27th Annual Testimonial Dinner and Awards


When: Thursday, April 10, 2014 - 17:00 - 21:15

Where: Metro Toronto Convention Centre, North Building, Constitution Hall

This is the 27th year that the Forum has honoured extraordinary Canadians for their contributions to public life, public policy and governance in Canada.   Hounourees are nominated by members of the Forum.

“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.”

The Hon. Robert Ghiz, Premier of Prince Edward Island, will co-chair the event.  

Testimonial Dinner Award

This award honours men and women from various walks of professional life who exemplify the Public Policy Forum's commitment to achieving greater understanding and cooperation between the public and private sectors to improve the quality of government in Canada.  To view past recipients click here.

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

The Hyman Solomon Award for Excellence in Public Policy Journalism
Presented by OpenText

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. 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.  To view past recipients click here.

Susan Delacourt
Senior political writer for the Toronto Star and author

“Susan has kept a sharp eye on decision-makers and the democratic process for more than 20 years,” said David Mitchell, the Forum’s President and CEO.  “Her insight, wit, and clear analytical focus contribute immensely to the quality of public discourse in Canada around public officials, governments, and the causes and effects of their decisions.”


Emerging Leader Award
Presented by TD Bank Group

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. 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.  To view past recipients click here.


Erin Freeland Ballantyne
Dean of Land-Based Academics, Innovation and Research
Dechinta Centre for Research and Learning
Northwest Territories


With thanks to our sponsors


Hyman Solomon Award for Excellence in Public Policy Journalism is presented by:


Emerging Leader Award is presented by: