Canada’s Public Policy Forum to honour Atlantic Canadian leaders


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Canada’s Public Policy Forum to honour Atlantic Canadian leaders

October 25, 2012, Ottawa – Canada’s Public Policy Forum will recognize the achievements of three influential Atlantic Canadians at the first Atlantic Dinner & Awards, taking place January 17, 2013 in Halifax.

The honourees are:

  • Wade MacLauchlan, Past President and Vice-Chancellor, University of Prince Edward Island
  • The Hon. Margaret Norrie McCain, former Lieutenant-Governor of New Brunswick
  • John Risley, President, Clearwater Seafoods

“We are delighted to celebrate the extraordinary contributions these three individuals have made to their communities and our country,” said David Mitchell, the Forum’s President and CEO. “Their leadership, hard work and vision have had an immeasurable impact on public policy, business and education in the Atlantic region—an impact that resonates right across Canada.”

“The Atlantic Dinner & Awards are a testament to Atlantic Canadians’ inspirational work in improving government, business and civil society in our country,” said Larry Murray, Chair of the Forum’s Board of Directors. “This new tradition will pay tribute to the leaders of an increasingly influential region, recognizing the difference they are making in the lives of all Canadians.”

Since 1987, the Forum has recognized leaders who have helped advance public policy and good governance in Canada. Each year, we honour public servants, business leaders, elected representatives and journalists at our Testimonial Dinner & Awards, Western Dinner, and Gordon Osbaldeston Lecture. The new Atlantic Dinner & Awards builds on this tradition.

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The Public Policy Forum is an independent, not-for-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of government in Canada through enhanced dialogue among the public, private and voluntary sectors.

The Forum thanks its event sponsors: Dalhousie University, the Government of Nova Scotia, and the Halifax Port Authority.

For more information:

Natasha Gauthier
Director of Communications, Public Policy Forum
Tel.: (613) 238-7858, ext. 220
Cell: (613) 277-5018