Press Release

03/21/2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
21 March 2017 
Ottawa, ON

Become one of Canada’s Future Energy Leaders

The Public Policy Forum and Action Canada are jointly launching a national policy engagement and leadership development program focussing on energy in all forms.

The program, called Your Energy Future, will provide 15 to 20 emerging leaders with further leadership skills, experience conducting public consultations and policy research, and opportunities for cross-Canada travel. Working together, this group of leaders will inform Canada’s mid-century targets to address climate change, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and maintain energy security for Canadians through a generational transition period. The group will provide recommendations that reflect the views and values of an ensemble of young Canadians who have had the opportunity to deliberate over these issues. To inform their recommendations, participants will engage with subject matter experts across industry, government and academia, and engage in broad in-person and online engagement activities with other young Canadians. 

Participants will present their findings at a national conference and release recommendations under the Public Policy Forum banner.

Applications are due by 5 p.m. PT, April 21, 2017. More information is available at www.yourenergyfuture.ca.

“Canada’s young people are the ones who will be living with the outcomes of decisions taken in the next few years. It is important that policymakers are exposed to the considered energy policy future they chart,” said Edward Greenspon, President and CEO of the Public Policy Forum.

“This year’s participants will emerge equipped to help guide different aspects of Canada’s future energy issues thanks to the Public Policy Forum’s expertise on policy and Action Canada’s experience in leadership development,” said Jaimie Boyd, Action Canada Board Member.

This project is made possible with funding from the Government of Canada, the Government of Alberta, the Lawson Foundation and the Government of the Northwest Territories.

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About Action Canada

Action Canada is Canada’s premier public policy leadership organization. Since 2003, more than 180 emerging leaders have taken part in Action Canada’s one-of-a-kind National Fellowship Program. Action Canada Fellows develop and practice advanced leadership skills through an immersive curriculum that takes them coast to coast to coast. From Haida Gwaii, British Columbia, to Nain, Labrador, to the Canadian Forces base at Alert, Nunavut, Fellows study and experience our country’s history, cultures, opportunities and challenges. Along the way, they are coached by senior Canadian leaders from diverse backgrounds and disciplines. Through this powerful program, Action Canada Fellows become more effective Canadian leaders.

 http://www.actioncanada.ca

About the Public Policy Forum

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, please visit: www.ppforum.ca and follow @ppforumca.

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For media inquiries, please contact:

Sabrina Ahmad
Communications Specialist
Public Policy Forum
+1(613)-238-7858, ext. 225
sabrina.ahmad@ppforum.ca

02/02/2017

PPF poll: What Canadians think about news media and democracy

What do Canadians think about fake news? Do they trust the media? Do they trust social media? And do they see a connection between news and a healthy democracy?

To inform our report, The Shattered Mirror: News, Democracy and Trust in the Digital Age, the Public Policy Forum partnered with the Canadian Journalism Foundation and Earnscliffe Strategy Group to study public opinion of news and democracy. Some of the results of the poll and focus groups were included in last week’s release of The Shattered Mirror.  

Today, we are pleased to release the full Key Insights report from Earnscliffe’s Allan Gregg.

The online survey, conducted between Sept. 22 and Oct. 2, 2016, polled more than 1,500 adult Canadians in English and French and complemented the findings from six focus groups conducted to study in greater depth Canadians’ attitudes towards the media and the future of news organizations.

N.B. : Ce rapport est disponible en anglais seulement.

For more information:

At Earnscliffe

Allan Gregg: 1-888-468-6458
Doug Anderson: 613-563-4455

At Public Policy Forum

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

01/26/2017

Public Policy Forum report finds crisis in news is a growing threat to Canadian democracy

OTTAWA, Jan. 26, 2017 – A major study released today by the Public Policy Forum shines a light on the state of the news industry in Canada, revealing it is reaching a crisis point as the decline of traditional media, fragmentation of audiences and the rise of fake news pose a growing threat to the health of our democracy.

THE SHATTERED MIRROR: News, Democracy and Trust in the Digital Age investigates the major shifts and disruptors in news and journalism – the broken business model, under-development of digital-only news providers and consolidation of digital distribution revenues by Google and Facebook.

After six months of study and discussions with close to 300 people, the report proposes a series of bold recommendations aimed at ensuring the news media and journalists continue in their role as the watchdogs over our elected representatives and public institutions and the connective tissue within our communities.

“This report is not about the journalists, with whom I feel great solidarity, but rather the role they play, and what we may be putting at risk if we are inattentive,” writes Edward Greenspon, President and CEO of the PPF and the report’s author. Mr. Greenspon spent more than 30 years as a journalist before joining the PPF.

