forum
CNeustaedter@ppforum.ca
613.238.7858 ext. 286
Mobile: 613.866.7210

Jonathan Perron-Clow

Communications Specialist
Public Policy Forum
JPerron-Clow@ppforum.ca
613.238.7858 ext. 224
Mobile: 613.806.4967

 

 

For more information, visit www.ppforum.ca or follow us on Twitter: @ppforumca

11/07/2017

MONTREAL, NOV. 7, 2017 – The Marcel Côté Award for Leadership in Public Policy will be presented to three deserving honourees being recognized for their extraordinary leadership and contribution to public policy and public discourse at a ceremony in Montreal. The honourees are:

·         Matthew Coon Come, Former Grand Chief of the Grand Council of the Crees

·         Nadine St-Louis, Founder and Executive Director of Sacred Fire Productions

·         Gabriel Bran Lopez, Founding President of Youth Fusion, André-Yanne Parent and the First Nations and Inuit Programming Team at Youth Fusion

When: Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017 – 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Where: Hydro Québec Agora, Heart of Sciences at UQAM, 175 President Kennedy Ave., Montreal

Marcel Côté was an economist and founding partner of SECOR Inc., which he helped build into Canada’s largest independent management consulting firm. His advice was sought by corporations, community and cultural organizations, as well as senior-level governments in our country. The Marcel Côté Award was named in his honour in 2015 and is being given out for the third time.

News media are welcome to cover the event. Please contact us to register.

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For more information AND media inquiries

Jonathan Perron-Clow

Communications Specialist
Public Policy Forum
jperron-clow@ppforum.ca
613.238.7858 ext. 224
Mobile: 613.806.4967

 

 

 

11/06/2017

OTTAWA, NOV. 6, 2017 – Economic reconciliation is not only the fair and right thing to do, but there’s a strong business case for it as well. Canada’s economy would grow by $27.7 billion annually if barriers preventing Indigenous Canadians from participating in the Canadian economy were removed, according to a recent report by the National Aboriginal Economic Development Board.

The Public Policy Forum is hosting a conference on Métis Economic Reconciliation on Nov. 8 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the University of Winnipeg’s Convocation Hall with an exciting agenda.

This conference focuses on creating and increasing economic opportunities for the Métis Nation and igniting the next generation of Métis entrepreneurship.

The Public Policy Forum is pleased to partner with the National Aboriginal Economic Development Board, the National Aboriginal Capital Corporations Association and Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada to deliver the second in a three-part series of conferences on reconciliation and inclusive economic growth.

Can’t make it to the event? Watch the conference live starting at 9 a.m. Central / 10 a.m. Eastern on the PPF YouTube channel.

-          To get a notification when the live stream starts, subscribe to our channel.

-          To watch the first conference in the Expanding the Circle series, click here.

News media are welcome to cover the event. Please contact us to register.

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ABOUT THE PPF

The Public Policy Forum works with all levels of government and the public service, the private sector, Indigenous groups, labour, post-secondary institutions and NGOs to improve policy outcomes for Canadians. As a non-partisan, member-based organization, we work from "inclusion to conclusion," by convening discussions on fundamental policy issues and by identifying new paths forward. For 30 years, the PPF has broken down barriers among sectors, contributing to meaningful change that builds a better Canada.

For more information AND media inquiries

Carl Neustaedter

Director of Communications
Public Policy Forum
cneustaedter@ppforum.ca
613.238.7858 ext. 286
Mobile: 613.866.7210

 

 

 

10/11/2017

OTTAWA, OCT. 11, 2017 -– Edward Greenspon, President and CEO of the Public Policy Forum, is pleased to welcome Lori Turnbull as a PPF Fellow. An Associate Professor at Dalhousie University, Prof. Turnbull focuses her research on Canadian political institutions, democratic reform and the Senate expense scandal.

Prof. Turnbull's work has been published in the Canadian Public Administration journal, the Canadian Political Science Review, the Journal of Parliamentary and Political Law and How Ottawa Spends. In 2011, she co-wrote Democratizing the Constitution with Peter Aucoin and Mark Jarvis, a book that won the 2011 Donner Prize and the 2012 Donald Smiley Prize.

Prof. Turnbull is co-chairing the Political Finance roundtable being held by the PPF in conjunction with Elections Canada today in Montreal.

06/16/2017

For IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Public Policy Forum supports new proposal to bolster quality journalism for Canadians

Ottawa, June 16, 2017 – The Public Policy Forum (PPF) welcomes a new proposal to extend and rename the longstanding Canadian Periodical Fund to provide funding to a wider array of organizations whose primary focus is creating essential, civic-function journalism that Canadians – and their democracy – rely on.

The PPF was pleased to facilitate and work with an unprecedented coalition of more than 30 news publishers, unions and other parties that came together over three meetings in April, May and June to develop the Canadian Journalism Fund (CJF).

The CJF proposal is built on principles and proposals laid out in The Shattered Mirror, the PPF’s landmark January 2017 report on news, democracy and trust in Canada. Specifically, the PPF is pleased to see that the CJF proposal supports these key principles and attributes:

  • More ‘boots on the ground’: Good journalism needs reporters engaged in original newsgathering, and the CJF proposal rewards editorial employment, not reductions.
  • Support for local and civic-function news, threatened by the severe pressures on the traditional business model for publishers, is essential to help Canadians in all regions remain democratically informed and engaged.
  • The levelling of the playing field for the creation of journalism in Canada, specifically that news publishers will also have access to support alongside those regulated by the CRTC or funded by the government and that news will not be disadvantaged vis-a-vis other forms of expression.
  • The CJF embraces a wide array of news creators, news services and digital news innovators, not only established publishers.
  • An emphasis on digital innovation as the only route to create a stable base for news.
  • The proposal commits the industry to direct Canadian Journalism Fund editorial rebates to the creation of journalism and not other corporate uses.
  • The CJF is pre-programmed, removing government discretion from who is eligible or not. Support flows based on significant and regular investment in Canadian civic journalism. Editorial independence remains core.

