The 24th Annual Testimonial Dinner & Awards was held on Thursday, April 28th, 2011 in Toronto.The event was co-chaired by the Honourable David Alward, Premier of New Brunswick, and Elyse Allan, President & CEO of GE Canada.
This year's honourees included the Honourable William G. Davis, Gordon M. Nixon, Monique F. Leroux, and Jim Stanford. The 2011 Hyman Solomon Award for Excellence in Public Policy Journalism was presented to André Picard and the 2011 Emerging Leaders Award was presented to Victor T. Thomas.
PrimeTime Politics - The possibility of a coalition
Mar 28 2011
David Mitchell, John Gormley (Saskatchewan talk radio host) and Bruce Hicks (Université de Montréal) discuss coalitions and minority governments with Peter Van Dusen, host of CPAC's PrimeTime Politics.
PrimeTime Politics - The election kick off and the possibility of a coalition
Mar 24 2011
Peter Van Dusen host of CPAC's PrimeTime Politics, speaks with Ned Franks of Queen’s University, and David Mitchell, president of the Public Policy Forum about the questions surrounding the possibility of a coalition government.
David Mitchell discusses a collaborative approach to governing on CBC News
Feb 16 2011
CBC reporter Hannah Thibedeau covers the events surrounding the 5-year anniversary of Prime Minister Harper's minority government. David Mitchell, president and CEO of the Public Policy Forum, discusses the need for a federal collaborative approach to governing.
David Mitchell discusses Canadian politics with Studio 4 host Fanny Kiefer
Feb 14 2011
The Public Policy Forum's president, David Mitchell is interviewed by Studio 4's Fanny Kiefer on his views of five years of Stephen Harper's minority government and what the big issues will be in next Federal election.
CBC Radio Ottawa Morning interviews innovation advocate and best-selling author John Kao. During his interview he describes the innovation hotspots around the world, and warns that there will be a cost for nations that don’t embrace innovation.
The Ideas Festival brought business and government leaders, innovators, entrepreneurs, artists and change-makers to Atlantic Canada from across the country together to engage with the people and ideas shaping our world. The Festival tackled many of Canada's big issues - economic recovery, aging population, youth outmigration and competition for talent, energy sustainability and democratic participation.
Co-produced by the Public Policy Forum and 21inc this year, the Festival took place on November 24-26 in St. Andrews, New Brunswick and brought Canada's most established leaders in business, government, academia, and the social sector into direct dialogue with some of our brightest young minds. The Ideas Festival is predicated on the belief that an intergenerational approach to planning and decision making is central to creatively addressing challenges that we face as a society.
Hope, leadership, risk-taking and collaboration were some of the key themes that resonated throughout the Festival. Every session at the Ideas Festival strongly enforced the belief that to solve our complex problems, we need to collaborate, we need to innovate, and we need strong leaders.
5th Annual Gordon Osbaldeston Lecture - Featuring John Furlong
Nov 18 2010
In a passionate speech that had the audience on their feet at the end, John Furlong, CEO of the Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games delivered the 2010 Gordon Osbaldeston Lecture, . "A Vision Too Far? Lessons From the Games That Changed Canada," in Ottawa on November 18, 2010.
"Health Innovation: A Canadian Strategy" by David Mitchell
Nov 8 2010
David Mitchell, President of the Public Policy Forum delivered the keynote address at Research Canada's fifth annual Health Research Caucus Luncheon in Ottawa. Entitled Health Innovation: A Canadian Strategy his talk explored the importance of innovation in Canada and the role that healthcare has the potential of playing as it represents 12% of our economy.
Canada's resource industries contribute nearly $150B to the Canadian economy, roughly 12% of GDP. As a central pillar of the Canadian economy, the natural resource sectors must maintain a globally competitive position, while also addressing new challenges including environmental sustainability and growing expectations from civil society for public engagement. In order to meet these emerging challenges, developing an innovation strategy for the natural resource sector must be considered an essential goal for both the resource industries, and for the Canadian government. On October 22, the Public Policy Forum convened a one-day conference in Calgary to discuss approaches to innovation in the resource sectors.