Among the 12 recommendations are proposals for a new “local mandate” for The Canadian Press, the national wire service, ensuring there are more journalistic “boots on the ground” to supplement coverage of courts, legislatures and city halls; an Indigenous journalism initiative to put more resources into communities and governments that are often overlooked; and the creation of a research institute that would examine news and democracy issues more closely, including the distribution of fake news in Canada.

The report also calls for changes to Section 19 and 19.1 of the Income Tax Act to support civic-function journalism in Canada, whether by incentivizing Canada-centred news organizations to do more reporting or, for those that don’t, creating a revenue stream to support a Future of Journalism & Democracy Fund.

Three recommendations deal with measures to modernize the CBC’s special role in Canadian news – so important now in an era where so much news is tainted. The report calls on the CBC to stop selling digital ads in order to free it from the pressures of having to “attract eyeballs.” This would reinforce the corporation’s civic-function mandate of informing Canadians.

Included in the study is exclusive public opinion research by Allan Gregg of Earnscliffe Strategy Group. He conducted focus groups and surveyed more than 1,500 adult Canadians about their perceptions of the relationship between news and democracy, their trust of journalists and their level of awareness of the disruption of the media business.

The title ‘The Shattered Mirror’ pays homage to the 1970 groundbreaking Senate report on the mass media called The Uncertain Mirror.

“Unfortunately, the state of the news media’s job in reflecting society back to itself is no longer uncertain,” Greenspon said.

The PPF study was partially funded by Canadian Heritage and ISED; the McConnell, Atkinson and Max Bell foundations, and four corporations, CN, TD Bank, Ivanhoe Properties and Clairvest Investments.

However, the findings and recommendations are the PPF’s alone.

Mr. Greenspon concludes Canada has already reached a “crunch point” in terms of the state of the news industry and its ability to fulfill its democratic responsibilities.

“This report is meant to offer insight into the state of news two decades into its existential crisis, as well as ideas for how to respond,” writes Mr. Greenspon. “We hope it will stimulate a necessary debate and necessary action, while understanding no story is ever at its end.”

The report can be downloaded by visiting shatteredmirror.ca, where the report is accompanied by videos, FAQs, a statement by PPF President Edward Greenspon and more.

Download charts and videos: The PPF has made its videos and most of the charts used in the report available for reuse at shatteredmirror.ca/media. They can be downloaded as editable vector files to be adapted to news outlets’ individual styles, or as PNGs to be embedded as images on websites or other documents.###

About the Public Policy Forum

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, please visit: www.ppforum.ca and follow @ppforumca.

For more information:

Carl Neustaedter
Director of Communications
Public Policy Forum
T: 613-238-7858 Ext: 286
M: 613-866-7210
E: carl.neustaedter@ppforum.ca
 

 

Jane Taber
Vice President Public Affairs
NATIONAL Public Relations
T: 416-848-1450
E: jtaber@national.ca

 

 

 

01/19/2017

OTTAWA, Jan. 19, 2017 – The Public Policy Forum is releasing its major study on news media in Canada on January 26th, 2017: THE SHATTERED MIRROR: News, Democracy and Trust in the Digital Age.

The PPF’s exhaustive study looks at the decline of the traditional media’s business model, under-development of digital-only news providers, consolidation of digital distribution revenues, the rise of fake news, and how these major shifts are affecting the health of Canadian democracy.

Its findings were informed by exclusive public opinion research conducted by Allan Gregg of Earnscliffe Strategy Group. Mr. Gregg conducted focus groups and surveyed more than 1,500 adult Canadians about their perceptions of the relationship between news and democracy, their trust of journalists and their level of awareness of the disruption of the media business.

“After six months of probing the state of the news industry and its ability to fulfil its democratic responsibilities, I can conclude that we are reaching, or perhaps have already reached, a crunch point,” writes Edward Greenspon, President and CEO of the PPF, and the author of the study. “This report is meant to offer insight into the state of news two decades into its existential crisis, as well as ideas for how to respond. We hope it will stimulate a necessary debate and necessary action, while understanding no story is ever at its end.”

Visit www.shatteredmirror.ca to sign up to receive an alert of the report’s release. The report will be available to download at 11:00 am on January 26th, 2017.

Contact:

Carl Neustaedter

Director of Communications
Public Policy Forum
T: 613-238-7858 Ext: 286
E: carl.neustaedter@ppforum.ca

Jane Taber

Vice President Public Affairs
NATIONAL Public Relations
T: 416-848-1450
E: jtaber@national.ca

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10/06/2016

Media Advisory

Ottawa, ON, October 5, 2016 - Public Policy Forum’s Oct. 12 Growth Summit in Ottawa will feature Canada’s top leaders in government, business and other key sectors, including Finance Minister Bill Morneau and five members of his Advisory Council on Economic Growth. Following the Summit, Dominic Barton, Global Managing Director of McKinsey and chair of the growth council, will deliver the Forum’s annual Gordon Osbaldeston Lecture.