The PPF held three workshops, in April, May and June, that brought together in the same room a wide array of competing publishers from every region of the country, large and small publishers, digital-only publishers and union representatives.

“That such a broad coalition could be assembled and could move forward to a coherent proposal is quite an achievement,” said Edward Greenspon, President and CEO of the Public Policy Forum and lead writer of the Shattered Mirror report. “Nobody desires government support for the industry, but if the deterioration of robust reporting of news vital to our democracy is to be halted, a response with the lightest possible government touch is required.”

The PPF continues to track and research the state of journalism in Canada, believing that an informed citizenry is essential for a thriving democracy.

ABOUT THE PPF

The Public Policy Forum works with all levels of government and the public service, the private sector, Indigenous groups, labour, post-secondary institutions and NGOs to improve policy outcomes for Canadians. As a non-partisan, member-based organization, we work from "inclusion to conclusion," by convening discussions on fundamental policy issues and by identifying new paths forward. For 30 years, the PPF has broken down barriers among sectors, contributing to meaningful change that builds a better Canada.

For more information & media inquiries

Carl Neustaedter

Director of Communications
Public Policy Forum
CNeustaedter@ppforum.ca
613.238.7858 ext. 286
Mobile: 613.866.7210

For more information, visit www.ppforum.ca or follow us on Twitter: @ppforumca

06/12/2017

For IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Public Policy Forum events tackle Alberta's economy and celebrate Western leaders

The PPF hosts first Alberta Growth Forum in Calgary on June 15, followed by its annual Western Dinner, honouring four Western Canadian policy leaders and featuring Premier Rachel Notley.

OTTAWA, June 12, 2017 – The Public Policy Forum’s June 15 events will feature the insights of Alberta business and innovation leaders, including Laura Kilcrease, Brad Zumwalt and Dawn Farrell. Premier Rachel Notley will help celebrate the contributions of four Western leaders including Wood Buffalo mayor Melissa Blake, labour leader Barbara Byers, former MP Chuck Strahl and Suncor’s Steve Williams.

Alberta Growth Forum

When: June 15, 2017, 3 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Where: Calgary Telus Convention Centre, 120 9th Avenue SE
Livestream: https://www.facebook.com/publicpolicyforum/

The Alberta Growth Forum will explore ideas to propel Alberta’s economy through innovation, transformation and diversification, and will identify how the province can build on its natural advantages to  build a solid economic foundation for generations to come. The lineup of accomplished and forward-thinking speakers will discuss the risks and opportunities unique to the Albertan business ecosystem:

  • Laura Kilcrease, CEO of Alberta Innovates, will share lessons for Alberta learned from more than 25 years as a business leader and venture capitalist, and from her role in transitioning the struggling economic landscape of Austin, Texas to a resilient commercial environment.
  • Brad Zumwalt, President, Zinc Ventures. For new things to emerge, grow and evolve, control won't work. Having spearheaded several thriving companies, Brad will discuss the invisible infrastructure that enables new technologies and business models to succeed in an untamed innovation climate.

Panel: Innovation, Transformation & Diversification

  • Breanne Everett, CEO, Orpyx, Governor General’s Innovation Award 2016 recipient
  • Dawn Farrell, President and Chief Executive Officer, TransAlta Corporation
  • Lorraine Mitchelmore, President and CEO, Field Upgrading, Public Policy Forum Fellow
  • Mary Moran, President & CEO, Calgary Economic Development
  • Elizabeth Cannon (MODERATOR), President and Vice-Chancellor, University of Calgary

Western Dinner and Peter Lougheed Awards for Leadership in Public Policy

When: June 15, 2017, 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Where: Telus Spark Science Centre, 220 St. George's Drive NE
Livestream: https://www.facebook.com/publicpolicyforum/

The Peter Lougheed Awards for Leadership in Public Policy honour exceptional Western Canadians who have made outstanding contributions to public policy in their province, region and country. This year’s recipients all represent the motivation and ability to work across partisan divisions and functional silos to arrive at the best policy approaches for Canadians:

  • Melissa Blake, Mayor, Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo
  • Barbara Byers, Secretary-Treasurer, Canadian Labour Congress
  • Steve Williams, President & CEO, Suncor Energy Inc.
  • Chuck Strahl, Former MP of Chilliwack-Fraser Canyon, B.C. and former cabinet minister

The celebration will feature remarks from Alberta Premier Rachel Notley and other notable Western leaders.

ABOUT THE PPF

The Public Policy Forum works with all levels of government and the public service, the private sector, Indigenous groups, labour, post-secondary institutions and NGOs to improve policy outcomes for Canadians. As a non-partisan, member-based organization, we work from "inclusion to conclusion," by convening discussions on fundamental policy issues and by identifying new paths forward. For 30 years, the PPF has broken down barriers among sectors, contributing to meaningful change that builds a better Canada.

For more information & media inquiries

Kristy Peterson

Consultant
Global Public Affairs
403.476.6923
Mobile: 403.519.4484
kpeterson@globalpublic.com

Carl Neustaedter

Director of Communications
Public Policy Forum
CNeustaedter@ppforum.ca
613.238.7858 ext. 286
Mobile: 613.866.7210

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sabrina Ahmad

Communications Specialist
Public Policy Forum
SAhmad@ppforum.ca
613.238.7858 ext. 225
Mobile: 613.853.0327

 

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