PPF’s 30th Annual Testimonial Dinner celebrates exemplary Canadians at home and abroad


On Thursday, April 20, 2017 at the Toronto Metro Convention Centre, the Public Policy Forum held its 30th Annual Testimonial Dinner. The evening, hosted by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, was a celebration of exemplary Canadians who have made significant contributions in policy and social justice and who have helped bring Canada to the world, and the world to Canada. Attended by more than 1,500 guests, the dinner paid tribute to seven honourees who spoke of the inspiring, and oftentimes trying, experiences that empowered them to make a stand in their own communities and to bring about broader sustainable change in a global context. For highlights from the dinner including photos, videos, speeches and more, please follow the links below.

PHOTOS30th Annual Testimonial Dinner Flickr gallery

VIDEOCheri Maracle sings O Canada in Mohawk 

Honouree videos

Dr. Alika Lafontaine
Emerging Indigenous Leader Award
VideoIntroduction from Prime Minister Trudeau and speech

Prof. Margaret MacMillan
VideoFull introduction and remarks


Johann Koss
VideoFull introduction and remarks



Yaprak Baltacioglu
VideoFull introduction and remarks


Naheed Nenshi
VideoFull introduction and remarks


Dominic Barton
VideoFull introduction and remarks

Louise Arbour
VideoFull introduction and remarks