The Growth Summit offers a rare opportunity to hear Canada’s public and private sector leaders discuss how to get beyond two per cent annual growth, the role of innovation and investment, and the country’s prospects ahead of the government’s fall economic update.

Event Details

What: Public Policy Forum Growth Summit

When: Wednesday, October 12, 2016, 8:30 a.m.- 4:15 p.m.

Gordon Osbaldeston Lecture, featuring Dominic Barton: 7:30 p.m.- 9 p.m.

Where: Canada Hall 2, Level 3, Shaw Centre, Ottawa

Who: Speakers and panelists

* Member of Advisory Council on Economic Growth.

Event Agenda

Schedule of panels and discussions

Event details and updates

About the Pubic Policy Forum

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, please visit: www.ppforum.ca and follow @ppforumca

For more information about the Growth Summit, to become accredited to attend the Summit, or to submit an interview request, please contact:

James Kenny

Hill+Knowlton Strategies

Office: 613-786-9958

Cell: 613-612-7488

James.kenny@hkstrategies.ca

 

 

 

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Public Policy Forum 

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Cell: 613-866-7210

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10/28/2015

OTTAWA – October 28, 2015 – Good governance matters and our public sector governance process has fallen short over several parliaments. To help reinvigorate and rebalance our system of governance, the Public Policy Forum, together with a panel of eminent Canadians, is making bold recommendations in a new report, Time for a Reboot: Nine Ways to Restore Trust in Canada's Public Institutions.

The report addresses a defining characteristic of modern federal and provincial governments in Canada: an extraordinary centralization of authority.

“We’re asking critically important questions, like, how do we: Restore the role of parliament and parliamentary committees? Enable ministers to be ministers? Refurbish the public service’s capacity to offer astute, independent, research-based policy advice? Build more accountability into the ‘political service?’” says Jim Dinning, former treasurer of Alberta and chair of the report’s panel.

Time for a Reboot is an insightful look at good governance practices in our 21st-century reality, where our public institutions have failed to keep pace with a technology-driven, round-the-clock-news-cycle world. Short-termism and other contemporary conditions have taken root in the agendas of our elected representatives. Often, issues management has trumped longer-term strategies and policymaking. As a result, Canadians’ trust in public institutions continues to erode and the country’s long-term challenges don’t get the in-depth attention they should.

“All of the panel’s recommendations are non-partisan, practical, readily implementable and none requiring constitutional changes,” says Dinning.  “We’re confident that the reforms will benefit Canada, indeed all Canadians across the country.”

Joining Dinning on the panel are: Hon. Jean Charest, partner, McCarthy Tetrault LLP and former Quebec premier and federal cabinet minister; Monique Leroux, chair, president and CEO of Desjardins Group; Hon. Kevin Lynch, vice-chair, BMO Financial Group and former Clerk of the Privy Council; and Heather Munroe-Blum, Chair, Canada Pension Plan Investment Board and Principal Emerita, McGill University. 

The publication was made possible by the generous support from the Power Corporation of Canada, the Wilson Foundation and Jim Fleck.

The Public Policy Forum is an independent, not-for-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of government in Canada through enhanced dialogue among the public, private, academic and nonprofit sectors.

Copies of the report are available at ppforum.ca.

For information:

Sara Caverley, Communications Coordinator
Public Policy Forum
(613) 238-7858 ext. 228
sara.caverley@ppforum.ca

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06/17/2015

OTTAWA June 16, 2015—Canada’s Public Policy Forum will honour five Western Canadians with the Peter Lougheed Award for their outstanding contributions to public policy at its Annual Western Dinner in Winnipeg.

"We're delighted to honour leaders from Manitoba for the first time," says David Mitchell, President and CEO of the Public Policy Forum. "Their accomplishments, leadership and service in the region have had an enormous impact that resonates across Canada and globally."

On October 8, 2015, hundreds of leaders from all sectors will gather at the Museum for Human Rights to pay tribute to these distinguished leaders:

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

The award stewards the name and legacy of the late Premier of Alberta, who represented the best spirit of public service. Honourees are nominated by members of the Forum.

To join this extraordinary celebration of leadership, register on the Forum’s website.

The Public Policy Forum is an independent, not-for-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of government in Canada through enhanced dialogue among the public, private, academic and nonprofit sectors.

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Media: Sara Caverley, Communications Coordinator, Public Policy Forum (613) 238-7858 ext. 228, media@ppforum.ca, ppforum.ca 

05/20/2015

Canadian subsidiaries of multinational corporations are struggling to compete for capital investment from their parent companies. A new report from the Public Policy Forum, Winning Global Mandates: Lessons from Canadian Leaders, recommends that an independent, intergovernmental agency could help subsidiaries convince their global headquarters to invest in Canada.

