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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