Kelly Cyr

SOLD OUT! 30th Annual Testimonial Dinner & Awards

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 


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

Naheed Nenshi
City of Calgary
VideoFull introduction and remarks


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 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 before the event date if you have any questions.

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Kelly Cyr
Director of Operations
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Roger Martin to deliver the 2017 Gordon F. Osbaldeston Lecture

When: Wednesday, December 6, 2017 - 15:30 - 21:00

Where: Château Laurier, Ottawa, Ontario

Since 2006, the Public Policy Forum (PPF) 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.

On Dec. 6, influential author and business thinker, Roger Martin, will speak on democratic capitalism and the altar of efficiency.

Roger Martin is the Institute Director of the Martin Prosperity Institute and the Michael Lee-Chin Family Institute for Corporate Citizenship at the Rotman School of Management and the Premier’s Chair in Productivity & Competitiveness. From 1998 to 2013, he served as Dean. Previously, he spent 13 years as a director of Monitor Company, a global strategy consulting firm based in Cambridge, Mass., where he served as co-head of the firm for two years. Read more about Roger Martin.

Democratic capitalism: Rethinking the altar of efficiency

The world has grown ever more obsessed with efficiency, observes Roger Martin. At the same time, we are experiencing increasing inequality. What’s more, that efficiency and inequality have become more intimately connected than ever could have been imagined. If we want to sustain healthy democratic capitalism, Martin argues we must cease to worship subserviently at the altar of efficiency and reflect more critically.

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

The past two years have brought a surge of economic anxiety and political populism in a number of countries. What does a future of more rapid and profound technological change portend for Canada and other democracies? Is this a normal period of change or, with approximately four in 10 jobs forecast to be at risk from automation, something of a different order of magnitude? What is the role of policy in the face of slower growth and greater income inequality? How can inclusive growth be bolstered? What are the threats to political legitimacy?

In the afternoon preceding the annual Gordon F. Osbaldeston Lecture on Dec. 6, PPF will ask a panel of economists to discuss these questions and more in a lively exploration of the future of work in a technological age.


  • 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 

For further information, please contact Husvini Poolay, or by phone at 613-238-7858 ext. 245.  

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Lifting Canada beyond a 2% growth future and the Gordon Osbaldeston Lecture

When: Wednesday, October 12, 2016 - 07:00 - 21:00

Where: Shaw Centre, Ottawa

Guest Speaker
Gordon Osbaldeston Lecture

Dominic Barton
Global Managing Director
McKinsey & Company

Join us, Wednesday October 12, 2016 as the Public Policy Forum hosts our first Growth Summit. The Summit will lead into Dominic Barton’s evening keynote lecture as part of our annual Gordon Osbaldeston Lecture (named after a former federal Clerk). The day will consist of a series of panel discussions, each engaging on a different yet complementary aspect of growth.

This event has a lot of potential for Canadian and international doers, thinkers and decision makers to put forward some timely and bold ideas that can contribute to lifting Canada beyond a 2% growth future.

Reserve your place early as seating is limited. Discounted rates if you attend both events!

The Growth Summit is from 7:00am to 4:00pm
The Gordon Osbaldeston Lecture reception is from 5:00pm to 6:00pm and the Lecture is from 6:00pm to 9:00pm

Growth Summit and Gordon Osbaldeston Lecture
Table of 10  $2,500.00 + HST  --  Ticket $250.00 + HST
Non-members: Table of 10  $3,200.00 + HST  --  Ticket $320.00 + HST

Growth Summit only
Table of 10  $1,000.00 + HST  --  Ticket $100.00 + HST
Non-members: Table of 10  $1,500.00 + HST  --  Ticket $150.00 + HST

Gordon Osbaldeston Lecture Only - with Dominic Barton
Table of 10  $1,900.00 + HST  --  Ticket $190.00 + HST
Non-members: Table of 10  $2,400.00 + HST  --  Ticket $240.00 + HST

For sponsorship opportunities, additional information, or to purchase a table or tickets, please contact:

For the Gordon Osbaldeston Lecture with Dominic Barton
Kelly Cyr

Director of Operations
613-238-7858 ext. 248

For the Growth Summit
Tanya Gracie

Project Lead
613-238-7858 ext. 247

10th Annual Gordon Osbaldeston Lecture


When: Thursday, November 19, 2015 - 17:00 - 21:00

Where: Ottawa, Château Laurier

Governance matters: How does public sector governance work?

Our 10th-anniversary celebration of the Gordon Osbaldeston Lecture featured a spirited discussion about how governance is working for Canadians.
Our panel of eminent leaders shared expert insights into how good governance in our parliamentary system matters deeply to Canada's democratic health.
Stephen Toope moderated a discussion with panellists Jim Dinning, Monique Leroux and Heather Munroe-Blum on how our system has evolved and how it's working.

This important discussion emanated from the Public Policy Forum's Governance Matters Project, which examines this pressing public issue. The report was published October 28.

Named for one of Canada's most revered public servants, this prestigious lecture honours Gordon Osbaldeston's distinguished career by highlighting how the public service helps preserve a democratic and vibrant Canadian society.

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Annual Western Dinner

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.”

For further information, please contact:

Kelly Cyr, Director of Operations
(613) 238-7858 ext. 248


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6th Annual Gordon Osbaldeston Lecture

When: Thursday, November 17, 2011 - 17:00 - 21:00

Where: Ottawa Convention Centre

On Authenticity – How the Truth Can Restore Faith in Politics and Government

The Public Policy Forum was honoured to have Allan Gregg, one of Canada's most respected senior research professionals and social commentators, deliver the 6th annual Gordon Obsaldeston Lecture.

His lecture "On Authenticity: How the Truth can Restore Faith in Politics and Government" was an inspiring perspective on the relationship between authenticity and trust. Gregg posited that if our political leaders were to act authentically and speak truthfully, Canadians would be more inclined to trust them regardless of whether or not they agreed with their politics.

Play Watch the lecture on CPAC

In the media

Ottawa Citizen - Authenticity is in the eye of the beholder

Globe and Mail - Telling the naked truth is good politics

Globe and Mail - Fibs destined to fail

iPolitics - Authenticity key to restoring faith in politics

About Allan Gregg

From 197Allan Gregg9 through 1993 Gregg was known as the official pollster of the Progressive Conservative Party and participated in over 50 central election campaigns on three continents. In 1995, he co-founded The Strategic Counsel, a research partnership he left in 2007. That year, he set out on his own to form Allan Gregg Strategies, offering high-end, value added, research-based consulting and communications advice to private and public sector clients. At the same time, he returned to roots and assumed the position of Chairman of Harris/Decima, a company he founded almost 30 years earlier that has recently merged with the fastest growing research firm in the world. Allan is a pioneer in the integration of consulting, public-opinion research, public affairs and communications. He not only has an intimate knowledge of the dynamics of policy-making but also a deep understanding of cultural change and the communications processes necessary to forge a public consensus around government and business initiatives. Much sought after for his analysis and as a public speaker, he is widely published and quoted. He is the host of the popular and respected TVO talk show - Allan Gregg In Conversation With - as well as a frequent contributor to newspapers and magazines. He has also served as a regular participant on CBC's "At Issue" panel on Thursday nights.

Allan is also an entrepreneur with diverse interests. He was one of the founding shareholders of Canada's children's network, YTV, the Chairman of Toronto Film Festival, the current Chair of the Walrus Foundation (publisher of 2007 Magazine of the Year, "The Walrus") and has executive produced documentary television as well as recordings by Canadian artists such as The Tragically Hip, The Watchmen and Big Wreck. Corporately, he serves on General Motors of Canada's Advisory Board and the Bank of Montreal's Advisory Council on Retirement.


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 Treasury Board of Canada Desjardins Group



David Emerson, Michael Harcourt, Ed John, and Carole Taylor to receive the Peter Lougheed Award for Leadership in Public Policy

The Public Policy Forum today announced the honourees for its Second Annual Western Dinner to be held in Vancouver on September 22nd, 2011. This special event celebrates the tremendous contributions of Western Canadians' to public policy leadership.

The dinner will feature the presentation of the Peter Lougheed Award for Leadership in Public Policy. The Hon. Peter Lougheed served as the tenth Premier of Alberta, and is widely respected as one of Canada's most senior statesmen.

The former Albertan Premier will be on hand for the presentation of the award to the following recipients:

  • David Emerson, former Federal Minister of International Trade, Industry, and the Pacific Gateway;
  • Michael Harcourt, former Premier of British Columbia;
  • Ed John, Grand Chief, Tl'azt'en Nation;
  • Carole Taylor, former Finance Minister of British Columbia

"We are very pleased to present these awards to four outstanding British Columbian leaders, who represent the best spirit and tradition of public service in Canada.", said David Mitchell, President & CEO of the Public Policy Forum. "With this event and awards, the Public Policy Forum is celebrating its roots in Western Canada."

For additional information about the Western Dinner and the honourees, or to purchase tickets, click here.

25th Annual Testimonial Dinner & Awards: Honouring Canada's Prime Ministers

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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Manulife Financial Microsoft PDAC



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23rd Annual Testimonial Dinner & Awards

When: Thursday, April 29, 2010 - 17:00 - 21:00

Where: Metro Toronto Convention Centre

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

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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Manulife Financial

Direct Energy GE Canada The Globe & Mail


CN Open Text TD Bank Financial Group
CIBC Enbridge Union Gas


Yukon and the Emerging North

When: Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Where: Ottawa

Canada’s North can no longer be ignored. Due to a changing climate, a wealth of natural resources and issues of aboriginal sovereignty, Canadians have come to realize the importance of our northern territories. The Hon. Dennis Fentie, Premier of Yukon, spoke about how his territory is addressing these and other important issues, including northern development, infrastructure, climate change and northern research. He also discussed his government’s role in the Intergovernmental Forum and provided a long-term outlook on the emerging North.

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