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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For further information, please contact

Kelly Cyr
Director of Operations
613-238-7858 x248