“Our investment environment can be challenging, but there are opportunities for Canadian leaders to work together more effectively,” says David Mitchell, President & CEO of the Public Policy Forum.  “We’ve now advanced the policy dialogue on more proactive measures that can help lead Canada to a more competitive future.”

A Canadian model already exists with Investissement Québec, a one-stop shop where subsidiaries can access government programs and decision-makers in the province. The intergovernmental model has also been used with great effect by Mexico, where the auto-manufacturing sector is growing exponentially. The report suggests that these models be closely studied and replicated by Canadian government leaders, particularly at the federal level.

“Such an agency could help simplify investment requirements and connect subsidiaries with partners across Canada,” says Mitchell.

The report synthesizes the findings from pan-Canadian policy dialogues convened by the Public Policy Forum that brought together leaders from all sectors. This culminated in a series of recommendations featured in the report. The project is supported by Sanofi Pasteur Limited, Export Development Canada, Industry Canada, Mitacs, United Technologies and the Governments of Alberta and Ontario.

 

The Public Policy Forum is an independent, not-for-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of government in Canada through enhanced dialogue among the public, private, academic and nonprofit sectors.

Media:

Sara Caverley
Communications Coordinator
Public Policy Forum
(613) 238-7858 ext. 228
media@ppforum.ca
ppforum.ca

05/08/2015

Louise Roy and Jacques Ménard receive new award in honour of Marcel Côté

OTTAWA May 7, 2015 — The Public Policy Forum is honouring the name and legacy of Marcel Côté with a new award for leadership. Louise Roy and Jacques Ménard were the first recipients of the award recognizing Quebec’s leaders for their lasting contributions to good governance and public policy.

“Marcel Côté was the personification of leadership and a bridge-builder between people and sectors,” says David Mitchell, President & CEO of the Public Policy Forum, where M. Côté was a former Board Chair. “Through this award, we aim to remind established and emerging leaders of the fundamental differences they can make in our society.”

Louise Roy is the Chancellor and President of the Board of the University of Montreal and Jacques Ménard is the Chairman of the Board of Directors of BMO Nesbitt Burns and President of BMO Financial Group, Quebec. Like Marcel Côté, they have both been tireless advocates for good governance. They also embody the values that were central to the life and career of this exceptional leader.

The award was presented on May 20, 2015 at the Foyer Allegro of the Maison symphonique on the occasion of a unifying evening organized by the Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan Montreal and the Junior Chamber of Commerce of Montreal.

In addition to the two Chambers, the presentation of the Marcel Côté Award is made possible with support from the Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec, Deloitte, Ernst and Young and KPMG.

More information on the Marcel Côté Award is available on the Forum’s website.

The Public Policy Forum is an independent, not-for-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of government in Canada through enhanced dialogue among the public, private, academic and nonprofit sectors.

Media:

Sara Caverley
Communications Coordinator | Coordonnatrice des communications
Public Policy Forum | Forum des politiques publiques
(613) 238-7858 ext. 228
media@ppforum.ca

For more information:

Dianne Gravel-Normand
Public Policy Forum
Tel.: 613 238-7858, ext. 233
Dianne.Gravel@ppforum.ca

With thanks to our presenting partners:

With thanks to our partners:

 
 

 

05/01/2015

OTTAWA May 1, 2015 — The forest industry is changing, and with more forest cover than almost any other country, how Canada keeps pace is a global concern.

A new report by the Public Policy Forum identifies the need for greater collaboration among sectors to help improve the forest industry for generations to come. #FutureofForestry: Sustainable Solutions, developed in partnership with the Forest Products Association of Canada and Natural Resources Canada, explores new technologies, markets and practices that are impacting our environment and economy.

“In an era of limited resources, the policy challenges are daunting," says David Mitchell, President & CEO of Canada's Public Policy Forum. “By engaging diverse leaders who see the industry from different perspectives, it’s our aim to help guide solutions that reflect our responsibility to Canadians and to the world.”

The report synthesizes the findings from a policy dialogue convened by the Public Policy Forum and project partners that brought together corporate, environmental and First Nations leaders, academics and policymakers from across Canada. This culminated in the recommendations concluded in the report.

The Public Policy Forum is an independent, not-for-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of government in Canada through enhanced dialogue among the public, private, academic and nonprofit sectors.

Media:

Sara Caverley
Communications Coordinator | Coordonnatrice des communications
Public Policy Forum | Forum des politiques publiques
(613) 238-7858 ext. 228
media@ppforum.ca
ppforum.ca

 

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