This gathering brought together senior representatives from the mining, forestry, oil and gas, and agricultural resource sectors in Canada, as well as leaders from the public and academic sectors. The goal of the conference was to better understand where innovation is currently occurring in the resource sectors and to identify new areas of opportunity. Participants sought to identify specific actions that can help make Canada's resource sectors more creative, competitive, and resilient.
Avrim Lazar, President & CEO, Forest Products Association of Canada provided a keynote luncheon address on Innovation in Public Engagement - bringing together stakeholders in new and provocative ways.
Presenting the Keynote Address at the Question Question Period conference Ed Broadbent gives his thoughts on improving the civility and functionality of Parliament - both through rules changes and electoral reforms. He argues that in order to make Parliament more relevant for Canadians we must ensure that it serves its intended purpose as a platform for honest, articulate debate. The House of Commons, he suggests, should be able to accommodate political conviction without the unruly behavior we see today. But, he notes that our current party system and method of electing MPs hampers efforts to reduce the animosity in the House - major structural reforms in these areas, he argues, are needed.
On May 18th and 19th, 2010 in Ottawa, the Public Policy Forum and the Canadian Commission for UNESCO in collaboration with the Canadian Media Research Consortium hosted an event entitled, "Reinventing Canadian Media". At this conference, participants explored the changing digital world and its effects on media production and distribution models.
The event featured Jeff Jarvis, author of What would Google Do?, as keynote speaker on the evening of the 18th.
For more on this event, click here to view the event page.
Each year at the Forum's Testimonial Dinner, over one thousand leaders from all sectors of Canadian society gather to pay tribute to distinguished Canadians who have made an outstanding contribution to the quality of public policy and public management in our country.
These men and women from various walks of professional life 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. A jury appointed by the Public Policy Forum selects the honourees from among candidates nominated by Forum members.
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.
Deploying Clean Technologies: Canada-United States Private Sector and Government Investment in Cleantech
Apr 27 2010
The Public Policy Forum convened an expert roundtable in collaboration with the Embassy of Canada in Washington, the Canada Institute of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and the Center for American Progress to discuss private and public sector investment in clean technologies in Canada and the United States.
This event brought together some 50 leaders from the public, private, and not-for-profit sectors for a constructive cross-border dialogue, informed by expert speakers, and aimed at practical next steps to improve collaboration. The event featured a luncheon address by His Excellency Gary Doer, Canada's Ambassador to the United States of America, who shared his well informed thoughts on this subject.
The Governments of Ontario and Quebec signed a historic economic cooperation agreement in September. Find out more about this Agreement and how your organization can maximize the opportunities it offers at this mini-conference. The Public Policy Forum welcomed Quebec Economic Development Minister Clément Gignac and Ontario Minister of Economic Development and Trade Sandra Pupatello as the keynote speaker.
Accelerating Social Innovation: Smart Ideas for Canada
Nov 10 2009
This event featured a number of prominent speakers on the issue of social innovation. Video of the event is available through the MaRS Centre and is divided into four parts. To view the videos, click the links below.
A Tribute to Kevin Lynch, Former Clerk of the Privy Council
Sep 24 2009
To recognize the tremendous impact that Mr. Lynch has had throughout his career, this event brought together Canadian leaders who have been inspired by his dedication to public service and have been influenced by his enduring efforts to improve the quality of government.
On April 2, 2009, the Public Policy Forum hosted the 22nd Annual Testimonial Dinner. The dinner was co-chaired by Brad Wall, Premier of Saskatchewan, and Alex Baumann, two-time Olympic gold medalist and Executive Director of the Road to Excellence program.
Testimonial Award recipients included Jim Balsillie and Mike Lazaridis of RIM, Jacques Ménard of BMO and Georgina Steinsky-Schwartz, formerly with Imagine Canada. The Hy Solomon Award recipient was CTV's Craig Oliver, and Sara Ehrhardt, from Finance Canada, received the Young Learders Award.
You can listen to the co-chairs' opening remarks and award recipients' speeches by clicking on the podcast links on the right.
For more details about the Testimonial Dinner and Awards, click here.