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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.


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



OTTAWA March 18, 2015—Award-winning journalist, Madelaine Drohan, is the Public Policy Forum’s 2015 Prime Ministers of Canada Fellow

For the next 12 months, Ms. Drohan will be focusing her attention with this fellowship on how journalism influences policy-making in Canada. This timely analysis comes amid important trends that are causing a decline in substantial, in-depth reporting on public policy.

“Through this Fellowship, I know that Madelaine Drohan will make an impactful contribution to understanding the future of serious journalism,” says David Mitchell, President & CEO of Canada’s Public Policy Forum.

Madelaine Drohan is the Canada correspondent for The Economist. For the last 35 years, she has covered business and politics in Canada, Europe, Africa and Asia. She is the author of The 9 Habits of Highly Successful Resource Economies: Lessons for Canada (2012) and Making a Killing: How and Why Corporations use Armed Force to do Business (2004). Ms. Drohan is the 2001 recipient of the Public Policy Forum’s Hyman Solomon Award for Excellence in Public Policy Journalism.

The Prime Ministers of Canada Fellowship was established in 2012 to mark the Public Policy Forum’s 25th anniversary, when all living former Prime Ministers were honoured at the Testimonial Dinner and Awards in Toronto. The Fellowship brings prominent Canadian leaders to the Forum to conduct research and convene dialogues about public policy, democratic institutions and good governance. The Fellowship is supported by funding from our presenting partner, the RBC Foundation.

The inaugural Prime Ministers Fellow was Peter MacKinnon, former President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Saskatchewan, who devoted his fellowship to studying the role of universities and public policy. His book University Leadership and Public Policy in the Twenty-First Century: A President’s Perspective, was published in 2014 by the University of Toronto Press. 

The Forum aims to publish a report authored by Madelaine Drohan in early 2016.

To participate in the project, please submit your answer to these questions:
How does 
journalism influence policy-making in Canada?
And how will it do so in the future?

For information please contact:
Sara Caverley
Communications Coordinator
613-238-7858 Ext: 228

With thanks to our presenting partner

RBC Foundation supports a broad range of community initiatives through donations and employee volunteer activities. In 2014, it contributed more than $76 million to causes worldwide, including both donations and community investments. 

Four outstanding Canadian leaders will be recognized in Edmonton this October at the Public Policy Forum’s fifth annual Western Dinner.
The 2014 honourees are:
  • Oryssia Lennie, former Deputy Minister, Western Economic Diversification Canada
  • Eric Newell, Chancellor Emeritus, University of Calgary and former CEO, Syncrude
  • Jim Dinning, former Treasurer, Province of Alberta
  • Allan Gregg, pollster and founder, Decima Research
“The achievements of these four exceptional Canadians have resonated far beyond their home province of Alberta,” said David Mitchell, President and CEO of the Public Policy Forum. “We are delighted to pay tribute to their leadership, their contributions, and the tremendous impact they have had on public policy dialogue across Canada.”
The 2014 Western Dinner will take place on Thursday, October 23 at the Fairmont Hotel Macdonald in Edmonton. Each of the honourees will receive the Peter Lougheed Award for Leadership in Public Policy, named after the late Premier of Alberta.
Since 1987, the Forum has recognized leaders from the public, private and not-for-profit sectors who have helped advance public policy and good governance in Canada. Each year, we honour business leaders, elected representatives, public servants, and journalists at our Western Dinner, Testimonial Dinner & Awards, Gordon Osbaldeston Lecture, and Atlantic Dinner & Awards.
For more details, or to buy tickets for the 2014 Western Dinner, visit
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 and voluntary sectors.
Natasha Gauthier
Director of Communications, Public Policy Forum
Tel.: (613) 238-7858, ext. 220



The Toronto Star's Susan Delacourt will receive the 2014 Hyman Solomon Award for Excellence in Public Policy Journalism at our 27th Annual Testimonial Dinner in Toronto on April 10, 2014.


Canada's Public Policy Forum will recognize the contributions of four exceptional Canadians at its 27th Annual Testimonial Dinner & Awards in Toronto on April 10, 2014.

This year's honourees are:

  • Annette Verschuren, Chair and CEO, NRStor Inc. and former President of Home Depot Canada and Home Depot Asia
  • Mary Simon, Chairperson, National Committee on Inuit Education, former President of Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, and 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

“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.”

For the first time in the Forum’s history, two sitting Canadian premiers will co-chair the Testimonial Dinner: Newfoundland and Labrador Premier Kathy Dunderdale and Alberta Premier Alison Redford. In the coming weeks, the Forum will also announce the recipients of this year’s Hyman Solomon Award for Excellence in Public Policy Journalism and the Emerging Leader Award, which will both be presented at the dinner.

Each year, the Forum’s Testimonial Dinner & Awards recognizes distinguished Canadians who have made a lasting contribution to the advancement of public policy and good governance in our country. For more information on this year’s event, or to purchase tickets, click here.

Media :
Natasha Gauthier
Director of Communications, Public Policy Forum
Tel.: (613) 238-7858, ext. 220

Residents, stakeholders and experts representing Ontario’s booming condo industry today shared their proposed solutions for updating the province’s Condominium Act. This report is the result of extensive public engagement efforts undertaken by Canada’s Public Policy Forum and Ontario’s Ministry of Consumer Services (MCS).

Key recommendations include:

  • Creation of a Condo Office, an arm’s length umbrella organization that could provide functions such as education and awareness, dispute settlement, condo manager licensing, and a condo registry.
  • Improved consumer education and protection.
  • Updated financial management rules and dispute resolution mechanisms.
  • Stronger qualification requirements for condo boards, including mandatory training for first-time members.
  • A new licensing program, managed by the condo office, to ensure that condo managers are properly trained and qualified.

There are over 100 recommendations in the stage two report from the public engagement exercise that is informing a three-phase review of Ontario’s Condominium Act,1998.

The public is invited to comment on the solutions report in a survey

Click here for more information.



Canada's Public Policy Forum announces the opening of its new Toronto office in the MaRS Discovery District.


Global Saskatoon's coverage of the Forum's Breadbasket Summit, June 17-18 2013.

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