October 1, 2014 – Special reception to honour Michael Wernick, former Deputy Minister, Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada


Michael Wernick’s distinguished career in the federal public service spans over 30 years. During his eight-year tenure as Deputy Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada, he worked courageously to build bridges among government, Aboriginal leaders, the private sector and academic communities.

The Public Policy Forum recognized Michael’s extraordinary achievements in the public service with an opportunity for Michael's friends and colleagues outside of the federal government to thank him for his leadership and wish him all the best in his new role as deputy clerk of the Privy Council Office.  

The special reception provided an exceptional testament to Michael and included warm remarks from Roberta Jamieson, President and CEO of Indspire; Roseann O’Reilly Runte, President and Vice-Chancellor of Carleton University; and Arlene Strom, Vice President, Sustainability and Communications of Suncor Energy. David Mitchell, President and CEO of the Public Policy Forum shared meaningful praise for Michael from Canada’s former Prime Minister, Paul Martin.

The Public Policy Forum hosted the event with corporate sponsors Suncor Energy and the National Arts Centre at the NAC in Ottawa on October 1, 2014.